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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

CNI Mtg Registration ENDS MONDAY

The registration deadline for the Spring 2011 CNI membership meeting is MONDAY, MARCH 7th. If you haven’t registered for the meeting or made arrangements for hotel accommodations, please do so by Monday. Remember to identify yourself as an attendee of the CNI meeting for a discounted rate.  The meeting will be held in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter at the Westin Hotel on April 4-5; consult the meeting Web site at http://www.cni.org/events/membership-meetings/past-meetings/spring-2011/ for accommodation details.  If you have questions about your registration, please contact Jackie Eudell at jackie@cni.org.

Plenary sessions
-The Paul Evan Peters Award will be presented to UCLA professor Christine Borgman, who will deliver the Peters Lecture: Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet: Reflections on Three Decades in Internet Time.

-Todd Presner, founder and director of the collaborative, digital mapping platform HyperCities, will present the closing plenary address: HyperCities: Using Social Media and GIS to Archive and Map Time Layers in Los Angeles, Berlin, Tehran, Rome, and Cairo.

Project Briefings

A preliminary list of breakout sessions to be presented at the spring meeting is now available:

Please note that this is a preliminary list and that details are subject to change. Session abstracts will be added soon, and a full conference schedule will be posted upon finalization.

Follow the meeting on Twitter: #cni11s

We looking forward to seeing you in San Diego!

CNI Spring Mtg Line-up – Plenaries & Project Briefings

CNI’s spring membership meeting will be held April 4-5 in San Diego, CA. The Paul Evan Peters Award will be presented to UCLA professor Christine Borgman, who will deliver the Peters Lecture: Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet:

Reflections on Three Decades in Internet Time. Todd Presner, founder and director of the collaborative, digital mapping platform HyperCities, will present the closing plenary address: HyperCities: Using Social Media and GIS to Archive and Map Time Layers in Los Angeles, Berlin, Tehran, Rome, and Cairo.

More information about the plenary speakers and their topics, as well as a preliminary list of project briefings to be presented at the meeting is now available:


Check back frequently as we expect to add a few more titles to the line-up, and project briefing abstracts and a finalized scheduled will be posted shortly!

Looking forward to seeing you all in San Diego!

Papers on Future of Social Science Research contributed to NSF

Last fall, the Social, Behavioral and Economic Directorate of the US National Science Foundation issued a call to the community for papers describing opportunities for new research in the 2020 time frame as a way of informing NSF’s development of new research programs. We had a session at the December 2010 CNI meeting where NSF provided some initial summaries of themes from these papers.

The papers have been available for a few weeks at the NSF site, but I waited to announce them here until the summary file of all abstracts was available; there are a large number of papers and they are difficult to scan without such a file. There are some fascinating papers here.

The links to the papers and the summary file are at


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

PKAL Learning Spaces Collaboratory launches website

I’m posting below a message from Jeanne Narum, the Principal of the PKAL Learning Spaces Collaboratory. This program has just launched its website and there is lots of information available for those of you planning learning spaces – resources (papers, presentations) as well as descriptions of upcoming events. I am pleased that CNI is a collaborating partner, and I serve on the Advisory Committee of the initiative.

–Joan Lippincott


Welcome to the home of the new PKAL Learning Spaces Collaboratory (PKAL LSC): http://www.pkallsc.org/

This Collaboratory embraces the broad community of those responsible for the quality and character of the physical learning environment— academics and architects, as well as a wide range of other stakeholders.

The Collaboratory, which evolved from Project Kaleidoscope’s previous facilities planning efforts, is distinct from present and future PKAL efforts (now in partnership with AAC&U) to ensure all undergraduates in America’s colleges and universities become engaged learners in STEM fields, and well-prepared for life and work in the 21st century.

Collaborating partners include The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI); National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA); National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE); Second Nature; Society for College and University Planning (SCUP); U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC); as well as PKAL and AAC&U.

During 2011, the primary focus of Collaboratory initiatives will be on the process of planning learning spaces. This is because we are convinced that there is a strong link between both the quality of learning and the character of learning spaces and that campuses must give attention to this link at all stages in deciding about maintaining, renovating, and/or constructing 21st century learning spaces— be they libraries, classrooms, or science facilities.

Please note the schedule for upcoming regional workshops: http://www.pkallsc.org/what_we_do/meetings. We invite your special attention to the LSC March 19 regional workshop at Dickinson College (PA) (http://www.pkallsc.org/events/91) and the PKAL Engaged STEM Learning conference in Miami (http://www.aacu.org/meetings/stem/index.cfm).

Weekly LSC postings will explore various dimensions of the planning process— from audits to assessments. The LSC will always be a work-in-progress, thus:

· Your voice is needed and a process has been designed for your questions and responses.

· Your suggestions are welcome for resources— existing or missing research—on learning and learning spaces.

· Your candidates for stories from the field (renovations of individual spaces, major new facilities, or outdoor green spaces) are also sought.

Contact information:

1730 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Suite 409, Washington DC



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