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REMINDER: CNI Mtg Registration; Presentations Announced

The registration deadline for the Spring 2012 CNI membership meeting is next MONDAY, MARCH 5th.  If you haven’t registered for the meeting or made hotel accommodations, please do so by Monday.  Information about registration & accommodations is available online:

A preliminary list of project briefing/presentation titles & presenters is now available, as are abstracts for plenary talks by James Dudererstadt (U. of Michigan) and Philip Long (U. of Queensland), all from the meeting website:

If you have questions about meeting registration, please contact Jackie Eudell at jackie@cni.org.  The event will be held in at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, MD on April 2-3.

We looking forward to seeing you in Baltimore!

SURF report: Users, Narcissism and Control: Tracking the Impact of Scholarly Publications in the 21st Century

Our friends at the SURF foundation in the Netherlands have just announced a new report that I think will be of interest to the CNI community. I’ve reproduced the announcement below. The report is at:


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


Individual researchers benefit from online impact assessment
Online measuring of impact not yet suited for research assessment exercises

Individual researchers are very interested in evidence of the impact of their publications. Research institutes and independent organisations assessing research have a special interest when comparing groups and organisations for research assessment. Thanks to the possibilities of web based publishing it is now possible to gauge the impact of some publications under certain conditions. New information filters and tools are helping researchers to assess their own progress and to find responses of others to their publications.

The report Users, Narcissism and Control, which was funded by SURF, offers a comprehensive overview of the current tracking tools of online publications. The report shows to what extent it is possible to follow in real-time how research results are being downloaded, read, cited, and applied.

Stricter protocols required
The fact that researchers can use these tools does not necessarily mean that this technology is also a legitimate source of information for research assessment.  For this application, they need to adhere to a far stricter protocol of data quality and indicator reliability and validity (for example; what does a download imply on the use of the research results). Most new tools do not (yet) comply with these stricter quality criteria required for them to be used in research assessments.

Explosion of tracking tools
The authors of the report ‘Users, narcissism and control’ Paul Wouters and Rodrigo Costas (CWTS, Leiden) explore the explosion of tracking tools that has accompanied the surge of web based information instruments. A total of 16 quite different tools have been assessed. The authors also highlight the potential risks and disadvantages of the new tracking tools. Just some of the tools discussed are: Google Scholar, Microsoft Academic Research, Total-Impact, PlosONE altmetrics, en F1000.

Frank van Harmelen,  professor of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning at the VU University Amsterdam writes on the report: “New web-based metrics for scientific impact will make it possible to observe the developments in science in near real-time. I’m very happy to see that such web-based measures of scientific impact are now being considered by leading scholars involved in the science of measuring and analysing science (Scientometrics).”

Research assessment exercises
The report also recommends to start a concerted research programme investigating the dynamics, properties, and potential use of new web based metrics. This programme should relate these new measures to the already established indicators for scientific and scholarly impact. It can provide insight in how these developing metrics could be applied in research assessment exercises.

Kind regards,
Keith Russell
| Community Manager SURFshare / Knowledge Exchange | SURFfoundation | Graadt van Roggenweg 340 | Postbus 2290 | 3500 GG Utrecht | T +31 (0)30 234 66 99 | F +31 (0)30 233 29 60 | W www.surf.nl |E Russell@surf.nl |
SURFfoundation, SURFnet en SURFdiensten maken deel uit van SURF, de samenwerkingsorganisatie voor ICT in het hoger onderwijs en onderzoek.

NSF Advanced Computing Infrastructure Plan

The US National Science Foundation has released a short document titled “Cyberinfrastructure for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21) Advanced Computing Infrastructure: Vision and Strategic Plan”. The document lays out a new high-level vision for Advanced Computing Infrastructure that takes account of the findings of the six task force reports to the Advisory Committee on Cyberinfrastructure, as well as other developments. The document argues for a broad and balanced portfolio of investments in Advanced Computing Infrastructure.

The document can be found at:


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Orphan Works Symposium

CNI is a co-sponsor of this event

You are cordially invited to

*The 16th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium

**Orphan Works & Mass Digitization: Obstacles & Opportunities*

*April 12-13, 2012
*Claremont Resort & Spa
Berkeley, CA

The Symposium will offer a fresh look at orphan works and mass digitization by examining the existing obstacles, including legal and practical concerns of both owners and potential users, and opportunities to enable greater access and new uses for these works. The event features an outstanding array of scholars and other experts
from various disciplines.

Visit the conference page <http://www.law.berkeley.edu/orphanworks.htm> for a complete agenda with confirmed speakers, resources and registration information.
Registration is now open. <http://www.law.berkeley.edu/orphanworks.htm>

10.00 hours of MCLE credit will be available to symposium attendees.

