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Designing Libraries Conference – Calgary

A limited number of places are still available at the 3d Designing Libraries Conference, which will be held at the University of Calgary in Canada on September 28-30, 2014. North Carolina State University Libraries and CNI are co-sponsors of this event.

Librarians, architects, planners, designers, information technologists and others will gather to discuss the challenges and achievements of designing libraries and learning centers for the 21st century. We will have sessions on an array of topics including creating a vision, focusing on learning, research and technology spaces, planning, interior design, and addressing organization and service models. We will include many examples from renovated libraries as well as new buildings.

We have a great line-up of speakers and topics as well as two preconferences. Information on the program and registration, for a fee, is available on the conference website at http://ucalgary.ca/designinglibraries/

Joan Lippincott

Personal Digital Archiving 2015: New York City, April 24-26

The 2015 Personal Digital Archiving Conference has been scheduled for April 24-26 in New York City. I’m delighted that CNI will once again be a collaborating organization in this important conference. When the call for papers and other conference announcement details area available, I’ll share them here, but for now, those interested should hold the date.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Article summarizing NRC Report on Building a Mathematics Digital Library

In March 2014 I announced the report of a US National Research Council committee that I co-chaired on the possibilities for building a global digital library to support mathematical research. There’s a short article summarizing this report that committee member Jim Pitman from the University of California, Berkeley and I co-authored which may be of interest to some CNI-announce readers; it’s in the August 2014 Issue of Notices of the American Mathematical Society, which is available on the web at


a direct link to the article can be found at


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Learning Spaces Collaboratory Webinar – Creativity

I’m posting this on behalf of the Learning Spaces Collaboratory; they are kicking off the fall semester with this webinar. I know many of the cni-announce subscribers have found their offerings to be very useful for your institutions.
–Joan Lippincott, CNI

We invite you to join the LSC Webinar – Transforming, Sandboxing, Repurposing Learning Spaces for Nurturing Creative Learning, Creative Learners: Lessons Learned from the LSC Experience on Tuesday, September 16th at 3:30 p.m. EDT.
Please mark the date. This will be an opportunity to:
·         gain insights and practical advice about how to transform and repurpose spaces to nurture the capacity of learners to become agents of their own learning, creative thinkers and problem-solvers, striving explorers, informed trailblazers, risk-takers engaged in out-of-the-box thinking.
·         learn about a team-based approach to imagining such spaces, capturing the experience of participants in a March workshop (LSC/Epicenter/NCIIA) at the d.school at Stanford.
·         be introduced to new vocabulary and lenses for exploring how different kinds of on-campus learning spaces can be construed as a ‘space for creativity, capturing provocative ideas from the  LSC project  on creativity funded by the Sloan Foundation.
·         be inspired by photos and stories from the field to reimagine how planning happens when there is a shared vision about how learning happens and about the nature and affordances of spaces that serve societal and institutional goals for what students should become.
Further information to follow.
We will also be announcing the rest of our fall LSC webinars later in August.

Jeanne L. Narum
The Independent Colleges Office, Director
Learning Spaces Collaboratory, Principal
O: (202) 232-1300
D: (202) 256-8872
C: (202) 528-0305


Jisc/CNI conference presentations available

CNI jointly held a conference with Jisc, our UK partners, on “Opening Up Scholarly Communications” in Bristol, England on July 10, 2014. Among the topics on the program were “International Policy Developments and the Wider Environment of Open Scholarship,” “Opening Up Scholarly Publications,” “Opening Up Data,” and “Infrastructure Requirements for Open Scholarship.” The conference brought together leaders in the academic community in the UK and the US. Resources and slides from the presenters are now available at http://www.jisc.ac.uk/events/jisc-and-cni-conference-2014-10-jul-2014 . A report and video interviews from the conference will be available by early fall and will be announced here.

Joan Lippincott, CNI

ResourceSync, Visualization Studio, & Linked Data in Digital Collections

The latest videos from CNI’s spring 2014 membership meeting have been posted:

In the highly dynamic Web environment, resources are continuously created, changed, deleted, and moved, and Web applications that leverage third party resources face the challenge of keeping in step with ubiquitous change. In ResourceSync: A Modular Framework For Web-Based Resource Synchronization, Los Alamos scientists Herbert Van de Sompel and Martin Klein describe a system that has been developed to synchronize resources. The ResourceSync framework specifies various modular capabilities that a repository can support in order to allow third party systems to remain synchronized with its evolving resources. Available on Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/97922977) and YouTube (http://youtu.be/xMHwudwBYLk).

