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DFG Strategy Paper on Information

The DFG (the German Research Foundation, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) has just released a new strategy paper on approaches to developing and funding information infrastructues for research over the next five years; this should be of interest to a number of  CNI-announce readers. I have reproduced the announcement below.  The direct link to the paper is at:



Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


“Taking Digital Transformation to the Next Level”

DFG Strategy Paper on Innovative Information Infrastructures for Research

No 29

3 July 2012

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) supports efforts to enhance the strategic development of information infrastructure in Germany. This is the underlying message in the new strategy paper Taking Digital Transformation to the Next Level: The Contribution of the DFG to an Innovative Information Infrastructure for Research. The paper was adopted by the DFG Senate at its session on 3 July 2012.

Against a backdrop of rapid change in the conditions under which scientific research is carried out in the Digital Age, the paper outlines current challenges of creating innovative information infrastructures for research, explores new developments, and identifies areas to be enhanced with targeted funding initiatives. DFG President Matthias Kleiner: “Excellence in basic research is unthinkable without state-of-the-art information infrastructure. The development and continued expansion of this infrastructure is of great significance as we look to the future. This paper will serve as a strategic and thematic guide on services for information and literature provision as well as for enhancing network-supported collaboration in the coming years.”

Prepared by the Committee on Scientific Library Services and Information Systems, the paper aims to improve the performance and sustainability of information infrastructures at universities and research institutions. Combining analyses with recommendations, the paper builds on the DFG’s strategy paper “Funding Priorities Through 2015″, published in 2006, which led to the establishment of innovative funding lines and activities.

According to the conclusions of both papers, the DFG fulfils a twofold role: With its grant programmes it contributes to developing and testing innovative forms of information gathering and processing, of information exchange and networking. In addition, it advocates the importance of comprehensive and networked information services as an integral part of German and European research policy in the national and international political discourse and consensus-finding processes.

The DFG’s contribution to enhancing the information landscape is guided by the organisation’s overarching goal of serving the interests of science and meeting the needs of researchers. To this end, the DFG’s activities extend beyond the provision of information resources to include support for web-based scientific practice across the full spectrum. This includes retrieval functions, and new forms of network-supported collaboration, as well as innovative electronic publishing models and the reusability of research data. The DFG’s funding mission in the field of information infrastructure is complementary to the basic mission of academic and scientific institutions, libraries and archives. The success of its funding programmes and activities depends crucially on the efforts of universities and research institutes, as well as of the federal and state governments funding them, to ensure the sustainability of the activities and structures initiated by DFG grants.

In addition to these analyses, the paper also identifies specific areas for future funding initiatives. These initiatives cover a broad spectrum, ranging from the continuing development of national licensing models for information services and the extension of digitisation and cataloguing projects to new materials, through to efforts to promote open access activities and to enhance the long-term storage of research data. All of these measures will contribute to the overriding goal of “ensuring that information of scientific relevance, research data and platforms for scientific work and communication are easily accessible” with the aim of “delivering an integrated and sustainable system of information infrastructures”.

Further Information

The paper “Taking Digital Transformation to the Next Level – The Contribution of the DFG to an Innovative Information Infrastructure for Research”, prepared by the DFG’s Committee on Scientific Library Services and Information Systems, is available for download at:


Contact persons at the DFG Head Office:

Dr. Anne Lipp, Scientific Library Services and Information Systems
Tel. +49 228 885-2260, Anne.Lipp@dfg.de

Dr. Rembert Unterstell, DFG Press and Public Relations
Tel. +49 228 885-2275, Rembert.Unterstell@dfg.de

Institute for Computer Policy and Law Academy at Cornell

Both the content of this academy at Cornell and the excellent line-up of speakers will be of interest to many of you.
Joan Lippincott

CONTACT: Cornell University Professional Studies
Phone: (607) 255-7259
E-mail: cusp[at]cornell.edu

Thought Leaders to Discuss Internet Culture and the Academy at the 2012 Institute for Computer Policy and Law

The Institute for Computer Policy and Law: Internet Culture and the Academy September 19-21, 2012 Cornell University, Ithaca, NY Register now at http://icpl.cornell.edu

The Cornell University Institute for Computer Policy and Law (ICPL) is the go-to conference for incisive, innovative thinking about Internet culture’s rapidly evolving legal, policy, and social significance in the academic environment.

