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Videos and other material from recent IDCC Meeting in San Francisco

Materials from the International Digital Curation Conference held in February 2014 in San Francisco are now available online. You can find the presentations at


and there is a collection of videos at


If you have never had a chance to hear Atul Butte from Stanford before, I highly reccomend his opening keynote as an unusual look at how new biomedical research practices are emerging in a world of shared data and also contract lab services.

I had the honor of doing the closing keynote for the conference; my talk covers some reflections on the conference and the key topics that emerged, and also the next round of emerging challenges for data curation.

The 2015 IDCC is planned to be held in London, England; the date is not yet set but I’ll announce it here when it’s settled, and CNI will once again look foward to co-sponsoring this excellent meeting.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

LSC Webinar – Large Enrollment Classrooms


Another great line-up of speakers for the next LSC (Learning Spaces Collaboratory) webinar.


We invite you to join the LSC Guide Webinar III: Large Enrollment Classrooms (Planning for Teaching at Scale)
http://www.pkallsc.org/events/lsc-guide%E2%80%94webinar-iii-exploring-lecture-spaces on Tuesday, March 25 at 3:30 p.m. EDT.
·         What are effective approaches for the physical design of spaces to enhance engaged learning in large enrollment courses?  How do you plan for teaching at scale?
·         How are spaces for large enrollment classes now being imagined, designed and constructed?
·         Are there limits of “scale” for teaching classes with research-based pedagogical approaches?
·         What steps can be taken to help faculty to overcome the challenges for teaching and learning in tiered lecture halls, in large enrollment classrooms?
These and other questions will be explored by facilitators (3:30 – 4:30 p.m.) ; opportunity for questions from participants follow the presentation by facilitators (4:30 – 5:00 p.m.)


·         Shirley Dugdale, Principal – Dugdale Strategy
·         Scott P. Kelsey, Managing Principal – CO Architects
·         Phillip D. Long, Executive Director, Innovation and Analytics – The University of Queensland
·         Edward Prather, Associate Professor, Department of Astronomy – University of Arizona

A “silent” PPT, beginning at 3:15 p.m., will set the stage for the webinar.

Note that the registration form invites questions as part of the registration process. Here are responses to LSC webinar FAQs.

Registration includes access to a recording of the webinar.

DigCCurr Professional Institute

Posting on behalf of our colleagues at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
–Joan Lippincott

DigCCurr Professional Institute: Curation Practices for the Digital Object Lifecycle

May 11-16, 2014 & January 5-6, 2015 (One price for two sessions) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Visit http://ils.unc.edu/digccurr/institute2014.html for more information.

REGISTRATION LINK: http://tinyurl.com/ncgy367.

The Institute consists of one five-day session in May 2014 and a two-day follow-up session in January 2015. Each day of the summer session will include lectures, discussion and hands-on “lab” components. A course pack and a private, online discussion space will be provided to supplement learning and application of the material. An opening reception dinner on Sunday, Continental breakfast, break time snacks and coffee, and a dinner on Tuesday will also be included.

This institute is designed to foster skills, knowledge and community-building among professionals responsible for the curation of digital materials.


* Regular registration : $1,150
* Late registration (after April 1, 2014): $1,300

If you are a grant recipient working on a digital project, we recommend that you check with your program officer to request approval to use available grant funds to attend the institute.

Institute Instructors Include:

* From the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Dr. Cal Lee, Dr. Helen Tibbo, and Dr. Kam Woods.
* Dr. Nancy McGovern, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
* Dr. Carolyn Hank, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
* Dr. Lorraine Richards, Drexel University.

May 2014 Institute Components include (order and session titles may vary somewhat from those listed):

*Overview of digital curation definition, scope and main functions
*Where you see yourself in the digital curation landscape
*Digital curation program development
*Digital curation stakeholders and digital curation landscape
*Case Study on developing a digital repository
*Procedural accountability – policies, submission agreements, rules
*LAB -Transforming policy statements into rules
*Overview of digital preservation challenges and opportunities
*Roles and responsibilities for curation
*LAB – Matching skills and roles
*Characterization of digital objects
*Overview and Characterization of Existing Tools: Placing the Tools in a Larger Industry Context
*File formats
*LAB – File format robustness
*Managing in response to technological change
*Digital forensics
*Ethical issues
*LAB – Media and content
*Workflows, humans, and tools
*Lab – Workflows
*Evaluating curation programs requirements and assessment
*LAB – Evaluating curation programs: TRAC/ISO 16363 Review
* Characterizing, analyzing and evaluating the producer information environment
*Economics of digital curation – costs and resource commitments
*LAB – Economics of digital curation
*Cloud computing
*Web archiving
* Formulating your six-month action plan – task for each individual, with instructors available to provide guidance
* Summary of action plans
* Clarifying roles and expectations for the next six months

January 5-6, 2015
Participants in the May event will return to Chapel Hill in Jan. 2015 to discuss their experiences in implementing what they have learned in their own work environments. Participants will compare experiences, lessons learned and strategies for continuing progress. Accommodations for January will be the responsibility of the attendee.

