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CLIR Report on Cyberinfrastructure for Classical Studies

CLIR has just published a major (and, at 300 pages, massive) study of cyberinfrastucture needs and developments in the area of classical studies. I’ve reproduced the announcement below. I was fortunate to be able to read a draft of this; it’s really a landmark study, and I wish that we had analysis of this depth and quality for many other areas of scholarship.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

A new CLIR report, Rome Wasn’t Digitized in a Day: Building a Cyberinfrastructure for Digital Classics, examines the use of digital technologies in classical studies, focusing on classical Greece, Rome, and the ancient Middle and Near East. The report was written by Alison Babeu, digital librarian and research coordinator for the Perseus Project. Babeu explores recent projects in the digital classics and how these projects are used. She also examines the infrastructure that supports digital classics and investigates larger humanities cyberinfrastructure projects and tools or services that might be repurposed for the digital classics.
The report is available at http://www.clir.org/pubs/abstract/pub150abst.html

Video available – Lynch at OCLC Symposium

OCLC has made available a number of videos from programs at the ALA Annual Conference. Included are Cliff Lynch’s keynote at their Symposium “The Infinite Collection: Resources in the Digital Age.” Cliff’s is one of a number of stimulating presentations, including those by Brian Schottlaender of UC San Diego, Rick Anderson of University of Utah, and Bobbi Newman of the Libraries and Transliteracy Project.

You will find the videos at:

–Joan Lippincott, CNI

Digging into Data, Identifiers, Crowdsourcing & Scientific Data

The June 22, 2011 report from CNI includes discussion of the recent Digging into Data conference, an overview of a meeting on persistent identifiers and identifier interoperability, recent developments at the DFG (the German Research Foundation), and the symposium “Crowdsourcing:  Improving the Quality of Scientific Data Through Social Networking” hosted by the National Research Council’s Board on Research Data & Information (BRDI).

Listen to the June 22, 2011 CNI Conversations.

Global Research Data Infrastructures Web Site

There’s a web site at http://www.grdi2020.eu which aggregates a wealth of interesting reports, and other materials dealing with the development of research data management in Europe and beyond. Of particular interest will be the Strategy Report on Research Infrastructures and Roadmap, which is really a broader survey that covers much more than data management, and the Preliminary Roadmap Report Global Scientific Data Infrastructures: The Big Data Challenges, which is input to a workshop being held in October 2011. The site also has information about this workshop.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

IDCC Draft Programme now available; call for papers still open

I wanted to share the draft program for the International Digital Curation Conference, which is now available; see the announcement below. The call for papers is still open for another two weeks.

CNI is again proud to be a co-sponsor of this important meeting. I’ll be doing a talk at the end of the first day, and I hope to see many CNI-announce & CNI News subscribers at the meeting.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


Draft Programme and Call for Papers
7th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC)
Public? Private? Personal? navigating the open data landscape 5-7 December 2011, Marriott Royal Hotel, Bristol, UK

The draft programme for IDCC11 is now available:

The Call for Papers is still open – closing date for submissions of papers is 25 July 2011. Possible topic areas arising from our conference theme include: *Lessons learned from the inter-disciplinary use of open data: examples of enablers, barriers and success stories
*Curation of mixed data collections, with open and sensitive or private content
*Gathering evidence for benefits of data sharing
*Building capacity for the effective management, sharing and reuse of open data
*Scale issues in the management of sensitive data
*Tensions between maintaining quality and openness
*Linked data, open data, closed data and provenance
*Technical and organisational solutions for data security
*Developing new metrics for open data
*Ethical issues and personal data
*Legislation and open data

Call for Papers http://www.dcc.ac.uk/events/idcc11/call-papers Submission template:http://www.dcc.ac.uk/events/idcc11/submissions

Sent on behalf of IDCC10 Programme Committee:
Co-chaired by Kevin Ashley, Director and Liz Lyon, Associate Director of the DCC and Clifford Lynch, Executive Director of CNI.
Bridget Robinson
DCC Community Development
UKOLN, University of Bath
Bath BA2 7AY
Tel: + 44 (0) 1225 383343

Repositories in Science & Tech Workshop 11/30/11

As noted below, Cliff Lynch will be the opening speaker at this workshop.


