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Register now for the September 14 session of CNI Conversations; the call will begin at 1:00 pm EST and will run for about an hour. These events allow all individuals affiliated with CNI member organizations to talk with Clifford Lynch, to ask questions, and to hear updates on the latest developments. Questions are encouraged and may be submitted in advance or posed during the call. Please contact Jackie Eudell at email@example.com to register for the call.
About CNI Conversations
CNI Conversations provides an opportunity for individuals from member institutions and organizations to take part in discussions on current topics 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/ (to subscribe to the audio feed add http://conversations.cni.org/feed to iTunes, or any podcatcher).
For questions or comments related to CNI Conversations, please contact CNI Associate Executive Director Joan Lippincott at Joan@cni.org.
Serge Goldstein of Princeton will be speaking on the institution’s DataSpacemodel for preserving and sharing research data on an EDUCAUSE webcast on September 1, 2010. This will offer a look at another major research university’s evolving strategy for addressing data stewardship and the emerging requirements from research funders. I’ve reproduced the EDUCAUSE announcement below; note that they require registration, and (virtual) space on these sessions is limited and often fills up. These sessions are also archived for replay.
The EDUCAUSE Live! webcasts are a wonderful resource that should be of very broad interest to CNI News readers; normally, we don’t cross-post their announcements unless they are very closely related to CNI’s program as this one is, so you may want to directly subscribe to their announcement list.
EDUCAUSE Live! Web Seminar
September 1- DataSpace: A Funding and Operational Model for Long-Term Preservation and Sharing of Research Data
Date: September 1, 2010 Time: 1:00 p.m. ET (12:00 p.m. CT, 11:00 a.m. MT, 10:00 a.m. PT). International participants: You may wish to visit this external time-conversion website to calculate the start time in your time zone. Abstract: Princeton University has developed a business model for managing research data on a long-term basis, a capability soon to be required for all NSF grants. Join us to learn about the model, including how you can replicate it on your campus, during this free, hour-long web seminar, “DataSpace: A Funding and Operational Model for Long-Term Preservation and Sharing of Research Data.”
The Association of Research Libraries has issued an excellent survey of programs that major research libraries in the United States and Canada are putting in place to meet the demands of E-science. I’ve reproduced the announcement below.
This document will be very helpful for higher education leadership and for policymakers as they try to get a sense of how extensively and aggressively research libraries are responding to these challenges, and the level of maturity of the programs in place. Two caveats: The focus of the survey was strongly centered on e-science, as opposed to work in other important areas of e-science such as digital humanities. And readers of the survey should not assume that non-respondents are inactive in the e-science area; we know that schedule and workload constraints made it impractical for some institutions that are deeply engaged in such efforts to respond to the survey and the follow-up interviews.
August 12, 2010
For more information, contact:
Association of Research Libraries
E-Science and Data Support Services, Published by ARL
Washington DC-The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published E-Science and Data Support Services: A Study of ARL Member Institutions, which synthesizes data collected in a 2009 survey with subsequent interviews of several responding libraries. Authored by Catherine Soehner, Catherine Steeves, and Jennifer Ward, the study was sponsored by the ARL E-Science Working Group to build an understanding of how libraries can contribute to e-science activities in their institution and identify organizations and institutions that have similar interests in e-science to leverage research library interests.
The study draws on data from 57 of 123 ARL member libraries (a 46% response rate for the survey). Over 75% of survey respondents reported that their institution either provides infrastructure or support services for e-science or is planning infrastructure for such activities. This finding demonstrates research libraries’ rapid engagement in e-science in recent years. Both the survey and the authors’ interviews detail how institutions are quickly rising to meet the challenge of managing data and their diverse strategies for doing so in the face of significant challenges regarding infrastructure, funding, and staff resources.
The report presents the findings of the survey of ARL member libraries and also includes six case studies compiled by the authors to elaborate library e-science activities and collaborations. Strategies for resourcing e-science services, staffing patterns, and the influence of institutional culture are explored. In addition to the case studies and survey findings, the report includes a bibliography of related articles, reports, and Web sites, along with the survey instrument and a selection of recent research library position descriptions with significant e-science support components. A free and open webcast is being planned for the fall.
To view the free report, please visit http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/escience_report2010.pdf
I’m passing along an announcement from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative; it describes a new initiative on a topic that will interest many in the CNI community. Information technologists, instructional technologists, and librarians will increasingly be asked to demonstrate the value of their programs and services in this challenging economic climate. This EDUCAUSE initiative, focusing on the impact of innovations in teaching and learning, will provide many vehicles for exploring how to conceptualize and generate useful evidence.
On August 3, the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) launched a new program to explore ways of gathering and collecting evidence of the impact of our innovations and current practices. Called “Seeking Evidence of Impact,” this program will bring the teaching and learning community into a collective discussion and consist of a variety of events, meetings, workshops, and publications over the next 18 months—all united around the theme of “seeking evidence of impact.” More information is available at the program’s website: <http://tinyurl.com/ELIevidence>
One of the inspirations for this program came from conversations we had with CIOs at last year’s EDUCAUSE conference. Faced with difficult budgeting and resource decisions, we found that CIOs were asking if there was data upon which to base such decisions with respect to teaching and learning support. These considerations echoed comments from other communities, all of which indicated an increasing importance on encouraging evidence-based practices in support of our students and their instructors.
