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Video: Social Networks and Archival Context

Social Networks and Archival Context (SNAC) is addressing the longstanding research challenge of discovering, locating, and using distributed historical records that researchers use as primary evidence for understanding the lives and work of historical persons and the events in which they participated. In this presentation from CNI’s spring 2015 meeting, Daniel Pitti (UVa) and Brian Tingle (U. of California) describe how SNAC will be transitioned from a research and development project to an ongoing, cooperative program.

Social Networks and Archival Context: From R&D to Cooperative Program is now available online:

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/127296716
YouTube: https://youtu.be/iTlodzmEABM

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: Platform for Partnership

This presentation from CNI’s spring 2015 meeting describes the building of the Los Angeles Aqueduct Digital Platform (LAADP), an online educational resource which includes thousands of digitized primary sources from seven institutions, and a scholarship section showcasing digital research projects created by graduate students. Developed in UCLA Library Special Collections, the project leveraged the talents and skills of archivists, librarians, technologists, faculty and students.

A Platform for Partnership: Collaborating Across UCLA Library and Campus is now available online:

YouTube: https://youtu.be/CPt8gKsHe1s

A complete project description and links to related resources are available at http://www.cni.org/topics/economic-models/a-platform-for-partnership-collaborating-across-ucla-library-and-campus/

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: Visualization on the Big Screen

This presentation from CNI’s spring 2015 meeting covers efforts at the libraries at Georgia State University (Bryan Sinclair & Joseph Hurley) and the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill (Jill Sexton) to implement immersive display technologies that allow unmediated patron access and reduce the amount of staff time required to support the technologies. Georgia’s newly-opened CURVE: Collaborative University Research & Visualization Environment features the latest visualization technologies, including an immersive, 24-foot-wide “interactWall” for up-close interaction and engagement with digital content. UNC Chapel Hill’s Research Hub supports technology-enabled, interdisciplinary research, providing consulting, software, and equipment for data visualization, data management, GIS services, makerspaces, and digital humanities. The Hub features the Liquid Galaxy, a large display used to visualize geospatial data.

Visualization on the Big Screen: Hands-on Immersive Environments Designed for Student and Faculty Collaboration is now available online:

and on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/126524249
Visit CNI’s video channels on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni) to see all videos available from CNI.

Video: Public Video Walls in Academic Libraries

The exciting opportunities presented by video walls in public spaces also represent a range of challenges encompassing questions about engagement, staffing, planning and budgets. In this presentation from CNI’s spring 2015 meeting, Shawna Sadler (Deakin University), Mike Nutt (North Carolina State University) and Renee Reaume (University of Calgary) discuss the new roles and infrastructure needed for library installations of this type, and they describe some of the imaginative and interactive applications of this emerging resource.

Managing Public Video Walls in an Academic Library is now available online:

and on YouTube: https://youtu.be/9mlLpkg6KEM

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: Realizing the Potential of Research Data

Carole Palmer Speaking at CNI Spring 2015

In this plenary talk from CNI’s recent spring meeting, University of Washington Information School professor Carole Palmer discusses factors that make data valuable and sharable within and across research cultures, and the changing demands for data curation expertise and responsibility in research libraries, data centers, universities, and the corporate sector.

Realizing the Potential of Research Data is now available online:

and on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/125487614

Previously-released video from this meeting:
-Providing Universal Access to Modern Materials – and Living to Tell the Tale (Brewster Kahle, Internet Archive)

Look for more announcements soon on videos of other sessions from the spring 2015 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).

Harvard/Purdue Data Management Symposium, June 16-17, 2015, Cambridge MA

Harvard and Purdue Libraries are hosting a two-day (free) data management symposium at Harvard on June 16 and 17, 2015 The focus will be on new roles for libraries as part of data management strategies during all parts of the research cycle.

Full information can be found at


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Who Owns the Data? Conference on Digital Assets, Data Philanthropy & Public Benefit, May 14, 2015, Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley is hosting an all day conference on May 14, 2015 titled “who Owns the Data? An International Conference on Digital Assets, Data Philanthropy, and Public Benefit” with an excellent slate of speakers and a keynote by Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive.

Full details can be found here


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Video: Brewster Kahle on Universal Access to Modern Materials

The Internet Archive (IA), an independent non-profit, provides access to digital materials (including books, websites, music, video, TV and software) on the Internet. In this plenary talk from CNI’s recent spring meeting, digital library pioneer and IA founder Brewster Kahle describes the particular challenge of providing open access to modern materials, particularly in light of repeated admonishments by legal advisors that, in doing so, “bad things would happen.”

Providing Universal Access to Modern Materials – and Living to Tell the Tale is now available online:

and on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/125044497

Look for more announcements soon on videos of other sessions from the spring 2015 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).

National Academies Study on Digital Curation Workforce Issues

The National Academies released the report “Preparing the Workforce for Digital Curation” last week. The commitee was chaired by Professor Margaret Hedstrom of the University of Michigan’s School of Information and operated under the oversight of the Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI). (Disclosure: I currently co-chair this board).

The direct link to the page for a free download is


I have included the Academies’ press release, which includes report highlights, and the full committee roster below.

