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“Digital” Scholarship Disconnect, by Cliff Lynch

A new article by CNI director Clifford Lynch appears in the latest issue of EDUCAUSE Review. In “The ‘Digital’ Scholarship Disconnect” Lynch responds to the question “How would you define digital scholarship?” The article is freely available online at http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/digital-scholarship-disconnect.

Learning Spaces Collaboratory Webinar “What Works” 6/23/14


I’m looking forward to working with my colleague Anu Vedantham of UPenn when we present this webinar on learning spaces (fee registration). Another in an excellent series of programs from the Learning Spaces Collaboratory (LSC).
–Joan Lippincott


We invite you to join the LSC Guide Webinar V: What Works: Important Questions for Technologies and Pedagogies in 21st Century Learning Commons on Monday, June 23 at 3:30 p.m. EDT.

The designers of our active learning spaces are often not the people who teach or learn in them. Well-intended technology and design choices pay off in some cases and sit dusty in others. An intentional approach to design is needed that takes into account both specialized uses of the space and generic uses, especially for informal learning spaces. After an analysis of some learning spaces planning issues, we will look at a series of concrete examples at the University of Pennsylvania of gadgets, software-based and furniture-based technologies. For each, we will ask – why did we choose to implement them? How did we use them? Did they work as expected? How did our usage choices inform the next moment of decision-making? In the spirit of appreciative inquiry and building on the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) literature, we will abstract out some ideas for extrapolation.

These and other questions will be explored by facilitators (3:30 – 4:30 p.m.); opportunity for questions from participants follow the presentation by facilitators (4:30 – 5:00 p.m.)


· Joan K. Lippincott, Associate Executive Director – Coalition for Networked Information
· Anu Vedantham, Director, Weigle Information Commons – University of Pennsylvania Libraries

A “silent” PPT, beginning at 3:15 p.m., will set the stage for the webinar.

Note that the registration form invites questions as part of the registration process. Here are responses to LSC webinar FAQs.

Registration includes access to a recording of the webinar.

Please be in touch with any questions.

Jeanne L. Narum
The Independent Colleges Office, Director
Learning Spaces Collaboratory, Principal
O: (202) 232-1300
D: (202) 256-8872
C: (202) 528-0305


Call for Applicants: Paul Evan Peters Fellowship for Information Studies

The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) announces the 2014 Paul Evan Peters Fellowship
Applications due no later than June 24, 2014

The Paul Evan Peters Fellowship was established to honor and perpetuate the memory of CNI’s founding executive director. The fellowship is awarded every two years to students pursuing graduate studies in librarianship, the information sciences, or a closely related field, who demonstrates intellectual and personal qualities consistent with those of Paul Evan Peters, including:

–commitment to use of digital information and advanced technology to enhance scholarship, intellectual productivity and public life;

–interest in the civic responsibilities of information professionals and a commitment to democratic values;

–positive and creative approach to overcoming personal, technological, and bureaucratic challenges, and

–humor, vision, humanity, and imagination.

Two fellowships will be awarded in 2014:

• One to a doctoral/PhD student in the amount of $5,000 per year, to be awarded two consecutive years.
• One to a master’s student in the amount of $2,500 per year, to be awarded two consecutive years.

What Fellowship Recipients Say About the Award:
Jessica A. Koepfler received the Peters fellowship in 2010 and she completed her degree in 2014. She now serves as Director of Design Research & Strategy at Intuitive Company, a user-centered research, design, and development firm. On winning the award, Jes wrote, “The fellowship provided a source of funding that allowed me to commit myself to a ‘fringe’ topic like the study of values within the context of homelessness. Without the funding, I would have been beholden to a topic that my advisor was funded in rather than getting to be creative and do something I was truly passionate about. The award is also quite prestigious and put a spotlight on me early on in my program, which had the snow ball effect of people noticing me. This very likely impacted the number of great opportunities that came my way throughout my program and academic career. I am truly grateful for the fellowship and credit it with being very instrumental to me particularly in those early years of my PhD program.”

