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  • Data mining of Citations in Theses: a workflow for automated analysis of Open Access and library holdings coverage

    Martin, Jose; Han, Lee Yen (2019-06-19) [Poster]
    A systems specialist and a liaison librarian worked together in this project to analyze resource usage, Open Access coverage, library holdings coverage and citation patterns from a collection of doctoral theses in a graduate research university. The extracted citations and some basic metadata about the theses and their authors were processed using a workflow created with KNIME, an open source data-mining software. The workflow uses Summon and Crossref APIs for library holdings coverage, CORE and Unpaywall APIs for Open Access coverage and an SQLite database to store the output and enable detailed analysis. This tool provides an insight into the resources that have been effectively used to produce doctoral theses. It would be useful for academic libraries interested in evaluating the impact of Open Access resources and how they contribute to their scholarly output, and to evaluate the coverage provided by their holdings to the research activity in their institutions beyond the usual usage reports provided by publishers or third parties.
  • A Machine Learning Based Approach for Similarity Search on Biodiversity Knowledge Graphs

    Weiland, Claus; Kulmanov, Maxat; Schmidt, Marco; Hoehndorf, Robert (Biodiversity Information Science and Standards, Pensoft Publishers, 2019-06-12) [Conference paper]
    Mass biodiversity data from scientific collections will be provided by world-wide digitization efforts like iDigBio in the U.S and DiSSCo in Europe. This opens up an increasing amount of data on wild type organisms, which enables the building of large biodiversity knowledge graphs comprising, inter alia, sequence, trait and occurrence data. Knowledge graphs model information in the form of entities and their relationships expressed in good practice as ontology-based annotations. Based on ontological descriptions, semantic similarity analysis makes linking of wild type data to genomic and proteonomic data of model organisms possible and thus supports knowledge discovery of crop wild relatives and underutilized species of interest for medicine, breeding and agriculture. Since classical similarity measurements focus on recording differences between character states (aiming to describe disease phenotypes), but not the character states in the sense of trait variations itself, new methods for similarity search are required. Machine learning algorithms operate on feature vectors, which are numeric representations of data (images, class labels etc) in n-dimensional vector space. We established a machine learning based workflow for similarity search on biodiversity entities using feature learning on ontologies and an associated RDF knowledge graph to project structured trait data into vector space. Vectors are then compared applying a similarity function (e.g. cosine similarity) to determine similarity between taxa based on trait semantics. We will present an application example of machine learning on biodiversity knowledge graphs using a pipeline built upon OPA2Vec, a method to generate feature vectors from the logical content of ontologies (Smaili et al. 2018), to successfully cluster plant species for life form and ecotype (e.g. tree vs. perennial plant) on the basis of their annotations with the Flora Phenotype Ontology (Hoehndorf et al. 2016).
  • Introductory Remarks

    Vijayakumar, J.K. (2019-04-18)
  • The liaison librarian’s role in the acquisition process

    Han, Lee Yen (2019-04-18) [Presentation]
    As a born-digital user-centric library, KAUST University Library adopts a patron-driven acquisition model which allows patrons to recommend monographs and other resources to be added to the library collection. This presentation focuses on the role of the liaison librarian in this acquisition model and the process which takes place when a recommendation is first initiated by the patron (faculty, researcher, or student), to resource identification, review of license agreements, before the recommendation is handled over to the Acquisitions Team.
  • An overview of e-resources acquisitions in KAUST

    Kabli, Ola A. (2019-04-18)
    Within a changing and flexible environment and in a digitally born library, this presentation will cover the library electronic resources acquisition lifecycle from receiving the request from the subject specialists until the access is provided going through acquiring quotations, invoices, getting the LA signed, and get it paid by finance in addition to the role we play to serve other university departments. It will address the best practices as well as the challenges throughout the process and how to keep a smooth workflow and highlight on the value of communication between library staff internally and with other departments to meet the patrons needs accurately and promptly. A glance on the number of e- resources, types and number of publishers we’re dealing with will be covered too. With a ‘dealing directly with publishers’ policy we of course are working collaboratively with them to maintain the productive professional relationship. It will also focus on the systems we use and the record keeping for all renewal information including license agreements and make it accessible to stakeholders. The effort of improving and enhancing e- resources acquisition is continuing. With a good future plan and a strategy, future can always be better.
  • Print Resources Acquisition Process

    Al Qahtani, Ali (2019-04-18)
  • Variation on a Theme: Scoping our Institutional Repository Service Bundle