The Visualization Studio at the University of Calgary’s central library is a state-of-the-art secure room created to support advanced visual and audio research by faculty and graduate researchers. Shawna Sadler discusses the successful new service model which allows research libraries to bring unique value to campus in her presentation Visualization Studio: Two Years of Experience at the University of Calgary. Available on Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/98457429) and YouTube (http://youtu.be/ijvjPvLmA48).

Silvia Southwick and Cory Lampert, both of UNLV, discuss basic concepts of linked data, the rationale for libraries to start preparing for adopting linked data, and provide a demonstration of visualization tools operating on the linked data generated from UNLV’s digital collections in their talk Practical Work in Linked Data using Digital Collections: Unleashing the Expressivity of Data. Available on YouTube (http://youtu.be/xPIQBEZvz9g) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/98571010).

All videos available from CNI are on CNI’s channels on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni).

Digital Scholarship Centers – EDUCAUSE Review article

You can now find an online-only article “Trends in Digital Scholarship Centers,” which I co-authored with Harriette Hemmasi of Brown University and Vivian Lewis of McMaster University, at http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/trends-digital-scholarship-centers

The article is an expansion of a presentation we gave at the December 2013 CNI membership meeting. I know you will find the content and the visuals (photos, floorplans, etc.) to be of interest if your institution is planning a digital scholarship center.

As a follow-on, CNI held a small workshop on digital scholarship centers after the spring membership meeting, and we will be issuing a report and a variety of materials documenting centers by the end of the summer; we will announce the availability of this information here on cni-announce.

Our article is part of a theme issue on digital scholarship, with the lead article by Clifford Lynch at http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/digital-scholarship-disconnect (and also in the print edition).


Temporal Narratives & Virtual Medieval Library

New videos of presentations from CNI’s spring 2014 membership meeting are now available:

In From Fragmentation to Reaggregation: Revealing a “Virtual” Medieval Library with Manuscriptlink, Eric Johnson of The Ohio State University describes Manuscriptlink, a new digital humanities initiative that aims to reconstruct a “virtual” medieval library by collaborating with collections around the world to re-aggregate hundreds, if not thousands, of previously lost medieval volumes. The project will foster active interdisciplinary cooperation across the humanities as well as collaboration among numerous international institutions. Available on Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/98052555) and YouTube (http://youtu.be/B9r7F0PAeYQ).

A project designed to quantify temporal elements of the narrative structure of films, television shows, and texts, is the subject of Nora Dimmock’s presentation Visualizing Temporal Narrative. The collaboration between the library’s Digital Humanities Center and University of Rochester English Professor Joel Burges involves developing tools for data visualization and collection, and completing a digital project under the direction of Burges and Dimmock, who co-teach the semester-long class. Available on Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/98036253) and YouTube (http://youtu.be/oZAHwD_anHU).

All videos available from CNI are on CNI’s channels on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni).

Sept 16-18, 2014 PASIG Meeting, Karlsruhe, Germany

I wanted to share the announcement of the next Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG) and related events taking place in September 2014.

You can contact Arthur Pasquinelli <art.pasquinelli@oracle.com> for additional information.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


The registration for the Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG) September 16-18, the RADAR Conference September 15-16, and the free Oracle Technology Day the morning of September 16 is now open. Please note that the hotel accommodation information will be available via the website in the next several days. The URL is at:


Summary Overview:

The conference begins with a free, optional Oracle Storage Technology session the morning of Tuesday, September 16. This is followed by an afternoon PASIG introductory session, Preservation 101. This is usually attended by 80%-90% of the PASIG conference attendees. The next two days will be made up of panels, lightning rounds, and collaboration time. Session focus areas are:

– Managing and Preserving Research Data
– Infrastructure to Support Preservation at Scale
– Audiovisual and Media Archiving and Preservation
– Database & Business Process Preservation

Schedule Overview:

Monday, September 15: “Research Data Management Conference – Organizational, Technical, and Legal Challenges” (fka RADAR Conference)

Legal Issues

Organizational Issues

Best Practices

Infrastructure for Data Management

Tuesday, September 16:

AM: RADAR Workshop & Oracle Technology Day

8:30am – 1:30pm Oracle Day: Focus on Tiered Storage and Cloud Technologies, includes Lunch.

