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OCLC Research Evolving Scholarly Record

Over the last half-year or so, OCLC Research has been running a series of symposia exploring what they are calling the “evolving scholarly record”; the final symposium in the series was held June 2 in San Francisco. CNI has been participating in these meetings as part of our efforts to understand the broader landscape of preservation challenges, as well as due to our ongoing interest in the evolution of scholarly communications practices.

With that context, I wanted to share the announcement below with the CNI community about OCLC’s latest report on this work, which has just been released.  The report is at


and if you are not familiar with the project, you may also want to look at the earlier report at


Material on the June 2, 2015 workshop (and pointers to summaries of earlier workshops) can be found at


Clifford Lynch

Director, CNI


OCLC Research published a new report today, Stewardship of the Evolving Scholarly Record: From the Invisible Hand to Conscious Coordination, written by Brian Lavoie and Constance Malpas.

This report describes the key features of future stewardship models adapted to the characteristics of a digital, networked scholarly record, and discusses some practical implications of implementing these models.

Key highlights include:

  • As the scholarly record continues to evolve, conscious coordination will become an important organizing principle for stewardship models.
  • Past stewardship models were built on an “invisible hand” approach that relied on the uncoordinated, institution-scale efforts of individual academic libraries acting autonomously to maintain local collections.
  • Future stewardship of the evolving scholarly record requires conscious coordination of context, commitments, specialization, and reciprocity.
  • With conscious coordination, local stewardship efforts leverage scale by collecting more of less.
  • Keys to conscious coordination include right-scaling consolidation, cooperation, and community mix.
  • Reducing transaction costs and building trust facilitate conscious coordination.
  • Incentives to participate in cooperative stewardship activities should be linked to broader institutional priorities.

Conscious coordination calls for stewardship strategies that incorporate a broader awareness of the system-wide stewardship context; declarations of explicit commitments around portions of the local collection; formal divisions of labor within cooperative arrangements; and robust networks for reciprocal access. Stewardship strategies based on conscious coordination involve an acceleration of an already perceptible transition away from relatively autonomous local collections to ones built on networks of cooperation across many organizations, within and outside the traditional cultural heritage community.

IDCC 2016 Feb 22-25, 2016, Amsterdam

The 11th International Digital Curation Conference will be held from Monday 22 February to Thursday 25 February 2016 at the Mövenpick Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The Call for Papers will be published shortly and further details will be added to the Conference website over the coming months.


CNI is once again delighted to act as a co-sponsor of this meeting.

Clifford Lynch

Director, CNI

TPDL2015 Conference, Sept. 2015 – Registration, open calls

CNI is pleased to be a cooperating organization for the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL) again this year.


Registration for the 19th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL, http://tpdl2015.info) is open. Early registration will be open until the end of July; regular registration will be possible during August. The conference will take place in Poznań, Poland between September 14 and 18.

To register for TPDL 2015 go here: http://tpdl2015.info/registration/


You can find more information about the conference program, including the list of papers and keynote speakers, here: http://tpdl2015.info/program/main-conference-agenda/

There are also a number of events co-hosted with the conference, together making a full week of exciting events:

- 5 tutorials (http://tpdl2015.info/tutorials-list/)

– Automatic Methods for Disambiguating Author Names in Bibliographic Data Repositories

– Building Digital Library Collections with Greenstone 3

– Catmandu – a (meta)data toolkit

– Dynamic Data Citation

– Enabling Reproducibility in Evolving Environment

– Mappings, Application profiles and Extensions for cross-domain metadata in the Europeana context and beyond

- 7 workshops (http://tpdl2015.info/workshops-list/)

– 3rd International Workshop on Digital Scientific Communication: Reuse, Sharing, and Assessment of All Research Products (WDSC)

– 5th International Workshop on Semantic Digital Archives (SDA 2015)

– Cloud based services for digital libraries — Extending, mapping and focusing the CRM

– Kick-off workshop of the IMPACT-OPF MOOC on digitisation and digital preservation

– Networked Knowledge Organisation Systems and Services (NKOS)

– Usefulness of interactive IR systems


TPDL2015 has two calls still open for two more weeks:

- Doctoral Consortium Call: http://tpdl2015.info/call-papers/doctoral-consortium-papers/

- Special call for Systems and Products Track: http://tpdl2015.info/call-papers/special-call-systems-products-track/

Additionally, some of the workshops still have their call for papers open, so you can contribute to them!

Video: Integrating Digital Epigraphies

In this presentation from CNI’s spring 2015 meeting, Joshua Sosin of Duke University describes Integrating Digital Epigraphies (IDEs), which aims to provide core disciplinary infrastructure for the field of Greek epigraphy, such as has been built already for documentary papyrology. The project involves building a set of services that align related data across multiple resources, support user-based assertion of relationships across resources, and support annotation within and across resources.

Electronic Laboratory Notebooks: More than Notes is now available online:

and on YouTube: https://youtu.be/bJjavOjaEKs

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: Electronic Lab Notebooks

In this presentation from CNI’s spring 2015 meeting, Alan Wolf and Jan Cheetham of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, describe Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELN), an enterprise tool specifically designed to manage data coming from research labs. The University’s implementation of ELN is firmly grounded in the campus data stewardship policy, which requires the full knowledge and control of data in the system by the principal investigator of the research.

Electronic Laboratory Notebooks: More than Notes is now available online:

Electronic Laboratory Notebooks: More than Notes from CNI Video Channel on Vimeo.

and on YouTube: https://youtu.be/iKEwJT-gF6w

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).