    Grenz, Daryl M. (2019-04-11) [Presentation]
    Repository services at KAUST encompass a variety of activities ranging from maintaining a digital repository platform, implementing an open access policy, supporting use of scholarly persistent identifiers, managing metadata and content files, and developing system integrations in support of the above. This presentation will discuss all of this within the broader visions prevalent in the global repository landscape so as to illustrate the choices that we have made to pursue and devote resources to certain service opportunities over others. I will also look at how we measure the success of various services in achieving their stated aims. The overall goal is for audience members to have an improved framework for thinking about the scope and focus of similar services in their own institutions.
  • Institutional ORCID Integration: The KAUST Experience

    Grenz, Daryl M. (2019-04-10) [Presentation]
  • ePosters Replace Print Posters: KAUST Library Initiative to Better Prepare Students and Preserve Scholarly Resources

    Vijayakumar, J.K.; Hall, Garry; Afandi, Eman (2019-04-05) [Presentation]
    Scientific posters are popular in conferences run by professional organizations in the UK, Europe, and North America, with the majority focused on medicine and health care disciplines. Individual events may include hundreds (and even thousands) of posters with cumulative numbers from all events (including academia) estimated in the millions annually (1). Generally, posters are not retained, in spite of their value as scholarly resources; many are the first reporting of new research and contain information months in advance of peer-reviewed articles. Printed posters have been around for many years and, with recent digital advances can be transformed into dynamic displays through multimedia inclusion and zoom functionality, whilst being made available via the web to large, geographically distributed audiences. Electronic posters (ePosters) are environmentally friendly, they eliminate printing and transport problems, and they scale well for large conferences (e.g. American Society of Anesthesiologists has used ePosters since 2013, recently with over 3000 posters at multiple sites). Most importantly, they lend themselves to being easily captured and retained as scientific resources. Following successful pilot projects (for which data on student and faculty support and cost-effectiveness will be presented), KAUST University Library has introduced a campus-wide ePoster service for the University beginning in January 2019. This service replaces printed posters and better prepares students for ePoster presentation scenarios commonplace within professional organizations and provides open access via the KAUST Research Repository. Training overheads for both students and organizers are low and uptake has been high, with weekly events scheduled for the first four months of 2019. Academia is notably behind this practitioner-driven trend. KAUST Library believes that, by rolling out an ePoster system to the University, it is the first campus in the world to offer such a campus-wide solution, reflecting a digital smart campus vision of KAUST.
  • Data mining of Citations in Doctoral Dissertations: Tool for Collection Development and Instructional Services

    Han, Lee Yen; Martin, Jose (2018-12) [Poster]
    Usage statistics, such as access and download data, are a widely used tool in a collection development librarian’s toolkit to assess the relevance and usefulness of a library’s collection to its patrons. The use of citation analysis of students’ theses and dissertations adds another dimension to this evidence-based user-centered approach to assessing collection development activities of the library. In this project, a liaison librarian and a systems specialist teamed up to make use of a systems approach to analyze the citations of doctoral dissertations from the Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering (BESE) Division in a graduate research institution. Making use of KNIME, an open source data-mining software, we created a workflow to examine citation data to discover citation patterns of student dissertations across the different programs within the BESE division and resource usage. This is matched against the current library holdings as well as compared with usage statistics obtained from JUSP. Results suggest that as an academic division, the BESE Division is not a homogenous division and citation patterns are different across the different programs. What and how references are cited are also valuable information to inform, direct and focus our collection development and information literacy program. The use of an open source data-mining software helps to automate the citation analysis process and provides an efficient and replicable framework to analyze citation data to supplement usage statistics. This would be useful for academic libraries planning to conduct similar studies to assess the usefulness of their collection with respect to the research activities of graduate students.
  • Using ePosters to promote scientific outcomes through Open Access

