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Call for Participation: CNI Workshop On Scholarly Identity, April 4, Baltimore

Call For Participation
The Management of Scholarly Identity
A CNI Workshop
April 4, 2012 (following the CNI Spring Member Meeting)
Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel
Baltimore, Maryland

10AM – 3PM

The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is hosting an invitational workshop for organizations actively involved in developing systems, services, databases, standards or policy frameworks addressing author identity management within the academy and the scholarly communication systems.  The purpose of this workshop is to understand and coordinate developments in historically independent spheres that involve the management of authorial identity, publication histories, and other parts of academic biography (for example, grants awarded to faculty); in the new digital scholarly communications environment there is at least potential convergence among many of these activities. A particular focus of the workshop will be to identify work that can help information to move more effectively across the many different silos in this area. Here are some of the relevant threads:

A number of proposals for author identifiers have now largely coalesced into the ORCID initiative, which remains very much a work in progress; there are also international standards efforts (which seem to have rather different objectives) under development. This work is not yet well connected to the increasingly widely deployed campus identity management efforts employing Shibboleth and organized under InCommon.

It has become clear that authors need to take control of their personal bibliographic record, and that this record is increasingly important as input to tenure and promotion (through the use of both long-standing and new measures of scholarly impact); this record lives in a number of systems, including Web of Science, Google Scholar, and Microsoft Research Academic, to name only a few. The mechanisms to make authenticated corrections to this record are very poor, and such changes do not automatically propagate from one system to another.  A variety of other systems – research library institutional repositories, research management information systems, faculty social networking systems, and others – also need feeds of personal bibliographic records as they evolve.

National and international library name authority has been almost entirely focused on authors of books; it is clearly going to have to expand its scope to other forms of creative expression. With the development of institutional repositories research libraries are re-inventing name authority control for their local authors; this trend is further accelerated by various funder or institutional open-access mandates. All of this work needs to be connected to the developing author ID systems.

Universities and other organizations are starting wide scale deployment of a new generation of research management systems and faculty profile management systems (often migrating from ad-hoc, locally developed systems to the adoption of common platforms like Kuali Coeus and Vivo) that involve management of faculty biographies and bibliographies, and need to be able to cross institutional boundaries for a number of purposes.  As a byproduct, we also have emerging opportunities to create new kinds of dictionaries of national biography for research communities.

CNI has been tracking developments in this area for some time, and held an earlier workshop on closely related issues in 2007. However, a great deal has changed over the past five years, and it is time for a fresh examination of the issues.

In order to have a productive discussion, the size of the workshop is limited. Prospective participants should contact CNI Associate Director Joan Lippincott (Joan@cni.org) as soon as possible with a few paragraphs on their interests and relevant work that they are doing in this area; unless otherwise requested, these will be shared with other participants and become part of the public conference report that CNI will prepare. Selected attendees will be asked to give brief presentations based on these submissions.

CNI will provide conference facilities, refreshments, and lunch; travel and lodging expenses are the responsibility of the participants. As we accept participants, we’ll provide more detailed logistical information.

Designing Libraries for the 21st Century Conference – U. Calgary

Dear CNI News readers:

I have been involved with the planning for this University of Calgary Taylor Family Digital Library conference, and Tom Hickerson, Vice Provost & University Librarian and I believe we have put together a rich program for administrators involved in developing new library spaces. Information on registration (for a fee) can be found at the URL below.

You may also be interested in a video of a presentation by Tom and his colleague Shawna Sadler from the Spring 2011 membership meeting; it is available at:


I hope to see you in Calgary!

Joan Lippincott


Designing Libraries for the 21st Century

May 16-18, 2012

University of Calgary

Program and Registration


The Taylor Family Digital Library, which opened in September 2011 at the University of Calgary, offered a unique opportunity to rethink the library’s physical space, technology infrastructure, and program of services.

In this leadership symposium, we will explore the trends and concepts shaping the design and services of this library and other 21st century libraries, learning centres and specialized library spaces.  Speakers will include library and university administrators, architects, designers, technologists, and campus planners from Calgary and across North America.

