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OCLC Research Evolving Scholarly Record Workshop in Conjunction with December CNI meeting

I’m delighted that we are co-sponsoring an OCLC Research Workshop on the Evolving Scholarly Record (ESR) in conjunction with the Fall CNI Membership Meeting. The workshop will take place all day on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 at George Washington University. This is a topic of central importance, and one that is very much on CNI’s agenda; it is intimately connected with our efforts to understand the changing shape of the scholarly record, and how this connects to measuring progress and establishing priorities in digital preservation, for example, and also to discussions about how to scope and evaluate scholarly contributions in the digital environment. I hope that many participants at our fall meeting can take advantage of this workshop; I would also note that OCLC intends this as one of a series of events exploring these questions, and these workshops will continue through early 2015 (I will share these announcements on CNI-announce as the details are available).

Below are details on the workshop.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


We are pleased to announce this second workshop in a series on the Evolving Scholarly Record.

Co-sponsored by OCLC Research, the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and the George Washington University Libraries, this workshop builds on the framework presented in the OCLC Research report, The Evolving Scholarly Record. Join us to explore the responsibilities of research libraries, data archives, and other stewards of research output-and identify new alliances that should be forged to create a reliable ecosystem for preserving the scholarly record and making it accessible.

OCLC Research Library Partners, CNI attendees, and other interested community members with a mission for collecting, making available, and preserving the scholarly record are invited to attend the workshop. Seating is limited so register now to secure your spot at this free event.
This is the second in a series of Evolving Scholarly Record workshops. The first was held in Amsterdam on 10 June 2014.
See the Evolving Scholarly Record workshop page for details; a more details agenda will be forthcoming shortly.

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Government-University-Industry Roundtable on Big Data

There is a program hosted by the US National Academies called the Government-University-Industry Round Table that I just very recently learned about, which I think will be of interest to CNI-announce readers who may not be familiar with it. General information is at


Of particular relevance, this group held a two-day discussion on the implications of big data for research, which included several interesting presentations. Information on this session (including some of the presentations) can be found at:


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

NMC Virtual Symposium on Future of Libraries

Earlier we announced the availability of the first NMC Horizon Report for Libraries http://www.nmc.org/publications/2014-horizon-report-library

As a follow-on, NMC is holding an online symposium on the Future of Libraries, which will include segments on “Emphasis o Mobile,” Content Management and Technical Infrastructure,” Increasing Access and Discovery Opportunities,” and “Rethinking Roles and Relationships of Librarians.” The Symposium will be on Wednesday, November 12 from 10 AM – 2 PM Eastern. I will be one of the panelists in the Mobile segment.

Registration, for a fee, is available at http://www.nmc.org/event-manager/

The New Media Consortium (NMC) is a community of hundreds of leading universities, colleges, museums, libraries, and research centers. The NMC stimulates and furthers the exploration and use of new media and technologies for learning and creative expression.

–Joan Lippincott

ITHAKA S+R Evidence Driven Library Space Decision Making Workshop, Dec 8, 2014

Modified 10/14/2014 to include workshop announcement

I wanted to share this workshop announcement from ITHAKA S+R on their work on evidence-driven library space decision making; while it is separate, with its own registration, from the CNI Fall Membership meeting, it is co-located with the CNI meeting and will take place on Monday morning December 8 before our main meeting begins. Details and registration information are below.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


Join Ithaka S+R for a pre-CNI workshop with Nancy Fried Foster and Roger Schonfeld on Evidence-Driven Decisions on Library Space in the Digital Age

Physical space, often at the heart of a campus, is one of the greatest assets of many academic and research libraries. In this age of expanding online and on-screen information use, libraries continue to provide places for storing and using legacy materials while offering new kinds of spaces for serving and consulting electronic resources and for conducting technology-enhanced learning and scholarly collaborations. The regular reexamination of how spaces are utilized provides an important opportunity for library leaders to improve support for research, teaching, and learning, while extending and enhancing community relationships.
This workshop is designed to help library leaders drive evidence-based decisions about redesigning and renovating their physical spaces. Participants are encouraged to bring data pertaining to their college or university library for group discussion, such as space usage, survey findings, and user study results. The workshop format will include the following components:

* An overview of research findings to contextualize this issue and frame some of the key questions that individual institutions may wish to address;
* Group discussion of strategies for incorporating evidence most effectively into institutional decision-making on this topic;
* Facilitated planning for evidence-based decision-making on space and facilities issues.

As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to enhance the evidence available to them in support of space planning and will improve their decision-making about space design and renovation.

For participation information and to register, please visit:

CFP: Archiving 2015

Prospective authors are invited to submit abstracts describing original work for presentation at the Archiving 2015 conference in any technical areas related to digital preservation, image capture and workflow, and digital curation. Abstract submission deadline is December 8, 2014. The conference will take place May 19-22, 2015, in Los Angeles, CA.

More information about the event is available at http://imaging.org/ist/conferences/archiving/index.cfm

A PDF version of the Call for Papers is available at http://imaging.org/ist/conferences/archiving/Archiving2015_Call_for_Papers.pdf

CNI is pleased to serve as a cooperating organization for this event, once again, in 2015.

