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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



New CNI Conversations: e-textbooks, enhanced reality, more

In the February 17, 2011 podcast, CNI director Clifford Lynch talks about the Paul Evan Peters Award, to be presented to UCLA professor Christine Borgman at CNI’s spring meeting on April 4 in San Diego, CA; Borgman will present the Peters’ Lecture at that time. Cliff also makes note of a recent announcement made by the California Digital Library and partners regarding data management plans.


Both Cliff and Joan Lippincott, CNI associate director, reflect on the recent EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) meeting in Washington, DC and the 2011 Horizon Report.

CNI Conversations continues to be available at http://conversations.cni.org/ (to subscribe to the audio feed add http://conversations.cni.org/feed to iTunes, or any podcatcher).  We hope you enjoy this program and we welcome your feedback.  For questions or comments related to CNI Conversations, please contact CNI Associate Executive Director Joan Lippincott at joan@cni.org.

EDUCAUSE Live! “The Future of Fair Use” 2/25/11

Another excellent free webinar from our colleagues at EDUCAUSE. Don’t forget to register (instructions below).
–Joan Lippincott

Next Friday, EDUCAUSE Live! will consider “The Future of Fair Use”.


1-2pm U.S. Eastern Time, Friday, February 25. No charge, but registration required. Archived for future (re)viewing.


Steve Anderson

Director, PhD Program in Media Arts and Practices and
Assistant Professor of Interactive Media, School of Cinematic Arts

University of Southern California


In this EDUCAUSE Live! we will discuss ethics and strategies for overcoming institutional roadblocks related to publishing and teaching with copyrighted media. As fair use protections and potentials continue to expand, how can nonspecialists help shape a more rational future for fair use? Topics will include the myths and realities of fair use, best practices, DMCA exemptions, and the practicalities of working with copyrighted media across a full spectrum of scholarly and pedagogical activities.

EDUCAUSE Live! on Twitter:

Use #EDULive to discuss this or any EDUCAUSE Live! Webcast on Twitter before or after the event.

EDUCAUSE Live! events are open to all. Feel free to redistribute this message.

2nd Research Data Access and Preservation Summit – registration open

CNI is a co-sponsor of this event.


The 2nd Research Data Access and Preservation (RDAP) Summit
Denver, CO | Hyatt Regency | March 31-April 1, 2011

Early Registration deadline is on or before 2/18/2011

In cooperation with the Coalition for Networked Information
The second Research Data Access and Preservation (RDAP) summit will take place on March 31-April 1, 2011
in Denver at the Hyatt Regency Denver.

The RDAP summit will focus the state of institutional repositories in the
academy and government agencies and efforts toward interoperability across these emerging systems.

Clifford Lynch will keynote the meeting and the summit will include panels that focus on different
approaches to building and operating IRs, efforts to support national (e.g., NSF‚s data stewardship requirements)
and scholarly (e.g., open and commercial publishers) linkages to IRs, and open discussions
about the future of IRs and digital libraries.

Submit Posters by Feb. 28: http://www.softconf.com/asis/RDAP-2011/

Tentative Program

Clifford Lynch, CNI: Institutional Repositories Today and Tomorrow

Panel 1 Institutional Repository Case Studies: Erin O’Meara, UNC: Organizer/Moderator

Panel 2 NSF Data Management Plan Case Studies: Michael Giarlo, Penn State: Organizer/Moderator

Panel 3 Data Publication Repositories: From Small to Large Data Joe Hourcle, NASA: Organizer/Moderator

Panel 4. Data Archives in Federal Agencies: Bill Anderson, UT Austin, Oranizer/Moderator

Panel 5. Policy-based Data Management Reagan Moore, UNC-RENCI: Organizer/Moderator

Panel 6 Future of Digital Libraries: Gary Marchionini, UNC Organizer/Moderator

Group activity and discussion: Main challenge in your institution; main challenge to field

Submit Posters to ASIST by February 28: http://www.softconf.com/asis/RDAP-2011/

Invited participants
Monica Omodei, Australian National Data Service
Steve Hughes, Planetary Data System
Ruth Duerr, National Snow and Ice Data Center
Phil Bourne, Protein Database
MacKenzie Smith, MIT
Rob Pennington, NSF
Kevin Ashley, director of Digital Curation Centre at University of Edinburgh
Sayeed Choudhary, Data Conservancy

Video: Digital Forensics & Cultural Heritage, from CNI Fall Meeting

A new video from CNI’s 2010 fall membership meeting is now available from CNI’s video channels on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni). In Digital Forensics & Cultural Heritage, MITH Associate Director Matthew Kirschenbaum and University of Maryland doctoral candidate Rachel Donahue present a summary of findings from the recently published CLIR report Digital Forensics and Born-Digital Content in Cultural Heritage Collections, as well as a report from an associated symposium conducted at the University of Maryland in May 2010.

More information about this session, as well as a link to the CLIR report, are accessible from the project briefing page at http://www.cni.org/tfms/2010b.fall/Abstracts/PB-linked-negulescu.html.

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013