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OCLC Report: Registering Researchers in Authority Files

I wanted to share the announcement of the very recently released report “Registering Researchers in Authority Files” from Karen Smith-Yoshimura at OCLC research in collaboration with an international task force. The convergence of traditional authority files, researcher ID registries like ORCID, and other biographical and bibliographical resouces has been a substantial concern for CNI’s program over the past few years, and those attending the CNI membership meetings have seen a number of presentations recently exploring developments in this area.

The background and links to the report are at:


Karen’s report is a very helpful summary of recent developments, with particular emphasis on the relationships to traditional name authority infrastructure. Essential reading for those tracking these issues.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


OCLC Research published a new report today: Registering Researchers in Authority Files.

Written by OCLC Research Program Officer Karen Smith-Yoshimura and a 13-member task group comprised of specialists from the US, UK and the Netherlands, this report summarizes their research into approaches to providing authoritative researcher identifiers.

Registering researchers in some type of authority file or identifier system has become more compelling as both institutions and researchers recognize the need to compile their scholarly output. The report presents functional requirements and recommendations for six stakeholders: researchers, funders, university administrators, librarians, and identity management systems, and aggregators (including publishers). It also provides an overview of the researcher identifier landscape, changes in the field, emerging trends, and opportunities.

See the Registering Researchers in Authority Files overview page for key highlights and to download the report in 8.5×11 or A4 formats. Supplementary data sets are also available for download, including: 18 use-case scenarios for the six stakeholders; functional requirements derived from the use-case scenarios; the list of 100 research networking and identifier systems the task group considered; characteristics profiles of 20 research networking and identifier systems; mappings of each of the 20 systems to the functional requirements; and a researcher identifier information flow diagram.

Libraries as Enablers of Pedagogical and Curricular Change

My colleagues Anu Vendantham of University of Pennsylvania and Kim Duckett of NCSU and I co-authored an article “Libraries as Enablers of Pedagogical and Curricular Change” that came out in the EDUCAUSE Review online edition today:

In the article we make the case for libraries working together with faculty and students to develop new types of assignments that engage students with technologies and content to create new information products. We have a number of examples, enhanced with videos and photos, that we hope will inform and inspire you.

Joan Lippincott

Personal Digital Archiving 2015, NYC, 4/24-26, 2015: Call for Participation

CNI is once again serving as a co-sponsor for the important Personal Digital Archiving Conference. Here is the call for participation. As you can see, both the format and the focus of the conference have changed a bit. Hope to see many CNI-announce readers there.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Call for Participation, Personal Digital Archiving 2015

We are pleased to announce that the Personal Digital Archiving Conference 2015 will take place in New York City for the first time! The conference will be hosted by New York University’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program April 24 to 26, 2015.

This year’s conference will differ slightly from the Personal Digital Archiving (PDA) Conferences of previous years. We will have two full days of presentations focused on a set of themes and we will set aside a third day for workshops covering useful digital tools.

The conference program committee seeks proposals for:
– 10 to 20 minute presentations
– 5 minute lightning talks
– posters (including demos)
– workshops, particularly emphasizing software tools (taking place on the third day).

The program committee will try to cluster shorter presentations into panels and encourage discussion among the panelists. For the day of workshops, we are seeking hands-on learning focused on useful digital tools. We anticipate four half-day workshops, with two in the morning and two in the afternoon.

Our personal and professional records are now primarily digital, and our lives are geared toward constant sharing of these works, from street protests to baby photos. The complexity of these growing collections in every sphere of our lives cannot be overstated. The Personal Digital Archiving 2015 Conference welcomes a broad community, working to ensure longterm access to these personal collections and archives. We would like to see presentations that show how an individual would approach a personal collection and how a closely tied group (such as a family or a community organization) would approach their shared collection.

The array of physical and digital formats that comprise any collection is ever expanding and shifting. Approaches to managing these collections differ greatly between the broad spectrum of archival best practices and “better than leaving it in the basement” practices.

Personal Digital Archiving 2015 invites proposals on the full range of topics relevant to personal digital archiving. We particularly encourage papers and presentations around community groups, activist groups and their use of digital media, as well as personal/familial collections and homebrewed digital solutions.

Presentations might address challenges, such as:
– Ubiquitous recording devices – such as cell phones — for videos and photos
– Action cameras (such as GoPro)
– Cloud storage
– Social media: Vine, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, blogs etc.
– Email
– Open-source, low-cost digital tools
– From an organizational perspective: community outreach and economic models
– Security: issues of access, encryption, reliability and safety
– Archival and library issues associated with collection, appraisal, ingest and description
– Migration of content from obsolete or outdated storage media.