This new ELI program is first and foremost an exploration of this theme. While we cannot predict “where” this program will be 18 months from now, we can say that no style, method, or school of gathering evidence will be excluded or privileged. We look forward to engaging with the community on a topic of keen importance to us all.
Please contact us if you have any questions!
Malcolm Brown, Director ELI < firstname.lastname@example.org>
Veronica Diaz, Associate Director ELI <email@example.com>
Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative
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CNI is pleased to be serving as a cooperating organization for this conference again this year.
IS&T is pleased to announce the Archiving 2011 Call for Papers.
The deadline for submitting presentation abstracts for Archiving 2011 to be held May 16-19, 2011 in Salt Lake City, Utah, is October 17, 2010. A PDF of the Call for Papers can be found at www.imaging.org/ist/conferences/archiving
The IS&T Archiving Conference brings together a unique community of imaging novices and experts from libraries, archives, records management, and information technology institutions to discuss and explore the expanding field of digital archiving and preservation. Attendees from around the world represent industry, academia, governments, and cultural heritage institutions. The conference presents the latest research results on archiving, provides a forum to explore new strategies and policies, and reports on successful projects that can serve as benchmarks in the field. Archiving 2011 is a blend of invited focal papers, keynote talks, and refereed oral and interactive display presentations. Prospective authors are invited to submit oral and interactive presentations by the October 17th deadline.
Proposed program topics include:
· Preservation of and Access to Digital Assets
Strategies and tools for dealing with file format obsolescence
Metadata for preservation and discovery
Collaboration and cooperatives in digital preservation
Digital curation micro-services and modularity
Design, development, audio and certification of trusted repositories
· Technical Processes: Imaging, Metadata Creation, Workflow
Effective imaging methodologies & processes
Indexing items for specialized audiences
Crowd-sourcing metadata creation
Archival file formats and compression
Color management in capture and display
· Digital Curation
Prioritizing collections for digital archiving
Intellectual property rights management
Models for funding and sustaining digital collections
Digital curation education and training
Content authentication of digital assets
Please feel free to contact me with any questions. We hope to see you there.
IS&T Conference Program Manager
703/642-9090 x 106
Washington DC—The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is pleased to announce the selection of Jessica A. Koepfler as the 2010 recipient of the Paul Evan Peters Fellowship for graduate study in the information sciences or librarianship. Koepfler is currently a doctoral student in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. The fellowship, which was established to honor the memory of CNI founding Executive Director Paul Evan Peters, recognizes outstanding scholarship and intellectual rigor, as well as civic responsibility, democratic values, and imagination.
Koepfler has a BA in archaeology and classics from the University of Virginia and a graduate degree in museum studies from the University of Toronto; she has also served in the Virginia Army National Guard. Her research addresses issues of human-computer and human-information behavior and interaction, currently focusing on investigating information presentation and participatory design strategies for homeless and underserved populations. “There are so many organizations providing resources for the homeless, but few resource Web sites that are actually designed with the homeless as stakeholders in the process,” Koepfler commented. “The role that public libraries and day shelters play in providing free computer and Internet access makes this an area of great opportunity for applying user-centered design principles to a specific user group’s crucial information needs.”
Judith Klavans, of the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, noted, “Jes is energetic, creative, and eager to make a difference, and Paul [Evan Peters] was committed to making a difference; they have that incredible quality in common.” Selection committee member Kathryn Monday, of the University of Richmond, recognized Koepfler for “the courage to tackle big challenges, a commitment to democratic values, and a great sense of humor,” qualities for which Paul Evan Peters was also known. Monday praised the candidate for including underserved populations in her research, citing Koepfler’s statement of intent, “Improving intellectual productivity and information access for individuals in all walks of life will help create the informed citizenry this country needs…”
A four-member committee selected Koepfler for the award: Kathryn Monday, Vice President for Information Services at the University of Richmond; Patricia Renfro, Deputy University Librarian at Columbia University; Gary Strong, University Librarian at the University of California, Los Angeles; and Joan Lippincott, Associate Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information. “We had a wonderful pool of applicants this year,” commented CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch, “and the choice was very difficult. Jessica captures the combination and balance of talent, potential, and commitment that I think will make her a great selection to carry on the fellowship’s high level of excellence.”
About the Fellowship
The Paul Evan Peters Fellowship was established to honor and perpetuate the memory of the founding Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information. Funded by donations from colleagues, friends, and family, the fellowship provides a two-year award of $5,000 per year to a student who demonstrates intellectual and personal qualities consistent with those of Peters, including:
— a commitment to the use of networked information and advanced technology to enhance scholarship, intellectual productivity, and public life;
— an interest in the civic responsibilities of networked information professionals, and a commitment to democratic values and government accountability;
— a positive and creative approach to overcoming personal, technological, and bureaucratic challenges; and
— humor, vision, humanity, and imagination.
