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In 2005 the National Academies issued a major report titled “Rising Above the Gathering Storm” that looked at the future of higher education in the United States in the context of national economic competitiveness. Dan Atkins discussed this work at a keynote talk in one of our meetings.
Today, the Academies have published an update to this report, authored by the surviving members of the same committee (except for two who currently hold cabinet positions in the Obama administration), titled “Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited: Rapidly Approaching Category 5″.
There’s a press release at the National Academies site:
and the report itself can be downloaded as a free PDF from:
Scary but important reading.
CNI is again co-sponsoring this event.
“Participation and Practice: Growing the Curation Community through the Data Decade” 6-8 December 2010, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
This year’s International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC) is presented jointly by the Digital Curation Centre, UK and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and in partnership with the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI).
The Programme Committee is co-chaired by Kevin Ashley , Director of the Digital Curation Centre, Liz Lyon, Associate Director of the DCC, Allen Renear and Melissa Cragin from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois, Clifford Lynch, Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI).
To register please visit:
The archived audio recording of the Sept. 14 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). In this session, Clifford Lynch discusses the Dear Colleague Letter from the National Science Foundation (NSF) requesting comments on big challenges and new opportunities for the social, behavioral, and economic sciences, and he reports on a meeting of the NSF Office of Cyberinfrastructure Campus Bridging Task Force, a group charged with examining the coordination between national level resources and investments made by individual campuses. Cliff also talks about the status of the UK data service and the Wolfram Data Summit. Joan Lippincott reports on the new EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) assessment project, Evidence of Impact.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
CNI is a supporting organization for the SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting.
SPARC announces international slate of presenters for November meeting
Early bird registration deadline extended to 9/26
Washington, DC – Leaders, innovators, and practitioners from North America, Europe, and Asia will test new frontiers in online open archives at the 2010 SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. The international gathering, organized by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) in cooperation with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan/National Institute of Informatics, will take place November 8 & 9, with pre- and post-conference events November 7 & 10.
Four timely discussion tracks, organized by the Program Committee, bring together speakers with far-reaching experience:
Repository-based publishing services: Strategies for success (or failure)
Presenters: Nathan MacBrien, Publications Director, Institute of International Studies, University of California, Berkeley; Mark Newton, Digital Collections Librarian, Purdue University Libraries; Ventura Pérez, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Wendy Robertson, Librarian, University of Iowa
Presenters: Kevin Ashley, Director, Digital Curation Centre; Charles K. Humphrey, Head of Data Research Services, University of Alberta; Gail Steinhart, Research Data and Environmental Sciences Librarian, Cornell University
Global repository networks
Presenters: Neil Jacobs, Programme Manager, Information Environment, JISC; Clifford Lynch, Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information; and others, to be announced.
Making the case for financial sustainability
Presenters: Suzanne Kriegsman, Program Manager, Office of Scholarly Communication, Harvard University; David Palmer, Scholarly Communications Team Leader, University of Hong Kong, China; Oya Y. Rieger, Associate University Librarian for Digital Scholarship Services, Cornell University Library.
Full panel descriptions and speaker biographies are available through the meeting Web site.
The meeting’s four program tracks will be complemented by a host of other engaging event opportunities:
• User Group Sessions with ePrints (Sunday), Microsoft (Sunday), and @mire (Wednesday)
• The SPARC Meeting Innovation Fair, where new technologies, strategies, and approaches will be highlighted (Monday)
• Vendor Showcase, where select sponsors will introduce latest products and services (Tuesday)
• Workshop on institution-based Open Access modeling (Sunday, Tuesday)
Registration for the User Group sessions and modeling workshop is free but separate. For full details as they emerge, visit the Meeting Web site.
The SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2010 is supported by major contributions from Microsoft, the University of Alberta, Digital Commons (by Berkeley Electronic Press), Open Repository (by BioMed Central) and by supporting organizations, including the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Boston Library Consortium, Canadian Association of Research Libraries, Coalition for Networked Information, Data Conversion Laboratory, Duraspace, Greater Western Library Alliance, Nellco, NorthEast Research Libraries consortium, Oracle, and SURFfoundation.
The SPARC digital repositories meetings have played an integral part in advancing the potential of repositories to expand the dissemination of scholarship and transform scholarly communication. First held in 2004, the meeting is regularly hosted in the UK or Europe, Japan, and North America, draws hundreds of participants from around the globe, and has helped set the stage for key developments over the past six years.
Early bird registration is available through September 26. Conference rates on accommodation at the Renaissance Hotel are available.
For more information visit http://www.arl.org/sparc/meetings/dr10.
SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan, is an international alliance of more than 800 academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. SPARC’s advocacy, educational and publisher partnership programs encourage expanded dissemination of research. SPARC is on the Web at http://www.arl.org/sparc.
The US National Science Foundation Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) has issued a call for brief papers outlining grand challenge problems for the next decade or more in these fields. Given the rich and complex large-scale interactions among information, technology, individuals and societies, this seems to me to be a wonderful opportunity for the CNI community to offer perspectives on the research opportunities and challenges, as well as ideas about infrastructure capabilities and requirements.
I would note that the Science Resource Statistics division, which seeks to understand the structure and development of science broadly, is also part of the SBE directorate.
There is a short deadline on these submissions, which are requested by September 30, 2010.