Please excuse cross-postings.
Save the Date – November 30, 2011

Repositories in Science & Technology:

Preserving Access to the Record of Science

A One-Day Workshop Co-sponsored by CENDI and NFAIS

Hosted by FLICC at the Library of Congress

The Mumford Room, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue, SE,  Washington, DC 20540
Wednesday, November 30, 2011  *  9:00 am – 4:30 pm  *

The over-arching nature of this one-day workshop will appeal to a broad array of communities, including librarians, scientists/researchers, technologists, information professionals, both managerial and content providers, publishers, and futurists – anyone who is concerned with ensuring access to the record of science, both today and in the future!


Clifford Lynch, Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information, will open the day with a thoughtful and high-level perspective of the current repository landscape – the various types that have emerged and the different, yet synergistic missions served by libraries, archives and repositories.  Following his perspective will be a series of case studies given by established repositories from around the globe.  These studies will provide real-life examples of how and why each repository was developed, how they operate, and how they are handling the diverse issues facing all repositories, whether they be institutional or national, data-oriented or subject-oriented, public or private – issues such as interoperability, standards, scope, user concerns, accessibility, preservation, costs and sustainability, level of openness (access), and the evolution of digital formats.

A third session will take a look at two initiatives that directly support the mission of repositories through the development of unique identifiers.  These identifiers will play a major role in ensuring ease of access to the record of science.

The day will close with a summary wrap-up followed by a facilitated discussion on such key challenges as interoperability, information sharing, and collaboration across repositories. What action is required now to build a secure foundation for the preservation and ease of access to the growing mass of scientific output?  Follow-up sessions may be scheduled depending upon the outcome of today’s workshop.  So plan on joining us and add your voice in the development of the future role of repositories.

Invited and confirmed speakers have been chosen for their expertise in the subject matter to be addressed.  As the agenda firms up, it will be made available online along with an opportunity to register. Watch for future communiqués on this timely and informative event, but for NOW –  mark November 30th on your calendar!!!

Kathryn R. Simon

CENDI Technical Support
c/o Information International Associates, Inc.
Oak Ridge, TN  37830
865-298-1234  Office
865-293-2537 Mobile
865-481-0390  Fax

Jill Oneill
Director, Communication and Planning
1518 Walnut Street, Suite 1004
Philadelphia, PA  19102-3403
(215) 893-1561  Voice
(215) 893-1564  Fax


CENDI (http://www.cendi.gov)

CENDI, the Federal STI Managers Group, was formally created in 1985 when a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by four charter U.S. government agencies (Commerce, Energy, NASA, and Defense). From this small core of STI managers, CENDI has grown to its current membership of 12 major science agencies involved in the dissemination and long-term management of scientific and technical information.

NFAIS (http://www.nfais.org)

Founded in 1958, the National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS™)  is a global, non-profit membership organization serving all those who create, aggregate, organize, and otherwise provide ease of access to and effective navigation and use of authoritative, credible information. To improve member capabilities and contribute to their ongoing success, NFAIS provides opportunities for education, advocacy, and a forum in which to address common interests.

FLICC (http://www.loc.gov/flicc/)

The mission of the Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) is to foster excellence in federal library and information services through interagency cooperation and to provide guidance and direction for the Federal Library and Information network (FEDLINK).

ETD 2011 – Call for Participation in 14th Int’l Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Registration and program information are now available for the premier conference on ETDs.  I will be giving a presentation on digital scholarship centers and their support for students developing ETDs.
Joan Lippincott

ETD2011: Call for Participation

ETD2011 – 14th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations
13-17 September 2011
Cape Town, South Africa

=== Overview

ETD2011 is the latest in a series of international conferences of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD). The expected audience will include advocates, practitioners, researchers and students working in the area of electronic theses and dissertations and, more broadly, open access and digital repositories.  The conference is hosted in South Africa by the SA National Research Foundation, Committee for Higher Education Librarians of South Africa (CHELSA), University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University.  ETD2011 will provide local and international attendees with the opportunity to exchange ideas and enrich their respective programmes, bridging the infamous north-south divide.