For those at the recent Spring Membership meeting in Seattle, this was the report that Carole Palmer (also a committee member) mentioned in her closing keynote.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


Digital Curation Policies and Well-Trained Workforce Needed to Handle Fast-Growing Collections of Digital Information

WASHINGTON — From distant satellites to medical implants, sensors are collecting unprecedented quantities of digital data across the scientific disciplines. Other sectors — government, business, and health – are collecting huge amounts of data and information as well. If accurate and accessible, such information has the potential to speed scientific discovery, spur innovation, inform policy, and support transparency.

However, the policies, infrastructure, and workforce needed to manage this information have not kept pace with its rapid growth, says a new report from the National Research Council. The immaturity and ad hoc nature of the field of digital curation – the active management and enhancement of digital information assets for current and future use — so far has led to vulnerabilities and missed opportunities for science, business, and government.

There is an urgent need for policies, technologies, and expertise in digital curation, said the committee that conducted the study and wrote the report. It recommends that the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy lead policy development in digital curation and prioritize strategic resource investments for the field. Research communities, government agencies, commercial firms, and educational institutions should work together to speed the development and adoption of digital curation standards and good practices.

The report also offers several recommendations for strengthening the digital curation workforce. Currently there is little data available on how – and how many — digital curation professionals are being trained and the career paths they follow. Moreover, it is difficult to estimate current and future demand because digital curation takes place in many types of jobs. The primary source of statistics on employment in the federal government, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, does not track digital curation as a separate occupation. However, the committee could estimate the current demand for digital curation professionals by examining data on job openings for related occupations — enterprise architects, data stewards, librarians and archivists, among others. Openings for almost all of these professions at least doubled between 2005 and 2012, the committee found.

Government agencies, private employers, and professional associations should develop better mechanisms to track the demand for individuals in jobs where digital curation is the primary focus, the report says. The Bureau of Labor Statistics should add a digital curation occupational title to the Standard Occupational Classification when it revises the SOC system in 2018; this recognition would also help to strengthen the attention given to digital curation in workforce preparation. Tracking employment openings for digital curation professionals, enrollments in professional education programs, and the career trajectories of their graduates would help balance supply with demand on a national scale.

In addition, OSTP should convene relevant federal organizations, professional associations, and private foundations to encourage the development of model curricula, training programs, and instructional materials that advance digital curation as a recognized discipline. Educators in institutions offering professional education in digital curation should create partnerships with educators, scholars, and practitioners in data-intensive disciplines and established data centers. These partnerships could speed the definition of best practices and guiding principles as they mature and evolve.

The study was sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the National Science Foundation. The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council make up the National Academies. They are private, independent nonprofit institutions that provide science, technology, and health policy advice under a congressional charter granted to NAS in 1863. The National Research Council is the principal operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.


Committee on Future Career Opportunities and Educational Requirements for Digital Curation

Margaret Hedstrom (chair)
Robert M. Warner Collegiate Professor
School of Information
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor

Lee Dirks (Deceased 9/4/2012)
Director of Education and Scholarly Communication
Microsoft Research
Redmond, Wash.

Peter Fox
Professor and Tetherless World Research Chair
Earth and Environmental and Computer Sciences Departments
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, N.Y.

Michael F. Goodchild*
Professor Emeritus (retired)
Department of Geography
University of California
Santa Barbara

Heather Joseph
Executive Director
Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
Washington, D.C.

Ron Larsen
Dean and Professor
School of Information Sciences
University of Pittsburgh

Carole L. Palmer
Information School
University of Washington

Steven Ruggles
Director, Minnesota Population Center
Professor, University of Minnesota

David E. Schindel
Executive Secretary
Consortium for the Barcode of Life
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, D.C.

Stephen Wandner
Visiting Scholar
Center of Labor, Human Services, and Population
The Urban Institute
Washington, D.C.


Paul F. Uhlir
Study Director

LSC Webinar – U. Arizona STEM and collaboration

I want to call your attention to the next Learning Spaces Collaboratory webinar about U. Arizona and their undergraduate STEM initiative. I understand that it is a great example of collaboration among IT, libraries, STEM faculty, senior academic leadership, and facilities staff.

–Joan Lippincott

Please join us for the LSC Webinar The Story of the University of Arizona: Transforming How and Where Learning Happens (Implementing an AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative) on May 5th at 3:30pm EDT. This webinar will focus on implementing a redesign of STEM learning, based on evidence-based practices, integrating attention to the teaching practices and to the learning spaces at the University of Arizona.

Registration and information is available at


For a snapshot of their efforts, supported through the AAU STEM initiative, please view this youtube video that tells the story of UA’s pilot Collaborative Learning Spaces Project.

Whether or not questions about “how big can a space be?” are driving your planning, the UA story is one of attention to culture change as foundational to transforming STEM learning. Whether or not you are working with RI institutions or predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUI), the process by which UA is redefining how STEM learning happens and how to shape a comprehensive, interdisciplinary institutional effort to ensure success will be of value.

· UA AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Project

· AAU STEM Education Initiative

Please also put the June 10th LSC Webinar on your schedule. The thrust of this webinar is how to reinvent the concept of the Maker Spaces, capturing the experience of the workshop orchestrated by the LSC and the Epicenter at the d.school at Stanford (sponsored by VentureWell).


Jeanne L. Narum

The Independent Colleges Office, Director

Learning Spaces Collaboratory, Principal

D: (202) 256-8872

C: (202) 528-0305



Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013