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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.

Request for Input on US National Big Data R&D Strategic Plan

While this is mentioned in the announcement of the National Research Council Symposium on the Federal Interagency BIg Data Strategic Plan that I just posted to CNI-announce, I wanted to specifically direct attention to the recent public call for input on this planning work which can be found at:


The call is open until November 13, and the page at the NITRD site above has all the details.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Draft Report of NIH workshop on Software Reuse

There’s a very interesting draft report (open for comment till 1 November) from a workshop that the National Institutes of Health sponsored in May 2014 on issues involved in locating, citing and reusing software in the biomedical community; obviously this is tied in to issues that include data reuse and the reproducibilty of results and should be of broad interest within the CNI community. A short background summary and a pointer to the report are at:


Many thanks to Kaitlin Thaney at the Mozilla Science Lab for the pointer.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

REMINDER: Proposals Due for CNI Fall 2014

The submission deadline for CNI’s fall 2014 membership meeting is fast approaching! The meeting will be held December 8-9 in Washington, DC.

Proposals for project briefings are due no later than next Monday, October 13.
A limited number of proposals are accepted.
For details, and for a submission form, please consult http://www.cni.org/go/fall-2014-proposal-form/.

Meeting and hotel registration deadline is November 7: http://www.cni.org/go/fall-2014-accommodations/.

Meeting hashtag is #cni14f.

BitCurator Digital Forensics Software Released

I wanted to share this announcement with the broad CNI-announce community, even though it has already been posted to some more specialized digital preservation lists. The release of the free, open source digital forensics software described below, a joint effort of the University of North Carolina I-school and MITH at the University of Maryland enabled by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funding, finally puts an important class of digital preservation and curation tools into the hands of archivists, librarians, and curators of all kinds. This is particularly important in the emerging area of digital personal archives and archiving.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Release of BitCurator 1.0: Free and Open-Source Software for Libraries, Archives and Museums

Release date: September 25, 2014

CHAPEL HILL – The BitCurator project today announced the release of BitCurator 1.0, a free and open-source digital forensics software environment for libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs) to acquire and process born-digital materials. The BitCurator environment can be installed as a Linux environment; run as a virtual machine on top of other operating systems (Windows, Mac, Unix/Linux); or run as individual software tools, packages, support scripts and documentation. The software release is the culmination of a three-year (2011-2014), collaborative effort between the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland. The project was made possible through two phases of funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

“This is an exciting milestone,” says Christopher (Cal) Lee, principal investigator for the BitCurator project and associate professor at SILS. “Although there are already numerous collecting institutions across the globe that are using the BitCurator environment, release of version 1.0 is a further sign of the software’s maturity.”

Matthew Kirschenbaum, co-principle investigator for the project and associate director at MITH, concurs. “There is now widespread recognition that digital forensics methods and tools have a significant role in the cultural heritage sector. With the release of BitCurator 1.0, collecting professionals now have convenient access to a range of open source digital forensics tools to assist in the processing of born-digital and hybrid collections.”

Among its many functionalities, the BitCurator environment allows individuals to create forensic disk images, perform data triage tasks, analyze and report on file systems, identify personal and sensitive information (such as social security numbers or credit card information), and enables the capture and export of technical metadata.
With the completion of the BitCurator project, support for the BitCurator environment and associated user community is shifting to the BitCurator Consortium (BCC) [http://www.bitcurator.net/bitcurator-consortium/] an independent, community-led membership association that will serve as the host and center of administrative, user and community support for the software.

More information about the project is available at http://bitcurator.net. All of the BitCurator software, documentation and instructional materials can be freely downloaded from http://wiki.bitcurator.net. Interested individuals can join the BitCurator users list and follow @bitcurator on Twitter.

International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) V2 Released

Following up on a session from one of our recent CNI membership meetings, I wanted to share this announcement of the release of the new version 2.0 of the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF). This is a very helpful integrating framework for a number of image-related services and interactions which I think is starting to gain some significant deployment.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


Subject: IIIF Image and Presentation API Version 2.0 Published

The International Image Interoperability Framework community
(http://iiif.io/) is pleased to announce the release of the second major
version of its specifications intended to provide a shared layer for
dynamic interactions with images and the structure of the collections
and objects of which they are part. These APIs are used in production
systems to enable cross-institutional integration of content, via mix
and match of best of class front end applications and servers.

This release adds additional functionality derived from real world use
cases needed by partners within the community, and reflects more than a
year of experience with the previous versions and significant input from
across the cultural heritage community. It also formalizes many of the
aspects that were implicit in the initial versions and makes puts into
place a manageable framework for sustainable future development.
Detailed change notes are available.

The specifications are available at:

Image API: http://iiif.io/api/image/2.0/
Presentation API: http://iiif.io/api/presentation/2.0/

Accompanying the release of the specifications is a suite of community
infrastructure tools, including reference implementations of all
versions of the Image API, collections of valid and intentionally
invalid example Presentation API resource descriptions, plus validators
for both APIs. Production ready software is available for the full Image
API stack, with server implementations in both Loris [1] and IIP Server
[2], and rich client support in the popular Open Seadragon [3].

There will be a rollout and dissemination event on October 20th, 2014 at
the British Library to celebrate this release and engage with the wider
community. Further details at http://iiif.io/event/2014/london.html, all
are welcome but (free) registration is required.

