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Video of NSF Data Management Plan Requirements from 12/10 CNI Mtg

The video of a well-attended CNI Fall meeting session on “NSF Data Management Plan Requirements: Institutional Initiatives” is now available on both YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo and Vimeo at http://vimeo.com/channels/cni.  Serge Goldstein of Princeton and Scott Brandt of Purdue provided information on what their institutions are doing to support their researchers’ needs to include data management plans as part of grant proposals to the National Science Foundation.

In addition, you can find the presenters’ PowerPoint presentations and other materials on our meeting website at http://www.cni.org/tfms/2010b.fall/Abstracts/PB-nsf-goldstein.html .

I know many campuses are tackling similar issues and I hope can benefit from the work highlighted at our meeting.

Joan Lippincott
Associate Director, CNI

Europeana Strategic Plan 2011-2015 Released

Following up on my recent post about “The New Renaissance” report on digital cultural heritage in the European context, I wanted to share this recent press release announcing the availability of the Strategic Plan 2011-2015 for the Europeana program. I think this will be of interest to any organization looking at strategies for capturing, organizing and sharing digital cultural heritage materials at scale.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


Press Release For immediate release
The Hague 19.01.11

Europeana’s Strategic Plan published

Europeana’s Strategic Plan 2011-2015, has been published by the Europeana Foundation. The Plan comes as a timely response to last week’s report from the Comité des Sages which recommended ‘a clear vision and planŠfor the further development of Europeana.’

The Strategic Plan outlines the approach Europeana will take in the changing information landscape. In the next few years, one specific focus for Europeana will be on enhancing the users’ experience. It will give users access to cultural heritage content wherever they are and whenever they want it, making it available through APIs and search widgets, in teaching resources, on blogs, college sites and social networks. Europeana will also explore new ways of actively engaging users in the development of the site and making creative reuse of its content.

Download the full colour version or the black and white print version of the Strategic Plan 2011-2015.

For more information contact

Jonathan Purday +44 (0) 1937 546614 jonathan.purday

Notes for editors

Europeana ( www.europeana.eu) is a partnership of European cultural heritage associations that have joined forces to bring together the digitised content of Europe’s galleries, libraries, museums, archives and audiovisual collections. Currently Europeana gives integrated access to 15 million books, films, paintings, museum objects and archival documents from some 1500 content providers. The content is drawn from every European member state and the interface is in 27 European languages. Europeana receives its main funding from the European Commission.

Comité des Sages (The High-Level Reflection Group) was created in April 2010 to make recommendations to the European Commission, European cultural institutions and any stakeholders, on ways and means to make Europe’s cultural heritage and creativity available on the Internet and to preserve it for future generations. It was set up by Neelie Kroes, Vice President responsible for the Digital Agenda, and Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education and Culture.
The Comité des Sages’ members are Maurice Lévy (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of advertising and communications company Publicis), Elisabeth Niggemann (Director-General of the German National Library and chair of the Europeana Foundation) and Jacques De Decker (author and Permanent Secretary of Belgium’s Royal Academy of French language and literature).

The New Renaissance, the Comité des Sages’ report on digital cultural heritage, was released to the Commission on January 10, 2010. The report recommended that Europeana ‘should become the central reference point for Europe’s online cultural heritage.’

Europeana – Think Culture | National Library of the Netherlands | PO Box 90407 | 2509 LK The Hague

EDUCAUSE Live 1/21/11 on Mobile Computing & Learning

I know many of our cni-announce subscribers are interested in developments in the mobile environment. This webcast will describe a wide range of responses by one campus to the mobile environment.

Don’t forget to register for this free EDUCAUSE event.
–Joan Lippincott

Friday, January 21, EDUCAUSE Live! will discuss mobile computing at the University of Maryland.

“Spotlight on Mobile Computing: Stories of Mobile Learning”


1-2pm U.S. Eastern Time, Friday, January 21. No charge, but registration required. Archived for future (re)viewing.


Christopher Higgins
Acting Director, Academic Support
University of Maryland


The University of Maryland is in its third year of a mobility initiative that has encompassed everything from student recruitment to app development to class projects. This session will focus on the experiences of faculty and students when using mobile devices for teaching and learning. Specific focus will be given to Digital Cultures and Creativity and Information 3.0, two dynamic programs that incorporate the iPad and iPod touch with other technologies to engage students in learning.

EDUCAUSE Live! on Twitter:

Use #EDULive to discuss this or any EDUCAUSE Live! Webcast on Twitter before or after the event.

EDUCAUSE Live! events are open to all. Feel free to redistribute this message.

Open Annotation Workshop, March 24-25, 2011, Chicago

The Open Annotation Collaboration continues to move ahead, and has just announced a workshop to help validate and expand the applicability of the model that they have developed. I’ve reproduced the announcement below.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


The Open Annotation Collaboration (OAC) project is pleased to announce an open call for statements of interest in participating in the Using the OAC Model for Annotation Interoperability Workshop. The workshop will be held 24-25 March 2011 in Chicago, IL and will provide an in- depth introduction to the OAC data model and ontology for describing scholarly annotations of Web-accessible information resources.