PM: PASIG Digital Preservation 101 2:00pm-5:30pm

Preservation 101

Wednesday, September 17: PASIG and Dinner

Thursday, September 18: PASIG

No activities on Friday

PASIG Draft Agenda (as of June 8):

Day 1

The Oracle Technology Day, September 16 (Tuesday morning, 8:30am-1:30pm): This will overview Oracle technology and products, but it is designed to act as a broad infrastructure primer for attendees. The meeting will focus on disk and tape, tiered storage technologies, cloud vs on-premise archiving economics, and hierarchical storage systems. Customers will present and we also review audience projects, goals, and issues related to infrastructure.

Detailed Schedule

Digital Preservation 101 (Tuesday Afternoon, 2:00pm-5:30pm)

Digital Preservation 101

Tom Cramer, Stanford

Neil Jefferies — Oxford

Tiered Storage — Oracle

  • TBC
  • TBC

Day 2

Research Data (Wednesday Morning)

“Small Sciences”

Research Objects – Workflow4Ever/MyExperiment/Nano-publications — TBC

F1000, Methodological Publication – Open Data, Open Access — Neil Jefferies, Oxford

Fedora 4 for Research Data — David Wilcox, Fedora Project Manager

Long-tail Data Access/RDA — TBC

“Big Data”

KIT / CERN T1 Datacenter – Jos van Wezel



Mass Preservation / Scaling Using the Web

Case Studies in Preservation at Scale

SCAPE/E-Ark: Ross King

The National Archives on Cloud Storage and Digital Preservation: Neil Beagrie

The Digital Preservation Network — Tom Cramer, Stanford, David Minor, UCSD

Lunch break

Infrastructure to Support Preservation at Scale
Moderator: Thorsten Lange/Presenter

Oracle — TBC

Microsoft Azure — Alex Wade, Microsoft

Arkivum — Matthew Addis

Preservica — Mike Quinn, Tessella

Archiving Research Data / Tiered Storage – Jason Goodman, Cray Research

Economics of Preservation

Cost Model for Tiered Storage –Thomas Ledoux, BnF


Lightning Rounds (Wednesday Afternoon)

Dinner (Wednesday Evening)

Day 3

Audiovisual / Media (Thursday Morning)

Overview — TBC

Dutch Sound and Vision Institute — Ernst van Velzen




  • Lightning Rounds

Database & Business Process Preservation (Thursday afternoon)

  • Database Archiving in E-ARK Project — Janet Delve, U. Portsmouth

Business Process Preservation: TIMBUS — Angela Dappert, DPC

Neal Fitzgerald, Queensland State Archive


Discussions on Needs and PASIG Directions (Late Thursday)

International Digital Curation Conf London 9-12 Feb, 2015 [correction]

[The header of this post was corrected on June 17, 2014]

The date has been set for the 2015 International Digital Curation Conference: London , from Monday 9 February to Thursday 12 February. A few more details are in the announcement below.

This will be the tenth in the series of annual conferences; CNI has been a co-sponsor of these meetings since the beginning, and is very pleased to continue that collaboration. As is fitting for a such an milestone, we intend to both at where we have been and what’s been accomplished, and to look ahead towards the next ten years of digital curation challenges.

You can find video from the 2014 IDCC meeting at


to get a sense of both the coverage and the quality of the sessions. My closing talk at the 2014 conference may be of interest, as it was intended to provide a bridge to the 2015 meeting and launch the conversation about what’s been accomplished and where the new and emerging challenges lie.

I hope to see many CNI-announce subscribers in London next February.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


DCC15- Save the Date
“Ten years on: highlighting achievements, lessons learned and continuing challenges for data curation.”

We are delighted to announce that the 10th International Digital Curation Conference will be held from Monday 9 February to Thursday 12 February 2015 at 30 Euston Square, London, UK.
The main conference will take place over the first two days followed by 2 days of workshops and other related events.

The Call for Papers will be announced in July and further details will be added to the Conference website over the coming months.

Sent on behalf of the Co-Chairs of the IDCC15 Programme Committee.

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013