An alternative access method for the same information available from the CNI-ANNOUNCE listserv.
There’s an interesting report available for download from the Aspen Institute, titled The Promise and Peril of Big Data, summarizing a workshop the Institute held in 2009. This can be found at
This report explores some of the same issues discussed in Microsoft’s recent book The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery, which can be found at
but at a less technical level, and also looks more broadly at implications beyond the sciences.
Video of Clifford Lynch’s opening plenary address from the CNI Fall 2009 Membership Meeting is now available for streaming or downloading: http://vimeo.com/8347035
In this talk, CNI’s Executive Director provides updates on major developments in areas of interest to the CNI community, and he gives an overview of the newly released 2009-10 CNI Program Plan, http://www.cni.org/program/.
Look for more announcements soon on the availability of other sessions from the fall 2009 CNI meeting, including Bernard Frischer’s closing plenary talk, Beyond Illustration: New Dimensions of 3D Modeling of Cultural Heritage Sites and Monuments.
To see all videos available from CNI, visit http://vimeo.com/cni.
The ARL/CNI Fall Forum, “An Age of Discovery: Distinctive Collections in the Digital Age” was held on October 13-14, 2009. This was a superb event. You can find links to audio records of the talks and to presentations at http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/fallforumproceedings/forum09proceedings.shtml. Several outstanding papers from this conference, including a somewhat expanded version of Cliff Lynch’s opening remarks addressing why he believes that special and distinctive collections are of such strategic importance to CNI’s agenda, have been published as the December 2009 issue of Research Library Issues and can be found at http://arl.tizrapublisher.com/view/9ishf/prvp3/default; they are also linked to the talks in the proceedings page.
Some of the very interesting recent developments in citizen science are covered in the excellent recent report by Liz Lyon of UKOLN titled Open Science at Web Scale: Optimising Participation and Predictive Potential, which is available for download at http://www.jisc.ac.uk/publications/documents/opensciencerpt.aspx.
Video from the 2009 International Digital Curation Conference, held in London on December 2-4, is now available. There were a wealth of great sessions at the IDCC meeting, and you can find links to the video captures and the presentation materials at http://www.netvibes.com/idcc2009#Completed_Sessions and http://www.netvibes.com/idcc2009#Programme. Particularly recommended are Professor Ed Seidel’s superb plenary session on the second day, and Graham Pryor’s best-paper talk on data sharing in the biological sciences, which was largely based on a set of very detailed sub disciplinary case studies commissioned by the UK Research Information Network and the British Library; these can be found at http://www.rin.ac.uk/our-work/using-and-accessing-information-resources/disciplinary-case-studies-life-sciences and are well worth reading to understand some of the barriers to implementing data sharing policies.
An audio archive of the December CNI Conversations session is now available at http://conversations.cni.org/ (to subscribe to the audio feed add http://conversations.cni.org/feed to iTunes, or any podcatcher).
The discussion featured a recap of the recent CNI Membership Meeting by Executive Director Clifford Lynch and Associate Director Joan Lippincott. Cliff also discussed the 5th International Digital Curation Conference, as well as the NSF-funded workshop “Scholarly Evaluation Metrics: Opportunities and Challenges.”
About CNI Conversations:
As part of an ongoing effort to explore additional ways to connect with our members, CNI launched a new program in September 2009, CNI Conversations, in which participants from member institutions and organizations take part in discussions on current topics with CNI Director Clifford Lynch and others; currently the events take place in audio-conference format.
Real-time participation in upcoming CNI Conversations events requires pre-registration. Registration is open only to those at member institutions and organizations. Dates for future events will be sent to the CNI representatives at our member institutions in January; if you are interested in participating in a future session of CNI Conversations, please contact one of your organization’s CNI representatives. We plan to continue to make audio or other records of these exchanges generally available after the event.
For questions or comments related to CNI Conversations, please contact CNI Associate Executive Director Joan Lippincott at Joan [at] cni [dot] org.
The CNI Fall 2009 Membership Meeting Schedule of Events is now available for download from the meeting Web site: http://www.cni.org/tfms/2009b.fall. The document includes descriptions for plenary and breakout sessions, as well as times and room assignments.
NOTE: Handouts are not included.
A guide to the Fall 2009 Coalition for Networked Information Membership Meeting by Executive Director Clifford Lynch is now available at http://www.cni.org/tfms/2009b.fall/roadmap.html.
A schedule of project briefings to be presented at the Fall 2009 CNI Task Force Meeting is now available:
We will be adding session abstracts and supplemental information throughout the week.
I will be posting meeting updates from my Twitter account (http://twitter.com/dgoldenberghart) using the hashtag #cni09f and we encourage other twitterers to do the same.
Please tag blog posts about this meeting with cni2009fall for easy reference.
The meeting will be held in Washington, DC, December 14-15.
A preliminary list of project briefings to be delivered at the Fall 2009 CNI Member Meeting is now available online: http://www.cni.org/tfms/2009b.fall/project.html
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. The meeting will be held at the Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel on December 14-15.