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Lynch Article on SHARE in Latest Issue of ISQ

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has published a special issue of Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ) on building open access infrastructure. Guest edited by Liam Earney, head of Jisc’s Library Support Services, the issue features articles from a variety of perspectives, including publishers, universities, and open access experts. Browse the table of contents at http://www.niso.org/publications/isq/2014/v26no2/

In Clifford Lynch’s contribution to the issue, The Need for Research Data Inventories and the Vision for SHARE, CNI’s director describes the potential role of the SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE) in the overall scheme of managing research data. The piece is freely available for download at http://www.niso.org/apps/group_public/download.php/13684/PI_Lynch_SHARE_isqv26no2.pdf

Call for Submissions: Artstor Digital Humanities Award

Artstor is proud to announce the Digital Humanities Award. This award recognizes the most innovative and intellectually stimulating projects in this growing field as part of Artstor’s commitment to enhance scholarship and teaching across all disciplines through the use of digital media. Award recipients will receive five years of free access to Artstor’s innovative cloud-based digital asset management tool, Shared Shelf.

To apply for an Artstor Digital Humanities Award:

Entrants are invited to describe their Digital Humanities project in 1,000 words or less. The team behind the best three entries will receive full, long-term access to Artstor’s Shared Shelf digital media management software to upload, catalog, manage, store, and share their project.

About Shared Shelf:

Shared Shelf is a cloud-based, enterprise-wide media management solution that enables institutions to catalog efficiently and consistently, quickly create rich data records, make collections accessible to a targeted audience, and keep files safe. It provides a stable and flexible home for vast media collections, allowing assets to be used and re-used in different contexts. Shared Shelf also offers several other features crucial to the construction of a Digital Humanities project, including:

· Media and associated data preservation according to NDSA standards

· Compatibility with numerous file types, including image, audio, video, and PDF

· Easy export (via OAI server and API) to Open Access environments, including Shared Shelf Commons, the open Web, DPLA, and OMEKA sites

· Fully customizable cataloguing fields and screens

· Role-based permissions and restrictions

· Cloud-based with concurrent multiuser capabilities

You can learn more about Shared Shelf at www.sharedshelf.org, and find full contest rules and submission guidelines at www.artstor.org/dha. The entry deadline is October 15, 2014. Winners will be announced in early December.

Call for Proposals, CNI Fall Meeting

Proposals are now being accepted for project briefings to be presented at CNI’s Fall 2014 CNI Membership Meeting on December 8-9 in Washington, DC, at the Capital Hilton.

Project briefings are 45-minute or one-hour sessions that focus on a discussion of a hot topic, or on a specific institutional/organizational project related to digital information. A limited number of project briefings are accepted.

Proposals may be submitted via online form:

Proposal submissions are due no later than Monday, October 13.

The Twitter hashtag for this meeting is #cni14f.

We look forward to seeing you in DC!

Saving Born-Digital News Content Conference, Columbia MO Nov 10-11, 2014

The University of Missouri – Columbia is hosting a forum on November 10-11, 2014 titled “Avoiding the Memory Hole: Saving Born-Digital News Content”. Our lack of good preservation strategies for digital news is a serious crisis that has been developing for some time, and another look at the issues and the agenda and strategies going forward seems very timely. I will be participating in the event and I hope that other interested readers of CNI-announce will be able to join me at the forum.

Full information can be found at


Note that there is no registration fee.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Digital Preservation Professional Development Needs Survey

Posted on behalf of Barrie Howard at the Library of Congress:

Dear Colleagues,

Last month the Library of Congress Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE) Program launched a survey designed to capture the digital preservation continuing education, professional development, and training needs of your organization. The survey has been extended until close of business on Friday, September 5, 2014, and is available fromhttps://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014DPOESurvey

The survey addresses basic questions about your organization, staff size and responsibilities, collection items, preferred training content and delivery options, and professional development planning. The Library intends to use this information to assist with the further development and/or refinement of its digital preservation educational programs and initiatives.

