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ELI survey for annual meeting – deadline May 11

The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) invites subscribers to CNI News to vote on the selection of the content anchors for its 2013 Annual Meeting <http://www.educause.edu/eli/events>

Please vote at http://tinyurl.com/elianchors

Every year, the ELI consults with the community to identify these content anchors. These anchors play a major role in determining the content of the ELI Annual Meeting as they will guide the selection of presentations, the solicitation of presenters, and the topic areas for general and featured session speakers. We use them to help us organize other ELI events such as webinars and focus sessions.

We also think that this crowd-sourced list represents an important consensus across the community about what’s of foremost importance in our profession.  We will share the results of the voting back to this list.

The survey is super short, so please participate! Deadline is close of business May 11th.

8th International Data Curation Conference, January 14-16, 2013, Amsterdam

I’m delighted to share the announcement and call for papers for the 8th International Digital Curation Conference, which is being held in January 2013 (in recent years, it had been held in December) and to note that CNI is once again a co-sponsor of this outstanding meeting. Also, please note that this year the conference scope has been expanded substantially; previous meetings had placed a very strong emphasis on the curation of scientific data, while IDCC 2013 will look very broadly across the curation of data supporting all disciplines.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


Infrastructure,Intelligence,Innovation:driving the Data Science agenda
8th International Digital Curation Conference 2013 (IDCC13)
14-16 January 2013
Mövenpick Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands
IDCC brings together those who create and manage data and information, those who use it and those who research and teach about curation processes. Our view of ‘data’ is a broad one – video games and virtual worlds are of just as much interest as data from laboratory instruments or field observation. Whether the information originates in the arts, humanities, social or experimental sciences the issues faced are cross-disciplinary. Digital curators maintain, preserve, and add value to digital information throughout its life, reducing threats to its long-term value, mitigating the risk of digital obsolescence, and enhancing the potential for reuse for all purposes. If you are a curator, if you teach or train future curators, or if you depend on them for your work, IDCC is for you.

Call for Papers
The IDCC11 Programme Committee invites submissions to the 8th International Digital Curation Conference that reflect our conference theme. Our theme recognises that in recent years there has been an explosion in the amount of data available, whether from tweets to blogs, data from sensors through to “citizen science”, government data, health and genome data and social survey data. Technology allows us to treat as ‘data’ content which would not once have merited the term – recordings of speech or song, video of dance or theatre or animal behaviour – and to treat as quantitative what once could only be qualitative. There are challenges in finding data and making it findable, in the ability to use it effectively, to take and understand data, to process, to analyse and extract value from data , to visualize data and then to communicate the stories behind it.

This process is now being termed data science. It is being used across sectors to describe a wide range of data activities in the commercial, government and academic sectors dealing with information whose primary purpose is often not research-related. Activities are not discipline-specific; in fact data science is being described in some quarters as a new discipline.

The Call for Papers including a list of topics can be found at:
Submissions will be accepted from 4 June 2012

Sent on behalf of IDCC13 Programme Committee
Co-chaired by Kevin Ashley – Director of the Digital Curation Centre
(DCC), Liz Lyon – Associate Director of the DCC and Clifford Lynch,
Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)
Bridget Robinson
Information Officer
DCC Community Development
UKOLN, University of Bath
Bath BA2 7AY
Tel: + 44 (0) 1225 383343
Email: b.r.robinson@ukoln.ac.uk
Web site:http:www.dcc.ac.uk

Cliff Lynch’s Windsor Lecture Now Online

Audio of Cliff Lynch’s talk Memory Organizations & Evidence to Support Scholarship in the 21st Century is now available from http://www.lis.illinois.edu/newsroom/lectures.

The talk was presented as part of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign GSLIS Windsor Lecture Series. The Windsor Lecture honors the career of Dr. Phineas L. Windsor, who served as director of the University of Illinois Library and the Library School from 1909 to 1940.

See http://www.lis.illinois.edu/events/2012/04/17/windsor-lecture-clifford-lynch for more information.

UK Eduserve Symposium on Big Data Being Streamed on May 10, 2012

Andy Powell of Eduserve has just let me know that their 2012 Symposium, “Big Data, Big Deal?” will be live streamed on May 10, 2012. I understand that the video will also be archived for later demand viewing.