ICPL’s scope has broadened to address issues vital to faculty in the humanities and sciences, university administrators, academic librarians, and IT, legal, policy, and student life professionals. You will be a dynamic part of the experience! Through presentations, informed and facilitated discussion, the posing of uncomfortable questions and challenging ideas, we will talk about:
* Internet law and policy: Struggles over copyright, piracy, and privacy in a globally connected world
* Internet privacy as social policy and the significance of social networking and online identity for students and academic professionals
* Scholarly publications: Institutional funding, intellectual property, and peer review challenges
* Integration of new media with teaching, learning, and research
* Academic integrity in the digital age, including debates around how to define plagiarism and the value of technological detection systems)
* Knowledge production, collection, and dissemination for academic librarians, and digital and information literacy for all
* How the Internet is shaping the culture of the Academy
This year, the following experts will discuss issues and opportunities for higher education and academic libraries and what they mean for students, staff, and faculty:

Lori Andrews
Distinguished professor of law at the Chicago-Kent College of Law; director of the Illinois Institute of Technology’s (IIT) Institute for Science, Law and Technology; associate vice president of IIT; and author of I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy.

W. Gardner Campbell
Director of professional development and innovative initiatives and English professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Frye Leadership Institute Fellow, former chair of the Electronic Campus of Virginia, advisory board member for the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education, and chair of the board of directors for the New Media Consortium.

Kathleen Fitzpatrick
Director of scholarly communication at the Modern Language Association, professor of media studies at Pomona College, and founder and editor of MediaCommons.

Deanna Marcum
Managing director of Ithaka S+R, former associate librarian for Library Services at the Library of Congress, former president of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), and American Library Association Melvil Dewey Medal awardee.

Howard Rheingold (Presenting virtually)
Writer, critic, and virtual community pioneer; Stanford University visiting lecturer on digital journalism, virtual communities, and social media; non-resident fellow of the Annenberg School for Communication; visiting professor at the Institute of Creative Technologies at De Montfort University; and MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning competition winner.

Enrollment is limited. Attendees who register by July 21, 2012 will receive $100 off the program fee of $975. For more information or to register, visit http://icpl.cornell.edu, e-mail cusp@cornell.edu, or call 607.255.7259.

National Academies Symposium on Data Sciences and Workforce Issues, July 19

National Academies Symposium on Data Sciences and Workforc
The US National Academies Board on Research Data and Information has a study underway on workforce and educational issues raised by the new demands for digital curation. As part of this work, the sturdy committee will be holding a public symposium on 19 July in Washington DC which I think will be of interest to many CNI-announce readers. . More details are below.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

The Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is currently conducting a study on “Future Career Opportunities and Educational Requirements for Digital Curation.” Digital curation is defined by the committee as “active enhancement and management of digital information assets for current and future use.” Margaret Hedstrom of the University of Michigan is the Chair of the study committee. The other members are: Lee Dirks, Nicholas Economides, Peter Fox, Michael Goodchild, Heather Joseph, Ron Larsen, Carole Palmer, Steven Ruggles, David Schindel, and Stephen Wandner. Their affiliations and biographical summaries are located on our website. Sponsors of the study include the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Science Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
As part of the proceedings of the study, BRDI is holding a 1-day “Symposium on Digital Curation in the Era of Big Data: Career Opportunities and Educational Requirements.” The purpose of this meeting is to provide a forum for stakeholders in digital curation to hear perspectives from the private, governmental, and academic sectors and to exchange ideas. The background information of this project and the agenda are also posted on the BRDI website (www.nas.edu/brdi).
We would like to invite you and your professional colleagues to attend the symposium and participate in its discussions. Unfortunately, due to limited resources, we are not able to cover the cost of your travel and attendance, but there is no registration fee.
If you are interested, you are welcome to register for the symposium by contacting Alvar Mattei, Senior Project Assistant, Board on Research Data and Information (amattei@nas.edu), no later than one week before the symposium. Questions about the project may be directed to the Study Director, Subhash Kuvelker (skuvelke@nas.edu) or to Paul Uhlir, BRDI Director (puhlir@nas.edu).
We hope to see you there. Apologies for cross-postings.
Thanks, and best wishes,
Subhash Kuvelker
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Subhash Kuvelker
Study Director and Senior Program Officer
Board on Research Data and Information
Policy and Global Affairs Division
National Academy of Sciences;
500 5th street, N.W., Keck-WS-524, Washington, D.C. 20001
Tel: (301)-442-5800 Email: skuvelker@nas.edu

Joint JISC/British Library Study on “Gen Y” Doctoral Students

The UK Joint Information Systems Committee and the British Library have just released a major (17,00 student) study of the behaviors and beliefs of “Generation Y” (eg born 1983-1992) doctoral students involving social media, information access, and related matters.

