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NIH Request for Information: Teaching and Learning Resources for Biomedical Data Management and Data Science

As part of the National Institutes of Heath program Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative, they have been issuing a number of requests for information. This one, which is open till the end of 2014, deals with teaching and learning resources. See below for some brief highlights and a pointer for more information.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


Request for Information (RFI) on the NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative Resources for Teaching and Learning Biomedical Big Data Management and Data Science (Notice number NOT-LM-15-001)

An excerpt,
Some needed instructional resources for training in data management and data science are already available. Please identify resources and materials of interest with characteristics such as, but not limited to:
·         Graduate-level short courses, tutorials and workshops (online, in-person or hybrid) that are open to all;
·         Graduate-level online tutorials and modules;
·         Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs;
·         Curriculum plans or resources (including sample datasets or data management plans used in data management training;
·         Evaluation approaches for online data science or data management courses.
NIH is interested in collections (aggregations) of the above as well as individual topics. Materials for self-guided learning must be available online or for download in standard digital formats.
For each class or learning resource, please provide information that will help NIH identify and locate the resources, such as:
·         The name of the course or resource;
·         A URL for the online resource or a site that describes or offers the resource;
·         The sponsor of the resource, such as organization or instructor.
Additional information, is also welcome, including comments about the course or resource.

PASIG Updates

The next meeting of the Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group will take place at the University of California, San Diego, on Marcy 11-13, 2015, immediately following the Research Data Alliance plenary, which is also taking place in San Diego.

More information will be available at


In the interim, the material from the Fall 2014 PASIG meting in Karlsruhe, Germany is now available  via a link on the same site.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

CRediT Launch Workshop Dec 10, DC

Following the December 8-9 CNI membership meeting in DC, there’s a workshop on December 10 that is aimed at advancing the development of better characterizations Following the December 8-9 CNI membership meeting in DC, there’s a workshop on December 10 that is aimed at advancing of the various roles that  contributors play in scholarly communication. This builds on work that was done at a workshop hosted at Harvard in May 2012; I know some CNI-announce readers were at this earlier meeting and many more read the report or other coverage.

Amy Brand, who organized the Harvard meeting, is running this workshop as well. She tells me that she still has a small number of places available. More details are below.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI
“There a few spots left for a one-day workshop following CNI on December 10th in DC, for anyone interested in learning more about http://projectcredit.net. This is an initiative sponsored by the Wellcome Trust, Digital Science, CASRAI and NISO, with support from Science Europe, to develop a science-oriented contributor role taxonomy and its implementation. Preliminary workshop agenda, along with registration form, may be found here. ”

Amy Brand, PhD
VP Academic & Research Relations, VP North America
Digital Science
25 First Street
Cambridge, MA 02141
Office +1-617-475-9278, Mobile +1-617-955-6864

Videos from Dodging the Memory Hole: Saving Born-digital News Content, RJI

Clifford Lynch’s opening keynote address from “Dodging the Memory Hole: Saving Born-digital News Content” is now available, as are other videos from the event:


The symposium was held at the University of Missouri’s Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) on Nov. 10–11, 2014.

CNI Member Mtg Presentations: Titles Released

A preliminary title/speaker list of project briefings to be presented at CNI’s fall meeting is now available:


Details are subject to change.

The meeting will be held Dec. 8-9 in Washington, DC, at the Capital Hilton. Registration closes Nov. 7th.

