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CurateGear: Digital Curation Tools and Methods 1/6/12

A great line-up of speakers at this symposium.
–Joan Lippincott
The DigCCurr 2012 Public Symposium Presents:


WHEN: January 6, 2012, 8AM – 5 PM
WHERE:  Chapel Hill, North Carolina

ABOUT THE EVENT: CurateGear is an interactive day-long event focused on digital curation tools and methods. See demonstrations, hear about the latest developments, and discuss application in professional contexts.

*** TO REGISTER: http://tinyurl.com/3m8ajrm ***
COST: $100 ($125 for late registration beginning December 1st); STUDENT COST: $50.

Registration includes continental breakfast, morning and afternoon breaks, lunch, and free parking.


Jonathan Crabtree, Odum Institute for Research in Social Science
Mark Evans, Tessella
Simson Garfinkel, Naval Postgraduate School
Barbara Guttman, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Carolyn Hank, McGill University
Chien-Yi Hou, University of North Carolina
Greg Jansen, UNC Libraries
Cal Lee, University of North Carolina
Matt Kirschenbaum, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities
Nancy McGovern, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
Richard Marciano, University of North Carolina
Mark Matienzo, Yale University
Trevor Owens, Library of Congress
David Pearson, National Library of Australia
Doug Reside, New York Public Library
Seamus Ross, University of Toronto
Seth Shaw, University Archives, Duke University
Mike Thuman, Tessella
Helen Tibbo, University of North Carolina
William Underwood, Georgia Tech
Peter Van Garderen, Artefactual Systems
Doug White, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Kam Woods, University of North Carolina

Sponsored by: the Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the School of Information and Library Science

Please join us!


Dr. Helen R. Tibbo, Alumni Distinguished Professor
President, 2010-2011 & Fellow, Society of American Archivists
School of Information and Library Science
201 Manning Hall  CB#3360
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3360
Phone: (919) 962-8063
Fax: (919) 962-8071

McCusker Lecture, Dominican University, October 26, 2011

I’m honored to be presenting the 15th Annual McCusker Lecture at Dominican University (near Chicago) on October 26, 2011 at 6PM. My talk is titled “Names and Lives in the Cultural Record.” The Lecture is free and open to the public, but Dominican does request an RSVP if you plan to attend. More information at:


I hope to see some of you there.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

SURF Foundation Enhanced Publications Work

I wanted to share this announcement from our friends at the SURF Foundation in the Netherlands with the CNI community. They have been doing some very helpful work trying to understand what will happen to scholarly publications as we leave behind the limitations of the printed page, and as we need to present data intensive science.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Enhanced publication: from experiment to practice

Utrecht, 20 October 2011 – Researchers at a number of universities and research institutions gained experience in 2011 with enhancing publications during six projects financed by SURFfoundation. The emphasis in previous projects was mainly on developing the technical facilities for creating enhanced publications. This year, it was the turn of the researchers themselves to enhance their publications and to present them in context. Enhanced publication is a new type of scientific/scholarly publication whereby researchers make publications available on the Internet in combination with related research data.

Vision for the future
In the future, it will become increasingly rare for research results to be presented merely one-dimensionally. It is precisely the significant relationship between the publication itself, the underlying research data, references, illustrations, etc. that creates cross-fertilisation between research, researchers, and research fields. This increases the likelihood of research breakthroughs and perhaps also of new ways for researchers to collaborate.

Removing the barrier
The many technical possibilities offered by the semantic web, xml and rdf (rich data format) mean that it is often no easy matter for researchers to publish their research as an enhanced version. That barrier can be removed if they receive proper support and cooperation from ICT departments and support staff. Researchers who have overcome that barrier are enthusiastic about the potential of enhanced publication.

Researchers with little ICT know-how also see the advantages even if they do not understand the ‘inner workings’of an enhanced publication. A pdf that has been enhanced with relevant supplementary or supporting information is a more attractive way of presenting research results. Enhanced publication also makes it easier for interested colleagues to discover the research work concerned.

What researchers say
Prof. Nick Jankowski of the eHumanities Group at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) is enthusiastic about the possibilities opened up by enhanced publications: “They provide the opportunity for new insights, new knowledge, and for sharing the knowledge with other scholars and a wider public.” In a short video – Enhanced Publications: from experiment to practice – Prof. Jankowski and five colleagues talk about the value of enhancement and their experience during the project.

