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Christine Borgman to Receive Paul Evan Peters Award at April CNI Meeting, San Diego

UCLA Professor Christine Borgman to Receive Paul Evan Peters Award

Washington, DC – The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and EDUCAUSE are pleased to announce that Christine L. Borgman, Professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), has been named the 2011 recipient of the Paul Evan Peters Award. The award recognizes notable, lasting achievements in the creation and innovative use of information resources and services that advance scholarship and intellectual productivity through communication networks.

Named for CNI’s founding director, the award will be presented during the CNI Membership Meeting in San Diego, CA to be held April 4–5, 2011, where Borgman will deliver the Paul Evan Peters Memorial Lecture. Previous award recipients include Daniel Atkins (2008), Paul Ginsparg (2006), Brewster Kahle (2004), Vinton Cerf (2002), and Tim Berners-Lee (2000).

One facet of Borgman’s work that was particularly compelling for the award committee was her wide-ranging research interests, which focus “not only on the new technologies, but, just as importantly, on the underlying social and policy changes that she describes as profound and having lasting effects on the future scholarly environment,” noted committee member Nancy Eaton of Pennsylvania State University.

“It’s a delight to see my colleague Chris get this recognition for her work; in particular, at least for me, her books Scholarship in the Digital Age and From Gutenberg to Global Information Infrastructure capture and elucidate a tremendous amount of the intellectual agenda and context that has driven the work of CNI,” commented CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch. “Indeed, it’s particularly appropriate in that these are issues and ideas that the late Paul Peters, whose contributions we also commemorate through this award, cared deeply about.”

A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Borgman’s current research clusters in two areas. One area is empirical research on the creation, use, and management of scientific data and its implications for science policy, which is associated with the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing. Her second area of interest is analytical work on the changing nature of scholarship in an environment of ubiquitous computer networks and digital information. She has authored more than 200 publications in the fields of information studies, computer science, and communication, and both of Borgman’s monographs have received the American Society for Information Science and Technology Best Information Science Book of the Year award.

Borgman has served on numerous national boards and committees throughout her career, including the Task Force on Cyberlearning for the National Science Foundation (NSF), for which she was chair. Currently, Borgman is a member of the US National Academies’ Board on Research Data and Information and the US National Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA), as well as serving as a lead investigator for the Center for Embedded Networked Systems (CENS), an NSF Science and Technology Center, where she conducts data practices research.

“Chris has an impressive range of accomplishments including her widely read publications on digital libraries, her pioneering work in the areas of e-science and data stewardship, and her participation on national advisory groups,” remarked ARL Executive Director Charles Lowry. “As a faculty member at UCLA, she is preparing a new generation of information professionals who will have the skills needed to advance scholarship in the digital environment.”

EDUCAUSE President Diana Oblinger also noted, “Having had the chance to work with Chris as a member of the NSF Task Force on Cyberlearning, I have seen firsthand how effectively she frames and navigates emerging issues in the use of technology to advance teaching, learning, and research. I cannot imagine a finer candidate for the Paul Evans Peters Award, and I am pleased that EDUCAUSE can join with CNI and ARL in recognizing her contributions to higher education.”

A four-member committee selected Borgman for the award: Marjory Blumenthal, Associate Provost, Academic, at Georgetown University; Nancy Eaton, Dean Emeritus of University Libraries at Pennsylvania State University; William Hogue, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer of the University of South Carolina; and Joan Lippincott, Associate Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information.

CNI, ARL, and EDUCAUSE sponsor the Paul Evan Peters Award, which was established with additional funding from Microsoft and Xerox Corporations. The award honors the memory and accomplishments of Paul Evan Peters (1947–1996). Peters was a visionary and a coalition builder in higher education and the world of scholarly communication. He led CNI from its founding in 1990 with informed insight, exuberant direction, eloquence, and awareness of the needs of its varied constituencies of librarians, technologists, publishers, and others in the digital world.

CNI is a coalition of some 200 member institutions dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of networked information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity. ARL is an organization of 126 research libraries in the US and Canada. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. An association with more than 2,200 members, EDUCAUSE actively engages with colleges, universities, corporations, foundations, government, and other nonprofit organizations to further the mission of higher education through the use of information technology.

For more information, visit the award Web site at http://www.educause.edu/PaulEvanPetersAward/852.

Diane Goldenberg-Hart
Coalition for Networked Information
21 Dupont Circle, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036
Ph: 202-296-5098

New CNI Conversations; Move to Podcast Only

CNI Conversations is now offered in a podcast-only format. The original conference call format has been discontinued (though may be used again in the future); instead, CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch will provide periodic 20-30 minute updates on issues of interest to the CNI community beginning with the February 10, 2011 podcast. CNI Conversations continues to be available at http://conversations.cni.org/ (to subscribe to the audio feed add http://conversations.cni.org/feed to iTunes, or any podcatcher).

In the February 10, 2011 podcast, Cliff talks about the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) call for white papers that propose ideas for the SBE sciences for 2020. Cliff also discusses the 2011 Personal Digital Archiving conference, as well as issues surrounding e-books.

We hope you enjoys 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.

Last Call: CNI Project Briefing Proposals due by Feb. 18

As a final reminder, project briefing proposals for the CNI Spring 2011 Membership Meeting are no later than this Friday, February 19. Proposals may be submitted by email to joan, or via the online form:


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

The meeting will be held April 4-5, 2011 in San Diego, CA. The Paul Evan Peters Award and Lecture will open the meeting and UCLA professor Todd Presner, founder and director of the collaborative, digital mapping platform HyperCities, will be the closing plenary speaker. The meeting hashtag is #cni11s.

Review of UK JISC Published

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.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Science Special “Dealing with Data” Issue

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


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

2011 Horizon Report now available

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

National Academies Workshop on Scientific Knowledge Discovery, March 10, 2011,DC

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.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Reminder: CNI Project Briefing Proposals due Feb. 18

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.

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

Linked Open Data Presentation from CNI Fall Meeting

A new video from CNI’s 2010 fall membership meeting is now available from CNI’s video channels on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni). Linked Open Data: The Promises and the Pitfalls… Where Are We and Why Isn’t There Broader Adoption? features case studies by speakers from Cornell University, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Internet Archive, as well as a summary presentation by MIT’s MacKenzie Smith.

Presentation slides and handouts from this session are accessible from the project briefing page at http://www.cni.org/tfms/2010b.fall/Abstracts/PB-linked-negulescu.html.

Video ‘Assessing Cyberinfrastructure Impact’ from CNI fall meeting

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.

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