An alternative access method for the same information available from the CNI-ANNOUNCE listserv.
Over the past few months, the UK Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) has been carrying out a major review of the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). JISC is the organization that funds advanced networking, content licensing, and many other vital activities for the UK higher education sector; it has provided key leadership for many innovations, and is widely recognized as a world leader. CNI and JISC have collaborated on numerous areas over the years, and have hosted a series of meetings to bring together US and UK leaders to explore developments of common interest.
The report of the review, along with an initial JISC response, can be found at
(the link to the report is towards the bottom of the page)
I think that this material will be of interest to everybody concerned with the future of higher education in the UK, or with the development of national strategies for funding and supporting advanced technology infrastructure.
The February 11, 2011 issue of Science has a special section titled “Dealing with Data” with a number of papers and articles covering data intensive science and data curation issues. They have set up a web site that consolidates some of the material from this issue and some related topical material from other Science journals (Signaling, Translational Medicine, Careers) for public access (registration required for non-subscribers) at
The 2011 Horizon Report, a collaborative initiative of the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) is now available for free download from:
Each year the report identifies and describes key trends that a group of experts believe will have an impact on teaching, learning and creative inquiry. This year, some of those trends are: electronic books, mobiles, augmented reality, game-based learning, gesture-based computing, and learning analytics.
I highly recommend this report for those who wish to get a concise overview of important trends; in addition, the report includes examples of existing uses of the technologies it highlights and provides links to additional materials. Full disclosure – I served as a member of the Advisory Board for the second year.
Joan K. Lippincott
Associate Executive Director
Coalition for Networked Information
The Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) at the National Academies is presenting a Symposium on Scientific Knowledge Discovery in Open Network Environments in Washington DC on March 10, 2011. You can find the agenda and other background materials at
This promises to be an extremely interesting day, and there are some wonderful speakers (full disclosure: I’m thrilled to be part of one of the afternoon panels). The Symposium is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested.
Project briefing proposals for the CNI Spring 2011 Membership Meeting are due Friday, February 18. Information about project briefings and an online submission form are available at
The spring meeting will be held April 4-5, 2011 in San Diego, CA.
CIO Sally Jackson (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) discusses cyberinfrastructure impact assessment, and why it’s important, in this project briefing session, presented at CNI’s December 2010 meeting. Video of the presentation is available on both of CNI’s channels: YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni).
For more information about the session, and for access to the presentation materials, visit the project briefing page at http://www.cni.org/tfms/2010b.fall/Abstracts/PB-assessing-jackson.html.
The video of a well-attended CNI Fall meeting session on “NSF Data Management Plan Requirements: Institutional Initiatives” is now available on both YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo and Vimeo at http://vimeo.com/channels/cni. Serge Goldstein of Princeton and Scott Brandt of Purdue provided information on what their institutions are doing to support their researchers’ needs to include data management plans as part of grant proposals to the National Science Foundation.
In addition, you can find the presenters’ PowerPoint presentations and other materials on our meeting website at http://www.cni.org/tfms/2010b.fall/Abstracts/PB-nsf-goldstein.html .
I know many campuses are tackling similar issues and I hope can benefit from the work highlighted at our meeting.
Associate Director, CNI
Following up on my recent post about “The New Renaissance” report on digital cultural heritage in the European context, I wanted to share this recent press release announcing the availability of the Strategic Plan 2011-2015 for the Europeana program. I think this will be of interest to any organization looking at strategies for capturing, organizing and sharing digital cultural heritage materials at scale.
Press Release For immediate release
The Hague 19.01.11
Europeana’s Strategic Plan published
Europeana’s Strategic Plan 2011-2015, has been published by the Europeana Foundation. The Plan comes as a timely response to last week’s report from the Comité des Sages which recommended ‘a clear vision and planŠfor the further development of Europeana.’
The Strategic Plan outlines the approach Europeana will take in the changing information landscape. In the next few years, one specific focus for Europeana will be on enhancing the users’ experience. It will give users access to cultural heritage content wherever they are and whenever they want it, making it available through APIs and search widgets, in teaching resources, on blogs, college sites and social networks. Europeana will also explore new ways of actively engaging users in the development of the site and making creative reuse of its content.
For more information contact
Jonathan Purday +44 (0) 1937 546614 jonathan.purday
Notes for editors
Europeana ( www.europeana.eu) is a partnership of European cultural heritage associations that have joined forces to bring together the digitised content of Europe’s galleries, libraries, museums, archives and audiovisual collections. Currently Europeana gives integrated access to 15 million books, films, paintings, museum objects and archival documents from some 1500 content providers. The content is drawn from every European member state and the interface is in 27 European languages. Europeana receives its main funding from the European Commission.
Comité des Sages (The High-Level Reflection Group) was created in April 2010 to make recommendations to the European Commission, European cultural institutions and any stakeholders, on ways and means to make Europe’s cultural heritage and creativity available on the Internet and to preserve it for future generations. It was set up by Neelie Kroes, Vice President responsible for the Digital Agenda, and Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education and Culture.
The Comité des Sages’ members are Maurice Lévy (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of advertising and communications company Publicis), Elisabeth Niggemann (Director-General of the German National Library and chair of the Europeana Foundation) and Jacques De Decker (author and Permanent Secretary of Belgium’s Royal Academy of French language and literature).
The New Renaissance, the Comité des Sages’ report on digital cultural heritage, was released to the Commission on January 10, 2010. The report recommended that Europeana ‘should become the central reference point for Europe’s online cultural heritage.’
Europeana – Think Culture | National Library of the Netherlands | PO Box 90407 | 2509 LK The Hague
I know many of our cni-announce subscribers are interested in developments in the mobile environment. This webcast will describe a wide range of responses by one campus to the mobile environment.
Don’t forget to register for this free EDUCAUSE event.
Friday, January 21, EDUCAUSE Live! will discuss mobile computing at the University of Maryland.
“Spotlight on Mobile Computing: Stories of Mobile Learning”
1-2pm U.S. Eastern Time, Friday, January 21. No charge, but registration required. Archived for future (re)viewing.
Acting Director, Academic Support
University of Maryland
The University of Maryland is in its third year of a mobility initiative that has encompassed everything from student recruitment to app development to class projects. This session will focus on the experiences of faculty and students when using mobile devices for teaching and learning. Specific focus will be given to Digital Cultures and Creativity and Information 3.0, two dynamic programs that incorporate the iPad and iPod touch with other technologies to engage students in learning.
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