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Research Data Alliance – US Call for Fellows

Posting on behalf of our colleagues at the Research Data Alliance.
–Joan Lippincott, CNI

Research Data Alliance/US Call for Fellows
The Research Data Alliance (RDA) invites applications for its newly redesigned fellowship program. The program’s goal is to engage early career researchers in the US in Research Data Alliance (RDA), a dynamic and young global organization that seeks to eliminate the technical and social barriers to research data sharing.
The successful Fellow will engage in the RDA through a 12-18 month project under the guidance of a mentor from the RDA community. The project is carried out within the context of an RDA Working Group (WG), Interest Group (IG), or Coordination Group (i.e., Technical Advisory Board), and is expected to have mutual benefit to both Fellow and the group’s goals. Fellows receive a stipend and travel support and must be currently employed or appointed at a US institution.
Fellows have a chance to work on real-world challenges of high importance to RDA, for instance:

  • Engage with social sciences experts to study the human and organizational barriers to technology sharing
  • Apply a WG product to a need in the Fellow’s discipline
  • Develop plan and disseminate RDA research data sharing practices
  • Develop and test adoption strategies
  • Study and recommend strategies to facilitate adoption of outputs from WGs into the broader RDA membership and other organizations
  • Engage with potential adopting organizations and study their practices and needs
  • Develop outreach materials to disseminate information about RDA and its products
  • Adapt and transfer outputs from WGs into the broader RDA membership and other organizations

The program involves one or two summer internships and travel to RDA plenaries during the duration of the fellowship (international and domestic travel). Fellows will receive a $5000 stipend for each summer of the fellowship. Fellows will be paired with a mentor from the RDA community. Through the RDA Data Share program, fellows will participate in a cohort building orientation workshop offering training in RDA and data sciences. This workshop is held at the beginning of the fellowship. RDA Data Share program coordinators will work with Fellows and mentors to clarify roles and responsibilities at the start of the fellowship.
Criteria for selection: The Fellows engaging in the RDA Data Share program are sought from a variety of backgrounds: communications, social, natural and physical sciences, business, informatics, and computer science. The RDA Data Share program will look for a T-shaped skill set, where early signs of cross discipline competency are combined with evidence of teamwork and communication skills, and a deep competency in one discipline.
Additional criteria include: interest in and commitment to data sharing and open access; demonstrated ability to work in teams and within a limited time framework; and benefit to the applicant’s career trajectory.
Eligibility: Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers at institutions of higher education in the United States, and early career researchers at U.S.-based research institutions who graduated with a relevant master’s or PhD and are no more than three years beyond receipt of their degree. Applications from traditionally underserved populations are strongly encouraged to apply.
To apply: Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume/curriculum vitae and a 300-500 word statement that briefly describes their education, interests in data issues, and career goals to datashare-inquiry-l. Candidates are encouraged to browse the RDA website https://rd-alliance.org/ and pages of interest and working groups to identify relevant topics and mutual interests.
For more on this call see: https://www.rd-alliance.org/research-data-allianceus-call-fellows.html-1
Important dates:
April 16, 2015 – Fellowship applications are due
May 1, 2015 – Award notifications
June 18-19, 2015 – Fellowship begins with the orientation workshop in Bloomington, IN


RDA Data Share, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation under award G-2014-13746, engages students and early career researchers in the Research Data Alliance.  This engagement builds on foundational infrastructure funded by the National Science Foundation grant # ACI-1349002.

HathiTrust Research Center UnCamp

Registration Now Open! HTRC UnCamp, March 30-31, 2015

HathiTrust Research Center UnCamp
March 30-31, 2015
Palmer Commons at the University of Michigan
100 Washtenaw Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2218

2015 UnCamp
This year’s HathiTrust Research Center UnCamp will be held March 30-31, 2015 at the University of Michigan Palmer Commons. This is the third iteration of the UnCamp—an event that is part hands-on coding and demonstration, part inspirational use-cases, part community building, part informational, all structured in the dynamic setting of an un-conference programming format. It has visionary speakers mixed with boot-camp activities and hands-on sessions with HTRC infrastructure and tools. This year’s keynote speakers are Professor Michelle Alexopoulos, of the University of Toronto Department of Economics and Professor Erez Lieberman Aiden of the Department of Genetics at the Baylor College of Medicine. Read more about Michelle and Erez on the HTRC website.

