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Roadmap for the Spring 2011 CNI Member Meeting, San Diego, April 4-5

A Guide to the Spring 2011
Coalition for Networked Information Membership Meeting

The Spring 2011 CNI Membership Meeting, to be held at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter Hotel in San Diego, California on April 4 and 5, offers a wide range of presentations that advance and report on CNI’s programs, showcase projects underway at CNI member institutions, and highlight important national and international developments. Here is the customary “roadmap” to the sessions at the meeting, which includes both plenary events and an extensive series of breakout sessions focusing on current developments in networked information.

As usual, the CNI meeting proper is preceded by an optional orientation session for new attendees – both representatives of new member organizations and new representatives or alternate delegates from existing member organizations – at 11:30 AM; guests are also welcome. Refreshments are available for all at 12:15 PM on Monday, April 4. The opening plenary is at 1:15 PM and will be followed by two rounds of parallel breakout sessions. Tuesday, April 5, includes additional rounds of parallel breakout sessions, lunch, and the closing keynote, concluding around 3:30 PM. Along with plenary and breakout sessions, the meeting includes generous break time for informal networking with colleagues and a reception which will run until 7:15 PM on the evening of Monday, April 4, after which participants can enjoy a free evening in San Diego. I’ve had two opportunities to visit the San Diego Gaslamp district in the past year, and it offers a wide range of dining opportunities within easy walking distance of the Westin.

The CNI meeting agenda is subject to last minute changes, particularly in the breakout sessions, and you can find the most current information on our Web site, www.cni.org, and on the announcements board near the registration desk at the meeting. Information about wireless access in the meeting room areas will be available at the registration table.

The Plenary Sessions

I am delighted that Christine Borgman, Professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, will receive the Paul Evan Peters Award during the opening plenary Session on Monday, April 4.

The Paul Evan Peters award recognizes a career of contributions to scholarship and intellectual productivity at the highest level; Chris’s work represents just such a level of achievement and contribution, and is notable as well for its diversity. She is perhaps best known internationally for her two award-winning monographs, Scholarship in the Digital Age and From Gutenberg to Global Information Infrastructure, which together analyze the evolution of scholarly practice and scholarly communication in the digital age. Her analytical work, however, is also deeply informed by her own participation in a wide range of empirical activities such as the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing. She has been deeply involved in policy issues around the development of cyberinfrastructure, and two years ago, Chris chaired a National Science Foundation (NSF) Task Force on Cyberlearning which took the first coherent and focused look at the implications of cyberinfrastucture investments for teaching and learning; she addressed CNI on the results of this work in 2008.

Her Paul Evan Peters Award Lecture is entitled Information, Infrastructure and the Internet: Reflections on Three Decades in Internet Time.

This will be the sixth time that the Paul Evan Peters award has been presented; the award was created by the Association of Research Libraries, CNI and EDUCAUSE to honor the memory and contributions of CNI’s founding executive director following his untimely death. Chris Borgman joins previous recipients Dan Atkins, Tim Berners-Lee, Vint Cerf, Brewster Kahle and Paul Ginsparg.

Our closing plenary session on Tuesday will feature another UCLA faculty member, Todd Presner, who is the Chair of the Digital Humanities Program at UCLA, as well as Director for the Center for Jewish Studies and a Professor in Germanic Languages, Comparative Literature and Jewish Studies. He is the founder and director of the HyperCities project, which is a unique and extremely interesting platform that uses geographical information systems technology (building on Google Earth and Google Maps) plus a temporal dimension to map and analyze a wide range of cultural, historical, and social dynamics. HyperCities is a tremendous example of how the creative interaction of a wide range of information technologies with humanistic methods and inquiry can transform teaching and learning as well as research in inter-disciplinary humanities.

Highlighted Breakout Sessions

I will not attempt a comprehensive summary of breakout sessions here; we offer a great wealth and diversity of material. However, I want to note particularly some sessions that have strong connections to the Coalition’s 2010-2011 Program Plan and also a few other sessions of special interest, and to provide some additional context for a few sessions that may be helpful to attendees in making session choices. I do realize that choosing among so many interesting concurrent sessions can be frustrating, and as always we will try to put material from the breakout sessions on our Web site following the meeting.

