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Video: Assessing a Decade of Internet Identity

Ken Klingenstein of Internet2 discusses the current and past Internet identity protocols and practices, and he considers its future in this talk presented at CNI’s December 2014 member meeting.

A Decade In: Assessing the Impacts and Futures of Internet Identity is now available online:

and on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/121389537

To see all available videos from this meeting, visit CNI’s channels on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni).

National Library of Medicine Strategic Vision Call for Input

The Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Francis Collins, has formed a working group to articulate a vision for the future of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) as part of the transition taking place with the retirement of the long-serving NLM Director, Don Lindberg, this spring. As part of this process the working group is calling for community responses to a request for information by March 13.

The RFI can be found at:


and information about the working group is at:


NLM has been an incredibly important part of the research and scholarly communications environment, as well as a key bridge between the research community and the broader public, in recent decades and it’s vital that it has the benefit of the best thinking as it maps its future.

Clifford Lynch

Brewster Kahle & Carole Palmer to Keynote at CNI Meeting

Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive and Carole Palmer of the University of Washington Information School will be the plenary speakers at the Coalition for Network Information’s Spring 2015 meeting; Brewster will open the meeting, and Carole will give the closing talk.

The meeting will take place in Seattle, Washington on April 13-14, 2015, at the Westin Seattle hotel; consult the meeting website http://www.cni.org/mm/spring-2015/ for details. More information about the program, including the list of some 40 breakout sessions, will be announced shortly. Registration closes March 20, 2015.

New Article: Future for Teaching & Learning

A new article by Joan Lippincott on pedagogy and curriculum in libraries, which has been published in the March/April 2015 issue of American Libraries, is now available online at http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2015/02/26/the-future-for-teaching-and-learning/

This article is adapted from “Libraries as Enablers of Pedagogical and Curricular Change” jointly authored by Joan K. Lippincott, Kim Duckett (North Carolina Statue University), and Anu Vedantham (University of Pennsylvania), published in EDUCAUSE Review Online, October, 2014.

Video: Trends in 3D Printing

James King of NIH and Kathlin Ray of the University of Nevada, Reno, describe 3D printing programs at their institutions’ libraries and explore what’s different about 3D printing as a service in a library. This presentation is from CNI’s December 2014 member meeting.

Trends in 3D Printing is now available online:

and on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/120659489

To see all available videos, visit CNI’s channels on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni).

Video: Improving Scholarly Workflow with OSF

In this presentation from CNI’s fall 2014 meeting, Andrew Sallans of the Center for Open Science discusses the Open Science Framework (OSF), a free, open source web application which is designed to improve scholarly workflow and connect it to other tools and services.

Improving Integrity, Transparency, And Reproducibility Through Connection Of The Scholarly Workflow is now available online:

and on YouTube: http://youtu.be/kTgPUHFZiw0

To see all available video, visit CNI’s channels on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni).

Video: Smithsonian’s 3D Digitization

In this presentation from CNI’s fall 2014 meeting, Günter Waibel and Vincent Rossi of the Smithsonian Institution describe and demonstrate methods being used to capture high-quality digital representations of some of the millions of objects housed within the Smithsonian, including some of the most iconic items within the collection. The methods include strategies to capture at scale, using “conveyor-belt rapid digitization” with throughput rates of up to 6,000 items per day. Use cases include 3D models of the 1903 Wright Flyer, Lincoln’s Life Masks, and a super nova.

Smithsonian X Digitization: Rapid Capture for Vast Collections, 3D Digitization for Iconic Objects, a fascinating look at how 3D online models can turn Web visitors into active investigators, is now available online in its entirety:

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/119134601

To see all available videos from CNI, visit our channels on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni).

Research Data Alliance – US Call for Fellows

Posting on behalf of our colleagues at the Research Data Alliance.
–Joan Lippincott, CNI

Research Data Alliance/US Call for Fellows
The Research Data Alliance (RDA) invites applications for its newly redesigned fellowship program. The program’s goal is to engage early career researchers in the US in Research Data Alliance (RDA), a dynamic and young global organization that seeks to eliminate the technical and social barriers to research data sharing.
The successful Fellow will engage in the RDA through a 12-18 month project under the guidance of a mentor from the RDA community. The project is carried out within the context of an RDA Working Group (WG), Interest Group (IG), or Coordination Group (i.e., Technical Advisory Board), and is expected to have mutual benefit to both Fellow and the group’s goals. Fellows receive a stipend and travel support and must be currently employed or appointed at a US institution.
Fellows have a chance to work on real-world challenges of high importance to RDA, for instance:

  • Engage with social sciences experts to study the human and organizational barriers to technology sharing
  • Apply a WG product to a need in the Fellow’s discipline
  • Develop plan and disseminate RDA research data sharing practices
  • Develop and test adoption strategies
  • Study and recommend strategies to facilitate adoption of outputs from WGs into the broader RDA membership and other organizations
  • Engage with potential adopting organizations and study their practices and needs
  • Develop outreach materials to disseminate information about RDA and its products
  • Adapt and transfer outputs from WGs into the broader RDA membership and other organizations