You can find full information on this call (in the form of an NSF “Dear Colleague” letter) at:
There’s still time to register for the next CNI Conversations, to be held next Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1-2 pm EST. Anyone affiliated with a CNI member organization is invited to participate. Questions are encouraged and may be posed during the call or submitted in advance to Joan@cni.org. Please contact Jackie Eudell at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the call.
About CNI Conversations
CNI Conversations provides an opportunity for individuals from member institutions and organizations to hear updates and reports on current events impacting the CNI community, and to take part in discussions with CNI Director Clifford Lynch and others; currently the events take place in audio-conference format. Real-time participation in CNI Conversations requires pre-registration, which is open only to those at member institutions and organizations. Recordings of these events are made available from the archive at http://conversations.cni.org/.
For questions or comments related to CNI Conversations, please contact CNI Associate Executive Director Joan Lippincott at Joan@cni.org.
I have been involved with PKAL and their excellent workshops on learning spaces for many years. CNI is a partner in the newly formed PKAL Learning Spaces Collaboratory and I am a member of the Advisory Board. Please see the announcement below for a series of webinars and an in-person workshop. I will be speaking at the October 20 webinar and at the in-person workshop. Hope you can participate in one or more of these fee-based events.
Building on a foundation of almost two decades of PKAL activities related to facilities planning, we announce a new initiative, The PKAL Learning Spaces Collaboratory. This new initiative complements the ongoing work of Project Kaleidoscope, now in partnership with AAC&U, in facilitating efforts of leaders taking responsibility for transforming institutional policies, practices, and programs to ensure robust learning in STEM fields for all American undergraduates.
A description of the goals of the collaboratory, current members of the steering and advisory committees, as well as collaborating partners can be found at:
We also present information about two upcoming PKAL LSC activities:
· 2010 PKAL LSC Webinars
· 2010 PKAL National Colloquium: What We Know About Planning Learning Spaces and What We Still Need to Know
November 5 – 7, 2010 at the Westfields Marriott, Chantilly, Virginia – near Dulles Airport
The Fall 2010 CNI Membership Meeting will be held on December 13-14 (Monday and Tuesday) at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA; registration materials will be sent to designated member representatives very shortly. Please note that the meeting and hotel registration deadline is Friday, November 12. 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 digital 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 by e-mail to Joan Lippincott at email@example.com. The deadline for proposal submission is Friday, October 22.
We look forward to seeing you in Arlington!
Dear CNI News subscribers:
I want to call to your attention a preconference on October 12 at the EDUCAUSE annual conference in Anaheim, CA. Susan Gibbons and Michael Bell will describe strategies they are using at University of Rochester to recruit content for their institutional repository as well as discuss broad trends. Rochester has been an innovator in this area. Separate, fee-based registration is required and information is below.
Speaker(s): Michael Bell, Susan Gibbons
8:30am – 12:00pm (Meeting Room 210D)
Campus open access mandates, the potential for the Federal Research Public Access Act or similar legislation to require public access to federally funded articles and data sets, and a growing acceptance of download statistics as a measure of impact of one’s research have caused a resurgence in the interest and use of institutional repositories (IRs). This workshop will explain how IRs naturally align (or misalign) with the goals and work practices of faculty, researchers, and students and review successful strategies for content recruitment. Moreover, the workshop will be framed by the rapidly shifting higher education and open access landscapes, which may propel IRs in unanticipated ways.
ARL & CNI to Co-Host Forum on Achieving Strategic Change in Research Libraries, Oct. 14-15, Washington DC
August 31, 2010
For more information, contact:
Association of Research Libraries
ARL & CNI to Co-Host Forum on Achieving Strategic Change in Research Libraries, Oct. 14-15, Washington DC
Register by Sept. 24, Reserve Hotel by Sept. 20
Washington DC—The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) are co-hosting a forum on “Achieving Strategic Change in Research Libraries” October 14-15, 2010, in Washington DC, immediately following the ARL Membership Meeting.
This forum will explore the strategic questions that leaders must ask in order to ensure that research libraries are meeting the mission of their institution and the research, teaching, and learning needs of faculty and students. Change and transformation are not new to research libraries. Libraries are looking critically at every aspect of their organization. The questions that are being asked are complex and can be difficult to answer and the issues being addressed require innovative approaches.
The program sessions will address a variety of critical questions and new models. Keynote addresses, panel presentations, and concurrent sessions will be held with speakers who have been asked to stretch our thinking. For more details about the forum sessions, see the program schedule at http://www.arl.org/events/fallforum/forum10/ff10schedule.shtml.
The forum is open to all. In particular, directors and other senior leaders of research and academic libraries are encouraged to attend, along with staff members who have responsibilities for managing change in their organizations.
To register for the forum, respond to ARL via the Attendance Questionnaire at http://www.arl.org/events/fallforum/forum10/ff10attend.shtml. The deadline for registration is Friday, September 24, 2010.
The forum will be held at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC. The cut-off date for securing hotel reservations at the ARL rate of $269 is Monday, September 20, 2010. Reservations made after that date will be on a space-available basis. Make your hotel reservations by calling the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel <http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/wassh-renaissance-mayflower-hotel/> at 202-347-3000 or 800-228-9290 and mentioning the ARL meeting.
If you have any questions about the Fall Forum, contact Sue Baughman, Associate Deputy Executive Director, ARL, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in North America. 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. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the Web at http://www.arl.org/.
The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is a coalition of some 200 institutions dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of networked information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity. The Coalition, which is sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and EDUCAUSE, is headquartered in Washington DC. CNI is on the Web at http://www.cni.org/.