A decade ago, I wrote a long piece on e-books for First Monday, called “The Battle to Define the Future of the Book in the Digital World.” As e-books have turned into a major policy challenge for libraries, a significant economic factor that is restructuring parts of the book industry, and an opportunity to reshape thinking at university presses, I have been thinking about what I got right, what I got wrong, and where the surprises were. I’m going to share my current thinking at the CNI meeting and I look forward to a conversation with you on this rapidly evolving area.

Two other sessions also address topical approaches to libraries and delivery of content. The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) will report on its program to loan content, selected by patron-initiated requests, on Kindles, and the University of Utah and the University of Michigan will describe their recent experiences with the Espresso Book Machine for high quality printing on demand, which offers them a new mechanism for leveraging the digital content their institutions hold.

The management of large-scale data sets in e-research has been a key theme for CNI’s program in recent years, and sessions at this meeting explore the progress that is being made in many areas. We have a set of sessions that deal with aspects of the challenges of data management. As a follow-up to a session at our December meeting, representatives from Purdue and the University of Wisconsin will describe their campus collaborative efforts to assist researchers in responding to the requirements for inclusion of data management plans in grant proposals submitted to NSF and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). We will have an update on the Data Conservancy project by Sayeed Choudhury and his colleagues; this is one of the two major funded NSF DataNet projects. UCLA, the Smithsonian, the California Digital Library and other collaborators are working together to adapt the UK Digital Curation Centre’s tool – Data Management Plans Online – for use in the United States. A session from the California Digital Library will describe their work on a publishing pilot for what they term “data papers,” an approach to publishing data in a citable form that fits in with the scholarly publishing model. We will have an analysis from OCLC Research on managing research information, looking at the data life cycle. And we will also have a session by Rutgers on how the data life cycle factors into their approach to the data curation process. For those interested in catching up on developments in the e-science arena, this meeting will be a great opportunity.

The meeting will present a wide variety of perspectives and projects related to changes in scholarly communication and the role of libraries and information technology in providing infrastructure and services to support innovation. Syracuse University will describe its work on the Marcel Breuer Digital Initiative, developing applications to enable researchers to use a diverse set of materials from disparate digital archives.

Some of you may recall a few meetings ago, Tara McPherson of the University of Southern California (USC) gave a plenary talk about the Vectors journal, a high-end, extremely customized exploration of what authoring in new media can bring to the communication of humanities scholarship. Each article in Vectors represented, in addition to the author’s content, a significant investment of time of multimedia specialists, which creates problems with both scale and cost. Very recently, Tara’s group has been working on a complement to Vectors called Scalar, which intends to capture the some of the best ideas from Vectors and put them in a more scalable and lower-cost authoring framework, and they will update us on this work.

Four other sessions will address the sustainability and cost model aspects of digital projects. The Public Knowledge Project has been a very successful open source project, enabling many institutions and individuals to publish journals and conference proceedings using its platforms. In a discussion at our meeting, Brian Owen of Simon Fraser University, will seek input from attendees on paths to building a sustainable financial model and partnerships for the initiative. James Shulman of ARTstor, along with several partners from the university community, will lead a discussion of the business and fee model of a new Shared Shelf cloud-based cataloging and asset management system for images. Representatives from the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) will describe their organization’s decision to move to a fully open access model for their major journal and their deliberations as they implemented this change. Their experience with this transition will offer a valuable model for other scholarly and professional societies considering the strategic implications of open access. In addition, we will hear an update examining how twelve projects analyzed in an Ithaka sustainability study published two years ago, are faring today, with emphasis on strategies that have proven robust over time.

It is important that we continue to find ways to leverage the increasing amount of scholarly information in digital form for research and teaching. David Flanders from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) of the UK, a key CNI collaborator, will lead a discussion of JISC’s search for international partners to develop infrastructure components that build on open access, open bibliography, open citation, and open data, and that will help realize the potential of the Web for scholarship. In another innovative initiative, a representative from Elsevier will describe their thinking about a new publishing ecosystem that enables institutions to leverage research content through applications and tools. A representative from Mendeley will describe a network-based research catalog that can be used to mine various types of information useful to researchers.

