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4-nation action program for research data: “A Surfboard for riding the wave”

Some CNI-readers will recall a 2010 European Union report titled “Riding the Wave”that looked at high-level research data management issues. This week, the Knowledge Exchange, a 4-nation collaboration (Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom) issed a response to this titled “A Surfboard for Riding the Wave — Towards a four country action programme on research data”. I attach full details from the Knowledge Exchange press release below. The report is at


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI



15 November 2011

Action plan on making research data accessible
Knowledge Exchange publishes the report “A Surfboard for Riding the Wave – Towards a four country action programme on research data”

The report not only offers an overview of the present activities and challenges in the field of research data in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom but also outlines an action programme for the four countries in realising a collaborative data infrastructure. This report is a response to the Riding the Wave report which was published by the High Level Expert Group on Scientific Data. It was commissioned by the Knowledge Exchange Primary Research Data Working group and was written by Leo Waaijers and Maurits van der Graaff.

In the report four key drivers are addressed: incentives for researchers, training in relation to researchers in their role as data producers and users of information infrastructure, organisational and technical infrastructure and, finally, the funding of the infrastructure. The report offers recommendations for actions in each of these fields for the partners and others, not only in the four partner countries, but also beyond these borders.

Based on the overview of the present situation in the four Knowledge Exchange partner countries, the report formulates three long-term strategic goals:

1.                                    Data sharing will be part of the academic culture
2.                                    Data logistics will be an integral component of academic professional life
3.                                    Data infrastructure will be sound, both operationally and financially.

Robert Madelin, the director general of Information Society and Media at the European Commission remarked on the report: “The report is a very timely input. The European Commission is working on the foundations for an Open Data Strategy for Europe which will be very soon communicated to EU Member States and the European Parliament. It is extremely useful to have with this report not only an overview of what is taking place in four European countries, but of possible actions for the future taking into account the importance of open data for the European economy and society.”

The report is presented today at the Knowledge Exchange workshop “Research Data Management – Activities and Challenges” in Bonn.

The report is available for download at:


Open Repositories Conference in Edinburgh July

Here’s the preliminary announcement for Open Repositories 2012, the next in this excellent series of conferences.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


The University of Edinburgh Information Services, EDINA, and the Digital Curation Centre are delighted to announce that the University of Edinburgh has been selected to host the Seventh International Conference on Open Repositories (OR12) July 9-13th July, 2012.

The call for proposals will be available from the conference web site soon: or2012.ed.ac.uk

The University George Square Campus is located in the centre of Edinburgh a short distance from the iconic Edinburgh Castle in the Old Town and numerous attractions, venues, restaurants and pubs.

Open Repositories is run by an international steering committee of experts, and has been the pre-eminent conference for repository managers, researchers and developers to share developments across national boundaries and technical platforms since 2006. OR 2011 was hosted at the University of Texas, Austin USA; OR 2010 was hosted in Madrid.

The theme and title of the 2012 conference at Edinburgh – Open Services for Open Content: Local In for Global Out – reflects the current move towards open content, ‘augmented content’, distributed systems, microservices and data delivery infrastructures. Kevin Ashley, Director of the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) will chair the Programme Committee.

The conference will feature both general conference sessions and user group meetings for the three main open source repository platforms: DSpace, Fedora, and EPrints.  There will also be a strand for the popular ‘Repository Fringe’, an informal, creative gathering of repository managers and developers which has been hosted at the University of Edinburgh each year since 2008 – to coincide with the internationally well known Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Whether integrated into external research, or teaching and learning workflows, repositories form a key component to ensure that digital output within academic institutions can be accessed more widely. They are changing the nature of scholarly communication across universities, research laboratories, libraries and publishers. Repositories are now being deployed across sectors (education, research, science, cultural heritage) and at all levels (national, regional, institutional, project, lab, personal). The aim of the Open Repositories Conference is to bring those responsible for the development, implementation and management of digital repositories together with stakeholders to address theoretical, practical, and strategic issues: across the entire lifecycle of information, from the creation and management of digital content, to enabling use, re-use, and interconnection of information, and ensuring long-term preservation and archiving. The current economic climate dictates that repositories operate across administrative and disciplinary boundaries and to interact with distributed computational services and social communities.

