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Podcast Interviews from CNI Membership Meeting

Interviews conducted during the Spring 2011 CNI Membership Meeting have been published by EDUCAUSE:


The podcasts include a conversation with plenary speaker Todd Presner, founder and director of HyperCities (a GIS research and education platform built on the Google Maps and Google Earth APIs), as well as an interview with UCSD University Librarian Brian Schottlaender on collaboration and the future of university libraries. EDUCAUSE producer Gerry Bayne spent time with a few other presenters and attendees at CNI’s spring meeting, including:

Brian Owen (Simon Frasier Univ.), discussing the Public Knowledge Project
Thomas Hickerson and Shawna Sadler on the Univ. of Calgary’s Taylor Family Digital Library, a converged library, archive, art and publishing facility
Sayeed Choudhury (Johns Hopkins Univ.) with a Data Conservancy Update
Robert Seal (Loyola Univ.) reflects on three years of an information commons Library-ITS partnership

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 April 4-5, 2011 in San Diego, CA. Thanks to all who attended and presented!

New Video: Tech. Model for Calgary’s Converged Library/Archive/Publishing Facility

A new video from the Spring 2011 CNI Membership Meeting has been added to CNI’s channels on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni):

Creating a Comprehensive Technology Model for a Converged Library, Archive, Art and Publishing Facility at the University of Calgary, a project briefing session presented by Thomas Hickerson (Vice Provost and University Librarian, University of Calgary) and Shawna Sadler (Technology Officer, Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary)


More information about this presentation is available from the meeting Web site, http://www.cni.org/tfms/2011a.spring/.

New CNI Conversations: Open Access to Yale’s Image Collections, ORCID, and More

In this 18 minute podcast, recorded May 20, 2011, CNI director Clifford Lynch discusses Yale University’s recent announcement to make its digital image collection freely available, the ORCID initiative to develop an open researcher ID, selected videos and presentations from CNI’s spring meeting, and a recent National Research Council meeting on data reuse. Cliff also shares some details about the Sage Bionetworks Commons 2011 Congress.

CNI Conversations is available at http://conversations.cni.org/ (to subscribe to the audio feed add http://conversations.cni.org/feed to iTunes, or any podcatcher).  We hope you enjoy this program and we welcome your feedback.  For questions or comments related to CNI Conversations, please contact CNI Associate Executive Director Joan Lippincott at joan@cni.org.

Resources from April 2011 Council of Independent Colleges/Johns Hopkins Symposium on the Future of the Humanities

I wanted to (belatedly) share the following announcement from our colleague Richard Eckman, the President of the Council of Independent Colleges of the availability of an extensive set of materials from an April 2011 Symposium on the Future of the Humanities. There’s some great material in here, and it’s wonderful to have it available for those of us who could not attend the symposium.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


Dear Colleague:

As you know, CIC and the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University organized a Symposium on the Future of the Humanities, which took place on March 29 in Washington, DC. Because many people who were able to participate reported that they found the day to be particularly stimulating and thought-provoking, we have posted on the CIC website (www.cic.edu/HumanitiesSymposium) the texts of most of the presentations, including those by Kwame Anthony Appiah, Douglas C. Bennett, Robert Darnton, Jean Bethke Elshstain, Thomas F. Flynn, Edward Hirsch, Steven Knapp, Victoria Mora, Azar Nafisi, S. Georgia Nugent, and Neil L. Rudenstine. Incisive introductory remarks by several of the moderators, photographs taken during the Symposium, and a list of all participants in the event are also available on the website. Additional presentations will be posted as they become available.

If you are interested in viewing the webcast as well, it is available at www.sais-jhu.edu/humanities. A number of the presentations are likely to be of interest to humanities faculty members and some of them may also be useful in classes. Will you please share this email with appropriate members of the faculty?

Thank you again for your interest in the Symposium.