Martin Warnke, a researcher supported by the DFG, the German science research agency, will report on his work to develop a collaborative, networked research environment for the consideration of work pertaining to art images and visual culture.

Several sessions will address the challenges of digital preservation. We will have a report from HathiTrust and the Minnesota Digital Library on their image preservation archive. Another project, the SAFE-Archive system, an open source product that is being released this month, will provide provisioning, monitoring, and auditing for cultural memory institutions. An initiative from the National Digital Stewardship Alliance and the Educopia Institute is working on a framework that will assist the community with developing good practices for distributed digital preservation.

Rob Sanderson from Los Alamos National Laboratory will present an update on the award-winning Memento system that we first heard about a little over a year ago. Memento represents a framework for allowing us to navigate the Web across time, to see sites as they have developed over time. Since its introduction to the CNI community, it has garnered substantial adoption and the underlying technology has matured considerably.

Ken Klingenstein of Internet2 has received substantial funding from NSF to carry on work on federated identity management in a broad sense, thinking about persona and preferences and he will report on those developments. This work will be essential to support multi-institutional virtual organizations like those coming out of the NSF DataNet projects or initiatives like VIVO. The latter project came out of Cornell University but is being carried forward by a substantial consortium of universities. We will also have a session updating progress on the VIVO work.

MacKenzie Smith of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will discuss the ORCID author ID project, which I have mentioned in a number of contexts, but this is the first time we will have a full session on this at one of our meetings. Author IDs are a significant piece of infrastructure that we need in order to do really high-quality bibliometrics and author identity management in the networked environment. CNI has been tracking this area since we convened a workshop on author identity management some years ago; it has a surprising number of connections to areas as diverse as authority control, campus and federated identity management systems, and institutional repositories.

Many of you have seen a book that came out a couple of months ago, Unlocking the Gates, by Taylor Walsh of Ithaka. Ithaka has been studying the history of universities and university consortia efforts to make courses and other learning materials available through the Internet, with particular emphasis on policy and business model issues; the book summarizes a range of false starts, successes and failures in the realm of both open and for-profit education. Roger Schonfeld will talk about key findings.

We will have some sessions focused on innovative technologies and tools in library environments. Representatives from JSTOR and the University of Minnesota will describe their project to make the university’s Web-scale discovery system more discoverable from within the JSTOR interface. At the University of Utah, they are also looking at ways to make their digital resources more discoverable by search engines, and they will report on their findings and plans, especially in regard to digital repository content. Pepperdine University will discuss its “move to the cloud,” migrating all library data and library system functionality to the OCLC Web-scale Management System. The Kuali OLE project, an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and community-funded software project addressing academic library management work flow, is a large-scale open source effort; we will hear an update on their progress.

A session from OCLC brings together good practices and guidelines from various efforts looking at special collections content in the digital environment, with the goal of helping libraries increase access to those resources.

We have a group of sessions that address a convergence of space, technology, and services, and each has a different emphasis. At the University of Calgary, the new library construction is nearing completion and the facility will house not only the library but will serve as a hub for the university’s press and art museum. Their briefing will focus on the development of a technology plan that encompasses knowledge creation, visual display, and new media support. Columbia University has been developing discipline-based digital centers (focusing on humanities, social sciences, and sciences) that provide support for research and learning in high-end, collaborative, technology-rich environments; their session at CNI will focus on assessment planning and implementation in the centers along with lessons learned to date. At the University of Alabama, the Alabama Digital Humanities Center has been developed as a collaboration of faculty, the libraries, and the Office for Information Technology (IT). Alabama’s presentation will describe the collaborative nature of this project and the development of the physical and intellectual space, emphasizing the community-building aspects of the project. Emory University has undertaken a study, supported by the Andrew Mellon W. Foundation, to investigate existing centers of digital scholarship as input into their own planning process for development of a Digital Scholarship Commons. They will discuss what they learned from their visits to and discussions with five centers of digital scholarship, and their plans and implementation of a center at Emory.

