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James Duderstadt to Deliver Closing Plenary at December 2011 Member Meeting

I’m delighted that Professor James Duderstadt will be delivering the closing plenary at our Fall member meeting, December 12-13, in Arlington, Virginia. Jim is President Emeritus of the University of Michigan, and in recent years has been intensively involved in issues about the future of higher education and the research university in the United States and globally, and has thought deeply about ways in which technology may help to shape this future.

He chaired the US National Academies committee that authored the report “Preparing for the Revolution: Information Technology and the Future of the Research University” (see http://books.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=10545) and has recently been serviing on the Academies Committee on Research Universities (see http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/CommitteeView.aspx?key=49219) which is completing its work this year. His talk will include a discussion of some of this work. We’ll have more details on this plenary, as well as other aspects of the fall meeting, on our website at www.cni.org in the coming weeks.

This should be a plenary address that is both timely and of lasting importance, and I’m very pleased that we will be able to host it at our meeting.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Call for Project Briefing Proposals for CNI Fall 2011 Mtg

The Fall 2011 CNI Membership Meeting will be held on December 12-13 (Monday and Tuesday) at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA.  Registration materials will be sent by the middle of this month to designated member representatives.  Please note that the meeting and hotel registration deadline is Friday, November 11.  For more information, see the meeting Web site:

We are now accepting proposals for project briefings, one hour breakout sessions which focus on a specific institutional project related to networked information or a discussion of a hot topic.  A limited number of project briefings are accepted.  Proposals may be submitted via a Web form available at


or via an e-mail message to Joan Lippincott at joan@cni.org.
The deadline for proposal submission is Friday, October 21.

Please tag blog posts about this meeting with CNI2011fall for easy reference; the Twitter hashtag is #cni11f

Looking forward to seeing you in Arlington!

Prototyping Learning Spaces – PKAL LSC Webinar

The PKAL Learning Spaces Collaboratory (LSC) offers high quality programs and information resources.  I serve on the Advisory Board of this group.
They have updated their website, on which you will find new resources and announcements of upcoming LSC events:
The first is the LSC webinar on September 15, facilitated by Phil Long, now at the University of Queensland, formerly at MIT; the topic is “Just Do It: Prototyping Toward Progressive Renovation of Learning Spaces”:
PKAL LSC suggests that in viewing the site, consider whether the photo is of a space with windows or not. Reflect on the questions to be addressed. Consider the relevance of such questions in your current context.
The webinar will be of value to all those with some stake in the quality of the built environment for learning.
2011 – 2012 LSC webinar series will feature individuals and campuses where discussions about learning spaces are becoming woven into the institutional culture, rather than entered into episodically in response to an immediate need. The registration fee for an LSC webinar is an institutional fee, so participants are invited to assemble colleagues anticipating or giving attention to learning spaces—whether they be facilities officers, librarians, academic administrators, or faculty from across the campus.

–Jeanne Narum, for the LSC Steering Committee and LSC Collaborating Partners

New CNI Conversations: CI for Classical Studies, Digital Scholarship Centers, Data Mgt, Cliff’s Summer Reading

This latest report from CNI features director Clifford Lynch discussing some of his summer reading, as well as Cliff describing a range of issues related to research data management that were discussed at several summer meetings and conferences. CNI’s associate director Joan Lippincott joins Cliff in this podcast to talk about digital scholarship centers, with an emphasis on services for graduate students.

For more information about the Sept. 6 CNI Conversations, and to listen, go to:

CNI Conversations has moved!

Please update podcatchers and links accordingly:

Listen online at http://www.cni.org/resources/cni-conversations/
Point your podcatcher to http://www.cni.org/resources/cni-conversations/feed/

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.


NSF Report: Changing the Conduct of Science in the Information Age

CNI-ANNOUNCE readers may be interested in a recently-issued report from the U.S. National Science Foundation reporting on a November 2010 workshop titled “Changing the Conduct of Science in the Information Age”. This takes an international perspective on issues involved in cyberinfrastructure and data intensive science. The report contains extensive appendices and background papers (some of which are reports like the European Union “Riding the Wave” document that will already be familiar to some readers). There’s a table of contents, with links to allow the downloading of individual sections or the entire report, at


My thanks to Guy Almes for the pointer to this report.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

ARL-CNI Forum on 21st-Century Collections,

ARL and CNI will co-host the forum 21st-Century Collections and the Urgency of Collaborative Action on October 13–14 in Washington, DC, immediately following the ARL Membership Meeting. The event is open to all. For preliminary information about the program and to register, see the forum Web site:


Coming Soon: Redesigned CNI Web Site

CNI will be launching our newly designed Web site over Labor Day weekend. The new site will continue to offer easy access to all the information the community has come to rely on from CNI, including the latest news on pressing issues, CNI membership meeting details, and publications by CNI staff. In addition to the usual features, we’ve incorporated some new additions we hope you will find useful. CNI’s new site will include a Browse by Topic section in which we’ve organized some material, produced by CNI staff and/or hosted on our Web site, around a few themes that have been important to CNI’s work in recent years. There is easy linking to social media from our new site, and both CNI News (a news feed alternative to the CNI-ANNOUNCE listserv) and the CNI Conversations podcast series have been incorporated into the site (watch for postings about updating your subscriptions to those services).

We hope that you will enjoy discovering the new site and that you will find it easy to use, clean and efficient. As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions, on CNI’s Web site, or anything else related to CNI and its work.

Moore Foundation Call for Input on Data Intensive Science

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has issued a call for community input to help guide the planning for their future investments in data-intensive science. The call is open through mid-September, 2011, and is structured through a web tool that allows both submission of new ideas and commentary on ideas that others have submitted in response to the Foundation’s call. This is an excellent opportunity for the CNI community to help shape thinking at the Foundation.

The call can be found at


and there is a little additional background at


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

CLIR Report on Cyberinfrastructure for Classical Studies

CLIR has just published a major (and, at 300 pages, massive) study of cyberinfrastucture needs and developments in the area of classical studies. I’ve reproduced the announcement below. I was fortunate to be able to read a draft of this; it’s really a landmark study, and I wish that we had analysis of this depth and quality for many other areas of scholarship.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

A new CLIR report, Rome Wasn’t Digitized in a Day: Building a Cyberinfrastructure for Digital Classics, examines the use of digital technologies in classical studies, focusing on classical Greece, Rome, and the ancient Middle and Near East. The report was written by Alison Babeu, digital librarian and research coordinator for the Perseus Project. Babeu explores recent projects in the digital classics and how these projects are used. She also examines the infrastructure that supports digital classics and investigates larger humanities cyberinfrastructure projects and tools or services that might be repurposed for the digital classics.
The report is available at http://www.clir.org/pubs/abstract/pub150abst.html

Video available – Lynch at OCLC Symposium

OCLC has made available a number of videos from programs at the ALA Annual Conference. Included are Cliff Lynch’s keynote at their Symposium “The Infinite Collection: Resources in the Digital Age.” Cliff’s is one of a number of stimulating presentations, including those by Brian Schottlaender of UC San Diego, Rick Anderson of University of Utah, and Bobbi Newman of the Libraries and Transliteracy Project.

You will find the videos at:

–Joan Lippincott, CNI

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013