Library Publishing Forum accepting session proposals

I’m pleased to share this call for presentation proposals for the 2d annual Library Publishing Forum. CNI is a Strategic Affiliate of the Library Publishing Coalition, which organizes this conference. For those who have already developed publishing initiatives in the library or are planning to do so, you should find this program of interest.
–Joan Lippincott
Conference Announcement and CFP: 2nd Annual Library Publishing Forum
Date: March 29-30, 2015
Location: Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
Conference Website: http://www.librarypublishing.org/events/lpforum15
We are pleased to announce the second annual Library Publishing Forum and issue a call for presentation proposals. This year’s theme is Creating and Supporting Sustainable Publishing Programs and we invite proposals for a variety of formats and relevant topics. For further details, please see thiswebsite. Proposals are due December 31, 2014.
This event will bring together representatives from libraries engaged in (or considering) publishing initiatives to define and address major questions and challenges; to identify and document collaborative opportunities; to strengthen and promote this community of practice; and to advance this vibrant subfield of academic publishing.
We encourage library publishers (and friends of library publishing) to submit proposals and/or attend the Forum, including both administrators and technical staff charged with this important scholarly communications function. The Library Publishing Forum will include representatives from a broad, international spectrum of academic library backgrounds, as well as groups that collaborate with libraries to publish scholarly works including the digital humanities. You do not need to be a member of the LPC to attend this event.
Please check the website for registration information.

Allegra Swift
Head of Scholarly Communication & Digital Publishing
Claremont Colleges Library
Claremont University Consortium
909.607.0893 | scholarship.claremont.edu

Digital Initiative Symposium – Call for Proposals

I’m happy to pass along this Call for Proposals from University of San Diego.
Joan Lippincott

2015 University of San Diego Digital Initiatives Symposium Call for Proposals

When: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Where: University of San Diego

Proposals are now being accepted for the second annual Digital Initiatives Symposium, a day-long event focused on all types and platforms of institutional repositories and digital initiatives.

This year’s symposium will focus on the intersections of libraries and the broader educational community: open educational resources, library partnerships with faculty for digital initiatives, digital humanities, and other topics, in a variety of institutional contexts.

We are accepting proposals for 45-minute concurrent sessions and 90-minute panel presentations. We welcome proposals from all types of organizations, including colleges and universities of all sizes, community colleges, public libraries, special libraries, museums, and other cultural memory institutions.

We are especially interested in proposals that consider:

· roles for deans and directors in digital and institutional repository initiatives

· roles for disciplinary faculty in digital and institutional repository initiatives

· diverse repository platforms and functions

· open access policies

· repositories and distance learning

· repositories and information literacy

· digital humanities

· copyright

· open educational resources

· instruction and scholarly communication

· archives and special collections

Submission Guidelines and Selection Criteria

Panel discussions: 90 minutes

Concurrent sessions (case studies, white papers, demonstrations, or panels): 45 minutes

Please plan to leave 10-15 minutes for questions.

Submissions must include:

· Session title

· Presenters’ names, titles, and affiliations

· A brief abstract, no more than 300 words (If accepted, the abstract will be used as part of the program and published along with conference proceedings.)

· A longer description of the session, approximately 500 words

· A brief statement on learning outcomes for the session

· Specific technology or other presentation requirements

Submissions will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic and potential to advance thinking about digital initiatives and institutional repositories. Acceptance is competitive. Registration fees will be waived for accepted presenters.

Submit proposals and questions to Kelly Riddle, Digital Initiatives Librarian at the University of San Diego, at kriddle.

For more information on the day’s events, please visit http://digital.sandiego.edu/symposium/.

Important Dates

December 15, 2014: Proposal submission deadline

January 23, 2015: Notification of acceptance

February 16, 2015: Selected presenters must confirm presentations

March 23, 2015: Registration deadline

Dr. Theresa S. Byrd

Dean of the University Library

Helen K. and James S. Copley Library

University of San Diego

5998 Alcalá Park

San Diego, CA 92110-2492

Phone: (619) 260-7522

Fax: (619) 849-8301


21st Century Learning Spaces LSC webinar

I’m passing along the latest invitation for a webinar from the Learning Spaces Collaboratory (LSC). There is a fee for participation. Many of you have told me how useful you have found these sessions.
–Joan Lippincott

We invite your participation in the November LSC webinar: Connecting the Dots between Planning and Assessing 21st Century Learning Spaces: Lessons Learned from the Field on Thursday, November 20th at 3:30 p.m. EST.