For more information, contact Dr. Helen Tibbo (tibbo) for Institute questions or Tiffany Harris (tjharris) for payment or registration questions.

The Digital Professional Institute was initiated as part of the DigCCurr II project, supported by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (Grant Award #RE-05-08-0060-08) and is partially supported by the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

LODGING: Participants are responsible for their own lodging. A DigCCurr 2014-15 room block has been reserved at the Hampton Inn and Suites for $129/night. Please indicate “DigCCurr” and group code “CUR” when making reservations. Reservations must be received by 04/01/2014. After this date reservations will be accepted on a space a rate available basis only. You may reserve your hotel room by calling the hotel at 919-969-6989 or by clicking on this link: http://hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/groups/personalized/R/RDUCOHX-DGG-20140511/index.jhtml

We look forward to seeing you there! -Helen

Dr. Helen R. Tibbo, Alumni Distinguished Professor
President, 2010-2011 & Fellow, Society of American Archivists
School of Information and Library Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3360
Tel: 919-962-8063
Fax: 919-962-8071

Archiving 2014 Preliminary Program

CNI is pleased to serve as a cooperating organization for this important event.

Archiving 2014 Preliminary Program Released

May 13-16 Berlin, Germany

Program available online:

Important dates:

Hotel registration deadline: April 6, 2014 (see details below)

Early registration deadline: April 14, 2014

Register Now!

Mobility, Analytics, Standards & Databrary: New Videos from CNI

All videos of project briefings from CNI’s December 2013 meeting have been posted and are available from CNI’s YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni) channels. Most recently released recordings include:

Mobile Technologies to Support Field Research, Wayne Johnston (U. of Guelph)

Accuracy in Web Analytics Reporting on Digital Libraries, Kenning Arlitsch & Patrick OBrien (Montana State U.), Martha Kyrillidou (ARL)

Creating a Data Interchange Standard for Researchers, Research, and Research Resources: VIVO-ISF, Dean B. Krafft & Brian Lowe (Cornell)

Databrary: An Open Video-Based Data-Sharing System for Developmental Science, Dylan Simon & David Millman (NYU), Rick Gilmore (Penn State)
Previously released video from CNI’s fall 2013 meeting:

  • Hiberlink: Investigating Reference Rot in Web-Based Scholarly Communication [YouTube][Vimeo]
  • Internet Identity Update: From Social to Scholar (Klingenstein, Internet2) [YouTube][Vimeo]
  • Library Brand Recognition: Generating Visibility in the Virtual Age [YouTube][Vimeo]
  • Institutional Research Data Management: Policies, Planning, Services and Surveys [YouTube][Vimeo]
  • Trends In Digital Scholarship Centers [YouTube][Vimeo]
  • Capturing the Ephemeral: Collecting Social Media and Supporting Twitter Research with Social Feed Manager [YouTube][Vimeo]
  • Digital Natives or Digital Naives? The Role of Skill in Internet Use [YouTube][Vimeo]
  • A Changing Landscape: Federal Mandates for Public Access to Scholarship, Transitions of Stewardship and Distributed Factual Biography [YouTube][Vimeo]

CNI Member Mtg Presentations: Preliminary Titles Now Available

A preliminary title/speaker list of project briefings to be presented at CNI’s spring meeting is now available:

Details are subject to change.

The meeting will be held March 31-April 1 in St. Louis, MO, at The Ritz-Carlton.

U. San Diego Digital Initiatives Symposium

Posting on behalf of our colleagues at U. San Diego, the program is now available for this timely symposium.
-Joan Lippincott, CNI


Digital Initiatives Symposium

Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, University of San Diego

Join University of San Diego’s Copley Library for a day-long event focused on the digital elements of library ecosystems and institutional repositories as well as a bepress Digital Commons user group meeting.

Featured keynote speakers will be:

Lorraine Haricombe, Dean of the University of Kansas Libraries

Lee Van Orsdel, Dean of University Libraries at Grand Valley State University

Speakers and panelists include:

Loretta Parham and Elizabeth McClenney, Atlanta University Center, Woodruff Library

Anna Chiaretta Lavatelli, Kristi Ehrig-Burgess, Alan Renga, Rosa Longacre, Balboa Park Online Collaborative

Joy Painter and George Porter, California Institute of Technology

Michele Wyngard, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Mark Stover and Andrew Weiss, California State University Northridge

Carmen Mitchell and Barbara Taylor, California State University San Marcos

Steven Van Tuyl, Carnegie Mellon University

Allegra Swift, Claremont Colleges

Chris Vinson, Andrew Wesolek, Jill Bunch, Clemson University

Debra Skinner, Georgia Southern University

Terri Fishel, Macalester College

Roger Smith, Cristela Garcia-Spitz, Matt Critchlow, University of California San Diego

Frances Wright and Nichole Rustad, University of Dayton

Ellen Ramsey, University of Virginia

For the complete program, please visit our website.