Symposium sessions will include:

  • Realizing the Vision
  • Creating Spaces for Learning
  • Planning for New Buildings on Campus
  • Rethinking Library Space: The Academic, Information and Technology Contexts
  • The Architect’s Perspective
  • Designing Specialized Spaces in Libraries
  • In Conversation – One Building: Multiple Perspectives
  • Technologies: Pushing the Boundaries
  • A Year or Two Later – Lessons Learned

This will be of interest to academic administrators, librarians, technologists, architects, and designers.

This conference is being co-organized by:

Tom Hickerson                                                                    Joan K. Lippincott
Vice Provost & University Librarian                        Associate Executive Director
University of Calgary                                                Coalition for Networked Information

For information, please contact:
Donna Livingstone, Communications Director
Libraries & Cultural Resources, University of Calgary

403-220-3511     livingsd@ucalgary.ca

Podcast: Personal Archiving, AAAS, Learning Analytics, & More

In the latest CNI Conversations podcast (http://wp.me/p1LncT-26o), recorded Feb. 28, CNI Director Clifford Lynch and Associate Director Joan Lippincott report on various recent conferences & reports, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2012 meeting, the recent Personal Digital Archiving meeting, and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) conference, as well as much more.

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Data Management Focus Group at CNI Spring Meeting

The DataRes Project is organizing this focus group, which will take place at the end of the CNI spring meeting.  Please see below to express interest in attending.
— Joan Lippincott
Call for Participation: Data Management Focus Groups, Jan. 20th during the CNI Membership Meeting

Data Management Focus Group
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 from 4:00 – 5:00
Severn I, Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel
CNI Membership Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland

Several Federal funding agencies now require data management plans in grant applications, creating a range of opportunities and challenges for researchers, libraries, and repositories as they respond to these mandates. We are seeking the input of a wide variety of stakeholders in the research community about the role of university libraries in supporting the data management needs of researchers.

Your participation will help shape recommendations for the future of data management in research libraries.

This 60-minute focus group will be held in the Severn I Room of the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel at the next CNI Membership Meeting.

If you can attend, please RSVP via email to datares@unt.edu or call 940-369-5331.

The DataRes Project, funded by a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarians grant from the IMLS, investigates how the library and information science (LIS) profession can best respond to emerging needs of research data management in universities. DataRes is a collaboration between the University of North Texas Libraries, the UNT College of Information, and the Council on Library and Information Resources. Please visit http://research.library.unt.edu/datares for further information on the DataRes project.

Apologies for cross-posting.

REMINDER: CNI Mtg Registration; Presentations Announced

The registration deadline for the Spring 2012 CNI membership meeting is next MONDAY, MARCH 5th.  If you haven’t registered for the meeting or made hotel accommodations, please do so by Monday.  Information about registration & accommodations is available online:

A preliminary list of project briefing/presentation titles & presenters is now available, as are abstracts for plenary talks by James Dudererstadt (U. of Michigan) and Philip Long (U. of Queensland), all from the meeting website:

If you have questions about meeting registration, please contact Jackie Eudell at jackie@cni.org.  The event will be held in at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, MD on April 2-3.

We looking forward to seeing you in Baltimore!

SURF report: Users, Narcissism and Control: Tracking the Impact of Scholarly Publications in the 21st Century

Our friends at the SURF foundation in the Netherlands have just announced a new report that I think will be of interest to the CNI community. I’ve reproduced the announcement below. The report is at:


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


Individual researchers benefit from online impact assessment
Online measuring of impact not yet suited for research assessment exercises

Individual researchers are very interested in evidence of the impact of their publications. Research institutes and independent organisations assessing research have a special interest when comparing groups and organisations for research assessment. Thanks to the possibilities of web based publishing it is now possible to gauge the impact of some publications under certain conditions. New information filters and tools are helping researchers to assess their own progress and to find responses of others to their publications.

The report Users, Narcissism and Control, which was funded by SURF, offers a comprehensive overview of the current tracking tools of online publications. The report shows to what extent it is possible to follow in real-time how research results are being downloaded, read, cited, and applied.