The University of Edinburgh retains a unique position in the UK’s repository landscape, serving as home to:

* The Digital Curation Centre, the UK’s leading hub of expertise and national focus for research and development into digital curation. The DCC promotes good practice and training in the management of all research outputs in digital format. See http://www.dcc.ac.uk/ for more.

* EDINA, the JISC-funded national data centre at the University, supporting all universities and colleges across the UK. EDINA delivers a range of online data services including a number of repository initiatives: Open Access Repository Junction, OpenDepot.org, and ShareGeo Open. See http://edina.ac.uk/ for more.

* The Digital Library Section and Edinburgh University Data Library serve researchers and students at the University as part of its Information Services. See http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/information-services/about/organisation
o The Data Library provides research data support for university researchers and hosts the Edinburgh DataShare repository service for researchers to deposit and share research data.
o DLS supports repositories of research publications to support the University’s Open Access Publications Policy and is currently implementing a Current Research Information System (CRIS). DLS also provides technical and administrative support to the Scottish Digital Library Consortium (SDLC), which provides repository services to universities across Scotland.

* The University’s School of Informatics supports IDEALab, a virtual laboratory that facilitates prototyping of novel applications of state-of-art informatic technologies, forming part of the New Institute for eResearch. See http://idea.ed.ac.uk/IDEA/Welcome.html for more.

For further information visit URL: or2012.ed.ac.uk or email:
or2012@ed.ac.uk; Google Groups: http://groups.google.com/group/open-repositories

Preview CNI’s Fall Mtg Program

In the latest CNI Conversations podcast (http://www.cni.org/conversations/) CNI Director Clifford Lynch provides a preview of the CNI Fall 2011 Membership Meeting, including brief discussions of general meeting themes, and descriptions of plenary sessions and selected project briefings.

CNI’s fall membership meeting will be held in Arlington, VA on Dec. 12-13, 2011 – registration deadline is THIS FRIDAY, Nov. 11. Visit http://www.cni.org/events/mm/fall-2011/ for more information.

JCDL Call for Participation

CNI is a supporting organization for this conference.


JCDL (Joint Conference on Digital Libraries) 2012 Call For Participation June 10-14, 2012 GWU Washington, DC, USA


Hosted by George Washington University

June 10-14, 2012 Washington, DC, USA



Call for Papers

The ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries is a major international forum focusing on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, organizational, and social issues. JCDL encompasses the many meanings of the term digital libraries, including (but not limited to) new forms of information institutions and organizations; operational information systems with all manner of digital content; new means of selecting, collecting, organizing, distributing, and accessing digital content; theoretical models of information media, including document genres and electronic publishing; and theory and practice of use of managed content in science and education.

Important Dates

* Full Papers due January 23, 2012
* Short Papers, Panels, Posters, Demonstrations, Workshops, Tutorials due January 30, 2012
* Notification of acceptance for Workshops and Tutorials: March 1, 2012
* Notification of acceptance for Papers, Panels, Posters, and Demonstrations: March 21, 2012
* Doctoral Consortium Abstract submissions due March 31, 2012

Conference Focus

The theme for JCDL 2012 is #sharing #linking #using #preserving. Digital libraries, under a variety of names and modalities, are often part of the every day web experience. The challenge is how digital libraries can enhance user experience through providing stability in changing information environment, breaking down information silos, integrating into accepted practices of the web, and providing a range of access and services to resources across the web, both to human and machine users.

The intended community for this conference includes those interested in all aspects of digital libraries such as infrastructure; institutions; metadata; content; services; digital preservation; system design; scientific data management; workflows; implementation; interface design; human-computer interaction; performance evaluation; usability evaluation; collection development; intellectual property; privacy; electronic publishing; document genres; multimedia; social, institutional, and policy issues; user communities; and associated theoretical topics. JCDL welcomes submissions in these areas, and submissions associated with the JCDL 2012 theme of social media influenced themes of linking, sharing, usage, and preservation are particularly welcome. The conference sessions, workshops and tutorials will cover all these aspects.

Participation is sought from all parts of the world and from the full range of established and emerging disciplines and professions including computer science, information science, web science, data science, librarianship, data management, archival science and practice, museum studies and practice, information technology, medicine, social sciences, education and humanities. Representatives from academe, government, industry, and others are invited to participate.