    Hall, Garry; Vijayakumar, J.K. (2018-10-10) [Presentation]
    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), established in 2009 as an international research University in Saudi Arabia, has adopted the first Open Access mandate for scientific publications in the region and leads with a well-established research repository managed and promoted by the University Library. Having several scientific poster events annually at the campus, with hosting supported by the Library, printed posters have remained static, highly localized and short-lived. These characteristics are at odds with what is often the first formal communication of scientific research and, as such would be of great interest to other researchers. Addressing these limitations was a major motivator behind the trialing of an ePoster alternative at KAUST. This project was conceived, piloted and will be implemented and managed by the University Library, in collaboration with IT Services. In addition to digitally capturing research content for display and preservation, ePoster functionality changes the engagement dynamics whilst helping to bridge the gap between academia and professional practice. ePosters have been extensively embraced by international professional organizations, however, academic institutions remain bound to printed posters. This project identified a short-list of possible companies that responded to criteria identified by KAUST as requirements for its campus wide ePoster management system. The evaluation process included student and researcher participation, as well as webinars and demonstrations and culminated with site visits to the company headquarters of the two finalists. The preferred supplier was then involved with several pilot conferences at KAUST to demonstrate their system’s capabilities and, as importantly, to expose academic staff to ePosters in operational settings. Surveys were conducted of conference participants, academic staff, students and conference organizers to obtain feedback and reaction to this approach. Advantages were both obvious and embraced by respondents; they appreciated the functionality which included ongoing editing and/or updating of content by authors, the ability of organizers to monitor progress of submissions and control content display and statistics being available via a dashboard. ePoster presentations engage the audience better; they are more interactive, dynamic and informative as a result of incorporating high resolution images and videos (with associated zoom capabilities) and audio. In addition, the elimination of print and poster mounting aligns with KAUST commitment to environmental stewardship and open access to scientific output through a direct upload of content to the Research Repository. Interest in ePosters is expanding; this has seen the Library involved in associated skills training and outreach. Academia is notably behind this practitioner-driven trend. KAUST Library believes that, by rolling out an ePoster system to the University, it is the first campus in the world to offer this as a campus-wide solution, truly reflecting a digital smart campus vision of KAUST.
  • University Library Annual Report 2017/2018

    University Library, KAUST (University Library, KAUST, 2018-09-30) [Report]
    2017/2018 Annual Report
  • KAUST Library’s campus wide ePoster Management Service

    Vijayakumar, J.K.; Hall, Garry (2018-09-11) [Presentation]
    Having several scientific poster events annually at the campus, with hosting supported by the Library, printed posters have remained static, highly localized and short-lived. These characteristics are at odds with what is often the first formal communication of scientific research and, as such would be of great interest to other researchers. Addressing these limitations was a major motivator behind the trialing of an ePoster alternative at KAUST. This project was conceived, piloted and being implemented and managed by the University Library, in collaboration with IT Services. In addition to digitally capturing research content for display and preservation, ePoster functionality changes the engagement dynamics whilst helping to bridge the gap between academia and professional practice. ePosters have been extensively embraced by international professional organizations, however, academic institutions remain bound to printed posters. KAUST Library believes that, by rolling out an ePoster system to the University, it is the first campus in the world to offer this as a campus-wide solution, truly reflecting a digital smart campus vision of KAUST
  • Library Strategic Plan 2018-2023

    University Library, KAUST (University Library, KAUST, 2018-09-02) [Other]
  • Using the IR as a Research Data Registry

    Grenz, Daryl M.; Mastoraki, Eirini; Wang, Han; Baessa, Mohamed A. (2018-05-30) [Poster]
    As data and software become increasingly common research outputs, universities have an opportunity to expand their existing efforts to record affiliated publications so that they also capture information about research data releases. At KAUST we have taken several steps to put our repository on a path towards becoming a reliable registry for information about the existence and location of research data released by affiliated researchers. These included developing a process to retrospectively retrieve and register information about datasets with machine-readable relationships to publications already in the repository, and updates to our active publications tracking procedures so that data availability statements are retrieved at the time of harvesting and checked for references to research data. The presentation will conclude by discussing how these efforts help put the repository in a position to provide expanded services in support of improved research data management, including access to and preservation of research data not explicitly linked to a formal publication.
  • KAUST Library as Partner in Learning and Research

    Vijayakumar, J.K. (2018-04-30) [Presentation]
  • Role of library's subscription licenses in promoting open access to scientific research

    Buck, Stephen (2018-04-30) [Presentation]
    This presentation, based on KAUST’’s experience to date, will attempt to explain the different ways of bringing Open Access models to scientific Publisher’s licenses. Our dual approach with offset pricing is to redirect subscription money to publishing money and embed green open access deposition terms in understandable language in our license agreements. Resolving the inherent complexities in open access publishing, repository depositions and offsetting models will save libraries money and also time wasted on tedious and unnecessary administration work. Researchers will also save their time with overall clarity and transparency. This will enable trust and, where mistakes are made, and there inevitably will be with untried models, we can learn from these mistakes and make better, more robust services with auto deposition of our articles to our repository fed by Publishers’ themselves. The plan is to cover all Publishers with OA license terms for KAUST author’s right while continuing our subscription to them. There are marketing campaigns, awareness sessions are planned, in addition to establishing Libguides to help researchers, in addition to manage offset pricing models.

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