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Update on Large Scale Resilience Research

About five years ago I shared some pointers to materials, including a synthesis of the state of the art and the research agenda, describing work going on primarily within the exascale computing community on the resilience of very large scale systems; while much of this is focused on computation (very large numbers of processors), it is also highly relevant to storage systems essential for large scale data management and digital preservation. Recently, a new article has been published by a group that includes a number of the authors of the earlier reports, looking at the progress that has beenmade over the past five years. This will be of interest to CNI-announce readers interested in getting a sense of the progress that has (or has not) been made over the last half decade.

This is available at


(abstract and pointer to PDF of the article).

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Summer Reading: A History of the Future in 100 Objects

I know that many readers of the CNI-announce list share my interest in speculations about the future, and how technology, society, and scholarship may evolve to create that future. I’ve recently read what I thought was a very elegant book that I highly reccomend to those who share those interests titled “A History of the Future in 100 Objects” by Adrian Hon.

Adrian Hon’s book is partially inspired by the recent exhibition (and accompanying book) by Neal MacGregor at the British Museum summarizing the history of civilization in 100 objects, and envisions 100 objects (broadly defined; some are really events or other developments that are in some sense represented by an object) from the period 2014 – 2087 that chart the evolution of civilization during that period.

You can find information about this book, and excerpts from it, at



Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

ELI Annual Meeting Proposal Submission Deadline Approaching

Posted on behalf of Malcolm Brown at EDUCAUSE:

I’m writing with a reminder that the call for proposals for the ELI 2015 Annual Meeting is open, but the deadline is fast approaching (August 28th).

The URL for submitting a proposal is here:

The dates for the 2015 Annual Meeting are Feb. 9-11, 2015, and the location is Anaheim, CA. The tag line for the event is: Designing Our Thinking: Crafting New Directions for Digital Engagement.

There is a variety of session types to choose from. Session themes highlight our top content anchors, but proposals on any pertinent topic on teaching and learning in higher education are most welcome.

If you have any questions about the call for proposals, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Malcolm Brown mbrown<mailto:mbrown>
Veronica Diaz vdiaz<mailto:vdiaz>

Malcolm Brown
Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative

Uncommon Thinking for the Common Good
1150 18th Street, NW, Suite 900 Washington, DC 20036
direct: 575.448.1313 | main: 202.872.4200 | fax: 202.872.4318 | educause.edu<http://www.educause.edu/>

NMC Horizon Report for Libraries

The New Media Consortium (NMC) has just released its first ever report for libraries. As with its other reports, this one identifies six key trends, six significant challenges, and six emerging technologies across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years.

The full report is available at http://www.nmc.org/news/its-here-horizon-report-2014-library-edition

I served on the expert panel to select the topics featured in the report.

–Joan Lippincott

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).

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013