JCDL 2012 will be held in Washington DC on the campus of the George Washington University. The program is organized by an international committee of scholars and leaders in the digital libraries field and attendance is expected to include several hundreds of researchers, practitioners, managers, and students.

JCDL 2012 invites submissions of papers and proposals for posters, demonstrations, tutorials, and workshops that will make the conference an exciting and creative event to attend. As always, the conference welcomes contributions from all the fields that intersect to enable digital libraries. Topics include, but are not limited to:

* Collaborative and participatory information environments
* Cyberinfrastructure architectures, applications, and deployments
* Data mining/extraction of structure from networked information
* Digital library and Web Science curriculum development
* Distributed information systems
* Extracting semantics, entities, and patterns from large collections
* Evaluation of online information environments
* Impact and evaluation of digital libraries and information in education
* Information and knowledge systems
* Information policy and copyright law
* Information visualization
* Interfaces to information for novices and experts
* Linked data and its applications
* Personal digital information management
* Retrieval and browsing
* Scientific data curation, citation and scholarly publication
* Social media, architecture, and applications
* Social networks, virtual organizations and networked information
* Social-technical perspectives of digital information
* Studies of human factors in networked information
* Theoretical models of information interaction and organization
* User behavior and modeling
* Visualization of large-scale information environments
* Web archiving and preservation

Paper Submissions

Paper authors may choose between two formats: Full papers and short papers. Both formats will be included in the proceedings and will be presented at the conference. Both formats will be rigorously peer reviewed. Complete papers are required–abstracts and incomplete papers will not be reviewed.

Full papers report on mature work, or efforts that have reached an important milestone. Short papers will highlight efforts that might be in an early stage, but are important for the community to be made aware of. Short papers can also present theories or systems that can be described concisely in the limited space.

Full papers must not exceed 10 pages. Short papers are limited to at most 4 pages. All papers must be original contributions. The material must therefore not have been previously published or be under review for publication elsewhere. All contributions must be written in English and must follow the ACM http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html formatting guidelines. Papers are to be submitted via the conference’s EasyChair submission page: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=jcdl2012

All accepted papers will be published by ACM as conference proceedings and electronic versions will be included in both the ACM and IEEE digital libraries.

Poster and Demonstration Submissions

Posters permit presentation of late-breaking results in an informal, interactive manner. Poster proposals should consist of a title, extended abstract, and contact information for the authors, and should not exceed 2 pages. Proposals must follow the conference’s formatting guidelines and are to be submitted via the conference’s EasyChair submission page: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=jcdl2012. Accepted posters will be displayed at the conference and may include additional materials, space permitting. Abstracts of posters will appear in the proceedings.

Demonstrations showcase innovative digital libraries technology and applications, allowing you to share your work directly with your colleagues in a high-visibility setting. Demonstration proposals should consist of a title, extended abstract, and contact information for the authors and should not exceed 2 pages. Proposals must follow the conference’s formatting guidelines and are to be submitted via the conference’s EasyChair submission page: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=jcdl2012. Abstracts of demonstrations will appear in the proceedings.

Panels and Invited Briefings

Panels will complement the refereed portions of the program with lively discussions of controversial and cutting-edge issues that are not addressed by other program elements. Invited briefings will explain a topic of interest to those building digital libraries – they can be thought of as being mini-tutorials. We are not soliciting formal proposals for panels or invited briefings, but if you have an idea for one that you’d like to hear, please send email directly to the panels/briefings chairs (Noha Adly adly@bibalex.org and Haowei Hsieh haowei-hsieh@uiowa.edu ).

Tutorial Submissions

Tutorials provide an opportunity to offer in-depth education on a topic or solution relevant to research or practice in digital libraries. They should address a single topic in detail over either a half-day or a full day. They are not intended to be venues for commercial product training. Experts who are interested in engaging members of the community who may not be familiar with a relevant set of technologies or concepts should plan their tutorials to cover the topic or solution to a level that attendees will have sufficient knowledge to follow and further pursue the material beyond the tutorial. Leaders of tutorial sessions will be expected to take an active role in publicizing and recruiting attendees for their sessions.

Tutorial proposals should include: a tutorial title; an abstract (1-2 paragraphs, to be used in conference programs); a description or topical outline of tutorial (1-2 paragraphs, to be used for evaluation); duration (half- or full-day); expected number of participants; target audience, including level of experience (introductory, intermediate, advanced); learning objectives; a brief biographical sketch of the presenter(s); and contact information for the presenter(s).

