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Video: Libraries and User Privacy

The proliferation of search engine optimization (SEO), Web analytics, and user tracking results in much greater leakage of user data across the Web, particularly into ad-sharing and social networks, while at the same time libraries seek to utilize these identical tools to construct their own content recommending and service integrations that make use of online libraries as seamless as other well-designed Internet sites, while generating new data that are increasingly susceptible to hacking.

Swords, Dragons, and Spells: Libraries and User Privacy, a project briefing presented at CNI’s December 2014 member meeting, explored these conflicting privacy challenges and surveyed the real-world data environments that libraries are working in. Panelists were Peter Brantley (NYPL), Marshall Breeding (consultant), Eric Hellman (Glejar), and Gary Price (infoDOCKET.com).

Video of the presentation is now available online:


and on YouTube: http://youtu.be/KQeK0rCQpmo

Previously-released videos from this meeting:

-The Linked Data For Libraries (LD4L) Project: A Progress Report, with Dean Krafft (Cornell), and Tom Cramer (Stanford)

-A Conversation on the Changing Landscape of Information Systems in Higher Education, with Clifford Lynch (CNI), James Hilton (U. Michigan), Michele Kimpton (DuraSpace), and Tom Cramer (Stanford)

-An Evolving Environment: Privacy, Security, Migration and Stewardship (Clifford Lynch, CNI)


Look for more announcements soon on videos of other sessions from the fall 2014 CNI meeting. To see all videos available from CNI, visit CNI’s video channels on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni).

Video: Linked Data For Libraries (LD4L) Project Update

The Linked Data For Libraries (LD4L) Project: A Progress Report, a project briefing presented at CNI’s fall 2014 membership meeting, with Dean Krafft (Cornell), and Tom Cramer (Stanford), is now available online:

and on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/115088888

About the session:
This presentation reports on the first year of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded Linked Data for Libraries (LD4L) project, a partnership of Cornell University Library, Stanford University Libraries, and the Harvard Library Innovation Lab. The goal of the project is to use Linked Open Data to leverage the intellectual value that librarians and other domain experts and scholars add to information resources when they describe, annotate, organize, select, and use those resources, together with the social value evident from patterns of usage.

Previously-released videos from this meeting:
-A Conversation on the Changing Landscape of Information Systems in Higher Education, with Clifford Lynch (CNI), James Hilton (U. Michigan), Michele Kimpton (DuraSpace), and Tom Cramer (Stanford)
-An Evolving Environment: Privacy, Security, Migration and Stewardship (Clifford Lynch, CNI)


Look for more announcements soon on videos of other sessions from the fall 2014 CNI meeting. To see all videos available from CNI, visit CNI’s video channels on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni).

Call for Proposals, CNI Spring Meeting

Proposals are now being accepted for project briefings to be presented at CNI’s Spring 2015 CNI Membership Meeting on April 13-14 1 in Seattle, Washington at The Westin Seattle.

Project briefings are 45-minute or one-hour sessions that focus on a discussion of a hot topic, or on a specific institutional/organizational project related to digital information. A limited number of project briefings are accepted.

Proposals may be submitted via online form:

Deadline for submissions is Friday, February 27.

Follow this meeting on Twitter: #cni15s

CFP: Theory & Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL2015)

CNI is pleased to serve as a cooperating organization for TPDL again this year.

Call for Contributions
19th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries
Poznań, Poland, September 14-18, 2015


The International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL) constitutes a leading scientific forum on digital libraries that brings together researchers, developers, content providers and users in the field of digital libraries. TPDL 2015 will be organized by Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC)
and it will be held in Poznań, Poland on September 14-18, 2015.

* Aims and scope * Valuable and rapidly increasing volumes of data are created or transformed into digital form by all fields of scientific, educational, cultural, governmental and industry activities. For this purpose the digital libraries community has developed long-term and interdisciplinary research agendas, providing significant results, such as development of Digital Libraries, solving practical problems, accommodating research data and satisfying the needs of specific user communities.

The advent of the technologies that enhance the exchange of information with rich semantics is of particular interest in the community. Information providers inter-link their metadata with user contributed data and offer new services outlooking to the development of a web of data and addressing the interoperability and long-term preservation challenges.

TPDL 2015 under the general theme “Connecting Digital Collections”, invites submissions for scientific and research work in the following categories: Full Papers, Short Papers, Posters and Demonstrations, Workshops and Tutorials, Panels and Doctoral Consortium. All submissions will be reviewed on the basis of relevance, originality, importance and clarity in a triple peer review process. The TPDL 2015 proceedings will be published by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series (http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs).