The program involves one or two summer internships and travel to RDA plenaries during the duration of the fellowship (international and domestic travel). Fellows will receive a $5000 stipend for each summer of the fellowship. Fellows will be paired with a mentor from the RDA community. Through the RDA Data Share program, fellows will participate in a cohort building orientation workshop offering training in RDA and data sciences. This workshop is held at the beginning of the fellowship. RDA Data Share program coordinators will work with Fellows and mentors to clarify roles and responsibilities at the start of the fellowship.
Criteria for selection: The Fellows engaging in the RDA Data Share program are sought from a variety of backgrounds: communications, social, natural and physical sciences, business, informatics, and computer science. The RDA Data Share program will look for a T-shaped skill set, where early signs of cross discipline competency are combined with evidence of teamwork and communication skills, and a deep competency in one discipline.
Additional criteria include: interest in and commitment to data sharing and open access; demonstrated ability to work in teams and within a limited time framework; and benefit to the applicant’s career trajectory.
Eligibility: Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers at institutions of higher education in the United States, and early career researchers at U.S.-based research institutions who graduated with a relevant master’s or PhD and are no more than three years beyond receipt of their degree. Applications from traditionally underserved populations are strongly encouraged to apply.
To apply: Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume/curriculum vitae and a 300-500 word statement that briefly describes their education, interests in data issues, and career goals to datashare-inquiry-l. Candidates are encouraged to browse the RDA website https://rd-alliance.org/ and pages of interest and working groups to identify relevant topics and mutual interests.
For more on this call see: https://www.rd-alliance.org/research-data-allianceus-call-fellows.html-1
Important dates:
April 16, 2015 – Fellowship applications are due
May 1, 2015 – Award notifications
June 18-19, 2015 – Fellowship begins with the orientation workshop in Bloomington, IN


RDA Data Share, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation under award G-2014-13746, engages students and early career researchers in the Research Data Alliance.  This engagement builds on foundational infrastructure funded by the National Science Foundation grant # ACI-1349002.

HathiTrust Research Center UnCamp

Registration Now Open! HTRC UnCamp, March 30-31, 2015

HathiTrust Research Center UnCamp
March 30-31, 2015
Palmer Commons at the University of Michigan
100 Washtenaw Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2218

2015 UnCamp
This year’s HathiTrust Research Center UnCamp will be held March 30-31, 2015 at the University of Michigan Palmer Commons. This is the third iteration of the UnCamp—an event that is part hands-on coding and demonstration, part inspirational use-cases, part community building, part informational, all structured in the dynamic setting of an un-conference programming format. It has visionary speakers mixed with boot-camp activities and hands-on sessions with HTRC infrastructure and tools. This year’s keynote speakers are Professor Michelle Alexopoulos, of the University of Toronto Department of Economics and Professor Erez Lieberman Aiden of the Department of Genetics at the Baylor College of Medicine. Read more about Michelle and Erez on the HTRC website.

Who should attend? The HTRC UnCamp is targeted to the digital humanities tool developers, researchers and librarians of HathiTrust member institutions, and graduate students. Breakout sessions will cover a range of topics and be based around attendees’ self-identified roles, so all levels of user/researcher are encouraged to attend. Attendees will be asked for their input in planning sessions, so please plan to register early!

Registration is now live!
The UnCamp will have a minimal registration fee of $150 so as to make the Uncamp as affordable as possible for you to attend, while covering meals and venue expenses. Registration will be open until March 16, 2015, and is limited due to venue constraints, so do plan to register early.

Follow this link to register: https://www.eventville.com/catalog/eventregistration1.asp?eventid=1011462

Two blocks of hotels have been reserved and are available for reservations via phone only:

Campus Inn (734-769-2200)
Within walking distance of Palmer Commons
$229 per night
Block name “UM Library-HathiTrust UnCamp”

Sheraton Ann Arbor (734-996-0600)
Short car ride from Palmer Commons
$135 per night
Block name “HathiTrust UnCamp”

Additional information, including detailed bios for speakers, introductions for keynotes and the full UnCamp program, will be posted at http://www.hathitrust.org/htrc_uncamp2015 as it becomes available. Please forward any question to HTRC Executive Assistant, Ryan Dubnicek (rdubnic2@illinois.edu).

Robert H. McDonald
Associate Dean for Library Technologies
Deputy Director-Data to Insight Center, Pervasive Technology Institute
Indiana University
1320 East 10th Street
Herman B Wells Library 234
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: 812-856-4834
Email: rhmcdona@indiana.edu
Skype: rhmcdonald

REMINDER: Proposals Due for CNI Spring 2015

The submission deadline for CNI’s spring 2015 membership meeting is fast approaching! The meeting will be held on April 13-14 in Seattle, Washington.

Proposals for project briefings are due no later than Friday, February 27.
A limited number of proposals are accepted.
For details, and to submit a proposal: http://www.cni.org/mm/spring-2015/s15-submit-a-proposal/

Meeting and hotel registration deadline is Friday, March 20www.cni.org/mm/spring-2015/

Follow this meeting on Twitter: #cni15s

See you in Seattle!

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013