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German Information Infrastucture for Research Program

Earlier this week I was fortunate to be able to attend a briefing on a series of awards that the German DFG has made to support information Infrastructure for Research. These are discipline-specific and span the sciences, the social sciences, engineering and the humanities, since the DFG funding scope covers all of these disciplines. This is a very impressive program and I think it will be of interest to many CNI-announce readers, both as an example of a national approach to the challenges of data intensive scholarship, but also as a possible source of future collaborations. The announcement, which links to a number of other documents, can be found at


I am hoping that we may be able to have a session exploring some of these activities at the fall CNI member meeting.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Study on Journal Article Data Mining from Publishing Research Consortium

There’s a very interesting new report out on Journal Data Mining; it was prepared by Eefke Smit and Maurits van der Graaf on behalf of the Publishing Research Consortium, so it has a strong publisher perspective, but as far as I know it’s the first extensive look at the issues involved in practical and operational large-scale data mining of the journal literature. One of the really interesting things that emerges from the report, at least the way I read it, is that many of the commercial publishers seem to be thinking about literature mining as a separate activity, not included in traditional electronic subscription arrangements (site licenses) that they have with research libraries. (Indeed, many such licenses forbid bulk downloading of journal articles, which in the absence of text mining facilities built into the vendor platforms is a prerequisite for such mining; even if such facilities exist, they essentially mean that the publishers control the evolution of mining technology). Rather, the publishers seem to envision a future where they’ll do business directly with potential literature miners.

This is one of several issues framed by the report which I think merit very careful thought by research library leaders, and broad conversations engaging faculty.

The report is at:


and there is an accompanying press release at


Disclosure: I was one of the many people interviewed for this study, presumably at least in part because of my 2006 paper on open computation.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

TPDL (formerly ECDL) 2011: Program online – Early Bird extended to July 11, 2011

The European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries (ECDL) has been the leading European scientific forum on digital libraries for 14 years. For the 15th year the conference was renamed to International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL).

CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch will present a keynote address at the conference.

International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries 2011
September 25-29, 2011 | Berlin, Germany

The TPDL 201 conference program of is now online at

Early Bird Registration has been extended to July 11, 2011.


TPDL 2011 – International Conference on Theory and Practice of

Digital Libraries (formerly ECDL)

Main conference: September 26-28, 2011

Tutorials, Workshops: September 25, 29, 2011

Venue: Erwin Schrödinger-Zentrum Adlershof, Berlin, Germany

Conference Website: http://www.tpdl2011.org

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TPDL2011

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TPDL2011





CNI at ALA Annual Mtg in New Orleans

This year at the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference in New Orleans, LA, CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch will present the keynote address at the OCLC symposium The Infinite Collection: Resources in the Digital Age on Friday, June 24. Also at the meeting, Clifford will be part of LITA’s Top Tech Trends Panel on Sunday, June 26.

Consult the conference Web site at http://www.alaannual.org/ for location and registration details.

New Video: Data Management Plans Online

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):

Data Management Plans Online, a project briefing session presented by UCLA’s Todd Grappone and Patricia Cruse from the California Digital Library:


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

Yale’s digital images, open research ID, data reuse

May 20, 2011
CNI Executive 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 shared some details about the Sage Bionetworks Commons 2011 Congress.

Listen to the May 20, 2011 CNI Conversations

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.

Workshop on German Scientific Research Data Access, June 21, Washington DC

There’s a nice informational workshop organized by the German Research Foundation (DFG) on the morning of June 21 in Washington DC; I’ll be providing some very brief comparative commentary on the situation in the United States as a reactor to the presentations. I’ve reproduced the invitation below.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

You are cordially invited to attend the informational workshop on Making Scientific Research Data Accessible: Current Trends and Perspectives in Germany. The event is being organized by the North America Office of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG). This workshop will be held on June 21st, 2011, at the DFG North America Office located in Suite 1000 in the building at 1776 I St., NW, Washington, DC, 20006.

Making Scientific Research Data Accessible: Current Trends and Perspectives in Germany

An informational workshop

June 21st, 2011, 10 am – 12 pm

Welcome and Introduction: Dr. Max Voegler, Director, DFG North America Office

Promoting Accessibility to Research Data in Germany: Funding Initiatives, Projects and Perspectives: Dr. Stefan Winkler-Nees, Program Officer, Research Data, DFG Bonn

Scientific Data Management in Large University Research Projects. A Status Report: Dr. Eva Effertz, Program Officer, Research Centers Division, DFG Bonn

Response and U.S. Perspective: Dr. Clifford Lynch, Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)

Refreshments will be served.

Please feel free to forward this invitation to others who you think may be interested.

RSVP by June 17th, 2011 to bettina.schuffert@dfg.de or 202-729-6350
Registrations will be honored on a first-come-first-served basis.

Red line: Farragut North, Blue/orange line: Farragut West, 18th Street exit

New Video: Memento: Giant Leaps Towards Seamless Navigation of the Past Web

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):

Memento: Giant Leaps Towards Seamless Navigation of the Past Web, a project briefing session presented by Robert Sanderson of Los Alamos National Laboratory.


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

McKinsey Global Institute Big Data Report

The McKinsey Global Institute, the business and economics research arm of the McKinsey & Co. consulting firm, has recently issued a report that will be of interest to some readers of CNI-Announce titled “Big Data: The Next Frontier for Innovation, Competition and Productivity”, which reviews some of the techniques used in data-intensive scholarship, as well as other data-intensive analytic methods, and explores their applications to areas like government, healthcare, consumer retail, and manufacturing. The report includes a discussion of estimated payoffs from these new approaches, as well as some consideration of policy issues.

The report can be found at


Download information is at the bottom of the page. Note that it’s available in several e-book formats as well as in the standard PDF download.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Interviews from CNI’s Spring 2011 Meeting

Podcast interviews from CNI’s Spring Meeting from EDUCAUSE: www.educause.edu/blog/gbayne/CoalitionforNetworkedInformati/229688

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