An alternative access method for the same information available from the CNI-ANNOUNCE listserv.
CNI is pleased to serve as a cooperating organization for this important event.
Archiving 2014 Preliminary Program Released
May 13-16 Berlin, Germany
Program available online:
Hotel registration deadline: April 6, 2014 (see details below)
Early registration deadline: April 14, 2014
All videos of project briefings from CNI’s December 2013 meeting have been posted and are available from CNI’s YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni) channels. Most recently released recordings include:
Mobile Technologies to Support Field Research, Wayne Johnston (U. of Guelph)
Accuracy in Web Analytics Reporting on Digital Libraries, Kenning Arlitsch & Patrick OBrien (Montana State U.), Martha Kyrillidou (ARL)
Creating a Data Interchange Standard for Researchers, Research, and Research Resources: VIVO-ISF, Dean B. Krafft & Brian Lowe (Cornell)
Databrary: An Open Video-Based Data-Sharing System for Developmental Science, Dylan Simon & David Millman (NYU), Rick Gilmore (Penn State)
Previously released video from CNI’s fall 2013 meeting:
- Hiberlink: Investigating Reference Rot in Web-Based Scholarly Communication [YouTube][Vimeo]
- Internet Identity Update: From Social to Scholar (Klingenstein, Internet2) [YouTube][Vimeo]
- Library Brand Recognition: Generating Visibility in the Virtual Age [YouTube][Vimeo]
- Institutional Research Data Management: Policies, Planning, Services and Surveys [YouTube][Vimeo]
- Trends In Digital Scholarship Centers [YouTube][Vimeo]
- Capturing the Ephemeral: Collecting Social Media and Supporting Twitter Research with Social Feed Manager [YouTube][Vimeo]
- Digital Natives or Digital Naives? The Role of Skill in Internet Use [YouTube][Vimeo]
- A Changing Landscape: Federal Mandates for Public Access to Scholarship, Transitions of Stewardship and Distributed Factual Biography [YouTube][Vimeo]
A preliminary title/speaker list of project briefings to be presented at CNI’s spring meeting is now available:
Details are subject to change.
The meeting will be held March 31-April 1 in St. Louis, MO, at The Ritz-Carlton.
Posting on behalf of our colleagues at U. San Diego, the program is now available for this timely symposium.
-Joan Lippincott, CNI
Digital Initiatives Symposium
Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, University of San Diego
Join University of San Diego’s Copley Library for a day-long event focused on the digital elements of library ecosystems and institutional repositories as well as a bepress Digital Commons user group meeting.
Featured keynote speakers will be:
Lorraine Haricombe, Dean of the University of Kansas Libraries
Lee Van Orsdel, Dean of University Libraries at Grand Valley State University
Speakers and panelists include:
Loretta Parham and Elizabeth McClenney, Atlanta University Center, Woodruff Library
Anna Chiaretta Lavatelli, Kristi Ehrig-Burgess, Alan Renga, Rosa Longacre, Balboa Park Online Collaborative
Joy Painter and George Porter, California Institute of Technology
Michele Wyngard, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Mark Stover and Andrew Weiss, California State University Northridge
Carmen Mitchell and Barbara Taylor, California State University San Marcos
Steven Van Tuyl, Carnegie Mellon University
Allegra Swift, Claremont Colleges
Chris Vinson, Andrew Wesolek, Jill Bunch, Clemson University
Debra Skinner, Georgia Southern University
Terri Fishel, Macalester College
Roger Smith, Cristela Garcia-Spitz, Matt Critchlow, University of California San Diego
Frances Wright and Nichole Rustad, University of Dayton
Ellen Ramsey, University of Virginia
For the complete program, please visit our website.
Who should attend?
Librarians and other professionals interested in or involved with:
Digital aspects of library ecosystems
The development or maintenance of institutional repositories and other digital projects
Register now at http://tiny.cc/f32hbx
$35 registration includes lunch and afternoon refreshments.
Please register by March 25, 2014.
For further information visit kriddle or 619-260-6850.
A new video of a project briefing session from CNI’s fall 2013 meeting is now available:
Hiberlink: Investigating Reference Rot in Web-Based Scholarly Communication
Herbert Van de Sompel & Martin Klein, both of Los Alamos National Laboratory
A video of the presentation is now online at http://www.cni.org/topics/digital-curation/f13-sompel-hiberlink/
References in scholarly communication are traditionally to published articles or books. But today’s Web-based scholarly communication increasingly includes links to a wide range of resources that are needed or created in research activity such as software, data sets, websites, presentations, blogs, videos, scientific workflows, and ontologies. These resources often evolve over time, unlike traditional scholarly articles. Their dynamic nature poses a significant challenge for the consistency of the scholarly record: a link may no longer work or the referenced content may change from what it was originally.