“The characteristics that have often been associated with Paul–positivity, creativity, humor, vision, humanity, and imagination–are, I hope, dimensions that I also bring to the work that I do as a scholar and as a teacher, ” wrote Phillip Edwards, 2004 fellowship recipient and currently at the Center for Teaching Excellence at Virginia Commonwealth University. Edwards credits the award with helping to broaden his professional horizons as a student: “Because of this funding, I was able to travel to conferences which I would have otherwise been unable to attend, and the interactions I had among other researchers and practitioners at these gatherings have been more valuable than I could have ever imagined.”

Cal Lee, who received the first Peters Fellowship, is currently Associate Professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he teaches classes for graduate and undergraduate students, as well as continuing professional education workshops, in a variety of subjects, including archival administration, records management, digital curation, understanding information technology for managing digital collections, and the construction of digital repository rules.

Links to the applications and more information about the Paul Evan Peters Fellowship and the application process are available at http://www.cni.org/go/pep-fellowship.

Video: Integrating Researcher Identifiers

A new video of a project briefing session from CNI’s spring 2014 meeting is now available:

Integrating Researcher Identifiers Into University And Library Systems
Micah Altman (MIT) and Karen Smith-Yoshimura (OCLC Research)

Video of the presentation is now online at http://youtu.be/kQXeFa7UabA and http://vimeo.com/92575312

Session Description:
A number of approaches to providing authoritative researcher identifiers have emerged, but they tend to be limited by discipline, affiliation or publisher. This talk provides an overview of an OCLC Research task group’s analysis of a complex ecosystem of systems and institutions that provide, aggregate and use researcher and name authorities: researcher identifier systems. The presentation reflects on the state of the practice and on the remaining challenges to the integration of researcher identifiers into the systems and practices of libraries, universities, funders, and publishers.

Look for more announcements soon on videos of other sessions from the spring 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: E-Textbook Initiatives in Libraries and IT Organizations

A new video of a project briefing session from CNI’s spring 2014 meeting is now available:

E-Textbook Initiatives in Libraries and IT Organizations
Glenda Morgan & Milind Basole (UIUC), Pat Reid (Purdue), and Todd Grappone (UCLA)

Video of the presentation is now online at http://youtu.be/VY_Y8Z5MaH4 and http://vimeo.com/91958807

Session Description:
A lot of attention has recently been paid to library publishing initiatives around scholarly works and research. Less attention however has been given to work that is happening in both libraries and information technology (IT) organizations around publishing of e-textbooks and other instructional resources. These materials take a number of different formats: some are open, some involve copyrighted material, they use a number of different technical platforms with a number of different affordances. This panel illustrates some of the variety of different initiatives occurring around the country on e-textbook publishing in libraries and IT. The presentation highlights the available opportunities and the progress being made as well as the challenges. Despite these challenges the session includes an argument for an increased role of both libraries and IT organizations in publication of original instructional materials in the form of e-textbooks.

Look for more announcements soon on videos of other sessions from the spring 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).

White House Big Data Reports and Review

Over the last few months the Obama administration has been conducting a number of public sessions (at NYU, UC Berkeley, and MIT) on issues around big data and privacy. There’s now a page up on the White House web site which collects material on all these sessions, the administration’s Big Data report, a related report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and some summaries of the input the administration has been hearing. Lots of interesting material here (I have not been through it all yet):


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Video of Don Lindberg’s Paul Peters Lecture from Spring 2014 CNI Meeting

CNI is pleased to announce video of the Paul Evan Peters Memorial Lecture “Computers, Plans, and Campfires,” given by Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The talk was presented as the closing plenary of CNI’s spring 2014 membership meeting, held in St. Louis, MO on March 31- April 1, 2014. Access the video directly from:

YouTube: http://youtu.be/H6upfk-NVDc
Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/channels/cni/91946249

Look for more announcements soon on videos of other sessions from the spring 2014 CNI meeting. 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).