Five disciplines
Enhanced publication has proved valuable in a number of disciplines and can be applied in various different ways, making it very versatile.
·         Economics: Open Data and Publications
·         Linguistics: Lenguas de Bolivia and Enhanced NIAS Publications
·         Musicology: The Other Josquin
·         Communication sciences: Enhancing Scholarly Publishing in the Humanities and Social Sciences
·         Geosciences: VPcross.

Lessons learned
Enhanced publication has enormous potential. However, the experience gained during the project shows that there is still a lot to be learned about how to enhance publications and how to make use of the semantic web. The various tools that have been developed for this new way of publishing research results are not yet “ready for immediate use” by researchers. Enhancement still involves collaboration between researchers and ICT staff. The lessons learned will be used for further development.

More information
·         Enhanced Publications

About the SURFshare programme
The aim of SURFshare is to provide better access to high-quality scientific and scholarly knowledge using the very latest ICT technology. This is possible because ICT not only speeds up standard communication processes but changes the nature of the knowledge chain itself. The growing number of facilities for knowledge sharing and dissemination mean that traditional publications, tools (models, algorithms, visualisations) and research data are increasingly interwoven.

SURFfoundation’s intention in the SURFshare programme is to create a common infrastructure that will facilitate access to research information and make it possible for researchers to share scientific and scholarly information.

Kind regards,
Annemiek van der Kuil
Annemiek van der Kuil | community manager SURFshare | ICT & Research | SURFfoundation | Graadt van Roggenweg 340 | P.O.Box 2290 | 3500 GG Utrecht | T + 31 30 234 66 42 | E vanderkuil@surf.nl W www.surffoundation.nl/SURFshare

eBird, Net Gen, 21st-Century Collections, and More in the Latest CNI Conversations

In this latest report from CNI, director Clifford Lynch reports of several recent conferences, including the Internet2 fall meeting, Theory & Practice of Digital Libraries (formerly ECDL), the ARL-CNI Fall Forum on 21st-century collections, and Steve Kelling’s plenary presentation at ASIS&T on the eBird global tool. CNI’s associate director Joan Lippincott discusses the Net Gen and generational differences in the use of technology, as well as the importance of assessment as a tool for understanding your user community.

For more information about the Oct. 14 CNI Conversations, and to listen, go to:


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Please update podcatchers and links accordingly:
Listen online at http://www.cni.org/resources/cni-conversations/
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We hope you enjoy this program and we welcome your feedback. For questions or comments related to CNI Conversations, please contact CNI Associate Executive Director Joan Lippincott at joan@cni.org.

CNI Community Update Session at EDUCAUSE 2011-Philadelphia

CNI Director Clifford Lynch and Associate Director Joan Lippincott will be attending the EDUCUASE conference in Philadelphia later this week.  While there, they will present a Community Update on Oct. 20th to highlight CNI’s program and current developments in a broad range of areas related to digital content.  This update, geared to all interested in recent developments in digital information, welcomes those who have not attended recent CNI meetings and want to hear about the latest developments in CNI’s areas of activity.  CNI is engaged in work on the cyberinfrastructure needs for scholarship, particularly regarding data curation, e-science, and digital humanities; institutional repositories; learning spaces; and information and services in the mobile environment.

The session will be from 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM in meeting room 102A/B.  The hash tag for this session is #E11_UPD12.  Additional conference information is available at http://www.educause.edu/E2011.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Reminder: CNI Project Briefing Proposals due Oct. 21

Project briefing proposals for the CNI Fall 2011 Membership Meeting are due THIS FRIDAY, October 21. Information about project briefings and an online submission form are available at


The meeting will be held December 12-13, 2011 in Arlington, VA.

If you have any questions about submitting a proposal, please feel free to contact Joan Lippincott (joan@cni.org) or me (diane@cni.org).


High Performance Computing Conference, Rensselaer Polytechnic, Oct 26-28

There’s a very interesting multidisciplinary conference on High Performance Computing being held at RPI on October 26-28 that may be of interest to CNI-announce subscribers in the New York region. For more details see


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Personal Digital Archiving 2012, Feb 23-24, San Francisco

Registration and the call for submission is now open for the 2012 edition of this important conference.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

*Personal Digital Archiving 2012*
*February 23-24, 2012*

The Internet Archive
300 Funston Ave
San Francisco, CA

The Personal Digital Archiving 2012 Conference is now open for
participation!  We welcome proposals for session topics and speakers, as
well as volunteers to help us organize and serve on site.

