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Webcast & DC Symposium on NITRD This Thursday, 2/16

I just learned about this very interesting symposium exploring the history and contributions of the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development program (NITRD). Here is the announcement and agenda, as well as some background on NITRD for those not familiar with it.


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Last Call: CNI Proposals due by Feb. 17

As a final reminder, project briefing proposals for the CNI Spring 2012 Membership Meeting are due THIS FRIDAY, Feb. 17.  Proposals may be submitted by email to joan@cni.org, or via the online form:


If you have any questions about submitting a proposal, please feel free to contact Joan Lippincott (joan@cni.org) or me (diane@cni.org).

The meeting will be held April 2-3, 2012 in Baltimore, MD.  The opening plenary talk, The Future of the American Research University, will be presented by James Duderstadt, University of Michigan President Emeritus & chair of the US National Academies committee that authored the report Preparing for the Revolution:  Information Technology and the Future of the Research University.  Phillip D. Long, professor and director of the Centre for Educational, Innovation & Technology at the University of Queensland, Australia, will present the closing plenary.  The meeting hashtag is #cni12s.

ETD 2012 – Call for Papers, Presentations, Posters, Workshops

If you are doing some innovative work in the area of electronic theses and dissertations, please consider submitting a proposal for this conference.  I will be a keynote speaker on the program.
–Joan Lippincott

ETD 2012: 15th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and
Lima, Peru, September 12, 13 and 14

First Announcement

Call for Papers, Presentations, Posters and Workshops

On behalf of The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations
(NDLTD), the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM) and the
Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC), have the pleasure of
announcing the 15th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and
Dissertations (ETD 2012), that will be held for the first time in an Ibero
American country. This Conference will be host in Lima, Peru at The Delfines
Hotel from September, 12nd to 14th, 2012.

The theme of ETD 2012 is: “Integrating cultures for the creation and sharing
of knowledge – providing opportunities for the future”.  Our goal is to
explore and share opportunities between representatives from Ibero American
and other countries around the world, in order to exchange experiences and
knowledge on projects related to the topics considered on ETD 2012 program.

The program will include technical papers, plenary sessions, workshops and
posters presentations about the following topics:

– Digital preservation
– Copyright / Intellectual property
– Institutional Repositories
– ETD policies and programs
– Information Technology in ETD and institutional repositories
– Digital libraries and IT
– National and international collaboration
– ETD Multimedia
– Interoperability and Union Catalog
– Internet and Information access
– Data Curation

The preliminary program as well as speakers and other relevant information
is available at the conference website www.etd2012.edu.pe

ICSU Foresight Analysis: Scenarios for Future of Science, 2030

The International Council for Science (ICSU) recently issued the first report from its Foresight Analysis project, a set of four scenarios that look at the future of the international scientific research enterprise in 2030. More information and a pointer to the report is at


Some CNI-ANNOUNCE readers will recall a series of scenarios that the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) did in late 2010 looking at the future of the research enterprise in 2030 (see http://www.arl.org/rtl/plan/scenarios/usersguide/index.shtml for more information on these scenarios).

As far as I know these efforts developed independently, and, while approached from rather different viewpoints, it’s interesting to see the connections among the scenarios developed by the two projects.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

New Economic Models for E-Textbooks: Cliff Lynch Speaks w/ IUPUI’s David Lewis

In the latest CNI Conversations podcast (http://wp.me/p1LncT-22Z), CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch speaks with David Lewis, Dean of Libraries, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) about new developments in electronic textbooks and the search for alternative economic models.

Video: Preservation Status of e-Resources: A Potential Crisis in Electronic Journal Preservation

Preservation Status of e-Resources: A Potential Crisis in Electronic Journal Preservation, a project briefing session presented at CNI’s fall 2011 membership meeting by Oya Y. Rieger, Associate University Librarian for Digital Scholarship Services at Cornell University, and Robert Wolven, Associate University Librarian for Bibliographic Services and Collection Development at Columbia University, is now available on CNI’s two video channels:

YouTube:  http://youtu.be/sjAaSRJILd0
Vimeo:  http://vimeo.com/35776220

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).