If you wish to submit an abstract for the conference, please fill out the form at http://bit.ly/1t8x3Td .

(Long URL: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1coPX4s0oHnUdsSFFTKNmd1WolWhQDxn6UAV6Wk3ThXA/viewform).

Submissions should include:
– The title of your presentation
– For 10 to 20 minute presentations, a 300 word abstract
– For lightning talks and posters, a 150 to 300 word abstract
– For workshop proposals, a 150 to 300 word curriculum overview, including approximate number of hours needed, what tools will be taught, and computing infrastructure requirements
– For panel proposals, a 150 to 300 word overview of the topic and suggestions for additional presenters
– A brief biographical sketch or CV (no more than 2 pages)

Presentation, poster, lightning talk and workshop submissions are due Monday, December 8th, 2014, 11:59 pm EST .

For more information on previous PDA conferences, please visit:




Registration, Program, Housing, and other information will be posted in early 2015. For further information, email personaldigitalarchiving [at] gmail.com .

Co-sponsored by NYU’s Moving Image Archiving & Preservation (MIAP)(http://www.nyu.edu/tisch/preservation/ ) program, the NYU
Libraries (http://library.nyu.edu/about/about.html ) and the Coalition for Networked Information (http://www.cni.org/ ).

National Academies NSF Cyberinfrastructure Study Call for Input

The Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) of the National Research Council is conducting a study of Advanced Computing Infrastructure to Support Science in 2017-2020. There is general background on this project here:


Very recently, this committee has issued an interim report — largely a compendium of issues — which is available for public download here:


and is calling for comments via email to the project director, CSTB Director Jon Eisenberg, who can be contacted at jeisenbe@nas.edu.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

OCLC Research Evolving Scholarly Record Workshop in Conjunction with December CNI meeting

I’m delighted that we are co-sponsoring an OCLC Research Workshop on the Evolving Scholarly Record (ESR) in conjunction with the Fall CNI Membership Meeting. The workshop will take place all day on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 at George Washington University. This is a topic of central importance, and one that is very much on CNI’s agenda; it is intimately connected with our efforts to understand the changing shape of the scholarly record, and how this connects to measuring progress and establishing priorities in digital preservation, for example, and also to discussions about how to scope and evaluate scholarly contributions in the digital environment. I hope that many participants at our fall meeting can take advantage of this workshop; I would also note that OCLC intends this as one of a series of events exploring these questions, and these workshops will continue through early 2015 (I will share these announcements on CNI-announce as the details are available).

Below are details on the workshop.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


We are pleased to announce this second workshop in a series on the Evolving Scholarly Record.

Co-sponsored by OCLC Research, the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and the George Washington University Libraries, this workshop builds on the framework presented in the OCLC Research report, The Evolving Scholarly Record. Join us to explore the responsibilities of research libraries, data archives, and other stewards of research output-and identify new alliances that should be forged to create a reliable ecosystem for preserving the scholarly record and making it accessible.

OCLC Research Library Partners, CNI attendees, and other interested community members with a mission for collecting, making available, and preserving the scholarly record are invited to attend the workshop. Seating is limited so register now to secure your spot at this free event.
This is the second in a series of Evolving Scholarly Record workshops. The first was held in Amsterdam on 10 June 2014.
See the Evolving Scholarly Record workshop page for details; a more details agenda will be forthcoming shortly.

Merrilee Proffitt, Senior Program Officer
OCLC Research
777 Mariners Island Blvd Suite 550
San Mateo, CA 94404 USA

Merrilee blogs at hangingtogether.org
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Government-University-Industry Roundtable on Big Data

There is a program hosted by the US National Academies called the Government-University-Industry Round Table that I just very recently learned about, which I think will be of interest to CNI-announce readers who may not be familiar with it. General information is at


Of particular relevance, this group held a two-day discussion on the implications of big data for research, which included several interesting presentations. Information on this session (including some of the presentations) can be found at:


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

NMC Virtual Symposium on Future of Libraries

Earlier we announced the availability of the first NMC Horizon Report for Libraries http://www.nmc.org/publications/2014-horizon-report-library

As a follow-on, NMC is holding an online symposium on the Future of Libraries, which will include segments on “Emphasis o Mobile,” Content Management and Technical Infrastructure,” Increasing Access and Discovery Opportunities,” and “Rethinking Roles and Relationships of Librarians.” The Symposium will be on Wednesday, November 12 from 10 AM – 2 PM Eastern. I will be one of the panelists in the Mobile segment.

Registration, for a fee, is available at http://www.nmc.org/event-manager/

The New Media Consortium (NMC) is a community of hundreds of leading universities, colleges, museums, libraries, and research centers. The NMC stimulates and furthers the exploration and use of new media and technologies for learning and creative expression.