Loyola University of Chicago will report on three years of library/IT collaboration on their information commons. Both the library dean and chief information officer will be presenters. Many information commons are developed through collaborations, some more successful than others, and it will be useful to see what they have learned at Loyola.

Finally, we will have a session by presenters from the University of Iowa and McMaster University that will focus on teaching and learning aspects of spaces. The Transform, Interact, Learn, Engage (TILE) program at Iowa has transformed classrooms into active learning spaces. We will hear about challenges faced and next steps for this initiative. The Lyons New Media Center at McMaster incorporates both technologies and support that serve to encourage faculty to incorporate new media into their curriculum. The presentation will highlight student projects in large and small courses that have been accomplished with the support of the facility and its services.

I invite you to browse the complete list of breakout sessions and their full abstracts at the CNI Web site. In many cases you will find these abstracts include pointers to reference material that you may find useful to explore prior to the session, and after the meeting, we will add material from the actual presentations when it is available to us. We will also be videotaping a few selected sessions, including the plenary sessions, and making those available after the meeting. You can follow the meeting Twitter stream by using the hashtag #cni11s.

I look forward to seeing you in San Diego this April for what promises to be another extremely worthwhile meeting. Please contact me (cliff@cni.org), or Joan Lippincott, CNI’s Associate Director (joan@cni.org), if we can provide you with any additional information on the meeting.

Clifford Lynch

CNI Meeting Update: Schedule, Abstracts Available

A schedule of project briefings to be presented at the Spring 2011 CNI Membership Meeting is now available:


Links from this page lead to session abstracts; we are continuing to add supplemental information as it becomes available.

The meeting Schedule of Events (not including handouts) will be available for download very soon.

We will be posting meeting updates from the CNI Twitter account (http://twitter.com/cni_org) using the hashtag #cni11s and we encourage other twitterers to do the same.

The meeting will be held in San Diego, CA, April 4-5.

We look forward to seeing you in San Diego!

Personal Archiving, Software Obsolescence, Self-Destructing Ebooks, More

The March 15, 2011 podcast of CNI Conversations includes discussion on a wide variety of topics by CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch, including:

*a report on peer review from UC Berkeley’s Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE)

*the recent personal digital archiving symposium hosted at the Internet Archive

*Mac OS X Lion and implications for software obsolescence

*auto-destructing ebooks

*the Digital Public Library of America

CNI Conversations continues to be 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.

CSHE/Mellon Peer Review Study Now Available

The Center for the Study for Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley, has just published the report of its project on peer review and its role in academic tenure and review and in scholarly publishing. The project included both extensive background papers and also a workshop (which I was fortunate to be able to attend). Full details in the release from CSHE reproduced below. I think this is a valuable look at a much under-explored area and should be of interest to many CNI News readers.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


We are delighted to announce the publication of:
Peer Review in Academic Promotion and Publishing: Its Meaning, Locus, and Future
A Project Report and Associated Recommendations, Proceedings from a Meeting, and Background Papers

Authors: Diane Harley and Sophia Krzys Acord

The publication can be viewed online and downloaded at:

Since 2005, and with generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) has been conducting research to explore how academic values – including those related to peer review, publishing, sharing, and collaboration -influence scholarly communication practices and engagement with new technological affordances, open access publishing, and the public good.

This report includes (1) an overview of the state of peer review in the Academy at large, (2) a set of recommendations for moving forward, (3) a proposed research agenda to examine in depth the effects of academic status-seeking on the entire academic enterprise, (4) proceedings from the workshop on the four topics noted above, and (5) four substantial and broadly conceived background papers on the workshop topics, with associated literature reviews.

The document explores, in particular, the tightly intertwined phenomena of peer review in publication and academic promotion, the values and associated costs to the Academy of the current system, experimental forms of peer review in various disciplinary areas, the effects of scholarly practices on the publishing system, and the possibilities and real costs of creating alternative loci for peer review and publishing that link scholarly societies, libraries, institutional repositories, and university presses. We also explore the motivations and ingredients of successful open access resolutions that are directed at peer-reviewed article-length material. In doing so, this report suggests that creating a wider array of institutionally acceptable and cost-effective alternatives to peer reviewing and publishing scholarly work could maintain the quality of academic peer review, support greater research productivity, reduce the explosive growth of low-quality publications, increase the purchasing power of cash-strapped libraries, better support the free flow and preservation of ideas, and relieve the burden on overtaxed faculty of conducting too much peer review.

