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NSF Report: Changing the Conduct of Science in the Information Age

CNI-ANNOUNCE readers may be interested in a recently-issued report from the U.S. National Science Foundation reporting on a November 2010 workshop titled “Changing the Conduct of Science in the Information Age”. This takes an international perspective on issues involved in cyberinfrastructure and data intensive science. The report contains extensive appendices and background papers (some of which are reports like the European Union “Riding the Wave” document that will already be familiar to some readers). There’s a table of contents, with links to allow the downloading of individual sections or the entire report, at


My thanks to Guy Almes for the pointer to this report.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

ARL-CNI Forum on 21st-Century Collections,

ARL and CNI will co-host the forum 21st-Century Collections and the Urgency of Collaborative Action on October 13–14 in Washington, DC, immediately following the ARL Membership Meeting. The event is open to all. For preliminary information about the program and to register, see the forum Web site:


Coming Soon: Redesigned CNI Web Site

CNI will be launching our newly designed Web site over Labor Day weekend. The new site will continue to offer easy access to all the information the community has come to rely on from CNI, including the latest news on pressing issues, CNI membership meeting details, and publications by CNI staff. In addition to the usual features, we’ve incorporated some new additions we hope you will find useful. CNI’s new site will include a Browse by Topic section in which we’ve organized some material, produced by CNI staff and/or hosted on our Web site, around a few themes that have been important to CNI’s work in recent years. There is easy linking to social media from our new site, and both CNI News (a news feed alternative to the CNI-ANNOUNCE listserv) and the CNI Conversations podcast series have been incorporated into the site (watch for postings about updating your subscriptions to those services).

We hope that you will enjoy discovering the new site and that you will find it easy to use, clean and efficient. As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions, on CNI’s Web site, or anything else related to CNI and its work.

Moore Foundation Call for Input on Data Intensive Science

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has issued a call for community input to help guide the planning for their future investments in data-intensive science. The call is open through mid-September, 2011, and is structured through a web tool that allows both submission of new ideas and commentary on ideas that others have submitted in response to the Foundation’s call. This is an excellent opportunity for the CNI community to help shape thinking at the Foundation.

The call can be found at


and there is a little additional background at


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

CLIR Report on Cyberinfrastructure for Classical Studies

CLIR has just published a major (and, at 300 pages, massive) study of cyberinfrastucture needs and developments in the area of classical studies. I’ve reproduced the announcement below. I was fortunate to be able to read a draft of this; it’s really a landmark study, and I wish that we had analysis of this depth and quality for many other areas of scholarship.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

A new CLIR report, Rome Wasn’t Digitized in a Day: Building a Cyberinfrastructure for Digital Classics, examines the use of digital technologies in classical studies, focusing on classical Greece, Rome, and the ancient Middle and Near East. The report was written by Alison Babeu, digital librarian and research coordinator for the Perseus Project. Babeu explores recent projects in the digital classics and how these projects are used. She also examines the infrastructure that supports digital classics and investigates larger humanities cyberinfrastructure projects and tools or services that might be repurposed for the digital classics.
The report is available at http://www.clir.org/pubs/abstract/pub150abst.html

Video available – Lynch at OCLC Symposium

OCLC has made available a number of videos from programs at the ALA Annual Conference. Included are Cliff Lynch’s keynote at their Symposium “The Infinite Collection: Resources in the Digital Age.” Cliff’s is one of a number of stimulating presentations, including those by Brian Schottlaender of UC San Diego, Rick Anderson of University of Utah, and Bobbi Newman of the Libraries and Transliteracy Project.

You will find the videos at:

–Joan Lippincott, CNI

Digging into Data, Identifiers, Crowdsourcing & Scientific Data

The June 22, 2011 report from CNI includes discussion of the recent Digging into Data conference, an overview of a meeting on persistent identifiers and identifier interoperability, recent developments at the DFG (the German Research Foundation), and the symposium “Crowdsourcing:  Improving the Quality of Scientific Data Through Social Networking” hosted by the National Research Council’s Board on Research Data & Information (BRDI).

Listen to the June 22, 2011 CNI Conversations.

Global Research Data Infrastructures Web Site

There’s a web site at http://www.grdi2020.eu which aggregates a wealth of interesting reports, and other materials dealing with the development of research data management in Europe and beyond. Of particular interest will be the Strategy Report on Research Infrastructures and Roadmap, which is really a broader survey that covers much more than data management, and the Preliminary Roadmap Report Global Scientific Data Infrastructures: The Big Data Challenges, which is input to a workshop being held in October 2011. The site also has information about this workshop.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

IDCC Draft Programme now available; call for papers still open

I wanted to share the draft program for the International Digital Curation Conference, which is now available; see the announcement below. The call for papers is still open for another two weeks.

