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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

Hold the Dates: EDUCAUSE-ACTI-CCI / CASC Joint Workshop on Data Lifecycle Mgt

I’ve been serving on the planning committee for a joint EDUCAUSE-CASC workshop on Data Lifecycle Management that will be funded by NSF; this funding is now in place, and the dates are set for July 18-20, 2011 in Princeton. See the announcement below.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


We received NSF funding today for our joint workshop with CASC on Data Lifecycle Management.  The workshop will be held July 18 – 20, 2011 in Princeton, NJ.  We will send out complete information soliciting position papers and applications to attend the workshop (which will be limited to 75 attendees) later this week.  The steering committee is comprised of Curt Hillegas, Princeton University – Chair; Raj Bose, Columbia University; Cliff Lynch, CNI; Oren Sreebny, University of Chicago; and Kerstin Lehnert, Columbia University.

Thank you,

Curtis W. Hillegas, Ph.D.
Director of Research Computing
Princeton University

New ELI 7 Things: Modern Learning Commons

The new EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) 7 Things You Should Know About the Modern Learning Commons is now available; CNI Associate Executive Director Joan Lippincott served as an advisor on its development:


Symposium on International Scientific Data Sharing, April 18-19, Washington DC

The Board of Research Data and Information (BRDI) at the U.S. National Academies is co-sponsoring a free two-day symposium on April 18-19 on international scientific data sharing, with focus on developing countries. I’ve reproduced the announcement, agenda, and pointer to registration below. This is a great opportunity to take an in-depth look at a range of developments and policy issues that have gotten limited visibility in many of the recent conversations about scientific data sharing.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Dear colleague:

You are cordially invited to attend the public symposium on The Case for International Scientific Data Sharing: A Focus on Developing Countries .The event is being organized jointly by the Board on International Scientific Organizations, the Board on Research Data and Information, and the International Council for Science’s Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in Science. This symposium will be held on April 18-19, 2011, in Washington, DC, at the National Academies Keck Center located at 500 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20001. A formal invitation with the summary description of the symposium, the exact location, and RSVP instructions may be found below.

Please feel free to forward this invitation to others who you think may be interested. Registrations will be honored on a first-come-first-served basis. More complete information about the event is available at: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/biso/PGA_061353

Best wishes,

Kathie Bailey-Mathae, Director, Board on International Scientific Organizations (KBailey-Mathae@nas.edu)

Paul F. Uhlir, Director, Board on Research Data and Information (PUhlir@nas.edu)

The Case for International Scientific Data Sharing: A Focus on Developing Countries


The Case for International Scientific Data Sharing:

A Focus on Developing Countries

Organized jointly by the

Board on International Scientific Organizations
Board on Research Data and Information

in collaboration with

Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in Science

Monday and Tuesday, April 18-19, 2011

Commencing at 8:45 a.m.

National Academies Keck Center, Room 100

500 5th Street, NW, Washington, DC

“The Case for International Scientific Data Sharing: A Focus on Developing Countries” is an international symposium organized by the Board on International Scientific Organizations (BISO), the Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI), and the Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the conduct of Science (CFRS).

The symposium will examine the importance of international scientific data sharing; scientific data sharing policies in developing countries; how to improve data access and use; and more.

The symposium is intended for all interested scientists and decision makers from Federal agencies in Washington, DC, policy makers from Capitol Hill, scientists and students from local universities, members of the media, and members of the public. Admission is free, but space is limited.

The symposium is open to the public, but advance registration is requested. Contact Cheryl Levey, clevey or call 202-334-1531 to register.

National Academies Keck Center, Room 100

500 5th Street NW, Washington, DC

Monday, April 18, 2011, 8:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 8:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The symposium is free and open to the public, but advance registration

is requested due to space limitations.

RSVP to Cheryl Levey at

For additional information about the program, please visit

or contact Kathie Bailey-Mathae at KBailey-Mathae@nas.edu or 202-334-2606
or Paul Uhlir at puhlir@nas.edu or 202-334-1531.

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013