Feedback, comments and questions are welcomed on the discussion list at

Sincerely and on behalf of the community,
Benjamin Albritton
Michael Appleby
Robert Sanderson
Stuart Snydman
Jon Stroop
Simeon Warner

[1] Loris: https://github.com/pulibrary/loris/
[2] IIP Server: https://github.com/ruven/iipsrv
[3] Open Seadragon: http://openseadragon.github.io/

Presentations from LC Designing Storage Architectures 2014 Meeting

On September 22-23, 2014 the Library of Congress hosted its annual invitational meeting on Designing Storage Architectures for Digital Collections in Washington DC; I was once again fortunate to be able to attend. This is a consistently excellent meeting that makes a real contribution to understanding interactions among storage systems, reliability and resilience, and preservation and digital library economics. The presentation materials from the meeting are now online at


There is a wealth of valuable material here that will be of interest to CNI-announce readers.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Learning Space Rating System version 1 released

For those interested in assessment of learning spaces, you will want to download version 1 of the newly released Learning Space Rating System (LSRS) available on the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) website at http://www.educause.edu/eli/initiatives/learning-space-rating-system

From the Introduction:
“The Learning Space Rating System (LSRS) project provides a set of measurable criteria to assess how well the design of classrooms support and enable active learning activities. Noting the success of several architectural programs to promote sustainable building design, the LSRS provides a scoring system to serve as an indicator of how well a classroom’s design serves the goal of active learning. The LSRS criteria form the basis for a rating system that will allow institutions to benchmark their environments against best practices within the higher education community.”

While this version focused on formal learning spaces, primarily classrooms, future versions will informal spaces (such as library and computer center spaces) and specialized spaces.

–Joan Lippincott

Jordan Eschler & Olivia Dorsey Receive Paul Evan Peters Fellowships

Washington DC — The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is pleased to announce the selection of doctoral student Jordan Eschler and master’s student Olivia Dorsey as the 2014 recipients of the Paul Evan Peters Fellowship for graduate study in library and information sciences. The fellowship was established to honor the memory of CNI founding executive director Paul Evan Peters; it recognizes outstanding scholarship and intellectual rigor, a commitment to civic responsibility and democratic values, and imagination. This is the first time two fellowships are being awarded in one year.

Jordan Eschler is a PhD student at the University of Washington’s Information School; she holds a BA in Economics and English from the University of Michigan and an MS in Information Management from the University of Washington. Eschler was selected for the Peters Fellowship, in part, for her research in helping to empower patients in their healthcare decisions, focusing especially on the unique circumstances of young adults with chronic disease. This segment of the population, Eschler points out, typically has fewer resources than older patients, but it is generally more inclined to seek advice and information from online communities. University of Washington iSchool professor Michael Eisenberg, who recommended Eschler for the award, wrote that she “shares the same sense of passion and commitment to using technology to improve society and services to people” as the award’s namesake.

This year’s recipient of the new award for master’s students, Olivia Dorsey, begins a program in information science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she previously received a BS in information science. Dorsey is particularly interested in using digital humanities to explore issues surrounding diversity, experience and identity. As an undergraduate research fellow, Dorsey created the digital archive FranklinMemories.com, which documents the faces and voices of the African American community in the racially diverse Appalachian town of Franklin, NC. Dorsey “has demonstrated outstanding potential for research and scholarship,” wrote University of Maryland professor Richard Marciano in a letter recommending her for the award, concluding, “she is committed to the archives profession and advancing diversity concerns within it.”

CNI executive director Clifford Lynch stated, “This year we again had a wonderful applicant pool that would have made Paul Peters both delighted and proud, and we have a great pair of awardees that honor his memory.” Commenting on this year’s change to the fellowship, “I am particularly pleased that this cycle we were able to offer a second award specifically targeted at a master’s-level student; this allows us to recognize people who are eager to move quickly into professional practice, paralleling Paul’s career trajectory.”

Selection committee members included: Ellen Borkowski, chief information officer at Union College; Clem Guthro, director of the Colby College Libraries; Jennifer Paustenbaugh, university librarian at Brigham Young University; and Joan Lippincott, associate executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information.

About the Fellowship

The Paul Evan Peters Fellowship was established to honor and perpetuate the memory of the founding executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information. Funded by donations from Peters’s colleagues, friends, and family, in 2014, the fellowship provides two two-year awards: one to a doctoral student in the amount of $5,000 per year, and one to a master’s student in the amount of $2,500 per year. Fellowships are given to students who demonstrate intellectual and personal qualities consistent with those of Peters, including:

• Commitment to the use of digital information and advanced technology to enhance scholarship, intellectual productivity, and public life
• Interest in the civic responsibilities of networked information professionals, and a commitment to democratic values and government accountability
• Positive and creative approach to overcoming personal, technological, and bureaucratic challenges
• Humor, vision, humanity, and imagination

The fellowship will be awarded next in 2016; applications will be available on CNI’s website, www.cni.org.

More information about the fellowship and its current and past recipients is available at www.cni.org/go/pep-fellowship.

CNI is a coalition of over 220 institutions dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of digital information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity. The Coalition, which is sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and EDUCAUSE, is headquartered in Washington DC. More about CNI is at www.cni.org.

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 www.arl.org.

A nonprofit association and the foremost community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education, EDUCAUSE helps those who lead, manage, and use information technology to shape strategic IT decisions at every level within higher education. For more information, visit educause.edu.

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013