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DigCCurr Professional Institute Registration Open

I’m passing along registration information from our colleagues at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who offer excellent professional development opportunities for those interested in digital curation.
Joan Lippincott

Registration Now Open!

DigCCurr Professional Institute: Curation Practices for the Digital Object Lifecycle

May 11-16, 2014 & January 5-6, 2015 (One price for two sessions) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Visit http://ils.unc.edu/digccurr/institute2014.html for more information.

REGISTRATION LINK: http://tinyurl.com/ncgy367.

The Institute consists of one five-day session in May 2014 and a two-day follow-up session in January 2015. Each day of the summer session will include lectures, discussion and hands-on “lab” components. A course pack and a private, online discussion space will be provided to supplement learning and application of the material. An opening reception dinner on Sunday, Continental breakfast, break time snacks and coffee, and a dinner on Tuesday will also be included.

This institute is designed to foster skills, knowledge and community-building among professionals responsible for the curation of digital materials.


* Regular registration : $1,150
* Late registration (after April 1, 2014): $1,300

If you are a grant recipient working on a digital project, we recommend that you check with your program officer to request approval to use available grant funds to attend the institute.

Institute Instructors Include:

* From the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Dr. Cal Lee, Dr. Helen Tibbo, and Dr. Kam Woods.
* Dr. Nancy McGovern, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
* Dr. Carolyn Hank, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
* Dr. Lorraine Richards, Drexel University.

May 2014 Institute Components include (order and session titles may vary somewhat from those listed):

*Overview of digital curation definition, scope and main functions
*Where you see yourself in the digital curation landscape
*Digital curation program development
*Digital curation stakeholders and digital curation landscape
*Case Study on developing a digital repository
*Procedural accountability – policies, submission agreements, rules
*LAB -Transforming policy statements into rules
*Overview of digital preservation challenges and opportunities
*Roles and responsibilities for curation
*LAB – Matching skills and roles
*Characterization of digital objects
*Overview and Characterization of Existing Tools: Placing the Tools in a Larger Industry Context
*File formats
*LAB – File format robustness
*Managing in response to technological change
*Digital forensics
*Ethical issues
*LAB – Media and content
*Workflows, humans, and tools
*Lab – Workflows
*Evaluating curation programs requirements and assessment
*LAB – Evaluating curation programs: TRAC/ISO 16363 Review
* Characterizing, analyzing and evaluating the producer information environment
*Economics of digital curation – costs and resource commitments
*LAB – Economics of digital curation
*Cloud computing
*Web archiving
* Formulating your six-month action plan – task for each individual, with instructors available to provide guidance
* Summary of action plans
* Clarifying roles and expectations for the next six months

January 5-6, 2015
Participants in the May event will return to Chapel Hill in Jan. 2015 to discuss their experiences in implementing what they have learned in their own work environments. Participants will compare experiences, lessons learned and strategies for continuing progress. Accommodations for January will be the responsibility of the attendee.

For more information, contact Dr. Helen Tibbo (tibbo) for Institute questions or Tiffany Harris (tjharris) for payment or registration questions.

The Digital Professional Institute was initiated as part of the DigCCurr II project, supported by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (Grant Award #RE-05-08-0060-08) and is partially supported by the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

LODGING: Participants are responsible for their own lodging. A DigCCurr 2014-15 room block has been reserved at the Hampton Inn and Suites for $129/night. Please indicate “DigCCurr” and group code “CUR” when making reservations. Reservations must be received by 04/01/2014. After this date reservations will be accepted on a space a rate available basis only. You may reserve your hotel room by calling the hotel at 919-969-6989 or by clicking on this link: http://hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/groups/personalized/R/RDUCOHX-DGG-20140511/index.jhtml

We look forward to seeing you there! -Helen

Dr. Helen R. Tibbo, Alumni Distinguished Professor
President, 2010-2011 & Fellow, Society of American Archivists
School of Information and Library Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3360
Tel: 919-962-8063
Fax: 919-962-8071

CNI Mtg Schedule Available

The schedule for CNI’s Fall 2013 Membership Meeting has been posted:


Also posted recently to the meeting website (http://www.cni.org/mm/fall-2013/):
*Title list of breakout sessions including presenters
*Abstract for Eszter Hargittai’s plenary talk Digital Natives or Digital Naives? The Role of Skill in Internet Use

Session abstracts and a complete schedule of events will be posted very soon.