Use cases suggested by workshop participants and involving a range of scholarly annotation classes and target media types will be discussed. Participants will be asked to examine, comment on, and provide feedback on how well the OAC data model and framework intersects (or fails to intersect) with domain-specific needs for scholarly annotation services and with existing discipline or repository-specific annotation tools and services. By the end of the day and a half workshop, attendees will be better prepared to propose and undertake implementations of annotation tools and services that leverage the OAC data model and ontology.

The workshop is planned for 9 AM March 24 through 1 PM March 25, 2011, in Chicago, Illinois. Limited support is available to reimburse invited participants for reasonable travel costs. Preliminary statements of interest & use case briefs are requested by January 24, 2011. In the event of oversubscription, these briefs will be used to select invitees; invitations will be issued by February 7.

Please see http://www.openannotation.org/documents/CallForWorkshopParticipation.pdf for additional details and context; contact Tim Cole (t-cole3@illinois.edu) or Jacob Jett (jjett2@illinois.edu)  for further information.

The Open Annotation Collaboration is supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. OAC members include the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Maryland, the University of Queensland (Australia), and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.


Tim Cole
University of Illinois at UC

Video of Dan Cohen’s Keynote at December 2010 CNI Meeting Available

The video of Professor Dan Cohen’s wonderful closing session “The Ivory Tower and the Open Web” is now available on both Youtube (at http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo ) and Vimeo (at http://vimeo.com/channels/cni ).

You can also find a copy of his presentation at http://www.cni.org/tfms/2010b.fall/cni_ivory_cohen.pdf

This is an extremely wide-ranging presentation that I think will be of interest to almost everybody in the CNI community; I know that a number of people who saw the talk live told me that it was so rich, and thought provoking in so many different ways, that they were eager to have a chance to watch it again. Many others were eager to share it with colleagues and students.

A must-see.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

European Union New Renaissance Report on Digitizing Cultural Heritage

There’s a very nice new report available from the wonderfully named ” Comité des Sages” (High Level Reflection Group on Bringing Europe’s Cultural Heritage Online) titled “The New Renaissance.” The report can be downloaded here:


and there’s a press release at


The report deals with a wide range of funding and policy issues involved in digitizing cultural heritage materials and sustaining access to these materials. It makes some strong proposals about conditions that should be attached to public funding for digitization and for public-private partnerships, as well as for priorities in dealing with problems in the intellectual property system. Some of this material has rich connections with the work that the Association of Research Libraries Special Collections Task Force has been doing over the past year.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Call for Project Briefing Proposals for CNI Spring Meeting

The Spring 2011 CNI Membership Meeting will be held on April 4-5 (Monday and Tuesday) at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego, CA. Registration materials will be sent by the end of this month to designated member representatives. Please note that the meeting and hotel registration deadline is Friday, March 7. 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 networked 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 via an e-mail message to Joan Lippincott at joan@cni.org. The deadline for proposal submission is Friday, February 18.

Please tag blog posts about this meeting with CNI2011spring for easy reference; the Twitter hashtag is #cni11s

Looking forward to seeing you in San Diego!

Videos & Presentations: Follow-on from the Fall 2010 CNI Member Meeting

Happy New Year.

We’ve now collected substantially all of the presentation materials from the fall CNI meeting and linked them to the presentation listing on the CNI web site.

We are starting to roll out the videos from selected sessions. My opening plenary talk is now available both on Vimeo


and on YouTube


and you can find the new 2010-2011 Program Plan that I discuss on the CNI web site as well. We’ll be making a series of additional videos available over the next few weeks.

As noted in an earlier announcement by Diane Goldenberg-Hart, podcast interviews with participants from the meeting are also now available; also the December CNI conversations recording includes a summary of the meeting.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Materials from the December 2010 International Digital Curation Conference

Materials from the December 2010 International Digital Curation Conference are now available online; these include presentation materials, which are linked to the programme, and video of the main talks.

All the links are collected here:


As I mentioned in the December 2010 CNI Conversations, two of the sessions I found most compelling were those by Chris Lintott of Galaxy Zoo about the design of systems to support citizen scientist engagement, and the really frightening talk by Anthony Williams about quality and consistency issues across reference and research support databases in chemistry.  There is video of both of these sessions available through Vimeo.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Podcasts from CNI’s Fall 2010 Meeting

Many of the interviews conducted by EDUCAUSE during the Fall 2010 CNI Membership Meeting are now online:


The podcasts include:
* A conversation with MacKenzie Smith of MIT on linked open data and the latest from MIT’s Simile Project
* 2011 initiatives planned for the Library of Congress National Digital Preservation Program from Martha Anderson and Laura Campbell
* Dean Krafft on re-imagining IT at Cornell University

These recordings are designed to function as an extension of the meeting, complementing the standard program, and providing an opportunity for the broader CNI community to hear from some of our key presenters and attendees.

The meeting was held December 13-14, 2010 in Arlington, VA. Thanks to all who attended and presented!

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013