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BitCurator Forum in NC 1/9/2015

Announcing this conference on behalf of our colleagues at Educopia.

–Joan Lippincott

2015 BitCurator Users Forum

Date: Friday, January 9, 2015

Location: Wilson Library, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Conference Website and registration: http://educopia.org/events/BUF2015

Hashtag: #BUF15

Join BitCurator users from around the globe for a hands-on day focused on current use and future development of the BitCurator digital software environment. Hosted by the BitCurator Consortium (BCC), this event will be grounded in the practical, boots-on-the-ground experiences of digital archivists and curators. Come wrestle with current challenges—engage in disk image format debates, investigate emerging BitCurator integrations and workflows, and discuss the “now what” of handling your digital forensics outputs.

Panels and Panel Chairs include:
Workflow Exchanges: Matthew Farrell (Duke University)

Choosing a Disk Image Format: Erika Farr (Emory University)

Integrations and Future Work: Christopher (Cal) Lee (UNC) & Kam Woods (UNC)

The program and travel and registration information is available at http://educopia.org/events/BUF2015

CNI Mtg Schedule of Events Posted

The complete Schedule of Events for CNI’s Fall 2014 Membership Meeting, including full schedule and all session descriptions, is available for download from the meeting website:


We will be posting meeting updates from the CNI Twitter account (http://twitter.com/cni_org) using the hashtag #cni14f and we encourage others to do the same. The meeting will be held Dec. 8-9 at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC.

We look forward to seeing you in DC in December!

CALL for Proposals: Tenth International Conference on Open Repositories 2015

CNI is pleased to serve again this year as a cooperating organization for the Open Repositories (OR) Conference.

Read it online: http://www.or2015.net/call-for-proposals/
Text only version: https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/or11/CfP+markdown

The Tenth International Conference on Open Repositories, OR2015, will be held on June 8-11, 2015 in Indianapolis (Indiana, USA). The organizers are pleased to invite you to contribute to the program. This year’s conference theme is:


OR2015 is the tenth OR conference, and this year’s overarching theme reflects that milestone: Looking Back/Moving Forward: Open Repositories at the Crossroads. It is an opportunity to reflect on and to celebrate the transformative changes in repositories, scholarly communication and research data over the last decade. More critically however, it will also help to ensure that open repositories continue to play a key role in supporting, shaping and sharing those changes and an open agenda for research and scholarship.

OR2015 will provide an opportunity to explore the demands and roles now expected of both repositories and the staff who develop, support and manage them – and to prepare them for the challenges of the next decade. We welcome proposals on this theme, but also on the theoretical, practical, organizational or administrative topics related to digital repositories. We are particularly interested in:

1. Supporting Open Scholarship, Open Science, and Cultural Heritage Online

Papers are invited to consider how repositories can best support the needs of open science, open scholarship, and cultural heritage to make research as accessible as possible, including:

* Open access, open data and open educational resources
* Scholarly workflows, publishing and communicating scientific knowledge
* Compliance with funder mandates
* Considerations for cultural heritage and digital humanities resources

2. Managing Research (and Open) Data

Papers are invited to consider how repositories can support the needs of research data. Areas of interest are:

* Data registries
* Storage
* Curation lifecycle management
* Management and digital preservation tools

3. Integrating with External Systems

Papers are invited to explore, evaluate, or demonstrate integration with external systems, including:

* CRIS and research management systems
* Notification systems (e.g. SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE))
* Remote identifier services (e.g. ORCID, DOI, etc.)
* Preservation services
* Archival systems (e.g. CALM or Archivists’ Toolkit)

4. Re-using Repository Content

Papers are invited to showcase how repository content can be re-used in the context of:

* Discipline-based repositories and services
* Discovery services
* Integration of semantic technologies
* Repository networks

5. Exploring Metrics and Assessment

Papers are invited to present experiences on scholarly metrics and assessment services, particularly:

* Bibliometrics
* Downloads (e.g. COUNTER compliance)
* Analytics
* Altmetrics

6. Managing Rights

Papers are invited to examine the role of rights management in the context of open repositories, including:

* Research and scholarly communication outputs
* Licenses (e.g. Creative Commons, Open Data Commons)
* Embargoes
* Requirements of funder mandates

7. Developing and Training Staff

Papers are invited to consider the evolving role of staff who support and manage repositories across libraries, cultural heritage organizations, research offices and computer centres, especially:

* New roles and responsibilities
* Training needs and opportunities
* Career path and recruitment
* Community support

8. Building the Perfect Repository

Papers are invited to look ahead to OR16 and beyond to consider what the perfect repository looks like:

* Key features and services
* Who would be its users?
* How would it transform scholarly communication?
* What lessons have been learned since the first OR?
* Or, is it a pipe dream and there’s no such thing?