Information on this very interesting symposium is at


Live stream: http://live.eduserv.org.uk/

Worldwide timings: http://www.eduserv.org.uk/newsandevents/events/2012/symposium#streaming

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

New Video: ‘Reinventing the Research University’ by James Duderstadt

Reinventing the Research University to Serve a Changing World, the opening plenary from CNI’s spring 2012 membership meeting, by James J. Duderstadt, is now available on CNI’s two video channels:

YouTube:  http://goo.gl/sfycM
Vimeo:  https://vimeo.com/41324942

Duderstadt is President Emeritus at the University of Michigan, he chaired the National Academies committee that published the key 2002 report Preparing for the Revolution:  Information Technology and the Future of the Research University, and he is a member of the Academies committee studying the future of the research university.  In this talk, Duderstandt discusses the social and technological trends driving the restructuring of higher education, the future role of the research university, and the changing understandings of teaching and learning, scholarship, and engagement.

Look for more announcements soon on videos of other sessions from the spring 2012 CNI meeting, including Phillip Long’s closing plenary talk Key Trends in Teaching & Learning:  Aligning What We Know About Learning to Today’s Learners.

To see all videos available from CNI, visit CNI’s video channels on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni).

New Podcast: Big Data, E-Journals, ID Mgt, Text Mining, & More

In the latest CNI Conversations podcast (http://wp.me/p1LncT-2iJ), recorded April 29, CNI Director Clifford Lynch discusses the Obama Administration’s announcement regarding a new “big data” initiative, an e-journals summit hosted by the National Academies, developments in identity management, the recent Sage Bionetworks Commons Congress, and much more.

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Cliff Lynch interviewed at Charleston; discusses curation, big data, scholarly communications

This joint interview with CNI’s Clifford Lynch and Lee Dirks of Microsoft Research is part of the Against the Grain series of video interviews, “Views from the Penthouse Suite,” and was recorded at the November 2011 Annual Charleston Conference.  Topics covered include the librarian’s role in data management, emerging tools in scholarly communication, backing up digital collections in the Cloud, and much more.

This video has been added to the Clifford Lynch playlist on YouTube, available from CNI’s channel at http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo

OCLC Report Series on Social Metadata

Karen Smith-Yoshimura for OCLC  and her colleagues have recently published the third (and I think final) volume of what is now the definitive snapshot of the state of the art in the critically important area of social metadata for libraries, museums and archives. The three volumes, a newly available executive summary, and other ancillary material such as a recent webinar are all available at


This is a wonderful resource, and I’m grateful to OCLC for developing it and making it broadly available.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Materials from CNI Spring 2012; Interview with David Weinberger

Presentation materials & handouts for many of the Spring 2012 CNI Membership Meeting breakout sessions are now available from the project briefing (presentation) pages at www.cni.org/mm/spring-2012/project-briefings-presentations/
Presenters who have not done so already are asked to send their materials to sharon@cni.org.

Interviews conducted by EDUCAUSE at the meeting are now beginning to come in, including a talk with David Weinberger, senior researcher at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and author of the book Too Big To Know.  The conversation with Weinberger is online at http://www.educause.edu/node/250374; more interviews conducted at CNI’s spring meeting will published on Gerry Bayne’s EDUCAUSE blog at http://www.educause.edu/blog/gbayne as they become available.

Videos from selected sessions are coming soon.  All meeting materials will be accessible from the meeting site (www.cni.org/mm/spring-2012/) as they become available.

Designing Libraries for the 21st Century Conference – Calgary

We are very pleased with the response to the “Designing Libraries for the 21st Century” conference in Calgary, May 16-18, 2012.  Tom Hickerson, Vice Provost and University Librarian at University of Calgary, and I have co-organized a great program.  It promises to be a lively event with thought-provoking discussions with colleagues from all over North America.  Speakers include James Neal, Columbia University; Susan Nutter, NC State; James Mullins, Purdue; Gary Strong, UCLA; architects and designers, and many more.  The full program is now available on the conference site.  Here is the link to the registration and program:       http://library.ucalgary.ca/lib21

We look forward to welcoming you to Calgary.

Joan Lippincott, CNI

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013