Sincerely yours,

Richard Ekman
Council of Independent Colleges
One Dupont Circle, NW
Suite 320
Washington, DC 20036

New Videos: HyperCities & E-Books

New videos from the Spring 2011 CNI Membership Meeting have been added to CNI’s channels on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni):

• UCLA Professor Todd Presner’s plenary presentation, “HyperCities: Using Social Media and GIS to Archive & Map Time Layers in Los Angeles, Berlin, Tehran, Rome & Cairo”

• “E-Book Wars: Ten Years Later,” a breakout session by CNI Director Clifford Lynch

More information about both of these presentations is available from the meeting Web site, http://www.cni.org/tfms/2011a.spring/.

New JISC resources on maximizing web resources

I highly recommend these new publications from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) of the UK. They treat such hot topics as search engine optimization, building good web resources, promoting content, and using the social web for your organization’s resources.

-Joan Lippincott, CNI

**For Information **

Maximising the effectiveness of your online resources

The proliferation of computing and network devices has meant that, over the past 10 years, the internet has become the primary driving force in the access, use and engagement with information. Easy access for all to simple social networking and the explosion in interconnectedness has also turned marketing on its head forever.

In an age when media, business, government and almost every aspect of modern society vies for the users’ attention, how can we ensure that the resources that are being created through public funds reach and engage with their constituent audiences?

The reports, guides and case studies below summarise the key principles in maximising your online effectiveness and present a condensed version of the highly successful series of workshops commissioned by the Strategic Content Alliance and undertaken by JISC Netskills in 2010. Pictures, videos and materials from the workshops which supplement this work can also be found at: http://scamore.eforum.org/cgi-bin/default?section=about

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes

Sarah Fahmy


Strategic Content Alliance

The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)

1st Floor, Brettenham House

5, Lancaster Place

London, WC2E 7EN

Tel: 0203 006 6075

Mob: 07891 501192

Email: sarah.fahmy

Web: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/contentalliance

Building Bridges to e-Content with the Strategic Content Alliance

Corrected: NSF Research Data Lifecycle Management Workshop, Princeton, July 18-20

I’m resending this, with a correction to the URL and a few other minor updates [Original posting has been removed -CNI News Editor].

Apologies. Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


National Science Foundation Funded Workshop on “Research Data Lifecycle Management” July 18 – July 20 2011 at
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

We are pleased to announce the NSF funded Workshop on “Research Data Lifecycle Management”.

The objective of this workshop is to bring together researchers, campus Information Technology (IT) leaders, and library/archive specialists to discuss the topic of data lifecycle management specifically as it relates to computational science and engineering research data. This discussion will result in a common understanding of best practices and funding models for selecting, storing, describing, and preserving these digital data. The workshop will also help to cultivate partnerships between these communities to foster continued developments in the preservation and sharing of research data.

We now seek applications for participation and submissions of position papers for the workshop. In order to apply, please go to http://rcs.columbia.edu/rdlm and follow the links to register. The deadline for applications is June 20, 2011, but we will review and accept applications on a rolling basis.

Important Dates
Paper submission and registration deadline: June 20,2011 (but accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis) Hotel registration date: June 20, 2011
Workshop dates: July 18 – 20, 2011

Workshop Description

This workshop will bring together thought leaders on the topic of Research Data Lifecycle Management, including researchers, librarians, archivists, and IT professionals. Through the workshop program, attendees will be able to participate in the development of a data lifecycle management framework. By drawing together this diverse group of specialists, the workshop will be able to leverage the progress made to date by the digital curation, preservation and open repositories communities. The workshop will also promote the needed interaction, collaboration, and information sharing among diverse institutions and groups involved in High Performance Computing (HPC), research computing, IT, libraries, and archives. The goal is to develop a combination of policy and financial frameworks that ensures maintenance of important data over time scales longer than the career of any individual investigator.