In this webinar, we will step back from exploring specific “built” spaces—libraries, common spaces, teaching labs, etc. With three thoughtful practitioners as our guide, we will explore some dimensions of learning space research:

· What it is

· Why it is difficult to do, albeit critical to planning spaces that are transformative over the long-term

· How does it inform the planning process

· How to start on a small scale, small budget (critical first steps)

Each of these facilitators—Elliot Felix, Dana Gierdowski, and Bonnie Sanborn—brings distinctive expertise to this exploration:

· Elliot works with leading higher education, cultural, and corporate organizations to create strategies that improve the experiences of their people. He’ll contribute expertise on post-occupancy evaluations to measure the success of spaces to improve them and inform the next ones.

· Dana, from her work (also at NCSU) in researching how innovative, technology-rich learning spaces impact users—faculty and students alike. Her portfolio of research on learning spaces incorporates attention to diverse types of spaces. She teaches writing-intensive courses in higher ed and her most recent work focuses on writing classrooms.

· Bonnie, trained as an anthropologist, puts her lens on how learning from a space can help understanding all kinds of user needs and behaviors. Her current research emphasis is on social behavior in collaborative or informal spaces.

No matter the stage of your planning or the scope or intent of your project, the explorations in this webinar are designed to challenge participants to embrace assessment more readily, understand who needs to be involved, translate what they are learning from assessment to enhance the physical, social, and intellectual learning environments for all undergraduates.

New ways of thinking about learning spaces are happening across the continent, as illustrated by a story in The Globe and Mail. Thanks to Bruno Gnassi, University Librarian, Bishop’s University in Quebec.

Please visit the LSC home page for reflections on the October webinar and other LSC resources.


REMINDER: CNI Registration closes FRIDAY

The registration deadline for the Fall 2014 CNI member meeting is this FRIDAY, November 7. If you have not registered for the meeting or made hotel accommodations, please do so by Friday. Information about registration & accommodations is available online:

If you have questions about meeting registration, please contact Jackie Eudell at jackie@cni.org. The event will be held at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC, December 8-9.

See you in DC!

OCLC Report: Registering Researchers in Authority Files

I wanted to share the announcement of the very recently released report “Registering Researchers in Authority Files” from Karen Smith-Yoshimura at OCLC research in collaboration with an international task force. The convergence of traditional authority files, researcher ID registries like ORCID, and other biographical and bibliographical resouces has been a substantial concern for CNI’s program over the past few years, and those attending the CNI membership meetings have seen a number of presentations recently exploring developments in this area.

The background and links to the report are at:


Karen’s report is a very helpful summary of recent developments, with particular emphasis on the relationships to traditional name authority infrastructure. Essential reading for those tracking these issues.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


OCLC Research published a new report today: Registering Researchers in Authority Files.

Written by OCLC Research Program Officer Karen Smith-Yoshimura and a 13-member task group comprised of specialists from the US, UK and the Netherlands, this report summarizes their research into approaches to providing authoritative researcher identifiers.

Registering researchers in some type of authority file or identifier system has become more compelling as both institutions and researchers recognize the need to compile their scholarly output. The report presents functional requirements and recommendations for six stakeholders: researchers, funders, university administrators, librarians, and identity management systems, and aggregators (including publishers). It also provides an overview of the researcher identifier landscape, changes in the field, emerging trends, and opportunities.

See the Registering Researchers in Authority Files overview page for key highlights and to download the report in 8.5×11 or A4 formats. Supplementary data sets are also available for download, including: 18 use-case scenarios for the six stakeholders; functional requirements derived from the use-case scenarios; the list of 100 research networking and identifier systems the task group considered; characteristics profiles of 20 research networking and identifier systems; mappings of each of the 20 systems to the functional requirements; and a researcher identifier information flow diagram.

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013