An alternative access method for the same information available from the CNI-ANNOUNCE listserv.
The Open Annotation Collaboration continues to move ahead, and has just announced a workshop to help validate and expand the applicability of the model that they have developed. I’ve reproduced the announcement below.
The Open Annotation Collaboration (OAC) project is pleased to announce an open call for statements of interest in participating in the Using the OAC Model for Annotation Interoperability Workshop. The workshop will be held 24-25 March 2011 in Chicago, IL and will provide an in- depth introduction to the OAC data model and ontology for describing scholarly annotations of Web-accessible information resources.
Use cases suggested by workshop participants and involving a range of scholarly annotation classes and target media types will be discussed. Participants will be asked to examine, comment on, and provide feedback on how well the OAC data model and framework intersects (or fails to intersect) with domain-specific needs for scholarly annotation services and with existing discipline or repository-specific annotation tools and services. By the end of the day and a half workshop, attendees will be better prepared to propose and undertake implementations of annotation tools and services that leverage the OAC data model and ontology.
The workshop is planned for 9 AM March 24 through 1 PM March 25, 2011, in Chicago, Illinois. Limited support is available to reimburse invited participants for reasonable travel costs. Preliminary statements of interest & use case briefs are requested by January 24, 2011. In the event of oversubscription, these briefs will be used to select invitees; invitations will be issued by February 7.
Please see http://www.openannotation.org/documents/CallForWorkshopParticipation.pdf for additional details and context; contact Tim Cole (email@example.com) or Jacob Jett (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information.
The Open Annotation Collaboration is supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. OAC members include the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Maryland, the University of Queensland (Australia), and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
University of Illinois at UC
The video of Professor Dan Cohen’s wonderful closing session “The Ivory Tower and the Open Web” is now available on both Youtube (at http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo ) and Vimeo (at http://vimeo.com/channels/cni ).
You can also find a copy of his presentation at http://www.cni.org/tfms/2010b.fall/cni_ivory_cohen.pdf
This is an extremely wide-ranging presentation that I think will be of interest to almost everybody in the CNI community; I know that a number of people who saw the talk live told me that it was so rich, and thought provoking in so many different ways, that they were eager to have a chance to watch it again. Many others were eager to share it with colleagues and students.
There’s a very nice new report available from the wonderfully named ” Comité des Sages” (High Level Reflection Group on Bringing Europe’s Cultural Heritage Online) titled “The New Renaissance.” The report can be downloaded here:
and there’s a press release at
The report deals with a wide range of funding and policy issues involved in digitizing cultural heritage materials and sustaining access to these materials. It makes some strong proposals about conditions that should be attached to public funding for digitization and for public-private partnerships, as well as for priorities in dealing with problems in the intellectual property system. Some of this material has rich connections with the work that the Association of Research Libraries Special Collections Task Force has been doing over the past year.
The Spring 2011 CNI Membership Meeting will be held on April 4-5 (Monday and Tuesday) at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego, CA. Registration materials will be sent by the end of this month to designated member representatives. Please note that the meeting and hotel registration deadline is Friday, March 7. 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 email@example.com. The deadline for proposal submission is Friday, February 18.
Please tag blog posts about this meeting with CNI2011spring for easy reference; the Twitter hashtag is #cni11s
Looking forward to seeing you in San Diego!
Happy New Year.
We’ve now collected substantially all of the presentation materials from the fall CNI meeting and linked them to the presentation listing on the CNI web site.
We are starting to roll out the videos from selected sessions. My opening plenary talk is now available both on Vimeo
and on YouTube
and you can find the new 2010-2011 Program Plan that I discuss on the CNI web site as well. We’ll be making a series of additional videos available over the next few weeks.
As noted in an earlier announcement by Diane Goldenberg-Hart, podcast interviews with participants from the meeting are also now available; also the December CNI conversations recording includes a summary of the meeting.
Materials from the December 2010 International Digital Curation Conference are now available online; these include presentation materials, which are linked to the programme, and video of the main talks.
All the links are collected here:
As I mentioned in the December 2010 CNI Conversations, two of the sessions I found most compelling were those by Chris Lintott of Galaxy Zoo about the design of systems to support citizen scientist engagement, and the really frightening talk by Anthony Williams about quality and consistency issues across reference and research support databases in chemistry. There is video of both of these sessions available through Vimeo.
