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Podcast Interviews from Fall CNI Meeting

Interviews conducted by EDUCAUSE during the Fall 2009 CNI Membership Meeting are now online:
www.educause.edu/blog/gbayne/PodcastsFromtheCNI2009FallTask/197751

The podcasts include a conversation with plenary speaker Bernard Frischer, a leading digital humanist who discusses 3D modeling in the humanities, and Brett Bobley, CIO for the National Endowment for the Humanities, on using supercomputers in humanities research.  These recordings are designed to function as an extension of the meeting, complementing the standard program, and providing an opportunity for the broader CNI community to hear from some of our key presenters and attendees.

The meeting was held December 14-15, 2009 in Washington, DC.  Thanks to all who attended and presented!

New Videos from CNI

Two new videos from CNI’s December membership meeting in are now available for streaming or download:

Memento:  Time Travel for the Web, a project briefing presented by Herbert Van de Sompel & Robert Sanderson of Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Michael Nelson from Old Dominion University, is at http://vimeo.com/8365394

Also by Robert Sanderson and Herbert Van de Sompel, the project briefing Interoperable Annotation:  Perspectives from the Open Annotation Collaboration can be accessed at http://vimeo.com/8481040

All CNI-produced videos are available from the CNI channel at http://vimeo.com/channels/cni.  Subscribe to the CNI video channel feed to receive automatic updates when new material is available:  http://vimeo.com/channels/cni/videos/rss.

For those hoping for more compact recordings of content from CNI’s meetings, AUDIO-ONLY files are now available for the four sessions recorded at CNI’s fall 2009 meeting:

Cliff Lynch’s opening address:
http://www.cni.org/tfms/2009b.fall/audio/CNI_091214_MMF09_Opening_Clynch.mp3

Bernard Frischer’s talk, Beyond Illustration: New Dimensions of 3D Modeling of Cultural Heritage Sites and Monuments:
http://www.cni.org/tfms/2009b.fall/audio/CNI_091215_MMF09_Closing_BFrischer.mp3

Project briefing, Memento:  Time Travel for the Web
http://www.cni.org/tfms/2009b.fall/audio/CNI_091215_PBF09_Memento_VandeSompel.mp3

Project briefing, Interoperable Annotation:
http://www.cni.org/tfms/2009b.fall/audio/CNI_091214_PBF09_Annotation_Sanderson.mp3

We are in the process of setting up a feed for audio recordings from CNI’s membership meetings – look for an announcement soon.

CNI Fall Closing Plenary Video Available

A video recording of the CNI 2009 Fall Membership Meeting closing plenary session is now available for streaming or downloading.  Bernard Frischer’s presentation Beyond Illustration:  New Dimensions of 3D Modeling of Cultural Heritage Sites and Monuments can be accessed from http://vimeo.com/8345677.

More video from the fall 2009 meeting will be announced shortly.  All CNI-produced videos are available from the CNI channel at http://vimeo.com/channels/cni.  Subscribe to the CNI video channel feed to receive automatic updates when new material is available:  http://vimeo.com/channels/cni/videos/rss.

CNI Fall Opening Plenary Video

Video of Clifford Lynch’s opening plenary address from the CNI Fall 2009 Membership Meeting is now available for streaming or downloading: http://vimeo.com/8347035

In this talk, CNI’s Executive Director provides updates on major developments in areas of interest to the CNI  community, and he gives an overview of the newly released 2009-10 CNI Program Plan, http://www.cni.org/program/.

Look for more announcements soon on the availability of other sessions from the fall 2009 CNI meeting, including Bernard Frischer’s closing plenary talk, Beyond Illustration:  New Dimensions of 3D Modeling of Cultural Heritage Sites and Monuments.

To see all videos available from CNI, visit http://vimeo.com/cni.

Dec. CNI Conversations Available

An audio archive of the December CNI Conversations session is now available at http://conversations.cni.org/ (to subscribe to the audio feed add http://conversations.cni.org/feed to iTunes, or any podcatcher).

The discussion featured a recap of the recent CNI Membership Meeting by Executive Director Clifford Lynch and Associate Director Joan Lippincott.  Cliff also discussed the 5th International Digital Curation Conference, as well as the NSF-funded workshop “Scholarly Evaluation Metrics:  Opportunities and Challenges.”

About CNI Conversations:
As part of an ongoing effort to explore additional ways to connect with our members, CNI launched a new program in September 2009, CNI Conversations, in which participants from member institutions and organizations take part in discussions on current topics with CNI Director Clifford Lynch and others; currently the events take place in audio-conference format.