This latest report on the state and future of peer review is a natural extension of our findings in Assessing the Future Landscape of Scholarly Communication: An Exploration of Faculty Values and Needs in Seven Disciplines (2010), which stressed the need for a more nuanced academic reward system that is less dependent on citation metrics, the slavish adherence to marquee journals and university presses, and the growing tendency of institutions to outsource assessment of scholarship to such proxies as default promotion criteria.

Links to the complete results of our ongoing work can be found at The Future of Scholarly Communication Project website.

Materials from Feb 2011 Personal Digital Archiving Meeting

Jeff Ubois has just sent out the following announcement of availability of the videos from the recent Personal Digital Archiving meeting hosted at the Internet Archive. One talk that I found particularly provocative and highly recommend is the one by Daniel Reetz (it’s one up from the bottom of the list, just before my talk), but there were many others that were outstanding. The conference was heavily blogged, and Jeff has also provided pointers to some of these.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Thank you for attending and sharing your thoughts and ideas at Personal Digital Archiving 2011.

Conference videos are up! Jeff Kaplan from the Internet Archive has posted all of them at: http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=collection%3Apersonalarchiveconf

Additional thanks to all those who have posted comprehensive notes and commentary:

The Conference Circuit http://www.theconferencecircuit.com/topics/personal-archiving-feb-2011/
NDIIPP at Personal Archiving Conference http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/news/2011/20110303_news_pda_conference.html The Litbrarian Blog http://litbrarian.wordpress.com/2011/02/ PDA2011 notes https://wiki.brown.edu/confluence/display/library/pda2011+notes The Waki Librarian http://thewakilibrarian.wordpress.com/2011/02/
Web Science and Digital Libraries Research Group http://ws-dl.blogspot.com/2011/03/2011-03-04-personal-digital-archiving.html

There are several postings about specific talks, including:

Brief Talk About PDA 2011 Rudy’s Blog http://www.rudyrucker.com/blog/2011/02/24/speakage/ The Digital Beyond http://www.thedigitalbeyond.com/tag/pda2011/
Greenest Grass and Bluest Skies: Daniel Reetz @ PDA2011
Personal Digital Archiving 2011 – Charting Collections of Connections in Social Media http://www.slideshare.net/Marc_A_Smith/personal-digital-archiving-2011-charting-collections-of-connections-in-social-media (most popular talk on SlideShare that day)
Family Search https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/White_Paper:_Preserving_Your_Family_History_Records_Digitally BL Digital Lives http://www.bl.uk/digital-lives/
Gigapan.org http://www.gigapan.org/gigapans/71443/
“Learnings from the Doug Engelbart Archives” http://collectiveiq.wordpress.com/2011/03/01/personal-digital-archiving-conference-2011/
Personal Digital Archiving 2011 http://www.personal.psu.edu/esc10/blogs/E-Tech/2011/02/personal-digital-archiving-201.html

Many of the photos are quite striking:

Flipbook http://www.archive.org/stream/pda2011photos#page/n3/mode/2up Gigapan.org http://www.gigapan.org/gigapans/71443/
Flickr http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=%23pda2011

Several people have asked about next year. That’s not settled yet, but the most likely thing is we’ll meet again in February, 2011 at the Internet Archive.

There will be a weekend meeting about personal archives near Chartres, France next month (April 15-17). The discussion will be largely unstructured, and will focus on improvements to the Grazian Archive, and development of a design prize for personal archives. Please contact me at jeff@ubois.com if you are interested in attending. There is no charge to attend, but participants must cover their own travel costs.

The mailing list for personal digital archives is restarting, but requires a one click-opt in. Expect an invite soon, or visit http://list.personalarchiving.org/listinfo.cgi/pda-personalarchiving.org to subscribe.