Co-sponsored by

the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology
the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic
the Berkeley Technology Law Journal
and Berkeley Law.

Video: Online Video Creation by Undergraduates: Consequences for Media Literacy

Online Video Creation by Undergraduates:  Consequences for Media Literacy, a project briefing session presented at CNI’s fall 2011 membership meeting by Anu Vedantham of the University of Pennsylvania, and Renee Hobbs of Temple University, is now available on CNI’s two video channels:

YouTube:  http://youtu.be/HNwSh62owu4
Vimeo:  http://vimeo.com/36327641

Previously-released videos from CNI’s fall 2011 meeting:
-Preservation Status of e-Resources: A Potential Crisis in Electronic Journal Preservation (Oya Y. Rieger, Robert Wolven)
-Five New Paradigms for Science & Academia & an Intro to DataOne (Closing Plenary, William Michener)
-Big Data Becomes Fashionable, Mobile Devices Reshape the Information Ecology: CNI’s View on 2011 and 2012 (Opening Plenary, Clifford Lynch)

All videos from CNI are available on CNI’s video channels:  YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni).

CNI Podcast: Horizon Megatrends, E-Book Self-Publishing, OSTP Comments, More

In the latest CNI Conversations podcast (http://wp.me/p1LncT-23U) CNI Director Clifford Lynch discusses the New Media Consortium Horizon Project megatrends report, the ICSU scenarios project, e-book self publishing, and much more.   Associate Director Joan Lippincott talks about selected sessions at the recent AAC&U meeting, as well as her recent participation on an ACRL-sponsored panel on academic libraries and trends in higher education.

Horizon Report 2012 for Higher Ed

The New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative have released the NMC Horizon Report: 2012 Higher Education Edition. It is available at http://www.nmc.org/news/and-eli-release-horizon-report-2012-hied-edition
This popular resource identifies trends in technology that have particular relevance for teaching and learning. Key trends and challenges that will affect current practice over the next five years frame these discussions. The report includes links to additional resources that provide detail and examples of the trends.

I know many of you will find this report very useful for planning discussions in your institution.

I have served on the Advisory Board of the report for the past few years.
–Joan Lippincott

Risk Mgt & Disaster Planning: Exec. Roundtable Report

A report of the CNI Executive Roundtable, Risk Management & Disaster Planning, held at the CNI Fall 2011 Membership Meeting, is now available:


Increasingly, institutions are grappling with the reality that they must have good plans in place to quickly provide access to networks, IT services, and digital content if disaster strikes.  On-campus disruptions, including local violent acts or massive power outages, may precipitate the need to activate an emergency plan, or natural disasters may provide the impetus.  In addition, major disruptions or outages from commercial content providers or cloud services could have negative consequences for research projects and teaching and learning activities.  Outsourcing creates dependences that need to be identified, analyzed, and taken into account when managing risk.  What can institutions realistically plan for, and how can they assess the risks of locally provided content, cloud services, and content provided from vendors’ own systems?

Teams from 10 higher education institutions described their experiences, concerns, strategies, and future plans during a discussion of these and other issues that took place at the CNI Executive Roundtable in Arlington, VA on December 12, 2011.

Held at CNI’s membership meetings, CNI Executive Roundtables bring together a group of campus partners, usually senior library and information technology leaders, to discuss a key digital information topic and its strategic implications.  The Roundtables build on the theme of collaboration that is at the foundation of the Coalition; they serve as a forum for frank, unattributed intra and inter-institutional dialogue on digital information issues and their organizational and strategic implications.  In addition, CNI uses Roundtable discussions to inform our ongoing program planning process.

We hope you find this report useful and we welcome your feedback; we intend to produce reports of future Executive Roundtables available on an ongoing basis.  For questions or comments related to CNI Executive Roundtables, please contact CNI Associate Executive Director Joan Lippincott at joan@cni.org.

Webcast & DC Symposium on NITRD This Thursday, 2/16

I just learned about this very interesting symposium exploring the history and contributions of the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development program (NITRD). Here is the announcement and agenda, as well as some background on NITRD for those not familiar with it.


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Last Call: CNI Proposals due by Feb. 17

As a final reminder, project briefing proposals for the CNI Spring 2012 Membership Meeting are due THIS FRIDAY, Feb. 17.  Proposals may be submitted by email to joan@cni.org, or via the online form:


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

The meeting will be held April 2-3, 2012 in Baltimore, MD.  The opening plenary talk, The Future of the American Research University, will be presented by James Duderstadt, University of Michigan President Emeritus & chair of the US National Academies committee that authored the report Preparing for the Revolution:  Information Technology and the Future of the Research University.  Phillip D. Long, professor and director of the Centre for Educational, Innovation & Technology at the University of Queensland, Australia, will present the closing plenary.  The meeting hashtag is #cni12s.

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013