Industry submissions are especially welcome, and a dedicated conference track is planned for them if many quality submissions are received.

* Topics *
General areas of interests include, but are not limited to, the following topics,

*Connecting digital libraries:*
– exploring semantic web and linked data
– data mining and extraction of structure from networked information
– multilingual information retrieval
– metadata aggregation models
– interoperability and information integration
– ontologies and knowledge organization systems, networked information
– applications of digital libraries

*Practice of digital libraries:*
– quality assurance in digital libraries
– scalability and high availability of digital libraries
– infrastructures supporting content processing
– user studies for and evaluation of digital library systems and applications
– large scale digital preservation infrastructures for cultural heritage
– digital curation
– multimedia information management and retrieval
– user interfaces and user experience

*Digital libraries in science*:
– digital humanities
– scholarly primitives
– research data and virtual organizations
– visualisation in digital libraries
– digital libraries as source of big data for humanities

*Users, communities, personal data*
– social networking, web 2.0 and collaborative interfaces in digital libraries
– social-technical perspectives of digital information
– user mobility and context awareness in information access
– personal information management and personal digital libraries
– long term preservation in personal digital libraries
– community-driven digital libraries

*Special track*: Digital Libraries in the industry

* Important Dates *
– Full and Short papers, Posters and Demonstrations: March 20, 2015
– Panels, Workshops, Tutorials: February 28, 2015
– Notification of acceptance for Papers, Posters, and Demonstrations: May 22, 2015
– Notification of acceptance for Panels, Workshops and Tutorials: April 13, 2015
– Camera Ready Versions: June 12, 2015
– Doctoral Consortium Papers Submission Deadline: June 1, 2015
– Doctoral Consortium Acceptance Notification: June 22, 2015
– End of Early Registration: July 15, 2015
– Conference Dates: September 14-18, 2015

* Formatting Instructions *
Full papers (12 pages), short-papers (6 pages), posters and demonstrations (4 pages) must be written in English and submitted in PDF format. The TPDL 2015 proceedings will be published by Springer-Verlag in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs). Therefore all submissions
should conform to the formatting instructions described in the “For Authors” webpage (http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0). For Doctoral Consortium, papers are expected to have a maximum of 8-10 pages, including references. Papers is recommended to be formatted
according to Springer LNCS guidelines. In case your paper includes images or screenshots please ensure that you set image compression at 600dpi when you produce your PDF file.

* Submission *
All papers, short-papers, posters and demonstrations must be submitted in electronic format (PDF) via the conference’s EasyChair submission page (TBA). According to the Registration Regulation for TPDL 2015, inclusion of papers in the Proceedings is conditional upon registration of at least one author per paper.

* Organization *
General Chairs:
Cezary Mazurek, PSNC, Poland
Marcin Werla, PSNC, Poland

Program Chair:
Sarantos Kapidakis, Ionian University, Greece

Organizing Chair:
Damian Niemir, PSNC, Poland

NMC Horizon Report Video Competition

Posting on behalf of our EDUCAUSE colleague:

Hope your 2015 is off to a great start!

I’m sending this quick reminder about our NMC Horizon Report Video Competition.


We’re thrilled to have already received some great submissions, but there’s still a chance to get yours in before time runs out. Simply submit a 1-2 minute video describing how your project applies to one of the ed tech developments in the 2015 Higher Education Preview.


The first 30 videos that meet our submission criteria will be posted on ELI’s website on January 29, 2015. Voting for your top choices will close on February 10 at 5pm ET, and three Grand Prize Winners will be announced at the 2015 ELI Annual Meeting’s closing general session.

Check out last year’s grand prize winners (Marist College, Ohio State University and the University of Michigan),


and learn more about how to submit your video.


All of us at ELI are excited to see what you create.


Malcolm Brown
Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative

Video: Changing Landscape of Information Systems in Higher Education

A Conversation on the Changing Landscape of Information Systems in Higher Education, the opening plenary from CNI’s fall 2014 membership meeting, with Clifford Lynch (CNI), James Hilton (U. Michigan), Michele Kimpton (DuraSpace), and Tom Cramer (Stanford), is now available online:

YouTube: http://youtu.be/q4VFIfjtvcE
Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/114387616

About the session:
For the last decade the higher education and research world has invested heavily in community source development efforts to identify  alternatives to large-scale commercial software, and, in some cases, to create new kinds of software in advance of the emergence of a commercial marketplace. This conversation with three long-time leaders explores these developments and where they may be taking us in the near and longer terms, considering a broad range of issues, including stability and resilience, the shifting role of standards, and the implications of changes in the rate of innovation and deployment of innovation.