The Mellon-funded Hiberlink project, a collaboration between the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of Edinburgh, explores reference rot along two tracks. A research track aims at characterizing and quantifying reference rot in Web-based scholarly communication using a vast collection of scholarly articles from which links to referenced resources are extracted and an unprecedented collection of Web archive holdings used to determine coverage of the referenced resources. A solutions track aims at identifying and prototyping approaches that can ameliorate the problem, such as pro-active archiving of referenced resources at an appropriate stage in the publication lifecycle and referencing resources with the inclusion of machine-actionable temporal context.
Look for more announcements soon on videos of other sessions from the fall 2013 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).
The ARL Statistics and Measurement Program is offering a full-day, in-person workshop on Google Analytics, to be held on October 20, 2014, in partnership with LunaMetrics, a Google Analytics Certified Partner. Google Analytics is a tool that can help identify where website visitors are coming from and how they interact with web pages. Libraries can use this knowledge to improve their websites and overall user experience.
This workshop will focus on the following topics:
Web Analytics Basics—what can we measure?
Google Analytics Overview—how it works, implementation and configuration issues, data quality, and privacy
Google Analytics 101—tour of reports, metrics definitions, features, and functions
Advanced Analysis—custom reports, advanced segments, site search reporting, content grouping, event tracking, and e-commerce tracking
Key Metrics for Actionable Insights—library websites, digital libraries, OPACs
Critical Google Analytics Configuration Steps—goal tracking, site search, campaign links, filters, and profiles
Jonathan Weber is a web analyst at LunaMetrics, a Pittsburgh Internet consulting firm. LunaMetrics works to increase traffic to websites and convert more of that traffic into business. They have a strong emphasis on website testing and web analytics and are a Google Analytics Certified Partner. Jonathan works on configuring Google Analytics and analyzing websites for insights. He has also been involved in code4lib.org and the Evergreen ILS project, and has published several articles on library technology issues in Library Journal and Information Standards Quarterly. He received an MLIS from the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. Before he caught the web analytics bug, he worked as an information architect.
Date: Monday, October 20, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location: ARL, 21 Dupont Circle NW #800, Washington, DC
Registration: Register online (https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1681133-t6zFGeRyGi) by September 19, 2014.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.
I wanted to share the announcement of a new report from the National Digital Stewardship Alliance on the PDF/A-3 file format specification that was released in late 2012. The PDF/A specifications are fairly widely used to define a “more preservable” subset of the hugely complex general PDF specification (A is for “archival”). The new “incremental” upgrade to PDF/A raises some very nasty issues for institutions relying on this specification in an archival context; at the very least, migration to this new version is going to take some careful consideration, and potentially some substantial expense and disruption. There’s a helpful short overview on the Library of Congress Digital Preservation blog at:
The full report is at
Many thanks to NDSA for alerting the community to this serious potential problem, and for a good analysis of the issues involved.
I wanted to share two (relatively) recent reports dealing with various aspects of human subjects, personally identifiable data and research data management and reuse.
The first comes from the US National Research Council and is titled “Proposed Revisions to the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects in the Behavioral and Social Sciences” and can be downloaded for free (or purchased in print) from
This is a wide-ranging report that builds on an earlier (March 2013) Workshop report that I posted last year to CNI-announce; it deals, among many other things, with questions about when Instutional Review Boards should become involved in behavioral and social sciences research and to what extent; it also deals with issues about data reuse.
The second is a report from the EU DASISH (Data Services Infrastructure for the Social Sciences and Humanities) program (see www.dasish.eu for a general overview). Confusingly, the project reports are here
rather than under “publications”, and of particular interest is the report “Legal and Ethical Issues” under “New IPR Challenges”, at
which provides a very helpful look at some issues surrounding the sharing and reuse of human subjects data from an EU perspective. The report is actually from June 2013, but I only saw it recently.
I hope these are helpful for readers trying to track policy development in this important area.
The Personal Digital Archiving (PDA) 2014 Conference will take place on April 10-11 at the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis, IN. The conference program is now available from the meeting website at http://visions.indstate.edu/pda2014/#; registration closes April 1.
CNI is pleased to serve as a conference collaborator again this year.
A new video of a project briefing session from CNI’s fall 2013 meeting is now available:
Internet Identity Update: From Social to Scholar
Kenneth Klingenstein (Internet2)
This presentation provides an update on Internet identity and its interactions with the research and evaluation community. Several key developments are shared, including Social-to-SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) gateways, scholarly identity, federal initiatives such as National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), application categories such as research and scholarship, privacy managers, international collaboration platforms, and other topics of interest to the CNI community.
A video of the presentation is now online at
Look for more announcements soon of videos of other sessions from the fall 2013 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).