National Research Council Big Data Symposium

As part of the upcoming meeting of the US National Research Council Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI), which I co-chair, we are holding a symposium on the US Federal Interagency Strategic Plan for Big Data on October 23. Full details below; the symposium is free, but you do need to pre-register as described below.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


Eleventh Meeting of the
Board on Research Data and Information
National Research Council

Symposium on the Interagency Strategic Plan for Big Data: Focus on R&D
National Academy of Sciences Keck Building, Room 100
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

October 23, 2014

The Big Data Senior Steering Group (BDSSG) was initially formed to identify big data R&D activities across the Federal Government, offer opportunities for agency coordination, and jointly develop strategies for a national initiative. The National Big Data R&D Initiative (“the Big Data Initiative”) was launched in March 2012. Since the launch, the BDSSG has held numerous meetings and workshops, including a major showcase event of dozens of partnerships that will help advance the frontiers of big data R&D across the country. Many participating federal agencies have already established new big data programs, policies and activities and plan to do more in the future. Currently, the BDSSG is drafting a framework and establishing a set of priory goals for a National Big Data R&D Strategic Plan.

The BDSSG is currently gathering information from multiple sectors to inform the development of an effective National Big Data R&D Strategic Plan. After the submission period ends on November 14 and the feedback is analyzed, the BDSSG will hold a workshop to further discuss and develop the input received. Additional detailed information about this Request for Information may be found at: https://www.nitrd.gov/bigdata/rfi/02102014.aspx.

This BRDI Symposium will be held in two sessions. The first one will have presentations by six federal government speakers, beginning with an overview and followed by more focused talks in the five strategic areas of the Big Data Initiative: technologies; knowledge to action; sustainability; education; and gateways. The second session will feature three panelists from academia and industry, who will comment on the interagency Big Data Initiative and respond to the presentations in the first session. There will be ample time for discussion with the audience as well. The Symposium will be moderated by the co-chairs of the Board on Research Data and Information, Clifford Lynch of the Coalition for Networked Information, and Francine Berman of the Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute.

The Symposium will be followed immediately by the presentations of the award winners of the BRDI Data and Information Challenge. There is no fee to attend, but please contact the Board director, Paul Uhlir at puhlir or at 1 202 334 1531, to register in advance. Additional information about both these events, including the detailed program, is available at www.nas.edu/brdi.

Request for Input on US National Big Data R&D Strategic Plan

While this is mentioned in the announcement of the National Research Council Symposium on the Federal Interagency BIg Data Strategic Plan that I just posted to CNI-announce, I wanted to specifically direct attention to the recent public call for input on this planning work which can be found at:


The call is open until November 13, and the page at the NITRD site above has all the details.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Draft Report of NIH workshop on Software Reuse

There’s a very interesting draft report (open for comment till 1 November) from a workshop that the National Institutes of Health sponsored in May 2014 on issues involved in locating, citing and reusing software in the biomedical community; obviously this is tied in to issues that include data reuse and the reproducibilty of results and should be of broad interest within the CNI community. A short background summary and a pointer to the report are at:


Many thanks to Kaitlin Thaney at the Mozilla Science Lab for the pointer.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

REMINDER: Proposals Due for CNI Fall 2014

The submission deadline for CNI’s fall 2014 membership meeting is fast approaching! The meeting will be held December 8-9 in Washington, DC.

Proposals for project briefings are due no later than next Monday, October 13.
A limited number of proposals are accepted.
For details, and for a submission form, please consult http://www.cni.org/go/fall-2014-proposal-form/.

Meeting and hotel registration deadline is November 7: http://www.cni.org/go/fall-2014-accommodations/.

Meeting hashtag is #cni14f.

BitCurator Digital Forensics Software Released

I wanted to share this announcement with the broad CNI-announce community, even though it has already been posted to some more specialized digital preservation lists. The release of the free, open source digital forensics software described below, a joint effort of the University of North Carolina I-school and MITH at the University of Maryland enabled by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funding, finally puts an important class of digital preservation and curation tools into the hands of archivists, librarians, and curators of all kinds. This is particularly important in the emerging area of digital personal archives and archiving.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Release of BitCurator 1.0: Free and Open-Source Software for Libraries, Archives and Museums

Release date: September 25, 2014

CHAPEL HILL – The BitCurator project today announced the release of BitCurator 1.0, a free and open-source digital forensics software environment for libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs) to acquire and process born-digital materials. The BitCurator environment can be installed as a Linux environment; run as a virtual machine on top of other operating systems (Windows, Mac, Unix/Linux); or run as individual software tools, packages, support scripts and documentation. The software release is the culmination of a three-year (2011-2014), collaborative effort between the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland. The project was made possible through two phases of funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

“This is an exciting milestone,” says Christopher (Cal) Lee, principal investigator for the BitCurator project and associate professor at SILS. “Although there are already numerous collecting institutions across the globe that are using the BitCurator environment, release of version 1.0 is a further sign of the software’s maturity.”

Matthew Kirschenbaum, co-principle investigator for the project and associate director at MITH, concurs. “There is now widespread recognition that digital forensics methods and tools have a significant role in the cultural heritage sector. With the release of BitCurator 1.0, collecting professionals now have convenient access to a range of open source digital forensics tools to assist in the processing of born-digital and hybrid collections.”

Among its many functionalities, the BitCurator environment allows individuals to create forensic disk images, perform data triage tasks, analyze and report on file systems, identify personal and sensitive information (such as social security numbers or credit card information), and enables the capture and export of technical metadata.
With the completion of the BitCurator project, support for the BitCurator environment and associated user community is shifting to the BitCurator Consortium (BCC) [http://www.bitcurator.net/bitcurator-consortium/] an independent, community-led membership association that will serve as the host and center of administrative, user and community support for the software.

More information about the project is available at http://bitcurator.net. All of the BitCurator software, documentation and instructional materials can be freely downloaded from http://wiki.bitcurator.net. Interested individuals can join the BitCurator users list and follow @bitcurator on Twitter.

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013