All the best,
Jeff Ubois

Digging into Data Challenge Funding Program, Round 2

I wanted to share the announcement that came out earlier this week for the second round of the Digging into Data Challenge. This is a very important initiative that facilitates both international and interdisciplinary collaboration to advance the use of computational technologies for large cultural corpora. It also represents a substantial collaboration among a range of funding bodies that support work in this area.

CNI has featured work from this initiative (and related efforts) at our recent membership meetings, and we look forward to continue to track developments on behalf of our member community.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Eight International Research Funders Announce Round Two of the
Digging into Data Challenge

Washington, DC-Today, eight international research funders are jointly announcing their participation in round two of the Digging into Data Challenge, a grant competition designed to spur cutting edge research in the humanities and social sciences.

The Digging into Data Challenge asks researchers these questions: How can we use advanced computation to change the nature of our research methods? That is, now that the objects of study for researchers in the humanities and social sciences, including books, survey data, economic data, newspapers, music, and other scholarly and scientific resources are being digitized at a huge scale, how does this change the very nature of our research? How might advanced computation and data analysis techniques help researchers use these materials to ask new questions about and gain new insights into our world?

The first round of the Digging into Data Challenge sparked enormous interest from the international research community and led to eight cutting-edge projects being funded. There has also been increased media attention to the question of so-called “big data” techniques being used for humanities and social sciences research, including a recent cover article in the journal Science.

Due to the overwhelming popularity of round one, the Digging into Data Challenge is pleased to announce that four additional funders have joined for round two, enabling this competition to have a world-wide reach into many different scholarly and scientific domains.

The eight sponsoring funding bodies include the Arts & Humanities Research Council (United Kingdom), the Economic & Social Research Council (United Kingdom), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (United States), the Joint Information Systems Committee (United Kingdom), the National Endowment for the Humanities (United States), the National Science Foundation (United States), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (Netherlands), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada).

Final applications will be due June 16, 2011. Further information about the competition and the application process can be found at www.diggingintodata.org.

Podcasts: Recommender Services, Blogs in Scholarship, More

AUDIO-ONLY files are now available for sessions that were video recorded at CNI’s fall 2010 meeting. Also, an interview conducted with Carl Grant, Chief Librarian at Ex Libris, is now available. In his conversation with EDUCAUSE’s Gerry Bayne, Carl discusses recommender services and how they compare to other search tools, social networking enhancements in libraries, privacy issues, the future of libraries, and more.

Interview with Carl Grant, Ex Libris

Cliff Lynch’s opening address

Daniel Cohen’s talk, The Ivory Tower and the Open Web

Project briefing, Assessing Cyberinfrastructure Impact http://www.cni.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/CNI_101214_PBF10_Cyberinfrastructure_SJackson.mp3

Project briefing, Linked Open Data: The Promises and the Pitfalls… Where Are We and Why Isn’t There Broader Adoption? http://www.cni.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/CNI_101213_PBF10_Linked_Open_Data_KCNegulescu.mp3

Project briefing, NSF Data Management Plan Requirements: Institutional Initiatives

Project briefing, Digital Forensics and Cultural Heritage

Preview, CNI Spring Mtg; Ebook session by Cliff Lynch just added

The latest CNI Conversations podcast (http://conversations.cni.org/) provides a preview of the CNI Spring 2011 Membership Meeting by Clifford Lynch and Joan Lippincott, CNI director and associate director, including brief discussions of general meeting themes, and descriptions of selected project briefings. Cliff also talks about his newly-added session E-Book Wars: Ten Years Later, in which he will look back at his 2001 article “The Battle to Define the Future of the Book in the Digital World” (First Monday 6:6), consider what he got right and what he got wrong ten years ago, and, more importantly, discuss unexpected developments and the current state of play in both scholarly and mass-market publishing.

CNI’s spring membership meeting will be held in San Diego, CA on April 4-5, 2011 – registration deadline is March 7. Visit http://www.cni.org/tfms/2011a.spring for details.