On-site participation will be limited to a total of seventy-five leaders with balanced representation from the following areas: researchers who use computational resources to produce and access data sets; IT professionals involved in research computing support; and librarians/archivists who manage this type of data. In addition, video-conferencing will be used to reach a much broader range of off-site participants. We hope to engage a diverse population of researchers and professionals involved in research data lifecycle management to represent varying perspectives and differing institutions in the conversation.

We strongly encourage submission of position papers from people involved in the production, use, and management of data used in research computing. The papers will help to gather input from a broad community to seed the conversations at the workshop. The papers will also be used in the process to select individuals to participate on-site in the workshop. Position papers should be no longer than 3 pages, and can be submitted as described on the registration website any time from now through June 20, 2011, 5 pm EDT. Selection for participating on-site will be decided by a review panel on a rolling basis. Applicants will be invited to participate on-site within two weeks of successful receipt of a position paper, or by June 20, 2011 if not submitting a position paper.

This NSF funded workshop is a collaboration between the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation (CASC) and the EDUCAUSE ACTI Campus Cyberinfrastructure Group, and will be hosted at Princeton University in Princeton, NJ, Monday, July 18 – Wednesday, July 20. The workshop will include an informal reception at the Prospect House, Princeton University’s faculty/staff club on Monday, July 18 at 6 pm. It will also include a dinner at Rats, a restaurant on the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ on Tuesday, July 19 at 5:30 pm.

The findings of the workshop will be described in a report written by the organizing committee and an invited group of participants. The report will be submitted to EDUCAUSE for publication and posted on the CASC website.

Please feel free to contact member of the organizing committee by email if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions.

Best Regards,

Organizing Committee

Curt Hillegas, Ph.D. – Chair
Director of Research Computing, Princeton University

Rajendra (Raj) Bose, Ph.D.
Manager, Research Computing Services, Columbia University

Kerstin Lehnert, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University lehnert@ldeo.columbia.edu

Clifford Lynch, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information

Oren Sreebny
Senior Director Emerging Technologies and Communications, IT Services, University of Chicago orens@uchicago.edu

Video of Christine Borgman’s Paul Peters Lecture from Spring 2011 CNI Meeting

Over the next few weeks we’ll be rolling out the videos from the Spring 2011 Coalition for Networked Information Member Meeting held in San Diego on April 4-5, 2011. I’m delighted to be able to announce today our first offering, which is the Paul Evan Peters Award Lecture “Information, Infrastructure and The Internet: Reflections on Three Decades in Internet Time”, given by Professor Christine Borgman of UCLA to open the meeting.

CNI’s video channels are YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni) and you can access this talk directly at

on YouTube.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

IT as a Strategic Campus Resource: Keynote by Cliff Lynch

Cliff Lynch’s keynote address Information Technology as a Strategic Campus Resource, presented at the Northeast Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP) 2011 conference is now available:


Reports from NSF Cyberinfrastructure Advisory Group Task Forces Available

The final versions of the six reports from the task forces established by the NSF Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure are now available. I’ve shared earlier pointers to drafts of a couple of these, but this page points to the final, “official” versions. The reports are here:


From the introductory material on the page:

In 2009 the NSF-wide Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastucture (ACCI) established six task forces to investigate long term cyberinfrastructure issues:
* Campus Bridging
* Cyberlearning and Workforce Development
* Data and Visualization
* Grand Challenges
* High Performance Computing
* Software for Science and Engineering
These task forces were each led by ACCI members and their membership included a cross section of members from both academic and industrial communities. Over a two year period the task forces gathered broad community input via open workshops and meetings, solicitation of white papers, and other outreach efforts. Each task force subsequently discussed and generated a final report containing recommendations and ideas for advancing cyberinfrastructure in support of NSF research.
The recommendations of each task force were discussed in depth during the December 2010 ACCI meeting, and the final reports were approved by the ACCI on April 1st 2011.

Disclosure: I was a member of the Campus Bridging Task Force, and also contributed to the report on Data and Visualization.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013