Relevant themes include but are not limited to family photographs and
home movies; personal health and financial data; interface design for
archives; scrap booking; social network data; institutional practices;
genealogy; email, blogs and other correspondence; and funding models.

Conference sessions will be selected by an international peer review
panel that includes:

* Ben Gross, Linde Group
* Brewster Kahle, The Internet Archive
* Cal Lee, University of North Carolina
* Cathy Marshall, Microsoft Research
* Clifford Lynch, Coalition for Networked Information
* Elizabeth Churchill, Yahoo! Research
* Jeff Ubois, The Bassetti Foundation
* Jeremy Leighton John, The British Library
* Judith Zissman, Consultant
* Lori Kendall, University of Illinois
* Peter Brantley, Internet Archive
* Stan James, independent consultant
* Steve Griffin, Library of Congress

Standard conference panels will be one hour, and presentations will be
15-20 minutes in length. To submit a proposal for a panel, presentation,
or poster, please *register online* at


Please include an abstract of what you plan to discuss, and a brief
biography suitable for posting on the conference web site.

The conference will also hold a series of 5 minute lighting talks on
Friday afternoon. These will be organized on a first-come, first served
basis during the conference.

Deadline for abstracts: 30 November, 2011.
Notification of acceptance: 30 December, 2011.

Late submissions will be considered on an individual basis.


*Topics for discussion*

From family photographs and personal papers to health and financial
information, vital personal records are becoming digital. Creation and
capture of digital information has become a part of the daily routine
for hundreds of millions of people, and there is a growing number of
commercial services, such as Facebook’s Timeline, aimed at individuals
who want to preserve a record of their life.

The combination of new capture devices (more than 1 billion camera
phones will be sold in 2012) and new types of media are reshaping both
our personal and collective memories. Personal collections are growing
in size and complexity. As these collections spread across different
media (including film and paper!), we are redrawing the lines between
personal and professional data, and between published and unpublished

But what are the long-term prospects for this data? Which institutions,
technologies, standards, funding models, and services are most credible?

For individuals, institutions, investors, entrepreneurs, and funding
agencies thinking about how best to address these issues, Personal
Digital Archiving 2012 will clarify the technical, social, economic
questions around personal archiving. Presentations will include
contemporary solutions to archiving problems that attendees may
replicate for their own collections, and address questions such as:

* What new social norms around preservation, access, and disclosure are
* Do libraries, museums, and archives have a new responsibility to
collect digital personal materials?
* How can we effectively preserve social network data? Can we better
anticipate (and measure) losses of personal material?
* What is the relationship of personal health information to personal
* How can we cope with the intersection between personal data and
collective or social data that is personal?
* How can we manage the shift from simple text-based data to rich media
such as movies in personal collections?
* What tools and services are needed to better enable self-archiving?
What models for user interfaces are most appropriate?
* What are viable existing economic models that can support personal
archives? What new economic models should we evaluate?
* What are the long-term rights management issues? Are there
unrecognized stakeholders we should begin to account for now?
* What are the projects we can commit to in the coming year?

Whether the answers to these questions are framed in terms of personal
archiving, personal digital heritage, preserving digital lives,
scrapbooking, or managing intellectual estates, they present major
challenges for both individuals and institutions: data loss is a nearly
universal experience, whether it is due to hardware failure,
obsolescence, user error, lack of institutional support, or any one of
many other reasons. Some of these losses may not matter; but the early
work of the Nobel prize winners of the 2030s is likely to be digital
today, and therefore at risk in ways that previous scientific and
literary creations were not. And it isn’t just Nobel winners that
matter: the lives of all of us will be preserved in ways not previously

*Background, registration, and fees*

For those who register before December 25, the conference fee is $125
for attendees from non-commercial institutions; $195 for attendees from
other organizations; students may register early for $100. Scholarships
are also available.

Videos and detailed notes about the 2010 and 2011 conference sessions
are available on http://personalarchiving.com and at

Learning Space Toolkit Survey

I know many readers of cni-announce/CNI News would find it useful to refer to a broad collection of tools and resources when you are planning a learning space project, whether a learning/information commons, media lab, or other facility.  The NC State University Library is developing a web resource for the community and would like input from you.  [I am on the advisory board of this initiative.]