CNI is again proud to be a co-sponsor of this important meeting. I’ll be doing a talk at the end of the first day, and I hope to see many CNI-announce & CNI News subscribers at the meeting.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


Draft Programme and Call for Papers
7th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC)
Public? Private? Personal? navigating the open data landscape 5-7 December 2011, Marriott Royal Hotel, Bristol, UK

The draft programme for IDCC11 is now available:

The Call for Papers is still open – closing date for submissions of papers is 25 July 2011. Possible topic areas arising from our conference theme include: *Lessons learned from the inter-disciplinary use of open data: examples of enablers, barriers and success stories
*Curation of mixed data collections, with open and sensitive or private content
*Gathering evidence for benefits of data sharing
*Building capacity for the effective management, sharing and reuse of open data
*Scale issues in the management of sensitive data
*Tensions between maintaining quality and openness
*Linked data, open data, closed data and provenance
*Technical and organisational solutions for data security
*Developing new metrics for open data
*Ethical issues and personal data
*Legislation and open data

Call for Papers http://www.dcc.ac.uk/events/idcc11/call-papers Submission template:http://www.dcc.ac.uk/events/idcc11/submissions

Sent on behalf of IDCC10 Programme Committee:
Co-chaired by Kevin Ashley, Director and Liz Lyon, Associate Director of the DCC and Clifford Lynch, Executive Director of CNI.
Bridget Robinson
DCC Community Development
UKOLN, University of Bath
Bath BA2 7AY
Tel: + 44 (0) 1225 383343

Repositories in Science & Tech Workshop 11/30/11

As noted below, Cliff Lynch will be the opening speaker at this workshop.


Please excuse cross-postings.
Save the Date – November 30, 2011

Repositories in Science & Technology:

Preserving Access to the Record of Science

A One-Day Workshop Co-sponsored by CENDI and NFAIS

Hosted by FLICC at the Library of Congress

The Mumford Room, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue, SE,  Washington, DC 20540
Wednesday, November 30, 2011  *  9:00 am – 4:30 pm  *

The over-arching nature of this one-day workshop will appeal to a broad array of communities, including librarians, scientists/researchers, technologists, information professionals, both managerial and content providers, publishers, and futurists – anyone who is concerned with ensuring access to the record of science, both today and in the future!


Clifford Lynch, Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information, will open the day with a thoughtful and high-level perspective of the current repository landscape – the various types that have emerged and the different, yet synergistic missions served by libraries, archives and repositories.  Following his perspective will be a series of case studies given by established repositories from around the globe.  These studies will provide real-life examples of how and why each repository was developed, how they operate, and how they are handling the diverse issues facing all repositories, whether they be institutional or national, data-oriented or subject-oriented, public or private – issues such as interoperability, standards, scope, user concerns, accessibility, preservation, costs and sustainability, level of openness (access), and the evolution of digital formats.

A third session will take a look at two initiatives that directly support the mission of repositories through the development of unique identifiers.  These identifiers will play a major role in ensuring ease of access to the record of science.

The day will close with a summary wrap-up followed by a facilitated discussion on such key challenges as interoperability, information sharing, and collaboration across repositories. What action is required now to build a secure foundation for the preservation and ease of access to the growing mass of scientific output?  Follow-up sessions may be scheduled depending upon the outcome of today’s workshop.  So plan on joining us and add your voice in the development of the future role of repositories.

Invited and confirmed speakers have been chosen for their expertise in the subject matter to be addressed.  As the agenda firms up, it will be made available online along with an opportunity to register. Watch for future communiqués on this timely and informative event, but for NOW –  mark November 30th on your calendar!!!

Kathryn R. Simon

CENDI Technical Support
c/o Information International Associates, Inc.
Oak Ridge, TN  37830
865-298-1234  Office
865-293-2537 Mobile
865-481-0390  Fax

Jill Oneill
Director, Communication and Planning
1518 Walnut Street, Suite 1004
Philadelphia, PA  19102-3403
(215) 893-1561  Voice
(215) 893-1564  Fax


CENDI (http://www.cendi.gov)

CENDI, the Federal STI Managers Group, was formally created in 1985 when a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by four charter U.S. government agencies (Commerce, Energy, NASA, and Defense). From this small core of STI managers, CENDI has grown to its current membership of 12 major science agencies involved in the dissemination and long-term management of scientific and technical information.

NFAIS (http://www.nfais.org)

Founded in 1958, the National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS™)  is a global, non-profit membership organization serving all those who create, aggregate, organize, and otherwise provide ease of access to and effective navigation and use of authoritative, credible information. To improve member capabilities and contribute to their ongoing success, NFAIS provides opportunities for education, advocacy, and a forum in which to address common interests.

FLICC (http://www.loc.gov/flicc/)

The mission of the Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) is to foster excellence in federal library and information services through interagency cooperation and to provide guidance and direction for the Federal Library and Information network (FEDLINK).

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013