Submissions that demonstrate original and repository-related work outwith these themes will be considered, but preference will be given to submissions which address them.


30 January 2015: Deadline for submissions and Scholarship Programme applications

27 March 2015: Submitters notified of acceptance to general conference

10 April 2015: Submitters notified of acceptance to Interest Groups

8-11 June 2015: OR2015 conference


Conference Papers and Panels
Two to four-page proposals for presentations or panels that deal with digital repositories and repository services (see below for optional Proposal Templates). Abstracts of accepted papers will be made available through the conference’s web site, and later they and associated materials will be made available in an open repository. In general, sessions will have three papers; panels may take an entire session. Relevant papers unsuccessful in the main track will automatically be considered for inclusion, as appropriate, as an Interest Group presentation, poster or 24/7.

Interest Group Presentations
The opportunity to engage with and learn more about the work of relevant communities of interest is a key element of Open Repositories. One to two page proposals are invited for presentations or panels that focus on the work of such communities, traditionally DSpace, EPrints and Fedora, describing novel experiences or developments in the construction and use of repositories involving issues specific to these technical platforms. Further information about applications for additional Interest Groups and guidance on submissions will be forthcoming.

24×7 Presentations
One to two-page proposals for 7 minute presentations comprising no more than 24 slides. Similar to Pecha Kuchas or Lightning Talks, these 24×7 presentations will be grouped into blocks based on conference themes, with each block followed by a moderated discussion / question and answer session involving the audience and whole block of presenters. This format will provide conference goers with a fast-paced survey of like work across many institutions, and presenters the chance to disseminate their work in more depth and context than a traditional poster.

“Repository RANTS” 24×7 Block
One block of 24×7’s will revolve around “repository rants”: brief exposés that challenge the conventional wisdom or practice, and highlight what the repository community is doing that is misguided, or perhaps just missing altogether. The top proposals will be incorporated into a track meant to provoke unconventional approaches to repository services.

“Repository RAVES” 24×7 Block
One block of 24×7’s at OR2015 will revolve around “repository raves”: brief exposés that celebrate particular practice and processes, and highlight what the repository community is doing that is right. The top proposals will be incorporated into a track meant to celebrate successful approaches to repository services.

One-page proposal for posters that showcase current work are invited from researchers, repository managers, administrators, developers and practitioners. There will be the opportunity to make a 60-second pitch for your poster during “minute madness” and a chance for attendees to view and to discuss your work during the poster reception.

2015 Developer Track
Each year a significant proportion of the delegates at Open Repositories are software developers who work on repository software or related services. OR2015 will feature a Developer Track which will provide a focus for showcasing work, exchanging ideas and participating in “lightning rounds”. Further details and guidance on submissions to the Developer Track will be forthcoming. Developers are also encouraged to contribute to the other tracks as papers, posters, 24×7 presentations, repository raves and rants 24×7 blocks.

Workshops and Tutorials
One to two-page proposals for workshops and tutorials addressing theoretical or practical issues around digital repositories are welcomed. Please address the following in your proposal:

* The subject of the event and what knowledge you intend to convey
* Length of session (e.g., 1-hour, 2-hour, half a day or a whole day)
* A brief statement on the learning outcomes from the session
* How many attendees you plan to accommodate
* Technology and facility requirements
* Any other supplies or support required
* Anything else you believe is pertinent to carrying out the session

Proposal Templates
The OR2015 proposal templates are a guideline to help you prepare an effective submission. They are provided in both the Word document and plain-text Markdown formats and provide details around the requirements for conference papers and panels (DOC, TXT, RTF) and 24/7’s and posters (DOC, TXT, RTF).