The conference programme will include technical paper sessions, plenary keynote addresses, poster presentations (with at least 24 posters), panels, tutorials and workshops — to cater for a broad audience of participants.

While the conference programme is certain to be intellectually stimulating, the location at the V&A Waterfront will provide a convenient launchpad to see Cape Town and its surrounding areas as well.  Information on travel and accommodation is available on the website.

We cordially invite you to join us at ETD2011!

=== Programme Details

[Full programme details can be found at: http://dl.cs.uct.ac.za/conferences/etd2011/programme]

In summary, the programme is structured as follows:

* 13 September : Tutorial and Conference Opening
* 14-15 September : Keynote Addresses, Paper and Panel Sessions
* 16-17 September : Workshops

The following papers have been accepted for presentation:

1. Digitization efforts in the Federal University of Technology Owerri (Futo): successes, challenges, prospects/Chinwe Anunobi & Collette Onyebinama
2. Do ETDs deter publishers? Does web availability count as prior publication?/Marisa Ramirez, Gail Mcmillan, Joan Dalton, Nancy Seamans & Max Read
3. The dot on the i: reflections of a postgraduate student and repository manager on the etd process at the University of Pretoria/Elsabé Olivier & Ina Louw
4. Thesis and dissertations management overview in Kosovo/Shukrije Rama
5. Institutional repositories for open access: the Ghanaian experience/Abednego Corletey
6. Electronic theses and dissertations in Nigeria University Libraries: status, challenges and strategies/Ifeanyi J Ezema & Cyprian Ugwu
7. Creative partnerships to advance graduate research in the digital age/John Hagen
8. Towards a National ETD Database: responsibilities of the libraries in Kenya/John Thuku
9. First a trial balloon, now an established workflow: collecting electronic thesis at the German National Library/Uta Ackermann
10. CARPET – a Directory of Generic Publishing Tools/Peter Schirmbacher
11. Creating a National Electronic Thesis & Dissertation Portal in South Africa/Lawrence Webley, Hussein Suleman & Tatenda Chipeperekwa
12. Building institutional repositories in KLISC Member Institutions in Kenya: emerging challenges/Rosemary Otando
13. Assessing awareness of repositories and the Open Access Movement among ETD Faculty Advisors/Molly Dolan
14. Enriching the VT ETD-db System with references/Sung Hee Park & Edward A. Fox
15. Social factors influencing the adoption and development of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) programmes in the Arab Gulf States/Jamal Alsalmi, Dr Chern Li Liew & Brenda Chawner
16. Data desiccation: facilitating long-term access, use, and reuse of ETDs/Daniel Alemneh & Mark Phillips
17. Two South African institutional repositories: a comparative overview/Annah Macha & Karin De Jager
18. Examining access by country, language and areas of knowledge/Ana Pavani
19. Where sharing should not go: establishing administrative protocols for copyright compliance and plagiarism detection/Charles Greenberg & Austin Mclean
20. Improving accessibility to collections of electronic theses and dissertations/Venkat Srinivasan & Edward Fox
21. University digital scholarship centers and support for graduate thesis and dissertation work/Joan Lippincott
22. VT ETD-db 2.0: rewriting ETD-db system/Sung Hee Park, Paul Mather, Kimberli D. Weeks & Gail Mcmillan
23. The role of stakeholders: electronic theses and dissertations submission workflow for the University of Johannesburg/Lazarus Matizirofa
24. Digitization of theses and dissertations: status quo India/Dr Mangala Hirwade
25. Panel on plans related to the NDLTD Union Catalog/Edward Fox

There will be three workshops to discuss specific topics in detail and advance the state of the art:

* Workshop 1: Distributed Digital Preservation for ETDs
* Workshop 2: Data Curation
* Workshop 3: Lets get started! Creating Institutional Repositories using open source software

Details on the workshops can be found at: http://dl.cs.uct.ac.za/conferences/etd2011/workshops

=== Late-Breaking Results

We can still accommodate some late-breaking results in the form of posters at the conference.  If you wish to submit a poster to the conference, contact the programme chairs [Hussein <hussein@cs.uct.ac.za> and Elsabé <Elsabe.Olivier@up.ac.za>] before 31 July 2011.