The fellowship will be awarded next in 2012; applications will be available on the Web site of the Coalition for Networked Information, http://www.cni.org.
More information about the fellowship is available online at http://www.cni.org/pepfellowship/.
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. More information about CNI is at http://www.cni.org/.
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/.
EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit membership association created to support those who lead, manage, and use information technology to benefit higher education. A comprehensive range of resources and activities is available to all EDUCAUSE members. The association’s strategic directions include focus in four areas: Teaching and Learning; Managing the Enterprise; E-Research and E-Scholarship; and the Evolving Role of IT and Leadership. For more information, visit educause.edu.
On August 19-20, 2009, the US National Research Council hosted a workshop on Large Scale Data Integration in the Sciences. This workshop, chaired by Professor Michael Stonebraker of MIT, looked at barriers and opportunities in integrating and reusing scientific data sets, primarily from a computer science perspective; it connects to and enriches the discussions about data curation and reuse in a e-
science/cyberinfrastructure setting but also brings in ideas from areas such as data integration in commercial and government applications. I was fortunate to be able to participate in this workshop and to serve as a member of the planning committee.
The summary of the workshop is now available for free download from the National Academies Press site, at
The site will ask you to register before downloading the PDF file.
There’s video available for a day-long symposium held at Columbia University’s School of Law on Friday, April 16, 2010 focusing on legal issues around digital or digitized archives. See
My thanks to Jim Michalko at OCLC for the pointer to this, which includes a nice presentation by Ricky Erway of RLG Programs at OCLC on work they’ve been doing in this area.
The announcement below summarizes a range of useful material on European Union level work on scientific data management and preservation that has been produced as a result of a project called PARSE.Insight.
After two years of research, the European project PARSE.Insight held its final symposium on 25 June 2010. The project results were received with enthusiasm by Brussels’ EC representative Carlos Morais-Pires who stated to be ‘very happy to have facts about the situation in research and to receive recommendations for the science data infrastructure in Europe’.
Ten major insights in research were presented, amongst these major gaps between European countries in how to deal with research data and researchers’ reluctance to share their data while they certainly want others’ data. These findings were enforced by the outcomes of three case studies in High-Energy Physics, Earth Observation and Social Sciences and Humanities.
In conjunction with these insights the final roadmap for a science data infrastructure in Europe has been published. Aside from technical aspects this also addresses organisational as well as social aspects such as incentives for researchers to increase their willingness to share their data. Furthermore, the gap analysis tool was presented which helps analysts to find weak spots and contradictions in stakeholder communities.
Please visit our website for downloading the PARSE.Insight reports:
Apart from these documents, PARSE.Insight created an online visualisation of actors putting effort in digital preservation. This Interactive Map is a first attempt to give an overview of who is playing an important role in research to digital preservation. Via this map researchers, data managers, publishers, funders and other stakeholders that would like to learn more about best practices in preservation can look for an organisation in their country or discipline.
On behalf of the project team,
PARSE.Insight was a two-year project co-funded by the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme. It is concerned with the preservation of digital information in science, from primary data through analysis to the final publications resulting from the research. The problem is how to safeguard this valuable digital material over time, to ensure that it is accessible, usable and understandable in future. The rapid pace of change in information technology threatens media, file formats and software with obsolescence, and changing concepts and terminology also mean that, even if data can be read, it might not be correctly interpreted by future generations.
Many initiatives are already under way in this area. Therefore, PARSE.Insight aimed to develop a roadmap and recommendations for developing the science data infrastructure in order to maintain the long-term accessibility and usability of scientific digital information in Europe. The project conducted surveys and in-depth case studies of different scientific disciplines and stakeholders and based its results on these findings, as well as knowledge of ongoing developments.
The consortium consists of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC, coordination), National Library of the Netherlands (KB), German National Library (DNB), Max Planck Gesellschaft (MPG), International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM), European Space Agency ESRIN (ESA), FernUniversitat in Hagen (FUH), European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and Georg-August-Universitat Gottingen Stiftung Oeffentlichen Rechts (UGOE).
PARSE.Insight is closely linked to the Alliance for Permanent Access to the Records of Science (http://www.alliancepermanentaccess.eu/). The output from the project is intended to guide the European Commission’s strategy about research infrastructure.
The last video from the Spring 2010 CNI meeting is now available; I’ve held off announcing it for a little while because it’s quite special, and I did not want it to be missed in the flood of other announcements.
This presentation describes a wonderful project at the University of Oregon which helps students to understand the uses of primary source materials, and also to think about their own roles as creators of such materials, and as prospective contributors to the collective social record. Technology comes into play, of course, but is very much in the background in some sense. It seems to me that the ideas here can be readily adapted and used by a wide range of institutions. If you are not familiar with this project, the video of this presentation is worth watching.
Here are the details:
Web 2.0 and the Study of History Through a Living Learning Community
Andrew Bonamici, University of Oregon
Heather Briston Corrigan-Solari, University of Oregon
Kevin Hatfield, University of Oregon
Matthew Villeneuve, University of Oregon
Available from CNI’s YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/cnivideo
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also available from CNI’s Vimeo channel: http://www.vimeo.com/cni
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