A press release including some summary of the findings, and pointers to the entire report, are at:


You can download the report at


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

New Video: ‘National Status of Data Management’

National Status of Data Management: Current Research in Policy and Education, a project briefing session presented at CNI’s spring 2012 membership meeting, by Martin Halbert (UNT), Rachel Frick (DLF), William Moen (UNT), and Spencer Keralis (UNT), is now available on CNI’s two video channels:


Vimeo:  https://vimeo.com/43909611


The demands of big data pose significant challenges for research institutions and academic libraries. This panel features project updates from three interrelated projects examining the data management ecosystem to determine requirements and emerging best practices in policy, graduate education, and professional enrichment.

More videos of other sessions from the spring 2012 CNI meeting are forthcoming.  To see all videos available from CNI, including the opening spring 2012 plenary Reinventing the Research University to Serve a Changing World by James Duderstadt, and Phil Long’s closing plenary Key Trends in Teaching & Learning: Aligning What We Know About Learning to Today’s Learners, visit CNI’s video channels on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni).

ARL publication “Special Collections and Archives in the Digital Age”

I wanted to share this announcement from the Association of Research Libraries  on the release of an excellent new publication on Special Collections and Archives in the Digital Age, which I think will be of very broad interest within the CNI community. It focuses primarily on legal issues, and is relevant both for born-digital materials and physical materials that a memory organization may plan to digitize. You can download a PDF of the entire issue or individual articles here


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


For more information, contact:
Judy Ruttenberg
Association of Research Libraries

Special Collections and Archives in the Digital Age

ARL Releases Pre-Pub of RLI 279

Washington, DC-The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released a pre-publication version of Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 279, which is devoted to legal concerns and evolving professional practices around digitizing special collections and archival materials.

ARL member libraries have embraced digitization-performed in-house or through commercial vendors-as a critical strategy to increase access to their unique collections. This issue of RLI includes a model digitization contract for use with outside vendors, as well as model “deeds of gift” that can secure permission from rights holders to make donated material accessible on the web. Finally, the issue presents a critical essay by Kevin L. Smith, Director of Scholarly Communications at Duke University, on a new way of thinking about copyright and risk management in digitizing special collections.

The complete table of contents with links to the articles follows:

Digitization of Special Collections and Archives: Legal and Contractual Issues
Peter B. Hirtle, Anne R. Kenney, and Judy Ruttenberg

Model Deed of Gift

Model Deed of Gift, including Mixed IP Rights

Model Digitization Agreement

Copyright Risk Management: Principles and Strategies for Large-Scale Digitization Projects in Special Collections
Kevin L. Smith

The pre-publication version of Research Library Issues no. 279 (June 2012) is freely available from ARL Digital Publications.

UK Royal Society report “Science as an Open Enterprise”

The UK Royal Society has just released the final report of its study on Science as an Open Enterprise, which focuses heavily on data stewardship and sharing. You can find the report, and pointers to related material such as the audio from  yesterday evening’s launch event, at


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Library Assessment Conference 2012 Registration Open

If you are interested in assessment related to libraries, this should be an excellent conference.  Kim Duckett of NC State University and I will be giving a full-day workshop on “Library Space Assessment:  Bringing the Focus to Teaching and Learning.”  Registration information for the conference and workshop is below.
–Joan Lippincott, CNI
2012 Library Assessment Conference:
Building Effective, Sustainable and Practical Assessment
Charlottesville, Virginia
October 29–31, 2012
Twitter: #lac12
Washington, DC—Registration is now open for the 2012 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, the only conference in North America to focus solely on library assessment. This fourth assessment conference will be held October 29–31, 2012, in the historic and beautiful town of Charlottesville, Virginia, and is co-sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the University of Virginia Library, and the University of Washington Libraries.

Who Should Attend?
This event is geared toward all library and information professionals interested in assessment activities.

Main conference fee: $425 (includes October 29–31 conference program)

Additional workshop fees: $130 for full-day workshops and $80 for half-day workshops held on October 28 and November 1. (See below for more information on the offerings).

Registration deadline is August 25, 2012. Participants are encouraged to register early as registration for the previous conferences closed several weeks before the deadline due to high demand. If space remains after August 25, single-day registration will open at that time.

Register online: http://libraryassessment.org/reg/

Participants are also encouraged to make their hotel reservations on a timely basis as rooms are booked quickly.

Invited Speakers
Keynote speakers at the 2012 conference are:

  • Judith Eaton, President, Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
  • John Lombardi, university professor and administrator
  • John Simon, Executive Vice President and Provost of the University of Virginia and the Robert C. Taylor Professor of Chemistry
  • Siva Vaidhyanathan, Robertson Professor and the Chair of the Department of Media Studies, University of Virginia

Conference Topics
A full range of library assessment activities will be covered, including digital libraries, collections, information literacy and learning outcomes, statistics and management information, methods and tools including LibQUAL+®, organizational issues, performance measurement, space planning and utilization, usability, usage and e-metrics, user needs, and value and impact.