Who should attend?

Librarians and other professionals interested in or involved with:

Digital aspects of library ecosystems

The development or maintenance of institutional repositories and other digital projects

Register now at http://tiny.cc/f32hbx

$35 registration includes lunch and afternoon refreshments.

Please register by March 25, 2014.

For further information visit kriddle or 619-260-6850.

Video: Hiberlink: Investigating Reference Rot in Web-Based Scholarly Communication

A new video of a project briefing session from CNI’s fall 2013 meeting is now available:

Hiberlink: Investigating Reference Rot in Web-Based Scholarly Communication
Herbert Van de Sompel & Martin Klein, both of Los Alamos National Laboratory

A video of the presentation is now online at http://www.cni.org/topics/digital-curation/f13-sompel-hiberlink/

Session Description:

References in scholarly communication are traditionally to published articles or books. But today’s Web-based scholarly communication increasingly includes links to a wide range of resources that are needed or created in research activity such as software, data sets, websites, presentations, blogs, videos, scientific workflows, and ontologies. These resources often evolve over time, unlike traditional scholarly articles. Their dynamic nature poses a significant challenge for the consistency of the scholarly record: a link may no longer work or the referenced content may change from what it was originally.

The Mellon-funded Hiberlink project, a collaboration between the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of Edinburgh, explores reference rot along two tracks. A research track aims at characterizing and quantifying reference rot in Web-based scholarly communication using a vast collection of scholarly articles from which links to referenced resources are extracted and an unprecedented collection of Web archive holdings used to determine coverage of the referenced resources. A solutions track aims at identifying and prototyping approaches that can ameliorate the problem, such as pro-active archiving of referenced resources at an appropriate stage in the publication lifecycle and referencing resources with the inclusion of machine-actionable temporal context.

Look for more announcements soon on videos of other sessions from the fall 2013 CNI meeting. 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).

Google Analytics Workshop to Be Offered by ARL in October 2014

The ARL Statistics and Measurement Program is offering a full-day, in-person workshop on Google Analytics, to be held on October 20, 2014, in partnership with LunaMetrics, a Google Analytics Certified Partner. Google Analytics is a tool that can help identify where website visitors are coming from and how they interact with web pages. Libraries can use this knowledge to improve their websites and overall user experience.
Course Description

This workshop will focus on the following topics:

Web Analytics Basics—what can we measure?
Google Analytics Overview—how it works, implementation and configuration issues, data quality, and privacy
Google Analytics 101—tour of reports, metrics definitions, features, and functions
Advanced Analysis—custom reports, advanced segments, site search reporting, content grouping, event tracking, and e-commerce tracking
Key Metrics for Actionable Insights—library websites, digital libraries, OPACs
Critical Google Analytics Configuration Steps—goal tracking, site search, campaign links, filters, and profiles


Jonathan Weber is a web analyst at LunaMetrics, a Pittsburgh Internet consulting firm. LunaMetrics works to increase traffic to websites and convert more of that traffic into business. They have a strong emphasis on website testing and web analytics and are a Google Analytics Certified Partner. Jonathan works on configuring Google Analytics and analyzing websites for insights. He has also been involved in code4lib.org and the Evergreen ILS project, and has published several articles on library technology issues in Library Journal and Information Standards Quarterly. He received an MLIS from the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. Before he caught the web analytics bug, he worked as an information architect.
Event Details

Date: Monday, October 20, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location: ARL, 21 Dupont Circle NW #800, Washington, DC
Fee: $450
Registration: Register online (https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1681133-t6zFGeRyGi) by September 19, 2014.

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.

NSDA Report on Implications of New PDF/A-3 Standard

I wanted to share the announcement of a new report from the National Digital Stewardship Alliance on the PDF/A-3 file format specification that was released in late 2012. The PDF/A specifications are fairly widely used to define a “more preservable” subset of the hugely complex general PDF specification (A is for “archival”). The new “incremental” upgrade to PDF/A raises some very nasty issues for institutions relying on this specification in an archival context; at the very least, migration to this new version is going to take some careful consideration, and potentially some substantial expense and disruption. There’s a helpful short overview on the Library of Congress Digital Preservation blog at:


The full report is at


Many thanks to NDSA for alerting the community to this serious potential problem, and for a good analysis of the issues involved.

Clifford Lynch

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013