Tutorial proposals are to be submitted in electronic form via the conference’s EasyChair submission page: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=jcdl2012.

Workshop Submissions

Workshops are intended to draw together communities of interest – both those in established communities and also those interested in discussion and exploration of a new or emerging issue. They can range in format from formal, perhaps centering on presentation of refereed papers, to informal, perhaps centering on an extended round-table discussions among the selected participants.

Submissions should include: a workshop title and short description; a statement of objectives for the workshop; a topical outline for the workshop; identification of the expected audience and expected number of attendees; a description of the planned format and duration (half-day, full-day, or one and a half day); information about how the attendees will be identified, notified of the workshop, and, if necessary, selected from among applicants; as well as contact and biographical information about the organizers. Finally, if a workshop has been held previously, information about the earlier sessions should be provided — dates, locations, outcomes, attendance, etc.

Workshop proposals are to be submitted in electronic form via The conference’s EasyChair submission page: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=jcdl2012.

Doctoral Consortium

The Doctoral Consortium is a workshop for Ph.D. students from all over the world who are in the early phases of their dissertation work (i.e., the consortium is not intended for those who are finished or nearly finished with their dissertation). The goal of the Doctoral Consortium is to help students with their thesis and research plans by providing feedback and general advice on using the research environment in a constructive and international atmosphere.

Students interested in participating in the Doctoral Consortium should submit an extended abstract describing their digital library research. Submissions relating to any aspect of digital library research, development, and evaluation are welcomed, including: technical advances, usage and impact studies, policy analyses, social and institutional implications, theoretical contributions, interaction and design advances, and innovative applications in the sciences, humanities, and education.

Workshop proposals are to be submitted via the conference’s EasyChair submission page: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=jcdl2012

Important notes for all Submissions

All contributions must be submitted in electronic form via the JCDL 2012 submission Web page, following ACM http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html format guidelines and using the ACM template. Please submit all papers in PDF format.

Plenaries at Upcoming CNI Member Meetings

The closing plenary for the Fall CNI Member meeting, to be held in Arlington VA on December 12-13, 2011 will be given by Professor William Michener of the University of New Mexico, who is serving as the principal investigator for the NSF-funded DataONE project. Bill is an ecologist who has been extensively involved in ecological informatics and cyberinfrastructure. DataONE, has now emerged as the flagship program within the NSF Data Net initiative to advance scientific data curation, is a large-scale multipronged effort to address the data management lifecycle, to support discovery and reuse of data, and to support “citizen science” engagement. Bill will discuss both the DataONE effort and its implications for scientific discovery.

(Disclosure: I serve on the External Advisory Board for DataONE.)

University of Michigan President Emeritus James Duderstadt’s Plenary address on the future of higher education and the research university has been rescheduled for our Spring 2012 Member Meeting, to be held in Baltimore on April 2-3, 2012; he will open the meeting.

Both of these should be wonderful presentations that will advance our understanding of key developments in research and higher education. I look forward to seeing you at them.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

OSTP call for public comment on access to data

The U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy has issued two calls for public comment. One deals with policies for access to journal articles reporting on federally funded research. This is somewhat similar to a call that was issued last year. The second covers policies related preservation, access and reuse of data created as part of federally funded research programs. I believe that one or both of these topics are of interest to many institutions and individuals within the CNI community, and that our community has a great deal of good advice and insight to offer OSTP.

These calls can be found at

http://federalregister.gov/a/2011-28621 (data)

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

CNI Fall ’11 Mtg Registration ENDS FRIDAY

The registration deadline for the Fall 2011 CNI membership meeting is THIS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11th. If you haven’t registered for the meeting or made arrangements for hotel accommodations, please do so by Friday. Remember to identify yourself as an attendee of the CNI meeting for a discounted rate. The meeting will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA on Dec. 12-13; consult the meeting Web site at

http://www.cni.org/events/mm/fall-2011/ for accommodation details. If you have questions about your registration, please contact Jackie Eudell at jackie@cni.org.

Follow the meeting on Twitter: #cni11f

We looking forward to seeing you in Arlington!