Who should attend? The HTRC UnCamp is targeted to the digital humanities tool developers, researchers and librarians of HathiTrust member institutions, and graduate students. Breakout sessions will cover a range of topics and be based around attendees’ self-identified roles, so all levels of user/researcher are encouraged to attend. Attendees will be asked for their input in planning sessions, so please plan to register early!

Registration is now live!
The UnCamp will have a minimal registration fee of $150 so as to make the Uncamp as affordable as possible for you to attend, while covering meals and venue expenses. Registration will be open until March 16, 2015, and is limited due to venue constraints, so do plan to register early.

Follow this link to register: https://www.eventville.com/catalog/eventregistration1.asp?eventid=1011462

Two blocks of hotels have been reserved and are available for reservations via phone only:

Campus Inn (734-769-2200)
Within walking distance of Palmer Commons
$229 per night
Block name “UM Library-HathiTrust UnCamp”

Sheraton Ann Arbor (734-996-0600)
Short car ride from Palmer Commons
$135 per night
Block name “HathiTrust UnCamp”

Additional information, including detailed bios for speakers, introductions for keynotes and the full UnCamp program, will be posted at http://www.hathitrust.org/htrc_uncamp2015 as it becomes available. Please forward any question to HTRC Executive Assistant, Ryan Dubnicek (rdubnic2@illinois.edu).

Robert H. McDonald
Associate Dean for Library Technologies
Deputy Director-Data to Insight Center, Pervasive Technology Institute
Indiana University
1320 East 10th Street
Herman B Wells Library 234
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: 812-856-4834
Email: rhmcdona@indiana.edu
Skype: rhmcdonald

REMINDER: Proposals Due for CNI Spring 2015

The submission deadline for CNI’s spring 2015 membership meeting is fast approaching! The meeting will be held on April 13-14 in Seattle, Washington.

Proposals for project briefings are due no later than Friday, February 27.
A limited number of proposals are accepted.
For details, and to submit a proposal: http://www.cni.org/mm/spring-2015/s15-submit-a-proposal/

Meeting and hotel registration deadline is Friday, March 20www.cni.org/mm/spring-2015/

Follow this meeting on Twitter: #cni15s

See you in Seattle!

Video: Online-Only Media

John Vallier of the University of Washington discusses the implications of streaming media for library media collections in his talk Online-Only Media: 21st Century Collection Crisis? presented at CNI’s December 2014 member meeting, and now available online:

and on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/119092895

NMC Horizon Report Higher Education Edition Released

At the ELI annual conference today, the NMC Horizon Report for higher education was officially released. This is a report that often generates lots of discussion on campus and in other venues. Full disclosure – I was a member of the Expert Panel for the report this year.
Joan Lippincott, CNI


NMC and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Release the
NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Higher Ed Edition
Available at http://www.nmc.org/publication/nmc-horizon-report-2015-higher-education-edition/

Anaheim, CA (February 11) — Today the New Media Consortium (NMC) and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) are jointly releasing the NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Higher Education Edition in a special session at the 2015 ELI Annual Meeting. The 12th edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education. This report is also the first NMC publication made possible in part through crowdfunding efforts.

Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology are identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, giving campus leaders and practitioners a valuable guide for strategic technology planning. The format of the report provides in-depth insight into how trends and challenges are accelerating and impeding the adoption of educational technology, along with their implications for policy, leadership, and practice.

“University administrators and educators across the world use the report as a springboard for discussion around important trends and challenges,” says Larry Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of the NMC. “Personalizing learning on a deeper level, along with finding more accurate ways to measure different kinds of learning to provide better insights to educators and students, will be critical over the next five years.”

“With its 2015 edition, the Horizon Report for higher education has taken some important evolutionary steps,” notes ELI Director Malcolm Brown. “The report embeds the six technologies more explicitly in the overall context of higher education, with its expanded section on trends and challenges. The report has always assisted the community in making decisions about technology directions, but now the trends and challenges sections provide additional resources for campus discussions and decision making.”