Submission system
The conference system will be open for submissions by 15 December 2014. PDF format is preferred.


We will be publishing guidelines for conduct for OR2015.


OR2015 will again run a Scholarship Programme which will enable us to provide support for a small number of full registered places (including the poster reception and banquet) for the conference in Indianapolis. The programme is open to librarians, repository managers, developers and researchers in digital libraries and related fields. Applicants submitting a paper for the conference will be given priority consideration for funding. Please note that the programme does not cover costs such as accommodation, travel and subsistence. It is anticipated that the applicant’s home institution will provide financial support to supplement the OR Scholarship Award. Full details will shortly be available on the conference website.

Program Co-Chairs

Holly Mercer, University of Tennessee
William J Nixon, University of Glasgow
Imma Subirats, FAO of the United Nations

contact: or15-program-chairs@googlegroups.com

Local Hosts

Indiana University Bloomington Libraries
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library
Virginia Tech University Libraries

contact: or2015@indiana.edu

Conference Website and Social Media

website: http://or2015.net/

twitter:@OR2015Indy and #or2015

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/or2015

NIH Request for Information: Teaching and Learning Resources for Biomedical Data Management and Data Science

As part of the National Institutes of Heath program Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative, they have been issuing a number of requests for information. This one, which is open till the end of 2014, deals with teaching and learning resources. See below for some brief highlights and a pointer for more information.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


Request for Information (RFI) on the NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative Resources for Teaching and Learning Biomedical Big Data Management and Data Science (Notice number NOT-LM-15-001)

An excerpt,
Some needed instructional resources for training in data management and data science are already available. Please identify resources and materials of interest with characteristics such as, but not limited to:
·         Graduate-level short courses, tutorials and workshops (online, in-person or hybrid) that are open to all;
·         Graduate-level online tutorials and modules;
·         Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs;
·         Curriculum plans or resources (including sample datasets or data management plans used in data management training;
·         Evaluation approaches for online data science or data management courses.
NIH is interested in collections (aggregations) of the above as well as individual topics. Materials for self-guided learning must be available online or for download in standard digital formats.
For each class or learning resource, please provide information that will help NIH identify and locate the resources, such as:
·         The name of the course or resource;
·         A URL for the online resource or a site that describes or offers the resource;
·         The sponsor of the resource, such as organization or instructor.
Additional information, is also welcome, including comments about the course or resource.

PASIG Updates

The next meeting of the Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group will take place at the University of California, San Diego, on Marcy 11-13, 2015, immediately following the Research Data Alliance plenary, which is also taking place in San Diego.

More information will be available at


In the interim, the material from the Fall 2014 PASIG meting in Karlsruhe, Germany is now available  via a link on the same site.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

CRediT Launch Workshop Dec 10, DC

Following the December 8-9 CNI membership meeting in DC, there’s a workshop on December 10 that is aimed at advancing the development of better characterizations Following the December 8-9 CNI membership meeting in DC, there’s a workshop on December 10 that is aimed at advancing of the various roles that  contributors play in scholarly communication. This builds on work that was done at a workshop hosted at Harvard in May 2012; I know some CNI-announce readers were at this earlier meeting and many more read the report or other coverage.

Amy Brand, who organized the Harvard meeting, is running this workshop as well. She tells me that she still has a small number of places available. More details are below.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI
“There a few spots left for a one-day workshop following CNI on December 10th in DC, for anyone interested in learning more about http://projectcredit.net. This is an initiative sponsored by the Wellcome Trust, Digital Science, CASRAI and NISO, with support from Science Europe, to develop a science-oriented contributor role taxonomy and its implementation. Preliminary workshop agenda, along with registration form, may be found here. ”

Amy Brand, PhD
VP Academic & Research Relations, VP North America
Digital Science
25 First Street
Cambridge, MA 02141
Office +1-617-475-9278, Mobile +1-617-955-6864

Videos from Dodging the Memory Hole: Saving Born-digital News Content, RJI

Clifford Lynch’s opening keynote address from “Dodging the Memory Hole: Saving Born-digital News Content” is now available, as are other videos from the event:


The symposium was held at the University of Missouri’s Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) on Nov. 10–11, 2014.

CNI Member Mtg Presentations: Titles Released

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


Details are subject to change.