Preservation & Access SIG (PA-SIG) meeting Jan. 2012

The newly reorganized Preservation and Access Special Interest Group (PA-SIG), which has played a vital role as a forum for conversations and collaborations among industry, higher education, and cultural memory organizations, is having its semi-annual meeting in Austin, Texas on January 11-13. Meeting information can be found at


I also include some information below from Art Pasquinelli of Oracle, a long-time leader at PA-SIG.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Please Save the Date for the next Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG) semi-annual meeting January 11-13, 2012 at the University of Texas, Austin!

I apologize for the late notice, but you will be receiving more details on website registration, cost, the draft agenda, the make-up of the Board of Directors, and thoughts from the new President, Tom Cramer of Stanford, in the next few days. There will be an introductory session at the beginning of the conference. This will be followed by 1) practical presentations by cross-industry Preservation practitioners, 2) requested talks from vendor visionaries on industry trends, 3) and workshops on important topics.  We expect to have a strong focus on both Research and Media and Broadcast content.

Sponsorships: Please contact me directly and/or Tom Cramer (tcramer@stanford.edu) asap if your organization would like to be an event sponsor. We will be doing sponsorships on an event basis going forward. Sponsorship is open to any organization – based on approval by the Board – since PASIG is an independent group.

Pre-PASIG Oracle SAM User Group: Based on popular demand, there will be a free, separate session on Oracle’s Storage Archive Manager (SAM) hierarchical storage management application on Tuesday January 10, prior to PASIG. This is an independent, piggyback event being organized by Oracle, but has been of keen interest to a lot of PASIG attendees involved in tiered architecture development. Key SAM product team members will be presenting and listeningat the all-day conference. Please contact me (art.pasquinelli@oracle.com) asap if you are thinking of attending, so we can estimate interest and hone the agenda.

Art Pasquinelli | Solutions Specialist
Digital Libraries, Repositories, and Preservation
Phone +1 650 607 0035 | Mobile: +1 650 430 2441
Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group; www.sun-pasig.ning.com

CurateGear: Digital Curation Tools and Methods 1/6/12

A great line-up of speakers at this symposium.
–Joan Lippincott
The DigCCurr 2012 Public Symposium Presents:


WHEN: January 6, 2012, 8AM – 5 PM
WHERE:  Chapel Hill, North Carolina

ABOUT THE EVENT: CurateGear is an interactive day-long event focused on digital curation tools and methods. See demonstrations, hear about the latest developments, and discuss application in professional contexts.

*** TO REGISTER: http://tinyurl.com/3m8ajrm ***
COST: $100 ($125 for late registration beginning December 1st); STUDENT COST: $50.

Registration includes continental breakfast, morning and afternoon breaks, lunch, and free parking.


Jonathan Crabtree, Odum Institute for Research in Social Science
Mark Evans, Tessella
Simson Garfinkel, Naval Postgraduate School
Barbara Guttman, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Carolyn Hank, McGill University
Chien-Yi Hou, University of North Carolina
Greg Jansen, UNC Libraries
Cal Lee, University of North Carolina
Matt Kirschenbaum, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities
Nancy McGovern, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
Richard Marciano, University of North Carolina
Mark Matienzo, Yale University
Trevor Owens, Library of Congress
David Pearson, National Library of Australia
Doug Reside, New York Public Library
Seamus Ross, University of Toronto
Seth Shaw, University Archives, Duke University
Mike Thuman, Tessella
Helen Tibbo, University of North Carolina
William Underwood, Georgia Tech
Peter Van Garderen, Artefactual Systems
Doug White, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Kam Woods, University of North Carolina

Sponsored by: the Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the School of Information and Library Science

Please join us!


Dr. Helen R. Tibbo, Alumni Distinguished Professor
President, 2010-2011 & Fellow, Society of American Archivists
School of Information and Library Science
201 Manning Hall  CB#3360
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3360
Phone: (919) 962-8063
Fax: (919) 962-8071

McCusker Lecture, Dominican University, October 26, 2011

I’m honored to be presenting the 15th Annual McCusker Lecture at Dominican University (near Chicago) on October 26, 2011 at 6PM. My talk is titled “Names and Lives in the Cultural Record.” The Lecture is free and open to the public, but Dominican does request an RSVP if you plan to attend. More information at:


I hope to see some of you there.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013