We will be posting meeting updates from the CNI Twitter account (http://twitter.com/cni_org) using the hashtag #cni13f and we encourage other twitterers to do the same. The meeting will be held Dec. 9-10 at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC.

We look forward to seeing you in DC in December!

UK Government Report “Seizing the Data Opportunity”

This pointer from the UK Digital Curation Center newsletter will, I think, be of interest to CNI-announce readers.

The UK Government has recently published a new report Seizing the data opportunity, which outlines the government’s strategy for UK data capability. The report highlights the need to increase training in data analytics and data science, and announces what promises to be a landmark event next year – an Open Science Data Forum hosted by the Royal Society.

A brief summary of the report and a pointer to the full document is at


2014 Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries

Again this year, Stanford University Libraries are calling for entries for the Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries. These entries are due by January 15, 2014.

The award recognizes a research, national, or other library that supports research activities, and is on either a single program or project and/or a sustained culture and profile of encouraging effective and sustainable innovation. The effects of such efforts must have measurable impact on the library’s own clientele as well as influencing the practices and/or standards of research librarianship generally.

Full information and entry forms can be found at http://spirl.stanford.edu .

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

CLIR Report on Research Data Management

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has released a new publication titled “Research Data Management: Principles, Practices and Prospects”. This publication covers a project called DataRes at the University of North Texas (UNT) , and includes several papers that were presented at a symposium sponsored by DataRes at in late 2012. The report can be found here:


Martin Halbert, the Dean of the University of North Texas, has recently posted some helpful framing comments on the report on his blog at:


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Busy Week for Big Data

There have been several inter-related announcements dealing with “Big Data” this week that I think will be of interest to many CNI-announce readers; my apologies for being tardy in sharing them.

On Tuesday, November 12, the Obama Administration hosted an event under the auspices of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Networking and Information Technology R&D program coordinating office titled “Data to Knowledge to Action: Building New Partnerships” which provides a progress report on the big data initiative first announced in March 2012. The agenda, and more importantly several very useful background documents, can be found here:


In conjunction with this event, NSF also issued a press release that summarized their progress in supporting the initiative, with many links to descriptions of specific projects and programs. The overview release can be found at:


The November 12 event was webcast live; there are links to recorded video of at least some of the sessions included in the NSF press release above (see the right hand margin of the page).

Also at the November 12 event, we saw the announcement of a large-scale, 5-year multi-institutional partnership funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation focused on the use of big data and data science to advance basic research and scientific discovery. The participating institutions are New York University, the University of Washington, and the University of California, Berkeley. This page from the Moore Foundation provides an overview and links to a number of related press releases:


and here is the Sloan Foundation (joint) press release


and here is the announcement from UC Berkeley


from NYU


and from the University of Washington


Exciting times.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

REMINDER: CNI Registration closes Tuesday 11/12

The registration deadline for the Fall 2013 CNI member meeting is next TUESDAY, November 12. If you have not registered for the meeting or made hotel accommodations, please do so by Tuesday. Information about registration & accommodations is available online:

CNI director Clifford Lynch will open the meeting with a presentation of CNI’s 2013-14 Program Plan; Eszter Hargittai, Delaney Family Professor in the Communication Studies Department at Northwestern University, and Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, will deliver the closing plenary address. Follow the meeting on Twitter: #cni13f

A preliminary list of project briefing/presentation titles & presenters will be posted soon; consult the meeting website for more details:

If you have questions about meeting registration, please contact Jackie Eudell at jackie. The event will be held at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC, December 9-10.

See you in DC!

Research Data Management & the History of Science

There’s an interesting report from the History of Science Society that looks at the question of how historians of science, as opposed to scientists in various disciplines, need to be represented in efforts to make decisions about the curation and retention of research data, using the context of the recent US Federal government efforts to open up government-produced and government-funded research data. This is an important topic that has had very little in-depth investigation to date, as far as I am aware.

The report is at:


My thanks to Joyce Ogburn at Appalachian State University for bringing this report to my attention.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

McKinsey Report on Open Data

The McKinsey & Co. Global Institute has released an interesting report titled “Open Data: Unlocking Innovation and Performance” which covers the potential of opening up data (particularly government data) across a number of sectors, including education. Pointers to the executive summary and the full report, plus some related audio materials, can be found at


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Presentations from LC Meeting on Storage Architectures

For the last few years, the Library of Congress has been running an excellent annual meeting Designing Storage Architectures for Digital Collections, which is a great source of information on storage technology developments as they connect with digital preservation. The presentations for the 2013 meeting, held on 23-24 September, are now available at


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013