Many of the interviews conducted by EDUCAUSE during the Fall 2010 CNI Membership Meeting are now online:
The podcasts include:
* A conversation with MacKenzie Smith of MIT on linked open data and the latest from MIT’s Simile Project
* 2011 initiatives planned for the Library of Congress National Digital Preservation Program from Martha Anderson and Laura Campbell
* Dean Krafft on re-imagining IT at Cornell University
These recordings are designed to function as an extension of the meeting, complementing the standard program, and providing an opportunity for the broader CNI community to hear from some of our key presenters and attendees.
The meeting was held December 13-14, 2010 in Arlington, VA. Thanks to all who attended and presented!
The podcast of the Dec. 16 CNI Conversations session is now available at http://conversations.cni.org/ (to subscribe to the audio feed add http://conversations.cni.org/feed to iTunes, or any podcatcher). This call featured a recap of the recent CNI Membership Meeting by Executive Director Clifford Lynch. Cliff also discussed the 6th International Digital Curation Conference, as well as the 2010-2011 CNI Program Plan, and The Next Twenty Years, a CNI project at the 20-year mark.
About CNI Conversations
CNI Conversations provides an opportunity for individuals from member institutions and organizations to talk to CNI Director Clifford Lynch and others; currently the events take place in audio-conference format. Questions and discussion are invited and encouraged. Real-time participation in CNI Conversations requires pre-registration, which is open only to those at member institutions and organizations; if you are interested in participating in CNI Conversations, please contact Jackie Eudell at jackie. We plan to continue to make audio or other records of these exchanges generally available after the event.
For questions or comments related to CNI Conversations, please contact CNI Associate Executive Director Joan Lippincott at joan.
Yesterday, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology issued a report “Designing a Digital Future: Federally Funded Research and Development in Networking and Information Technology”; this is a very interesting look at the coordinated, collective federal government investment in advanced information and networking technology. The report can be found at:
Earlier this week at the Fall CNI Membership Meeting, Professor Matthew Kirschenbaum and Rachel Donahue of the University of Maryland College Park presented their results of their study of digital forensics tools and methods in the context of curating digital materials. We’ll be making video of this presentation available online early in the new year and will announce this through CNI-announce when it’s available. Concurrent with the CNI presentation, however, CLIR has released the full report of the digital forensics project; it’s available at
I’ve reproduced the CLIR announcement below to provide some additional background on this very interesting work, which I think will have particular relevance to the management of digital “personal papers” by archives and special collections in future.
Report Examines Use of Digital Forensics Tools and Methods
in Cultural Heritage Sector
December 14, 2010-The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today released a report examining how the cultural heritage community can benefit from methods and tools developed for work in digital forensics.
The report, Digital Forensics and Born-Digital Content in Cultural Heritage Collections, was written by Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, Richard Ovenden, and Gabriela Redwine, with research assistance from Rachel Donahue.
Digital forensics was once specialized to fields of law enforcement, computer security, and national defense, but the growing ubiquity of computers and electronic devices means that digital forensics is now used in a variety of circumstances.
Because most records today are born digital, libraries, archives, and other collecting institutions increasingly receive computer storage media-and sometimes entire computers-as part of their acquisition of “papers.” Staff at these institutions face challenges such as accessing and preserving legacy formats, recovering data, ensuring authenticity, and maintaining trust. The methods and tools that forensics experts have developed can be useful in meeting these challenges. For example, the same forensics software that indexes a criminal suspect’s hard drive allows the archivist to prepare a comprehensive manifest of the electronic files a donor has turned over for accession.
The report introduces the field of digital forensics in the cultural heritage sector and explores some points of convergence between the interests of those charged with collecting and maintaining born-digital cultural heritage materials and those charged with collecting and maintaining legal evidence.
Kirschenbaum is associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Maryland and associate director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH). Ovenden is associate director and keeper of special collections of the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, and a professional fellow at St Hugh’s College, Oxford. Redwine is archivist and electronic records/metadata specialist at the Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin. Donahue is a doctoral student at the University of Maryland’s iSchool and research assistant at MITH. The authors conducted their research and writing with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Digital Forensics and Born-Digital Content in Cultural Heritage Collections is available electronically at http://www.clir.org/pubs/abstract/pub149abst.html. Print copies will be available in January for ordering through CLIR’s Web site, for $25 per copy plus shipping and handling.