Responses to OSTP Requests for Info on Data & Article Access

Last year, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issued two requests for information, one dealing with public access to articles describing the results of federally funded research, and the other wiht public access to data produced as part of federally funded research. Both of these calls for input (which I shared with the CNI-announce list) closed on January 12, 2012.

The responses to these requests for information have now been posted. There were some 117 dealing with public access to data, and 375 dealing with scholarly publications. I submitted responses to both calls on behalf of the Coalition, and these are included.

The announcement is here:


The data responses are here


And the scholarly publishing responses are here


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

m-libraries Fourth International Conference – Call for Papers

CNI is an “endorser” of this conference, which will highlight developments in mobile technologies, services, and libraries.

Joan Lippincott
CALL FOR PAPERS: The Fourth International m-libraries Conference

“From margin to mainstream: mobile technologies transforming lives and libraries”

24-26 September 2012 at the Open University, UK

Mobile technology has transformed so many aspects of our lives: how we work, how we communicate, how we study and how we play. Since the first successful M-libraries conference in 2007, libraries around the world have made huge advances in harnessing the technology to improve and enhance their services.  The Fourth international conference will bring together researchers, technical developers, managers, educators, and library practitioners to review achievements to date and consider the creative challenges and opportunities ahead.

We are seeking lively contributions on the following broad themes:

·         Transformation – of services, learners or providers

·         Inspiration – innovative projects which challenge current thinking and practice

·         Implementation – the experience of implementing new mobile technologies

Papers will be short – 15 minutes for the presentation plus time for discussion/questions.

Please submit your abstracts (up to 300 words) by 15th of March 2012 to m-libraries-conference@open.ac.uk

These will be subject to peer review and authors will be notified by 26th of April 2012.

Please note that you will not be asked to submit full papers in advance of the conference. However, for those who would like to submit a full paper after the conference for possible publication in a book of proceedings, we will contact you during or after the conference.

Keynote speakers confirmed to date:

·         Char Booth, Claremont Colleges (US)
·         Thomas Cochrane,  AUT University’s Centre for Learning and Teaching (NZ)
·         Ellysa Kroski, New York Law Institute (US)
·         Steve Vosloo, Programme Specialist in Mobile Learning at UNESCO (FR)
Invited speakers confirmed to date:

·         Bob Gann, NHS Choices, UK Department of Health
·         Lee Stott, Microsoft UK

Visit the website for further details

Very best regards

Jeannette Stanley
Project Support Officer
Business Performance and Management Group
The Library Learning and Resource Centre
The Open University
Tel: +44 (0) 1908 653532

Web Science Conference 2012 2d Call for Papers

2nd Call for Papers

Web Science Conference 2012, Evanston, Chicago, IL

Web Science embraces the study of the Web as a vast information network
of people and communities. It also includes the study of people and
communities using the digital records of user activity mediated by the
Web. An understanding of human behavior and social interaction can
contribute to our understanding of the Web, and data obtained from the
Web can contribute to our understanding of human behavior and social
interaction. Accordingly, Web Science involves analysis and design of
Web architecture and applications, as well as studies of the people,
organizations, and policies that shape and are shaped by the Web.

To address these diverse goals, the Web Science conference is inherently
interdisciplinary, integrating computer and information sciences,
communication, linguistics, sociology, psychology, economics, law,
political science, and other disciplines. This conference is unique in
the manner in which it brings these disciplines together in creative and
critical dialogue, and we invite papers from all the above disciplines,
as well as those that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Following the success of WebSci’09 in Athens, WebSci’10 in Raleigh, and
WebSci’11 in Koblenz, we are seeking papers and research notes that
describe original research, analysis, and practice in the field of Web
Science, as well as extended abstracts that discuss novel and
thought-provoking ideas and works-in-progress.