October 28:

  • “Library Value: Conceptualizing, Capturing, & Communicating Impact” with Megan Oakleaf (half day)

November 1:

  • “Library Space Assessment: Bringing the Focus to Teaching and Learning” with Joan K. Lippincott and Kim Duckett (full day)
  • “Getting Started with Learning Outcomes Assessment: Purposes, Practical Options, and Impact” with Megan Oakleaf (full day)
  • “Working Effectively with LibQUAL+®” with Raynna Bowlby and Martha Kyrillidou (full day)
  • “Successfully Managing Strategic Change with the Balanced Scorecard” with Donna Tolson, Liz Mengel, and Vivian Lewis (half day)

Workshops will fill up quickly and will be offered only once.

Conference Planning Committee
Conference Co-Chairs:
Steve Hiller, University of Washington
Martha Kyrillidou, Association of Research Libraries
Jim Self, University of Virginia

2012 Conference Planning Committee:
Karen Diller, Washington State University Vancouver
David Green, Association of Research Libraries
Lisa Hinchliffe, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Vivian Lewis, McMaster University
Liz Mengel, Johns Hopkins University
Megan Oakleaf, Syracuse University
Kathy Perry, VIVA Consortium
Bill Potter, University of Georgia
Donna Tolson, University of Virginia
Stephen Town, University of York (UK)

Additional Information
Cancellation Policy: ARL, University of Virginia, and University of Washington reserve the right to cancel any of these events through August 31, 2012. An e-mail announcement will be sent to registrants in the event of a cancellation. Registrants will receive a full refund.

Participant Cancellations: Written requests for cancellation will be honored through August 31, 2012, with a $50 cancellation fee. After that date, no refund will be given. Registration and payment may be transferred to another individual at your institution. If you wish to cancel or transfer, please send an e-mail with your request to laconf@arl.org.

For more detailed information, visit the conference website at http://libraryassessment.org/.

New Video: ‘Lessons from Archiving the Occupy Movement’

Archiving Large Swaths of User-Contributed Digital Content: Lessons from Archiving the Occupy Movement, a project briefing session presented at CNI’s spring 2012 membership meeting, by Howard Besser (NYU), David Millman (NYU), and Sharon Leon (GMU), is now available on CNI’s two video channels:


Vimeo:  http://vimeo.com/43603604

Archiving born-digital content from the “Occupy” movement can serve as a prototype for archiving all kinds of user-contributed content.  This presentation features discussion of the tools and methods that have been developed for ingesting, preserving, and offering discovery services to large numbers of digital works where contributors cannot really be relied upon to follow standards and metadata assignment.

More videos of other sessions from the spring 2012 CNI meeting are forthcoming.  To see all videos available from CNI, including the opening spring 2012 plenary Reinventing the Research University to Serve a Changing World by James Duderstadt, and Phil Long’s closing plenary Key Trends in Teaching & Learning: Aligning What We Know About Learning to Today’s Learners, visit CNI’s video channels on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni).


Attendees to this year’s American Library Association (ALA) annual conference in Anaheim, CA, June 21-26, 2012, will have several opportunities to hear from CNI:

*  Top Technology Trends & LITA Awards Presentation
Sunday, June 24, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch will be presented with the 2012 LITA/Library Hi Tech award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology.  The award recognizes outstanding persons or institutions for their long-term contributions in the area of Library and Information Science technology and its application.  Clifford will be speaking during the LITA President’s Program, and he will participate in the LITA Top Tech Trends panel after the awards presentation.

* ACRL Assessment Discussion Group
Saturday, June 23 from 2:30-4:00 PM
Joan Lippincott, Associate Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information, will lead a discussion on qualitative methods in library assessment at the first meeting of this newly created group.

*  The Fourth Paradigm:  Data-Intensive Research, Digital Scholarship, and Implications for Research Libraries
Sunday, June 24, 4-5:30 p.m.
CNI’s Cliff Lynch and Tony Hey of Microsoft Research will discuss the emergence of the “fourth paradigm” for scientific research-involving the acquisition, management, and analysis of vast quantities of scientific data.

*  RUSA President’s Program:  Library in Your Hand:  Mobile Technologies for Exchanging Information with Patrons
Sunday, June 24, 10:30 a.m.-noon.
Joan Lippincott will be one of the speakers during this program to explore the importance of libraries supporting mobile technologies for the dissemination and acquisition of information.

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013