The meeting will be held Dec. 8-9 in Washington, DC, at the Capital Hilton. Registration closes Nov. 7th.

Library Publishing Forum accepting session proposals

I’m pleased to share this call for presentation proposals for the 2d annual Library Publishing Forum. CNI is a Strategic Affiliate of the Library Publishing Coalition, which organizes this conference. For those who have already developed publishing initiatives in the library or are planning to do so, you should find this program of interest.
–Joan Lippincott
Conference Announcement and CFP: 2nd Annual Library Publishing Forum
Date: March 29-30, 2015
Location: Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
Conference Website: http://www.librarypublishing.org/events/lpforum15
We are pleased to announce the second annual Library Publishing Forum and issue a call for presentation proposals. This year’s theme is Creating and Supporting Sustainable Publishing Programs and we invite proposals for a variety of formats and relevant topics. For further details, please see thiswebsite. Proposals are due December 31, 2014.
This event will bring together representatives from libraries engaged in (or considering) publishing initiatives to define and address major questions and challenges; to identify and document collaborative opportunities; to strengthen and promote this community of practice; and to advance this vibrant subfield of academic publishing.
We encourage library publishers (and friends of library publishing) to submit proposals and/or attend the Forum, including both administrators and technical staff charged with this important scholarly communications function. The Library Publishing Forum will include representatives from a broad, international spectrum of academic library backgrounds, as well as groups that collaborate with libraries to publish scholarly works including the digital humanities. You do not need to be a member of the LPC to attend this event.
Please check the website for registration information.

Allegra Swift
Head of Scholarly Communication & Digital Publishing
Claremont Colleges Library
Claremont University Consortium
909.607.0893 | scholarship.claremont.edu

Digital Initiative Symposium – Call for Proposals

I’m happy to pass along this Call for Proposals from University of San Diego.
Joan Lippincott

2015 University of San Diego Digital Initiatives Symposium Call for Proposals

When: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Where: University of San Diego

Proposals are now being accepted for the second annual Digital Initiatives Symposium, a day-long event focused on all types and platforms of institutional repositories and digital initiatives.

This year’s symposium will focus on the intersections of libraries and the broader educational community: open educational resources, library partnerships with faculty for digital initiatives, digital humanities, and other topics, in a variety of institutional contexts.

We are accepting proposals for 45-minute concurrent sessions and 90-minute panel presentations. We welcome proposals from all types of organizations, including colleges and universities of all sizes, community colleges, public libraries, special libraries, museums, and other cultural memory institutions.

We are especially interested in proposals that consider:

· roles for deans and directors in digital and institutional repository initiatives

· roles for disciplinary faculty in digital and institutional repository initiatives

· diverse repository platforms and functions

· open access policies

· repositories and distance learning

· repositories and information literacy

· digital humanities

· copyright

· open educational resources

· instruction and scholarly communication

· archives and special collections

Submission Guidelines and Selection Criteria

Panel discussions: 90 minutes

Concurrent sessions (case studies, white papers, demonstrations, or panels): 45 minutes

Please plan to leave 10-15 minutes for questions.

Submissions must include:

· Session title

· Presenters’ names, titles, and affiliations

· A brief abstract, no more than 300 words (If accepted, the abstract will be used as part of the program and published along with conference proceedings.)

· A longer description of the session, approximately 500 words

· A brief statement on learning outcomes for the session

· Specific technology or other presentation requirements

Submissions will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic and potential to advance thinking about digital initiatives and institutional repositories. Acceptance is competitive. Registration fees will be waived for accepted presenters.

Submit proposals and questions to Kelly Riddle, Digital Initiatives Librarian at the University of San Diego, at kriddle.

For more information on the day’s events, please visit http://digital.sandiego.edu/symposium/.

Important Dates

December 15, 2014: Proposal submission deadline

January 23, 2015: Notification of acceptance

February 16, 2015: Selected presenters must confirm presentations

March 23, 2015: Registration deadline

Dr. Theresa S. Byrd

Dean of the University Library

Helen K. and James S. Copley Library

University of San Diego

5998 Alcalá Park

San Diego, CA 92110-2492

Phone: (619) 260-7522

Fax: (619) 849-8301


Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013