Possible topics for submission include, but are not limited to, the
* Analysis of human behavior and social interaction using data from
social media, online networks and communities
* Methodological challenges of analyzing Web-based large-scale human
interaction and behavior
* Network analysis of the Web
* Microlevel processes and interactions on the Web
* Collective intelligence, collaborative production, and social computing
* Structure and organization on the Web
* Web communities and online lifestyles
* Web, society, and innovation
* Intellectual property and the commons
* Governance, trust, and privacy
* Web access, literacy, and democracy
* Knowledge, education, and scholarship on and through the Web
* People-driven Web technologies, including social search, open
data, and new interfaces
* Using the digital records of user activity mediated by the Web
* New research questions and thought-provoking ideas, emphasizing
the intersection of design and social interaction


Web Science is a strongly interdisciplinary field, with areas
representing different traditions for conferences and
publications. Therefore this year we are providing three different
submission formats (papers, notes, and abstracts) to allow for a wide
range of submissions from all disciplines relevant for Web Science.

Submission Guidelines for Research Papers & Research Notes

Research papers and research notes should present new results and
original work that has not been previously published. Research papers
should present significant theoretical, empirical, methodological, or
policy-oriented contributions to research and/or practice. Research
notes should describe brief and focused research contributions that are

Papers can be up to 10 pages; notes up to 4 pages. All submissions
should be formatted according to the official ACM SIG proceedings
template (archive format at


and submitted via EasyChair.

Submission Guidelines for Extended Abstracts

Extended abstracts should describe either (1) thought-provoking ideas
with the potential for interesting discussions at the conference, or (2)
works-in-progress for sharing valuable ideas, eliciting feedback on
early-stage work, or fostering discussions and collaborations among

Extended abstracts can be up to 6 pages, and should be formatted
according to the official ACM SIG abstract template (extended abstract
format at


and submitted via EasyChair.

Review, Publication, and Presentation

The WebScience program committee consists of a senior program committee
that covers all relevant areas of Web Science as well as regular program
committee members from these areas. Each submission will be refereed by
at least 3 PC members and one senior PC member, to cover both the
research background of each submission as well as the necessary
interdisciplinary aspects.  Review criteria for all types of submissions
include significance, originality, presentation, validity, and the
ability to stimulate discussion, with different emphases depending on
the submission category to allow for consideration of all relevant works
contributing to the advancement of Web Science.

All accepted papers, notes, and extended abstracts will appear in the
WebScience 2012 Conference Proceedings and will also be available
through the ACM Digital Library, in the same length and format of the
submission. Regardless of the submission format, accepted submissions
will be presented in one of three formats: 1) as a 20-minute
presentation followed by discussion, 2) during one of the poster
presentations and discussion sessions, 3) or as part of a panel
discussion. Research papers, research notes, and extended abstracts are
eligible for presentation in any of the three formats, depending on
reviewer recommendations. Submissions that are thought-provoking and
novel will be more appropriate for longer presentation, while those that
are expected to stimulate discussion will be ideal for presentation in
smaller groups or as posters.

* February 12: Submissions of papers and notes due
* February 26: Submissions of extended abstracts due
* March 31: Notification of acceptance
* April 29: Final versions of papers, notes, and extended abstracts due
* June 22-24: Web Science 2011 Conference, Evanston, Illinois, USA

General Chair
Noshir Contractor, Northwestern University, US

Program Chairs
Michael Macy, Cornell University, US
Wolfgang Nejdl, L3S Research Center, Germany

Web Site

New Report on Information Practices in the Physical Sciences

The UK Research Information Network (RIN) has released “Collaborative yet Independent: Information Practices in the Physical Sciences”, the third in its series of reports covering information practices in scholarly disciplines  (earlier reports have covered life sciences and humanities). The report is available at


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013