Any organization in the United States and territories engaged in the preservation of digital content is invited to complete the survey, and thank you for your participation.

All the best,

Barrie Howard

IT Project Manager

Library of Congress (LM 630)

101 Independence Avenue, SE

Washington, DC 20540-1300



Update on Large Scale Resilience Research

About five years ago I shared some pointers to materials, including a synthesis of the state of the art and the research agenda, describing work going on primarily within the exascale computing community on the resilience of very large scale systems; while much of this is focused on computation (very large numbers of processors), it is also highly relevant to storage systems essential for large scale data management and digital preservation. Recently, a new article has been published by a group that includes a number of the authors of the earlier reports, looking at the progress that has beenmade over the past five years. This will be of interest to CNI-announce readers interested in getting a sense of the progress that has (or has not) been made over the last half decade.

This is available at


(abstract and pointer to PDF of the article).

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Summer Reading: A History of the Future in 100 Objects

I know that many readers of the CNI-announce list share my interest in speculations about the future, and how technology, society, and scholarship may evolve to create that future. I’ve recently read what I thought was a very elegant book that I highly reccomend to those who share those interests titled “A History of the Future in 100 Objects” by Adrian Hon.

Adrian Hon’s book is partially inspired by the recent exhibition (and accompanying book) by Neal MacGregor at the British Museum summarizing the history of civilization in 100 objects, and envisions 100 objects (broadly defined; some are really events or other developments that are in some sense represented by an object) from the period 2014 – 2087 that chart the evolution of civilization during that period.

You can find information about this book, and excerpts from it, at



Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

ELI Annual Meeting Proposal Submission Deadline Approaching

Posted on behalf of Malcolm Brown at EDUCAUSE:

I’m writing with a reminder that the call for proposals for the ELI 2015 Annual Meeting is open, but the deadline is fast approaching (August 28th).

The URL for submitting a proposal is here:

The dates for the 2015 Annual Meeting are Feb. 9-11, 2015, and the location is Anaheim, CA. The tag line for the event is: Designing Our Thinking: Crafting New Directions for Digital Engagement.

There is a variety of session types to choose from. Session themes highlight our top content anchors, but proposals on any pertinent topic on teaching and learning in higher education are most welcome.

If you have any questions about the call for proposals, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Malcolm Brown mbrown<mailto:mbrown>
Veronica Diaz vdiaz<mailto:vdiaz>

Malcolm Brown
Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative

Uncommon Thinking for the Common Good
1150 18th Street, NW, Suite 900 Washington, DC 20036
direct: 575.448.1313 | main: 202.872.4200 | fax: 202.872.4318 | educause.edu<http://www.educause.edu/>

NMC Horizon Report for Libraries

The New Media Consortium (NMC) has just released its first ever report for libraries. As with its other reports, this one identifies six key trends, six significant challenges, and six emerging technologies across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years.

The full report is available at http://www.nmc.org/news/its-here-horizon-report-2014-library-edition

I served on the expert panel to select the topics featured in the report.

–Joan Lippincott

Designing Libraries Conference – Calgary

A limited number of places are still available at the 3d Designing Libraries Conference, which will be held at the University of Calgary in Canada on September 28-30, 2014. North Carolina State University Libraries and CNI are co-sponsors of this event.

Librarians, architects, planners, designers, information technologists and others will gather to discuss the challenges and achievements of designing libraries and learning centers for the 21st century. We will have sessions on an array of topics including creating a vision, focusing on learning, research and technology spaces, planning, interior design, and addressing organization and service models. We will include many examples from renovated libraries as well as new buildings.

We have a great line-up of speakers and topics as well as two preconferences. Information on the program and registration, for a fee, is available on the conference website at http://ucalgary.ca/designinglibraries/

Joan Lippincott

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013