“Bryan Alexander & Cliff Lynch In Conversation” & other meeting materials available

A Conversation About the Present and the Future of Technology, Knowledge and Culture, the opening plenary from CNI’s spring 2014 membership meeting, with Bryan Alexander and Clifford Lynch, is now online:

YouTube: http://youtu.be/pN7F3PdK5nk
Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/91578596

Bryan Alexander is Head, Bryan Alexander Consulting, and Senior Fellow at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE). He researches, writes, and speaks about emerging trends in the integration of inquiry, pedagogy, and technology and their potential application to liberal arts contexts. His current research interests include emerging pedagogical forms enabled by mobile technologies, learning processes and outcomes associated with immersive environments (as in gaming and augmented reality), the rise of digital humanities, the transformation of scholarly communication, digital storytelling, and futurist methodologies. Alexander is author of Future Trends in Technology and Education, a monthly report that surveys recent developments in how education is changing, primarily under the impact of digital technologies.

Presentation Materials Now Available

Check project briefing pages at http://www.cni.org/mm/spring-2014/s14-project-briefings-breakout-sessions/ for slide decks and other presentation materials. Presenters who would like their materials posted should deposit them in the meeting Dropbox folder (instructions were sent previously), or send directly to sharon@cni.org.

Look for more announcements soon on videos of other sessions from the spring 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).

Stewardship at Scale: New Talks by Cliff Lynch

Recent talks on stewardship at scale by CNI director Clifford Lynch are now available online:

Challenges of Stewardship at Scale in the Digital Age
Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing Distinguished Speaker Series, Jan. 30, 2014
“Over the centuries, we have developed a very complex system for managing and preserving our intellectual and cultural record. This system is now under enormous strain and trying to respond and adapt to changes in how we communicate and the ways in which technology can represent various modes of communication. We are recognizing that, particularly for digital materials, much more active stewardship is required; this has given rise to a major focus on data curation in the scholarly world. In addition, many stewardship institutions are no longer economically sustainable or stable, and for a number of reasons we are entering an era where I believe transitions of stewardship responsibility from one organization to another will become increasingly commonplace. My talk will examine all of these developments in contexts that range from management of research data to art collections, and will consider social, economic and technological forces reshaping the landscape.”

Keynote Address: Sharing and Preserving Scholarship: Challenges of Coherence and Scale
CENIC (Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California) 2014 Annual Conference, March 10, 2014
“Scholarly practice in all disciplines — humanities, sciences, and social sciences — increasingly relies upon high performance computing, novel and advanced distributed sensor systems, high-speed networking and massive data resources. Our cultural and intellectual record broadly, not just the record of scholarship, is taking on new dimensions and characteristics and now exists largely in digital form; this record is essential evidence for future scholarship as well as a memory for our society. We are also seeing a series of societal changes that are placing a much greater emphasis on public access, transparency and reproducibility in these large scale records of scholarship and society. A central challenge facing the higher education, research and cultural memory sectors is how to develop the necessary strategies and supporting infrastructure to deal with these demands effectively, affordably, and at the requisite scale. In my presentation, I will explore the specifics of these challenges and briefly outline some of the responses that are emerging.”

JISC Report: Value & Impact of Data Curation and Sharing

I wanted to share the announcement of this new report from the UK Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) addressing payoffs from data curation and data sharing with the CNI community. It has already generated some lively discussion on more specialized lists, but because of its synthesizing nature and focus on specific benefits, I thought that it would be of broad interest, and many readers of this list might not have heard about it yet.

Beagrie, N. and Houghton J.W. (2014) The Value and Impact of Data Sharing and Curation: A synthesis of three recent studies of UK research data centres, Jisc. PDF (24 pages)

I have reproduced the more detailed announcement below.