NSF Cyberinfrastructure Task Force on Campus Bridging

The draft report of the Task Force on Campus Bridging, established by the NSF’s Advisory Committee on Cyberinfrastucture in early 2009, is now available for review and comment. This is a substantial report that looks carefully at the interconnections between campus strategies and investments on one side, and national scale initiatives on the other. I’ve attached the announcement from the Task Force chair below, which provides more detail on the report and ways to submit comments.

Disclosure: I’ve been privileged to be able to serve on this Task Force.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


To members of the US science and engineering research community generally, and the cyberinfrastructure community in particular,

In early 2009 National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Advisory Committee on Cyberinfrastructure (ACCI) charged six different task forces to make strategic recommendations to the NSF in strategic areas of cyberinfrastructure: Campus Bridging; Data; Grand Challenges and Virtual Organizations; High Performance Computing; Software and Tools; and Work Force Development.

A draft report of the Task Force on Campus Bridging is available for reading and for comment at http://pti.iu.edu/campusbridging/

You may comment on this document in one of three ways:
-Write a paper in response to this document that is posted pubicly on this web site
-Make a short comment that goes to the Task Force on Campus Bridging via surveymonkey either with attribution or anonymously.

We will finalize the document on 16 March, so please submit comments before then if you want them considered as the document is finalized. We will leave the opportunity to make comments open until the end of March. All comments sent via SurveyMonkey will be made available to the NSF.

A bit more about campus briding:

The creation of the NSF ACCI Task Force on Campus Bridging was a starting point led to a variety of efforts to collect community input on the topic of campus bridging. The web site http://pti.iu.edu/campusbridging/ brings together information gathered through several activities related to the general theme of Campus Bridging.

In order to define and specify its area of concern, we offer the following two definitions:

Cyberinfrastructure consists of computational systems, data and information management, advanced instruments, visualization environments, and people, all linked together by software and advanced networks to improve scholarly productivity and enable knowledge breakthroughs and discoveries not otherwise possible. [From the EDUCAUSE and CASC (Coalition for Academic Scientific Computing) joint report on campus cyberinfrastructure, "Developing a Coherent Cyberinfrastructure from Local Campus to National Facilities".]


Campus bridging is the seamlessly integrated use of cyberinfrastructure operated by a scientist or engineer with other cyberinfrastructure on the scientist’s campus, at other campuses, and at the regional, national, and international levels as if they were proximate to the scientist, and when working within the context of a Virtual Organization (VO) make the ‘virtual’ aspect of the organization irrelevant (or helpful) to the work of the VO.

There have been significant opportunities for community input into the creation of this report over the last two years. This is the first opportunity to see a full draft of the overall task force report, and will be the last opportunity for the community to comment upon it and help the Task Force improve it before it is submitted for consideration to the NSF ACCI.



Craig A. Stewart, Ph.D.
Chair, NSF ACCI Task Force on Campus Briding
Executive Director, Pervasive Technology Institute
Associate Dean, Research Technologies
Indiana University

DEADLINE EXTENSION: Open Repositories 2011 submissions due March 7th

The proposal submission deadline has been extended for the Sixth International Conference on Open Repositories (OR11). This year the conference will feature a new presentation format, called “24×7 Presentations”, a block of presentations on a single theme, each of which can be no more than 24 slides or 7 minutes in length. And of course there will be user group meetings, workshops, tutorials, and (as always) a developers’ challenge.

2-4 page proposals for presentations should be submitted by March 7, 2011.

* All proposals are due by March 7 (extended by one week from the original 2/28 date)
* Notification date for papers & panels: April 4, 2011
* Notification date for 24×7′s, Posters, Workshops: April 14, 2011
* Conference dates: June 7 – 11

More information can be found at these key links:

* Call for Papers: https://conferences.tdl.org/OR2011/OR2011main/schedConf/cfp
* Track Policies: https://conferences.tdl.org/OR2011/OR2011main/schedConf/trackPolicies
* OR11 Sponsorship Information: https://conferences.tdl.org/OR2011/OR2011main/about/editorialPolicies#custom0

This year’s conference will be held June 7 – 11 in Austin, Texas. In light of the growing maturity of the repository arena, the primary theme is “Collaboration and Community: The Social Mechanics of Repository Systems.”

Sandy Payette

Open Repositories Steering Committee

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013