Real-time participation in upcoming CNI Conversations events requires pre-registration.  Registration is open only to those at member institutions and organizations.  Dates for future events will be sent to the CNI representatives at our member institutions in January; if you are interested in participating in a future session of CNI Conversations, please contact one of your organization’s CNI representatives.  We plan to continue to make audio or other records of these exchanges generally available after the event.

For questions or comments related to CNI Conversations, please contact CNI Associate Executive Director Joan Lippincott at Joan [at] cni [dot] org.

December 2009

Audio Recording [mp3 58:33 min.] December 17, 2009

The Dec. 2009 session of CNI Conversations featured a recap of the recent CNI Membership Meeting by Executive Director Clifford Lynch and Associate Director Joan Lippincott. Cliff also discussed the 5th International Digital Curation Conference, as well as the NSF-funded workshop “Scholarly Evaluation Metrics: Opportunities and Challenges.”

ACLS Humanities E-Book: 10 Years Later

Eileen Gardiner
Director, ACLS Humanities E-Book
American Council of Learned Societies

Ronald G. Musto
Director, ACLS Humanities E-Book
American Council of Learned Societies

In his review of Humanities E-Book (HEB) for the Institute of Historical Research, Mark Herring called it “one of the best—if not the best—electronically accessible sites in the humanities” (September 2009). With recognition of that sort for its tenth anniversary, HEB is now exploring new directions for its second decade. Taking advantage of its considerable subscriber base and successful model, HEB is planning a universal collaboration with university presses and learned societies to create a new collection with expanded offerings and pricing models. These developments will facilitate the distribution of scholarly monographs and related materials to core scholarly and library markets. The directors will discuss these new plans.

http://www.humanitiesebook.org

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ARTstor Shared Shelf Initiative: A Networked Image Management Platform

James Shulman
President
ARTstor

Tracey Robinson
Head, Office for Information Systems, Harvard University Library
Harvard University

Dean Krafft
Chief Technology Strategist
Cornell University

Beth Sandore
Associate University Librarian
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Pauline Saliga
Executive Director
Society of Architectural Historians

Clem Guthro
Director of Libraries
Colby College

ARTstor, eight partner colleges and universities, and the Society of Architectural Historians have embarked upon a new initiative for the management and sharing of digital images called “Shared Shelf.” The institutional partners include Colby College, Cornell University, Harvard University, Middlebury College, New York University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Miami, and Yale University. Harvard and Yale are serving as lead partners. The project intends to make it practical for institutions, large and small, to combine images created by individuals, those held by the institution, and those in ARTstor’s database—and to do so without the need for local on-site infrastructure. Partners are contributing significant staff knowledge and time, in addition to investment funds, and ARTstor is developing the common software platform. The goal is to create an efficient and innovative infrastructure informed by the shared expertise of key participating institutions.

http://www.artstor.org/what-is-artstor/w-html/services-hosting.shtml

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Assessing Opportunities for Intervention in the Rising Costs of Textbooks

Maria Bonn
Director, Scholarly Publishing Office
University of Michigan

Natsuko Nicholls
Research Associate
University of Michigan

The increasing financial burden of textbook purchases on undergraduates is well-documented and is a growing concern in the university community. In 2009, the University of Michigan Library undertook an analysis of the opportunities to help alleviate this burden with a special focus on the possible uses of digital publishing and networked resources. That analysis consisted of two major components: a business feasibility study to determine the costs and benefits (both financial and social) of three textbook related initiatives, and an in-depth survey, followed by extensive interviews, to better understand faculty attitudes and motives in the selection of textbooks and their willingness to consider adopting, contributing to and authoring alternatives to mainstream commercial textbooks. The findings reveal interesting differences across disciplines and various faculty demographics. This briefing will provide brief context for the study, report on the business feasibility study and give an overview of what has been learned, pointing to both opportunities for and barriers to change.

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Blacklight at Stanford: A Highly Leveraged, Reusable Discovery Tool

Tom Cramer
Associate Director, Digital Library Systems and Services
Stanford University

 

Blacklight is an open source, “next generation” discovery application that works equally well for library catalogs as for digital repositories. Originally developed at the University of Virginia, it has since been adopted by a growing number of institutions, including Stanford University. Within the Stanford Libraries’ digital ecosystem, Blacklight is being leveraged as a central component in a broad range of applications, from a library “discovery layer” to a repository front-end, from a digital manuscript viewer to a catalogers’ tool. This project briefing will provide an overview of Blacklight, its capabilities and its advantages as a highly-reusable discovery application. It will also outline Stanford’s rationale for choosing Blacklight, provide examples of the system in operation in a variety of contexts, and cover the state and direction of both the code and the community for this open source project.

http://projectblacklight.org

http://searchworks.stanford.edu

http://search.lib.virginia.edu

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