Interviews: Digital Scholarship, 3D Printing, Mobile Research

Interviews with selected attendees and speakers from CNI’s spring 2015 membership meeting, produced by EDUCAUSE, are now available at https://soundcloud.com/cni_org/sets/cni15s

The collection includes the following conversations:

* Digital Scholarship Roundtable, Joan Lippincott (CNI), Donald Waters (Mellon Foundation), Daniel Chamberlain (Occidental College)
* The Digital Preservation Network, Evviva Weinraub & David Pcolar (Digital Preservation Network)
* Mobile Technologies to Support Field Research, Wayne Johnston (University of Guelph)
* Biodiversity Heritage Library, Nancy Gwynn (Smithsonian)
* Building a 3D Printer Lab at Northeastern University Libraries, Patrick Yott (Northeastern University)

Video: Software Curation as a Digital Preservation Service

Libraries have served their universities in part through their robust access to and preservation of the scholarly record. Two libraries are now considering how to expand this responsibility to include executable content, such as software, models, and educational games. In this presentation from CNI’s spring 2015 meeting, Euan Cochrane of Yale University describes the bwFLA Emulation as a Service software, and Keith Webster of Carnegie Mellon University talks about the Olive (Open Library of Images for Virtual Execution) project.

Software Curation as a Digital Preservation Service is now available online:

Software Curation as a Digital Preservation Service from CNI Video Channel on Vimeo.

and on YouTube: https://youtu.be/w7nTIFR-g88

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: BIBFLOW: Library Linked Data

BIBFLOW aims to document the internal effects of the conversion of library records to Linked Data, focusing particularly on the BIBFRAME framework. While many projects have, or are currently, focused on how Linked Data will transform the library catalogue and discovery of library resources, BIBFLOW is focused on how Linked Data will transform the inner-workings of the library itself to support the vision of Linked Data-driven discovery as well as streamline operations. In this presentation from CNI’s spring 2015 meeting, MacKenzie Smith and Carl Stahmer of the University of California, Davis, and Eric Miller of Zepheira, Inc., demonstrate their Linked Data cataloguing system, discuss workflows being tested, and deliver preliminary results of the testing.

BIBFLOW: A Roadmap for Library Linked Data Implementation is now available online:

and on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Z-g_yJ1FL0U

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).

ACRL Digital Scholarship Centers Interest Group meeting at ALA San Francisco

CNI’s Joan Lippincott will speak at the inaugural ACRL Digital Scholarship Centers Interest Group meeting, which will take place at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

Please join us for the inaugural ACRL Digital Scholarship Centers Interest Group meeting at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference, San Francisco

Date/time: Saturday, June 27th from 10:30-11:30

Location: Hilton SF Union Square, Franciscan C/D

All ALA members welcome.

Digital scholarship centers are currently in the formative stages at a variety of types of institutions. These centers address research, teaching and learning needs across disciplines by providing services for a variety of digital research needs including digital humanities, data services and management, GIS, digitization, and scholarly communication issues. This interest group will offer a forum for individuals involved in developing digital scholarship centers to discuss the success and challenges in creating specialized support in the digital environment. Meetings of this interest group will provide an opportunity to discuss current trends, examine case studies of individual facilities, explore innovative best practices, and present successful partnerships with faculty/students and campus partners around the use of technology to enhance scholarship.

Please join us for two presentations about Digital Scholarship Centers:

Digital Scholarship Centers: Three Questions

Joan Lippincott, Coalition for Networked Information

The Coalition for Networked Information’s Joan Lippincott will describe some findings from CNI’s work on trends in digital scholarship centers and her own observations from interviews and on-site visits. The presentation will focus on three questions: 1) Are there commonalities among what various libraries call digital scholarship centers?  2) Do centers offer service, expertise, or both? 3) What is the role of physical facilities and equipment in digital scholarship centers?

DSS @ NYU: Digital Scholarship Services in the NYU Libraries

With  April M. Hathcock, Scholarly Communications Librarian and Zach Coble, Digital Scholarship Specialist

In the summer of 2013, NYU Libraries launched Digital Scholarship Services (DSS), a new service that helps NYU faculty and students incorporate digital scholarship tools and methods into their research and teaching. During this presentation, April Hathcock and Zach Coble will provide an overview of our service model, which is rooted in collaboration with other units in the library and throughout the university. We will end by highlighting some of our most recent work, including a semester’s worth of grant-funded graduate student workshops and public lectures centered around digital humanities research and methodologies.

Join us in ALA Connect and join our listserv at acr-igdsc@lists.ala.org

 -Merinda Kaye Hensley and Steven Bell, Co-Conveners, ACRL Digital Scholarship Centers Interest Group

2015 ETD Survey – Call for participation

Many universities have ETD programs but we still lack good data, as my colleague Gail McMillan from Virginia Tech, describes below. I encourage you to participate in this survey.

–Joan Lippincott, CNI


2015 ETD Survey: A Comprehensive Survey of ETD Practices

ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations) have been part of academia for over 20 years, yet we lack comparative data over time. This is only the second study of general practices of academic institutions regarding ETDs. This study will identify current best practices as well as problem areas for all institutions to be aware of, and it will chart the longitudinal progress of ETD initiatives.

Please take 15 minutes to complete this survey (or forward this email to a more appropriate person at your institution) and remedy the shallow depths of statistical data available about ETDs.

Click here to take the ETD survey or paste the URL below into your Internet browser. We promise that it really won’t take longer than 15 minutes to respond.


It is my goal to repeat this survey every two years and to post the results widely in easily accessible public repositories. The results of the first baseline survey, “2013 NDLTD Survey of ETD Practices,” are available at http://hdl.handle.net/10919/50978.

Thank you very much for participating in this important survey.

Gail McMillan
Director, Scholarly Communication
Professor, Virginia Tech Libraries
Board of Directors, Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)
gailmac@vt.edu   540-231-9252

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013