=== Registration

Register for the conference online at:


The deadline for early registration is 1 August 2011.

=== Travel Grants and Student Grants

There is some funding available for travel grants.  See the website for details.  The deadline for travel grant applications is 8 July 2011.

Students are encouraged to participate in the conference.  Funding is available to support some students in related disciplines (Library and Information Science, Computer Science, etc.) to participate in the conference.  See the website for details.  The deadline for student grant applications is 20 July 2011.

=== Organising Committee

* Janine Dunlop, University of Cape Town
* Pascal Hoba, Association of African Universities
* Thuli Khoza, NRF
* Patricia Liebetrau, University of Kwazulu-Natal
* Pateka Matshaya, University of the Western Cape/CHELSA
* Elsabe Olivier, University of Pretoria/NDLTD
* Reggie Raju, Stellenbosch University
* Hannie Sander, University of Johannesburg/CHELSA
* Daisy Selematsela, NRF, Conference Chair
* Ina Smith, Stellenbosch University
* Heinrich Spingies, NRF
* Hussein Suleman, University of Cape Town, Programme Chair
* Felix Ubogu, University of the Witwatersrand/CHELSA
* Henda van der Berg, NRF

hussein suleman ~ hussein@cs.uct.ac.za ~ http://www.husseinsspace.com

German Information Infrastucture for Research Program

Earlier this week I was fortunate to be able to attend a briefing on a series of awards that the German DFG has made to support information Infrastructure for Research. These are discipline-specific and span the sciences, the social sciences, engineering and the humanities, since the DFG funding scope covers all of these disciplines. This is a very impressive program and I think it will be of interest to many CNI-announce readers, both as an example of a national approach to the challenges of data intensive scholarship, but also as a possible source of future collaborations. The announcement, which links to a number of other documents, can be found at


I am hoping that we may be able to have a session exploring some of these activities at the fall CNI member meeting.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Study on Journal Article Data Mining from Publishing Research Consortium

There’s a very interesting new report out on Journal Data Mining; it was prepared by Eefke Smit and Maurits van der Graaf on behalf of the Publishing Research Consortium, so it has a strong publisher perspective, but as far as I know it’s the first extensive look at the issues involved in practical and operational large-scale data mining of the journal literature. One of the really interesting things that emerges from the report, at least the way I read it, is that many of the commercial publishers seem to be thinking about literature mining as a separate activity, not included in traditional electronic subscription arrangements (site licenses) that they have with research libraries. (Indeed, many such licenses forbid bulk downloading of journal articles, which in the absence of text mining facilities built into the vendor platforms is a prerequisite for such mining; even if such facilities exist, they essentially mean that the publishers control the evolution of mining technology). Rather, the publishers seem to envision a future where they’ll do business directly with potential literature miners.

This is one of several issues framed by the report which I think merit very careful thought by research library leaders, and broad conversations engaging faculty.

The report is at:


and there is an accompanying press release at


Disclosure: I was one of the many people interviewed for this study, presumably at least in part because of my 2006 paper on open computation.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

TPDL (formerly ECDL) 2011: Program online – Early Bird extended to July 11, 2011

The European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries (ECDL) has been the leading European scientific forum on digital libraries for 14 years. For the 15th year the conference was renamed to International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL).

CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch will present a keynote address at the conference.

International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries 2011
September 25-29, 2011 | Berlin, Germany

The TPDL 201 conference program of is now online at

Early Bird Registration has been extended to July 11, 2011.


TPDL 2011 – International Conference on Theory and Practice of

Digital Libraries (formerly ECDL)

Main conference: September 26-28, 2011

Tutorials, Workshops: September 25, 29, 2011

Venue: Erwin Schrödinger-Zentrum Adlershof, Berlin, Germany

Conference Website: http://www.tpdl2011.org

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TPDL2011

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TPDL2011





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