–Joan Lippincott

The Learning Space Toolkit is an IMLS-funded project to develop a web-based collection of tools, references, and resources for planning, evaluating, and operating technology-rich informal learning spaces. The toolkit will enable campus administrators, space planners / designers, facility managers, and campus experts such as library and IT professionals to envision needs for space, technology, and services and then plan for how best to meet those needs.

We are conducting a brief survey of potential users to gather feedback on priorities for the tools we are planning to develop. The survey is organized by the six sections within the toolkit (Roadmap, Needs Assessment, Space Types, Services, Technology, and Assembly instructions), offering an opportunity to rate the importance of the content planned for each and let us know if anything is missing.

Survey:  http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/623751/Learning-Space-Toolkit-Your-Input
It will take approximately 10mins to complete and your input will be aggregated and anonymized, with your name/institution only used for response tracking purposes.

For more information about this project, please visit us at http://learningspacetoolkit.com

PKAL LSC Colloquium: Assessing the Impact of Spaces for Learning on Undergraduate Learners 11/4-6/11

Dear CNI News Subscribers:

The PKAL Learning Spaces Collaboratory (LSC) has received an NSF grant to pursue questions about the relationship of learning spaces to student learning. This Colloquium is one of the main events in which the community will be asked to assist with exploration of questions and then development of an agenda for use within the participants’ home institution. PKAL LSC events involve institutional teams and encourage active participation in the event.

I am on the advisory committee for this program and will be participating in the workshop.

Please see the URL below for information on the agenda and fee-based registration.

–Joan Lippincott


2011 LSC National Colloquium


Start date: Nov 4, 2011

End date: Nov 6, 2011

Assessing the Impact of Spaces for Learning on Undergraduate Learners: Building a Community of Practice

Westfields Marriott

Chantilly, VA

The 2011 LSC Colloquium is designed for the collective exploration of basic questions at the intersection of research and practice in the realm of planning 21st century learning spaces for 21st century learners. Attention will be given to research domains as diverse as cognitive science, learning sciences, social psychology, organizational and pedagogical change, and from communities of practitioners equally diverse: senior academic administrators, libraries, pedagogical pioneers, physical plant officers, architects, and other design and construction professionals.

This diversity of experience and expertise brought to the colloquium ‘table’ reflects the reality that planning 21st century learning spaces is a very complex undertaking. It demands the cross-fertilization of ideas around issues such as why and how collaborative learning and other research-based pedagogies work, why and how interdisciplinary teams prosper as problem-solving teams, why and how giving students hands-on, real-world learning experiences motivates them to persist and succeed—and why and how space matters.

This will be a working colloquium. It is a first major step in building a new community of practice, one that shares a collective sense that has been informed by theory and confirmed by practice of how space influences learning. This is a community of practice that actively engages researchers and practitioners that can share data and insights about how spaces enable a supportive learning community to emerge. Colloquium participants will draft resources, to be piloted and prototyped, developed and disseminated in early 2012, which will nurture and inform this emerging community of practice. At the most fundamental level, this colloquium is to catalyze the feedback loops that connect attention to the where of learning to discussions about what and how students learn—and connect attention to what and how students learn to the planning of spaces, to where students learn.

Pre-workshop opportunities include fall webinars and suggested background readings. Post-workshop expectations are for critiquing, piloting, and assessing the various resources for planners drafted at the colloquium. Throughout, a feedback loop will offer opportunity for sharing data and insights about if and how spaces enable a supportive learning community to emerge.

Participants in the 2011 LSC Colloquium will have opportunity to:

  • explore questions to be addressed in the process of planning, experiencing, and assessing built environments for 21st century learning
  • engage in the critique of those questions with a diverse community of practitioners: provosts and deans, faculty with responsibilities for learning in classrooms and labs, librarians and other administrators with responsibilities for assessing learning, for physical spaces; as well as architects and other design and construction professionals
  • examine those questions from perspectives of learning theorists, environmental psychologists, researchers on organizational change
  • examine those questions from the perspective of goals for student learning from within and beyond academe
  • role-play the experience of establishing an on-campus process for planning learning spaces that begins and ends with a focus on learning and learners, prototyping approaches to determine if and how space matters
  • develop a take-home agenda for action to advance local planning of learning spaces: campus-wide or single projects for renovation/new construction.
Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013