Clifford Lynch
Director CNI


New Research: The value and impact of data curation and sharing

2 April 2014
Substantial resources are being invested in the development and provision of services for the curation and long-term preservation of research data. It is a high priority area for many stakeholders, and there is strong interest in establishing the value and sustainability of these investments.
This synthesis report published today aims to summarise and reflect on the findings from a series of recent studies, conducted by Neil Beagrie of Charles Beagrie Ltd. and Prof. John Houghton of Victoria University, into the value and impact of three well established research data centres – the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS), the Archaeology Data Service (ADS), and the British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC). It provides a summary of the key findings from new research and reflects on: the methods that can be used to collect data for such studies; the analytical methods that can be used to explore value, impacts, costs and benefits; and the lessons learnt and recommendations arising from the series of studies as a whole.
The data centre studies combined quantitative and qualitative approaches in order to quantify value in economic terms and present other, non-economic, impacts and benefits. Uniquely, the studies cover both users and depositors of data, and we believe the surveys of depositors undertaken are the first of their kind. All three studies show a similar pattern of findings, with data sharing via the data centres having a large measurable impact on research efficiency and on return on investment in the data and services. These findings are important for funders, both for making the economic case for investment in data curation and sharing and research data infrastructure, and for ensuring the sustainability of such research data centres.
The quantitative economic analysis indicates that:
· The value to users exceeds the investment made in data sharing and curation via the centres in all three cases – with the benefits from 2.2 to 2.7 times the costs;
· Very significant increases in work efficiency are realised by users as a result of their use of the data centres – with efficiency gains from 2 to 20 times the costs; and
· By facilitating additional use, the data centres significantly increase the returns on investment in the creation/collection of the data hosted – with increases in returns from 2 to 12 times the costs.
The qualitative analysis indicates that:
· Academic users report that the centres are very or extremely important for their research, with between 53% and 61% of respondents across the three surveys reporting that it would have a major or severe impact on their work if they could not access the data and services; and
· For depositors, having the data preserved for the long-term and its dissemination being targeted to the academic community are seen as the most beneficial aspects of depositing data with the centres.
An important aim of the studies was to contribute to the further development of impact evaluation methods that can provide estimates of the value and benefits of research data sharing and curation infrastructure investments. This synthesis reflects on lessons learnt and provides a set of recommendations that could help develop future studies of this type.
Key areas for further research include: extending such studies to newer data centers and lower levels of aggregation (e.g. data sets), conducting follow-up studies to track the evolution of value over time, drilling down in the key impact areas of reuse and efficiency, and further development of the methods (e.g. refining the questionnaires and better integrating the estimates into a single overview).

The synthesis report

Beagrie, N. and Houghton J.W. (2014) The Value and Impact of Data Sharing and Curation: A synthesis of three recent studies of UK research data centres, Jisc. PDF (24 pages)

About the authors

Neil Beagrie is Director of Consultancy at Charles Beagrie Ltd, an independent management consultancy company specialising in the digital archive, library, science and research sectors. Neil is an internationally recognised expert in research data management and digital preservation and was Principal Investigator for the Keeping Research Data Safe (KRDS) research projects and the international consultant to the US National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP). He has published extensively on data curation and digital preservation issues. Further information including published articles and recent talks are available from www.beagrie.com.
John Houghton is Professorial Fellow at Victoria University’s Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies (VISES). He has published and spoken widely on information technology, industry and science and technology policy issues, and he has been a regular consultant to national and international agencies, including the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. John’s research is at the interface of theory and practice with a strong focus on the policy application of economic and social theory. Consequently, his contribution tends to be in bringing knowledge of research methods to bear on policy issues in an effort to raise the level of policy debate and improve policy outcomes. In 1998, John was awarded an Australia Day Medal for his contribution to industry policy development.

Further Information

Contact neil and john.houghton

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013