Stricter protocols required
The fact that researchers can use these tools does not necessarily mean that this technology is also a legitimate source of information for research assessment.  For this application, they need to adhere to a far stricter protocol of data quality and indicator reliability and validity (for example; what does a download imply on the use of the research results). Most new tools do not (yet) comply with these stricter quality criteria required for them to be used in research assessments.

Explosion of tracking tools
The authors of the report ‘Users, narcissism and control’ Paul Wouters and Rodrigo Costas (CWTS, Leiden) explore the explosion of tracking tools that has accompanied the surge of web based information instruments. A total of 16 quite different tools have been assessed. The authors also highlight the potential risks and disadvantages of the new tracking tools. Just some of the tools discussed are: Google Scholar, Microsoft Academic Research, Total-Impact, PlosONE altmetrics, en F1000.

Frank van Harmelen,  professor of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning at the VU University Amsterdam writes on the report: “New web-based metrics for scientific impact will make it possible to observe the developments in science in near real-time. I’m very happy to see that such web-based measures of scientific impact are now being considered by leading scholars involved in the science of measuring and analysing science (Scientometrics).”

Research assessment exercises
The report also recommends to start a concerted research programme investigating the dynamics, properties, and potential use of new web based metrics. This programme should relate these new measures to the already established indicators for scientific and scholarly impact. It can provide insight in how these developing metrics could be applied in research assessment exercises.

Kind regards,
Keith Russell
| Community Manager SURFshare / Knowledge Exchange | SURFfoundation | Graadt van Roggenweg 340 | Postbus 2290 | 3500 GG Utrecht | T +31 (0)30 234 66 99 | F +31 (0)30 233 29 60 | W www.surf.nl |E Russell@surf.nl |
SURFfoundation, SURFnet en SURFdiensten maken deel uit van SURF, de samenwerkingsorganisatie voor ICT in het hoger onderwijs en onderzoek.

NSF Advanced Computing Infrastructure Plan

The US National Science Foundation has released a short document titled “Cyberinfrastructure for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21) Advanced Computing Infrastructure: Vision and Strategic Plan”. The document lays out a new high-level vision for Advanced Computing Infrastructure that takes account of the findings of the six task force reports to the Advisory Committee on Cyberinfrastructure, as well as other developments. The document argues for a broad and balanced portfolio of investments in Advanced Computing Infrastructure.

The document can be found at:


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Orphan Works Symposium

CNI is a co-sponsor of this event

You are cordially invited to

*The 16th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium

**Orphan Works & Mass Digitization: Obstacles & Opportunities*

*April 12-13, 2012
*Claremont Resort & Spa
Berkeley, CA

The Symposium will offer a fresh look at orphan works and mass digitization by examining the existing obstacles, including legal and practical concerns of both owners and potential users, and opportunities to enable greater access and new uses for these works. The event features an outstanding array of scholars and other experts
from various disciplines.

Visit the conference page <http://www.law.berkeley.edu/orphanworks.htm> for a complete agenda with confirmed speakers, resources and registration information.
Registration is now open. <http://www.law.berkeley.edu/orphanworks.htm>

10.00 hours of MCLE credit will be available to symposium attendees.

Co-sponsored by

the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology
the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic
the Berkeley Technology Law Journal
and Berkeley Law.

Video: Online Video Creation by Undergraduates: Consequences for Media Literacy

Online Video Creation by Undergraduates:  Consequences for Media Literacy, a project briefing session presented at CNI’s fall 2011 membership meeting by Anu Vedantham of the University of Pennsylvania, and Renee Hobbs of Temple University, is now available on CNI’s two video channels:

YouTube:  http://youtu.be/HNwSh62owu4
Vimeo:  http://vimeo.com/36327641

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

CNI Podcast: Horizon Megatrends, E-Book Self-Publishing, OSTP Comments, More

In the latest CNI Conversations podcast (http://wp.me/p1LncT-23U) CNI Director Clifford Lynch discusses the New Media Consortium Horizon Project megatrends report, the ICSU scenarios project, e-book self publishing, and much more.   Associate Director Joan Lippincott talks about selected sessions at the recent AAC&U meeting, as well as her recent participation on an ACRL-sponsored panel on academic libraries and trends in higher education.

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013