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Video: Five New Paradigms for Science & Academia, Intro to DataONE

Five New Paradigms for Science and Academia and an Introduction to DataONE, the closing plenary from CNI’s fall 2011 membership meeting by William Michener, professor & director of e-Science Initiatives for University Libraries, University of New Mexico, is now available on CNI’s two video channels:

YouTube:  http://youtu.be/ebLNHWAQ2qs
Vimeo:  http://vimeo.com/34805133

Look for more announcements soon on videos of other sessions from the fall 2011.  To see all videos available from CNI, visit CNI’s video channels on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni).

CNI at ALA Midwinter in Dallas

This year at the American Library Association (ALA) midwinter conference in Dallas, TX,  CNI Associate Executive Director Joan Lippincott will participate in the discussion forum Let’s Talk Trends:  A Discussion of Higher Education Trends That Influence Academic Library Services & Systems

When:  Sunday, January 22, 4:00-5:30pm.
Where:  Sheraton Dallas Hotel, Lone Star Ballroom A1
(NOTE: location may be different than what appears in printed program, as the room assignment was recently changed)

More information is available online at http://alamw12.scheduler.ala.org/node/770.

Call for Project Briefing Proposals for CNI Spring Meeting

The Spring 2012 CNI Membership Meeting will be held on April 2-3 (Monday and Tuesday) at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, MD.  Registration materials will be sent by the end of this month to designated member representatives.  Please note that the meeting and hotel registration deadline is Friday, March 5.  For more information, see the meeting website:


We are now accepting proposals for project briefings, breakout sessions (typically one hour) which focus on a specific institutional project related to networked information or a discussion of a hot topic.  A limited number of project briefings are accepted.  Proposals may be submitted via a Web form available at


or via an e-mail message to Joan Lippincott at joan@cni.org.   Proposal submissions are due no later than Friday, February 17.

Please tag blog posts about this meeting with CNI2012spring for easy reference; the Twitter hashtag is #cni12s.

Looking forward to seeing you in Baltimore!

Video: Cliff’s CNI Plenary ‘Big Data Becomes Fashionable’

Big Data Becomes Fashionable, Mobile Devices Reshape the Information Ecology:  CNI’s View on 2011 and 2012, the opening plenary from CNI’s fall 2011 membership meeting by director Clifford Lynch, is now available on CNI’s two video channels:

on YouTube:


and on Vimeo:  http://vimeo.com/34713112

In this talk, Clifford looks back on the events of 2011, and he discusses CNI’s program for the coming year.

Look for more announcements soon on videos of other sessions from the fall 2011 CNI meeting, including William Michener’s closing plenary talk Five New Paradigms for Science and Academia and an Introduction to DataONE

To see all videos available from CNI, visit CNI’s video channels on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni).

JCDL 2012 Call for Participation

CNI is an official endorser of this conference.


12th ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2012)
June 10–14, 2012
Washington, DC, USA

Hosted by The George Washington University and The Library of Congress



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.


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


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


All contributions must be submitted in electronic form via the conference’s EasyChair submission page, following ACM format guidelines and template available fromhttp://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html. Please submit all papers in PDF format.


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 formatting guidelines, http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html. 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.


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 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.


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.


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 roundtable 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.


The Doctoral Consortium is a workshop for PhD 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.

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

Cliff Lynch on the Consumerization of IT

CNI Director Cliff Lynch discusses how the consumerization of information technology is affecting library and teaching organizations in this new video offering from EDUCAUSE, currently featured on CNI’s home page, www.cni.org.  The video is also available from CNI’s Vimeo channel, vimeo.com/channels/cni.

National Science Board Data Policies Report and Call for Comments

In their contribution to the New Years festivities, I’ve just recieved an announcement from NSF that the National Science Board has now issued a report (dated December 14, 2011) from their Task Force on Data Policies titiled “Digital Research Data Sharing and Management”  and is calling for comments, with a due date of January 10, 2012.

The call for comments is here


and it includes (at least as of December 31, 2011) a bad pointer ot the report; changing this to


worked for me.

Best Wishes for the New Year.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Orphan Works & Mass Digitization Symposium, Berkeley, CA, March 12-13, 2012

The Berkeley Center for Law and Technology at the University of California, Berkeley is hosting a major symposium on March 12-13 to explore paths foward on the orphan works problem, particularly in light of the apparent failure of the Google Books Settlement and recent developments in Europe. Full details on the symposium and a link to registration can be found at


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Deadline extended on OSTP calls for comment on open access & access to data

A few weeks ago I shared information on two calls from the US Office of Science and Technology Policy one for  public comment on issues related to public access to articles produced as part of federally funded research, and the other dealing with a range of  policy issues surrounding data produced as as  part of federally funded research. Both had early January 2012 deadlines.

I know from conversations at the CNI fall membership meeting and other venues over the past few weeks that many CNI member institutions and many individuals that are part of the CNI community have a keen interest in one or both of these calls for comment.

I just learned that the deadline for comments has been somewhat extended, allowing those interested more time to respond to these important calls. Here is the full announcement:


My thanks to Prue Adler at the Association of Research Libraries for this pointer.

Happy Holidays.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Materials from CNI Fall 2011

Presentation materials & handouts for many of the Fall 2011 CNI Membership Meeting breakout sessions are now available from the project briefing (presentation) pages at http://www.cni.org/mm/fall-2011/project-briefings/.

Presenters who have not done so already are asked to send their materials to sharon@cni.org.

Videos from selected sessions will be available beginning in early January.

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013