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Call for Applicants: Paul Evan Peters Fellowship for Information Studies

The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) announces the 2012 Paul Evan Peters Fellowship
Applications due no later than May 10, 2012

The Paul Evan Peters Fellowship was established to honor and perpetuate the memory of CNI’s founding executive director.  The fellowship is awarded every two years to a student pursuing graduate studies in librarianship, the information sciences, or a closely related field, who demonstrates intellectual and personal qualities consistent with those of Paul Evan Peters, including:

–commitment to use of digital information and advanced technology to enhance scholarship, intellectual productivity and public life;

–interest in the civic responsibilities of information professionals and a commitment to democratic values;

–positive and creative approach to overcoming personal, technological, and bureaucratic challenges, and

–humor, vision, humanity, and imagination.

The fellowship is in the amount of $5000 per year, to be awarded two consecutive years to a student in a graduate program.

“The characteristics that have often been associated with Paul–positivity, creativity, humor, vision, humanity, and imagination–are, I hope, dimensions that I also bring to the work that I do as a scholar and as a teacher, ” wrote Phillip Edwards, 2004 fellowship recipient and currently at the Center for Teaching Excellence at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Edwards credits the award with helping to broaden his professional horizons as a student:  “Because of this funding, I was able to travel to conferences which I would have otherwise been unable to attend, and the interactions I had among other researchers and practitioners at these gatherings have been more valuable than I could have ever imagined.”

Cal Lee, who received the first Peters Fellowship, is currently Associate Professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he teaches classes for graduate and undergraduate students, as well as continuing professional education workshops, in a variety of subjects, including archival administration, records management, digital curation, understanding information technology for managing digital collections, and the construction of digital repository rules.

More information about the Paul Evan Peters Fellowship and the application process are available at http://www.cni.org/pepfellowship/.

Cliff Lynch to Present Windsor Lecture @ UIUC, April 17

CNI director Clifford Lynch will give the Windsor Lecture, on April 17, 2012 at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Lynch will present Memory Organizations and Evidence to Support Scholarship in the 21st Century.  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.

Report on Knowledge Exchange International Author ID Workshop

The Knowledge Exchange (a collaboration of DEFF in Denmark, DFG in Germany, JISC in the UK and SURF in the Netherlands) hosted a very helpful workshop on international author ID management on March 13-14, 2012 in London which I was fortunate to be able to participate in. The announcement of the report and a summary of the outcomes is reproduced below. The direct link to the workshop report is


This workshop was an enormously useful complement to  the CNI Workshop on Scholarly Identity which was held on April 4, and several particpants attended both workshops. A report from the CNI Workshop should be available in a few weeks, and of course I’ll announce it here.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


Summit shows that connecting international digital author identifier systems would be to the benefit of researchers, as well as those working on information infrastructure and research administration.
On 13 and 14 March Knowledge Exchange organised a well attended and timely summit on digital author identifiers. The summit clearly showed that there is value in aligning and connecting current systems. The developing initiatives ORCID and ISNI are already involved in conversations and the Virtual International Authority File (VIAF) feeds directly into ISNI. These systems are engaging with different groups (ORCID with publishers/researchers, ISNI/VIAF with national libraries) and have different business models. However a co-ordinated approach would be feasible. This would definitely be to the benefit of researchers, as well as those working on information infrastructure and research administration.
Key recommendations from the summit were:
All parties should work towards preventing redundancy. It would be great to have one canonical ID bringing together existing systems.
There is an interest in an open thin layer with clear interfaces so others can build services on this.
At present there are broadly two approaches to collecting researcher IDs. Solution providers should draw on the relevant strengths of both of these approaches.
Now is the time for institutions to start doing their homework. They should not make blocking choices but progress and start assigning identifiers and work on linking these with VIAF.
The summit was well attended by a broad group of international experts, with 31 participants from 10 countries. The first day was directed at identifying the issues and the second day at using the findings and opinions to feed into the development of international initiatives being developed. There are already national identifier systems in place in several countries and there was a strong interest at the summit in connecting these internationally.
Please find the report on the summit at:
On behalf of the Knowledge Exchange partners,
Kind regards,
Anne Maja Wad

Anne Maja Wad
Knowledge Exchange Secretary | www.knowledge-exchange.info | amw@knowledge-exchange.info | Danish Agency for Culture | H.C. Andersens Boulevard 2, 5th floor | DK-1553 Copenhagen V | Denmark | T +45 3373 3315 |

JCDL 2012 registration now open

CNI has officially endorsed JCDL 2012


Dear Colleagues:

Registration for the 12th ACM/IEEE-Computer Society Joint Conference on Digital Libraries is now open, and available from https://www.regonline.com/jcdl2012. A preliminary schedule and other conference-related details are available from http://www.jcdl2012.info.

JCDL 2012 is a major international forum focusing on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, organizational, and social issues. JCDL encompasses the many meanings of the term digital libraries, including (but not limited to) new forms of information institutions and organizations; operational information systems with all manner of digital content; new means of selecting, collecting, organizing, distributing, and accessing digital content; theoretical models of information media, including document genres and electronic publishing; and theory and practice of use of managed content in science and education.