–Joan Lippincott

ITHAKA S+R Evidence Driven Library Space Decision Making Workshop, Dec 8, 2014

Modified 10/14/2014 to include workshop announcement

I wanted to share this workshop announcement from ITHAKA S+R on their work on evidence-driven library space decision making; while it is separate, with its own registration, from the CNI Fall Membership meeting, it is co-located with the CNI meeting and will take place on Monday morning December 8 before our main meeting begins. Details and registration information are below.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


Join Ithaka S+R for a pre-CNI workshop with Nancy Fried Foster and Roger Schonfeld on Evidence-Driven Decisions on Library Space in the Digital Age

Physical space, often at the heart of a campus, is one of the greatest assets of many academic and research libraries. In this age of expanding online and on-screen information use, libraries continue to provide places for storing and using legacy materials while offering new kinds of spaces for serving and consulting electronic resources and for conducting technology-enhanced learning and scholarly collaborations. The regular reexamination of how spaces are utilized provides an important opportunity for library leaders to improve support for research, teaching, and learning, while extending and enhancing community relationships.
This workshop is designed to help library leaders drive evidence-based decisions about redesigning and renovating their physical spaces. Participants are encouraged to bring data pertaining to their college or university library for group discussion, such as space usage, survey findings, and user study results. The workshop format will include the following components:

* An overview of research findings to contextualize this issue and frame some of the key questions that individual institutions may wish to address;
* Group discussion of strategies for incorporating evidence most effectively into institutional decision-making on this topic;
* Facilitated planning for evidence-based decision-making on space and facilities issues.

As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to enhance the evidence available to them in support of space planning and will improve their decision-making about space design and renovation.

For participation information and to register, please visit:

CFP: Archiving 2015

Prospective authors are invited to submit abstracts describing original work for presentation at the Archiving 2015 conference in any technical areas related to digital preservation, image capture and workflow, and digital curation. Abstract submission deadline is December 8, 2014. The conference will take place May 19-22, 2015, in Los Angeles, CA.

More information about the event is available at http://imaging.org/ist/conferences/archiving/index.cfm

A PDF version of the Call for Papers is available at http://imaging.org/ist/conferences/archiving/Archiving2015_Call_for_Papers.pdf

CNI is pleased to serve as a cooperating organization for this event, once again, in 2015.

National Research Council Big Data Symposium

As part of the upcoming meeting of the US National Research Council Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI), which I co-chair, we are holding a symposium on the US Federal Interagency Strategic Plan for Big Data on October 23. Full details below; the symposium is free, but you do need to pre-register as described below.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


Eleventh Meeting of the
Board on Research Data and Information
National Research Council

Symposium on the Interagency Strategic Plan for Big Data: Focus on R&D
National Academy of Sciences Keck Building, Room 100
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

October 23, 2014

The Big Data Senior Steering Group (BDSSG) was initially formed to identify big data R&D activities across the Federal Government, offer opportunities for agency coordination, and jointly develop strategies for a national initiative. The National Big Data R&D Initiative (“the Big Data Initiative”) was launched in March 2012. Since the launch, the BDSSG has held numerous meetings and workshops, including a major showcase event of dozens of partnerships that will help advance the frontiers of big data R&D across the country. Many participating federal agencies have already established new big data programs, policies and activities and plan to do more in the future. Currently, the BDSSG is drafting a framework and establishing a set of priory goals for a National Big Data R&D Strategic Plan.

The BDSSG is currently gathering information from multiple sectors to inform the development of an effective National Big Data R&D Strategic Plan. After the submission period ends on November 14 and the feedback is analyzed, the BDSSG will hold a workshop to further discuss and develop the input received. Additional detailed information about this Request for Information may be found at: https://www.nitrd.gov/bigdata/rfi/02102014.aspx.

This BRDI Symposium will be held in two sessions. The first one will have presentations by six federal government speakers, beginning with an overview and followed by more focused talks in the five strategic areas of the Big Data Initiative: technologies; knowledge to action; sustainability; education; and gateways. The second session will feature three panelists from academia and industry, who will comment on the interagency Big Data Initiative and respond to the presentations in the first session. There will be ample time for discussion with the audience as well. The Symposium will be moderated by the co-chairs of the Board on Research Data and Information, Clifford Lynch of the Coalition for Networked Information, and Francine Berman of the Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute.

The Symposium will be followed immediately by the presentations of the award winners of the BRDI Data and Information Challenge. There is no fee to attend, but please contact the Board director, Paul Uhlir at puhlir or at 1 202 334 1531, to register in advance. Additional information about both these events, including the detailed program, is available at www.nas.edu/brdi.

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013