Previously-released video from this meeting:
-An Evolving Environment: Privacy, Security, Migration and Stewardship (Clifford Lynch, CNI)

Look for more announcements soon on videos of other sessions from the fall 2014 CNI meeting. To see all videos available from CNI, visit CNI’s video channels on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni).

Video from October 2014 MIT Digital Experimentation Conference

One of the most interesting conferences that I attended in 2014 was hosted by the Sloan School at MIT October 10-11, which looked at a wide range of technical and non-technical issues around the use of very large scale digital platforms (social media, sales, etc) to support experiments both for busines optimization and for other research purposes. This has become an extremely sophisticated area in ways that do not seem to be  widely known.

The basic conference announcement, program and related information is here:


Finally, just before Christmas, video of the event became available and can be found here:


I recommend the plenary sessions and the “Fireside Panel” on Experimentation and Ethical Practice, which I found to be quite interesting. The parallel sessions are more variable, and many of the papers there are quite specialized.

Happy viewing, and best wishes for the new year.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

CNI Program Plan & Cliff’s Plenary ‘An Evolving Environment’

At the CNI Fall Member Meeting last week in Washington, DC, we released the new CNI 2014-2015 Program Plan, surveying areas that we intend to focus on during this program year. We will be mailing printed copies of the document to our member representatives, and it is now online as well:


CNI Director Clifford Lynch discussed the Program Plan as part of his “2014 in Review and 2015 in Prospect” closing plenary session at the meeting, focusing particularly on privacy and security, software preservation and migration, and sustainability. Video of the talk, An Evolving Environment: Privacy, Security, Migration and Stewardship, is now available on CNI’s two video channels:

YouTube: http://youtu.be/jDCJ9mNQGcE
Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/114426257

Presentation materials from the December 2014 meeting are now available from the respective project briefing pages on the meeting website (http://www.cni.org/mm/fall-2014/). Additional videos will be available soon and we’ll make announcements here as they are ready. To see all videos available from CNI, visit our video channels on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni).

CNI Digital Scholarship Centers Report and Web Resource

An emerging trend that CNI has been highlighting for the past few years is the establishment of digital scholarship centers or labs in universities and colleges. We invited participation in a workshop to document the current centers and identify good practice, in April, 2014, and 24 institutions who had centers up and running responded to our call. Each participating center completed a template describing its mission, a key project, types of staff available, and services offered. The workshop included sessions on describing how the center had been established, the types of staff involved, the range of services, links to teaching and learning (as links to research were a given), and organizational issues.

We are releasing today our web resource on Digital Scholarship Centers that includes a report of the workshop, the slides associated with presentations given at the workshop, and the descriptions of centers contributed by each institution that participated. It is available at:

We hope that you will find this a useful resource and I would welcome your feedback on the site.
Joan Lippincott
Associate Executive Director
Coalition for Networked Information

Software as Service & Cloud Applications: CNI Exec. Roundtable Report

A report of the CNI Executive Roundtable Software as a Service and Cloud Based Applications, held at the CNI Spring 2014 Membership Meeting, is now available:


There has been a major shift in how some of the largest companies in the software industry are offering their products to the higher education community. Some companies are encouraging institutions to license their software in the cloud and others are providing no choice. The pressure to access software from a provider’s cloud service, rather than from a locally hosted service, is becoming intense. In addition to standard desktop applications software, many universities have moved enterprise level systems cloud-hosted services. On the surface, this change may appear to be merely one of efficiency, but the move to cloud services has the potential to disrupt the ways in which institutions are able to manage their information and the information of their community. There are important procedural and policy questions that must be aired in addition to the financial and control discussions that usually take place when moving operations to the cloud. Roundtable participants discussed their experiences with cloud services, the policies and procedures they have put into place, and the opportunities and risks that they perceive in this environment.

Held at CNI’s membership meetings, CNI Executive Roundtables bring together a group of campus partners, usually senior library and information technology leaders, to discuss a key digital information topic and its strategic implications. The events build on the theme of collaboration that is at the foundation of the Coalition; they serve as a forum for frank, unattributed intra and inter-institutional dialogue on digital information issues and their organizational and strategic implications. In addition, CNI uses roundtable discussions to inform our ongoing program planning process.

Other reports by and related to CNI are at http://www.cni.org/go/cni-reports/. For questions or comments related to CNI Executive Roundtables, please contact CNI Associate Executive Director Joan Lippincott at joan@cni.org.

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013