Please forgive cross-posting,

Barrie Howard
JCDL 2012 General Co-chair

LSC Webinar STEM Learning Space

Here is the next offering in the Learning Spaces Collaboratory series of webinars.  Information on registration (for a fee) is below.
–Joan Lippincott

Please join us for an opportunity to explore the process of renovations for spaces for STEM learning at West Point. The LSC webinar is at 4 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

This webinar will be facilitated by Lieutenant Colonel John Hartke, one of the project shepherds for the Phase I renovation, in which a 112,000 square foot student library was transformed into a state-of-the-art building that supports learning and research in the Department of Chemistry and Life Sciences and the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering, as well as the Photonics Research Center and the Nuclear Science and Engineering Research Center.

This will be an interactive webinar.

You will have opportunity to examine photos illustrating the outcome of their planning goals: about making the doing of science visible, about their new concept of the ‘classatory,’ which enables significant blurring of the classroom-laboratory experience, and more.

You will have opportunity to learn about the challenges and opportunities embedded in a significant renovation project, and what they learned in the process that is informing their continuing renovation efforts.

You will learn the cadets and faculty are adjusting to new spaces, new opportunities for learning, for teaching, and for research.

You will be able to ask for advice about considering renovations, planning for renovations, and gain insights about modest steps toward renewing spaces, whether or not a major remodeling project for STEM learning communities on your campus is in your immediate future.

To read more: http://www.pointerview.com/2012/01/20/science-center-open-for-classes/

To learn more about the LSC webinar, visit our http://www.pkallsc.org/events/198. To register, please fill out the https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9BWZXWF.


Jeanne L. Narum
The Independent Colleges Office, Director
Learning Spaces Collaboratory, Principal
1730 Rhode Island Ave. NW – Suite 409
Washington, DC, 20036
P: (202) 232-1300

pkal-learning-spaces-collaboratory site list


CNI Meeting Update: Abstracts, Schedule Available

A schedule of project briefings to be presented at the Spring 2012 CNI Membership Meeting is now available:

Links from this page lead to session abstracts; a complete list of project briefings with links to session descriptions can be found at www.cni.org/mm/spring-2012/project-briefings-presentations/

The meeting Schedule of Events (not including handouts) is also available for download.

We will be posting meeting updates from the CNI Twitter account (http://twitter.com/cni_org) using the hashtag #cni12s and we encourage other twitterers to do the same.   The meeting will be held April 2-3 at Baltimore’s Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel.

We look forward to seeing you next week in Baltimore!

Knowledge Exchange report on IPR Policy for Research Outputs

Fred Friend has written a very nice report for the Knowledge Exchange (a joint JISC-SURF-DFG-DEEF initiative) examining intellectual property issues in research outputs. The report covers both journal publications arising from funded research and issues related to underlying data. You can download the report from this page, which also provides some additional background


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

“Big Data” Challenges & Opportunities

Administration “Big Data” Research and Development Program and Event

The Obama Administration is holding an event at 2-3:30PM Eastern [today, March 29] to announce the roll out of a major new multi-agency research and development program based on “big data”. The event will be streamed at


(I don’t know if it will be archived for later replay)

[Note, added 3/30/12, after original posting: "An archive of this webcast will be available on nsf.gov within two days of this event."]

There are a fact sheet and a press release at the OSTP site,



The fact sheet has links to agency specific sites for more details.

Among the press coverage, see today’s New York Times.


(Steve Lohr, the author of the piece, is scheduled to moderate a panel at today’s session.)

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Video: Crowd Sourcing Metadata

Crowd Sourcing Metadata, a project briefing session presented at CNI’s fall 2011 membership meeting by Barbara Taranto (New York Public Library), is now available on CNI’s two video channels:

YouTube:  http://youtu.be/ktsWNKt5MjE
Vimeo:  http://vimeo.com/38196574

Previously-released videos from CNI’s fall 2011 meeting:

-Paying for Long-Term Storage (David Rosenthal)
-An Overview of the National Science Foundation DataNet Funded Sustainable Environments-Actionable Data Project (Margaret Hedstrom, Robert H. McDonald)
-Online Video Creation by Undergraduates: Consequences for Media Literacy (Anu Vedantham, Renee Hobbs)
-Preservation Status of e-Resources: A Potential Crisis in Electronic Journal Preservation (Oya Y. Rieger, Robert Wolven)
-Five New Paradigms for Science & Academia & an Intro to DataOne (Closing Plenary, William Michener)
-Big Data Becomes Fashionable, Mobile Devices Reshape the Information Ecology: CNI’s View on 2011 and 2012 (Opening Plenary, Clifford Lynch)

All videos from CNI are available on CNI’s video channels:  YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni).

Cliff Lynch named 2012 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award Winner

CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch has been named the winner of the 2012 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology.

Clifford will be speaking during the LITA President’s Program at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA, where the award will be presented, and, also at ALA, he will participate in the LITA Top Tech Trends program on Sunday June 24, 2012.

For more information about the award, see the LITA press release:

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013