Key Trends Accelerating Higher Education Technology Adoption
The NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Higher Education Edition identifies the “Increasing Use of Blended Learning” and “Redesigning Learning Spaces” as short-term trends accelerating the adoption of educational technology in higher education over the next one to two years. The “Proliferation of Open Educational Resources” and the “Growing Focus on Measuring Learning” are mid-term trends expected to drive technology use in the next three to five years; meanwhile, “Increasing Cross-Institution Collaboration” and “Advancing Cultures of Change and Innovation” are long-term trends, anticipated to impact institutions for the next five years or more.

Significant Challenges Impeding Higher Education Technology Adoption
A number of challenges are acknowledged as barriers to the mainstream use of technology in higher education. “Blending Formal and Informal Learning” and “Improving Digital Literacy” are perceived as solvable challenges – those which we both understand and know how to solve. “Teaching Complex Thinking” and “Personalizing Learning” are considered difficult challenges, which are defined and well understood but with solutions that are elusive. Described as wicked challenges are “Competing Models of Education” and “Rewarding Teaching,” which are complex to define, much less to address.

Important Developments in Educational Technology for Higher Education
Additionally, the report identifies bring your own device (BYOD) and flipped classroom as digital strategies and technologies expected to enter mainstream use in the near-term horizon of one year or less. Makerspaces and wearable technology are seen in the mid-term horizon of two to three years; adaptive learning technologies and the Internet of Things are seen emerging in the far-term horizon of four to five years.

The subject matter in this report was identified through a qualitative research process designed and conducted by the NMC that engaged an international body of experts in higher education, technology, business, and other fields around a set of research questions designed to surface significant trends and challenges and to identify emerging technologies with a strong likelihood of adoption in higher education. The NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Higher Education Edition details the areas in which these experts were in strong agreement.

The NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Higher Education Edition is available online, free of charge, and is released under a Creative Commons license to facilitate its widespread use, easy duplication, and broad distribution.
About the New Media Consortium
The NMC is an international community of experts in educational technology – from the practitioners who work with new technologies on campuses every day; to the visionaries who are shaping the future of learning at think tanks, labs, and research centers; to its staff and board of directors; to the expert panels and others helping the NMC conduct cutting edge research. The role of the NMC is to help our hundreds of member universities, colleges, museums, and organizations drive innovation across their campuses. For more information, visit www.nmc.org.

About EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative
The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) is a community of higher education institutions and organizations committed to the advancement of learning through the innovative application of technology. For more information on the ELI, visit www.educause.edu/eli.

Workshops on XML and Library Metadata and XSLT

Posting on behalf of our ARL colleagues:
An Introduction to XML and XML Applications

March 11–13, 2015, in Washington, DC

(see http://www.arl.org/events/upcoming-events/event/132#.VJL47kAFMAA for more information and registration)

Taught by experienced XML instructors and developers Matthew Gibson, director of digital initiatives at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities at the University of Virginia, and Christine Ruotolo, digital services manager for humanities and social sciences at the University of Virginia Library, this three-day workshop is designed for the relative newcomer to XML. The workshop will be a mix of lecture and hands-on demonstration and experimentation. Some topics the workshop will cover include:

  • Differences between XML and HTML and SGML
  • Writing well-formed XML
  • Writing and validating XML with DTDs, Schema, and Schematron
  • XML Namespaces
  • Exploring XML applications specific to librarians and digital humanists: MODS, METS, TEI, KML, etc.

Transforming Library Metadata with XSLT

May 20–22, 2015, in Washington, DC

(see http://www.arl.org/events/upcoming-events/event/133#.VJL6HUAFMAA for more information and registration)

Taught by experienced XML/XSLT instructors and developers Matthew Gibson, director of digital initiatives at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities at the University of Virginia, and Christine Ruotolo, digital services manager for humanities and social sciences at the University of Virginia Library, this three-day workshop will explore XSLT with a specific focus on the role of XSLT in digital library projects and an emphasis on practical tasks such as metadata crosswalking. The workshop will be a mix of lecture and hands-on demonstration and experimentation.

Lectures, exercises, and projects will allow participants to gain experience using some of the more powerful components of XSLT 1.0 and 2.0, including:

  • Navigating the XML tree with XPath 2.0
  • Working with recursion, modes, and named templates
  • Using and creating functions
  • Combining source documents and creating multiple result documents
  • Sorting and grouping data
  • Using branching and control structures

This workshop is designed for information professionals who have a good understanding of XML and work with it frequently. While some understanding of and experience with XSLT is a plus, this is not a requirement.

Video: Improving the Odds of Preservation (David Rosenthal)

David Rosenthal of LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) considers the big picture of digital preservation costs, and their implications, in his talk Improving the Odds of Preservation, presented at CNI’s December 2014 member meeting, and now available online:

and on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/119115922

To see all available videos, visit CNI’s channels on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni).

Catching up on some important reading from the UK

My apologies: I have gotten very backlogged in sharing some of the interesting new reports with the CNI community, and I want to catch up on a few from the UK here.

First, Unique and Distinctive Collections: Opportunities for Research LIbraries, developed by the Research Libraries UK (at http://www.rluk.ac.uk/news/rlukudcreport/ ) looks at the special collections landscape in the UK and Ireland, with considerable focus on the ways in which digital technologies are changing the picture. This picks up on many of the themes discussed at the ARL/CNI 2009 Fall Forum on the Future of Special Collections (some talks summarized from that are available in http://publications.arl.org/rli267/ and also in recordings available through ARL’s web site) and helps to show thinking has advanced over the past five years.

The second is a report issued through the Higher Education Funding Council looking at the very interesting question of what happens to monographs as Open Access continues to gain ground. This report can be found at http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/rereports/year/2015/monographs/#d.en.99908 )

The third, and last, is a survey of policies surrounding learning analytics and student privacy issued by the JISC. This is described here


the actual report is at


This is a very timely and interesting report, though of course it emphasizes the UK and European legal and policy frameworks around privacy; the situation in the US is a bit different. My thanks to Gary Price for pointing this one out to me.

Happy reading.

Clifford Lynch
DIrector, CNI

Call for Participation: Security and Privacy Agenda Workshop, March 3, 2015

On March 3 CNI is going to host a small workshop to develop a near term agenda for work needed to improve security and privacy in systems related to scholarly communication and access to scholarly information resources. The focus will be largely technical, and will emphasize setting an agenda for various groups to address needs and problems, rather than details of how to solve specific problems. I’ve deliberately left the agenda scoped rather broadly , and I want to look at everything from encouraging wider and more routine use of HTTPS to hardening some popular protocols like OAI-PMH. Technical identity management related issues are also in scope, as are some discussions about appropriate levels of assurance.

We’ll meet in Washington DC from 10AM-3PM on Tuesday, March 3. CNI will provide refreshments and lunch, but we will not cover travel expenses.

This will be a small workshop, and we will do our best to balance for different perspectives. If you are interested in attending, please send an email to Joan Lippincott (joan@cni.org) with a brief summary of the expertise and perspective you would bring to the meeting. Given that the meeting is only about a month away, I’ll send out a first batch of acceptances by Feb 13, and after than respond to later applications as they come in. I’ll provide more detailed logistical information with acceptances.

There will be a public report from the meeting, and for those who cannot attend, suggestions and comments are welcome going into the meeting.

If you have questions, please be in touch with me by email.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Video: Exposing Library Collections on the Web

What are some ways that libraries can leverage the Web to make their collections more broadly discoverable and accurately represented? This presentation, from CNI’s December 2014 member meeting, features speakers with experience using Linked Open Data and improved semantic data to enhance discoverability of and interactions with library collections on the Web. Tim Cole and Janina Sarol (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Ted Fons (OCLC), and Kenning Arlitsch (Montana State University) discuss the challenges they encountered and the knowledge they have gained in implementing new models for access and retrieval.

Exposing Library Collections on the Web: Challenges and Lessons Learned is now available online:

and on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/114595025

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013