Materials from CNI Fall 2011

Presentation materials & handouts for many of the Fall 2011 CNI Membership Meeting breakout sessions are now available from the project briefing (presentation) pages at http://www.cni.org/mm/fall-2011/project-briefings/.

Presenters who have not done so already are asked to send their materials to sharon@cni.org.

Videos from selected sessions will be available beginning in early January.

2011 Digital Preservation Initiatives

Martin Halbert
Dean of Libraries
University of North Texas
Martha Anderson
Director of NDIIPP Program Management
Library of Congress 


Trevor Owens
Community Lead
Library of Congress
Priscilla Caplan
Assistant Director
for Digital Library Services
University of Florida 
Kris Carpenter
Director, Web Group
Internet Archive
Rachel Frick
Director, Digital Library Federation Program
Council on Library and Information Resource

Community Briefing on the Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation (ANADP) Conference (Halbert)

The Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation (ANADP) conference was held in the capital of Estonia in May 2011 as a forum for national digital preservation programs to meet and exchange information with each other for the purpose of building strategic international collaborations to support the preservation of collective digital memory.  While there have been other events that support and encourage information exchange across national boundaries, no effort has previously attempted to accomplish the aims of this conference, namely to set a strategic direction for international collaboration across a wide range of topics related to digital preservation.  The ANADP Conference provided a participatory forum for information exchange and focused work, and led to a monograph encapsulating the recommendations from the conference that is now in process of being edited.
This briefing will present highlights of the conference and its outcomes.  Examples of the organizations which participated in the conference include: the US Library of Congress, the Joint Information Systems Committee of the UK, the Open Planets Foundation, the Alliance for Permanent Access to the Records of Science, the Netherlands Coalition for Digital Preservation, the Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale, the Digital Curation Centre in the UK, the National Library of Estonia, the National Library of the Czech Republic, the National Library of Sweden, and the Coalition for Networked Information.



New Dynamics Create New Ideas: The First Year of Action by the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (Anderson, et al)

The digital preservation landscape continues to be complex and challenging. Ninety-five National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) member organizations representing all segments of a potentially powerful global digital preservation community have convened to address long-term care for digital information. NDSA members are passionate about the idea that preservation of our digital heritage can only be achieved as a community spanning institutions, organizations, government, private industry and national boundaries.

Current innovative initiatives include a neighborhood watch for repository audits; a survey of the US Web domain; an inside view of digital content storage from repository managers; a Wikipedia of digital preservation standards; and new tools for outreach. This panel of five lightning talks will highlight the work of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance in 2011 accomplished through five working groups: content, infrastructure, standards, innovation and outreach. There will be discussion of collaborative digital preservation experiences and creative approaches to community stewardship. The NDSA is an initiative of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program at the Library of Congress and extends its digital preservation partnerships.


Handout (MS Word)

Building Capacity for Demonstrating the Value of Academic Libraries: A Report on Recent ACRL Summits

Joyce L. Ogburn
ACRL President
Dean of the J. Willard Marriott Library
Association of College and Research Libraries
University of Utah

Mary Ellen K. Davis
ACRL Executive Director
Association of College and Research Libraries

Kara J. Malenfant
ACRL Scholarly Communications and Government Relations Specialist
Association of College and Research Libraries

Librarians are increasingly called upon to document and articulate the value of academic and research libraries and their contribution to institutional mission and goals. The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) responds to these demands and positions academic librarians as contributors to campus efforts in several ways. This session will include discussion about recent developments with ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries Initiative, a multiyear project designed to aid academic librarians in demonstrating library value.  As one of its recommendations, the ACRL publication “The Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report,” released in fall 2010, called on the association to create a professional development program to build the profession’s capacity to document, demonstrate, and communicate library value in advancing the mission and goals of their colleges and universities.

In late fall 2011, ACRL joined with three partners (the Association for Institutional Research, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and the Council of Independent Colleges) to convene two national summits. In the first, a wide range of participants from the higher education sector discussed the data campus administrators would like libraries to provide and what collaborative assistance is available through institutional research offices. In the second, librarian participants addressed strategies to prepare the library community to document and communicate the library’s value.

These summits are the basis of the project “Building Capacity for Demonstrating the Value of Academic Libraries,” made possible by a National Leadership Collaborative Planning Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  This project briefing will report on the advice given by those attending the summits: college and university chief academic officers, senior institutional researchers, representatives from accreditation commissions and higher education organizations, and academic librarians from a broad spectrum of institutions.


Handout (PDF)


Building Data Management Services at Johns Hopkins University

G. Sayeed Choudhury
Associate Dean for Library Digital Programs and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center
Johns Hopkins University

Barbara Pralle
Head, Entrepreneurial Library Program
Johns Hopkins University

The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Data Management services group was launched in July 2011 to provide data management planning support to JHU principal investigators preparing National Science Foundation proposals, and to make available data management and archiving services using systems developed by the Data Conservancy.  This presentation will describe the unique aspects of the Data Conservancy System as a data archive. The process that was used to establish the service model, including the financial model, will also be discussed, as well as well as factors that continue to shape service development.





Cost Forecasting Model for New Digitization Projects

Karim Boughida
Associate University Librarian
for Digital Initiatives and Content Management
George Washington University 
Linda Colet
Project Consultant / President,
DaoPoint Digital, LLC
George Washington University
Martha Whittaker
Director of Content Management
George Washington University
Dan Chudnov
Director of Scholarly Technology
George Washington University

Current cost model studies in the field (both in the United States and in Europe) are helpful case studies in providing libraries and cultural institutions with an understanding of the cost implications for digitizing book collections. Because these projects are far-reaching and comprehensive, however, they offer up only a broad generalization of what cost variables to consider. To contribute to the dialogue of digitizing library book collections, the George Washington University Libraries will share their cost model with the community, which is based on the current production workflow setup at the Gelman Library using robotic arm technology, and is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and donor contributions.

This presentation will include a description of the current production workflow setup at Gelman; how metrics have been collected to determine cost per page (i.e., data logs, infrastructure and staffing costs, digital preservation, etc.); and a discussion about the forecasting model being developed. The forecasting cost model will provide users with the ability to explore specific cost variables and build a project that would be customized for their budgetary needs. This tool will help institutions determine an approximate cost per page and total project costs. There will be categories (small, medium, large budget) to choose from so different institutions with varying budgets can use the tool. Feedback from participants is encouraged; they will help to improve the cost model to better support the user community of libraries who are preparing for digitization and is encouraged.



DAITSS Digital Preservation System: Re-architected, Re-written, and Open Source

Priscilla Caplan
Assistant Director
Florida Center for Library Automation

DAITSS is a preservation repository application used by the Florida Digital Archive (FDA), a digital repository shared by the eleven universities in the Florida public university system.  After five years in production, DAITSS was completely re-architected and re-written as a set of RESTful Web services, most of which can stand alone for integration with other systems.  The new DAITSS version 2 is also available under a General Public License (GPL), complete with technical and user documentation, a downloadable reference implementation and sample archivable packages.  This presentation will cover the reasons for redesigning DAITSS, the components of DAITSS 2, the implementation and migration experience, and the DAITSS open source project.

Handout (PDF)


Data Lifecycle Management

Thorny Staples
Director of Research
and Scientific Data Management
Smithsonian Institution
Jeremy Kenyon
Reference and Instruction Librarian
University of Idaho
Bruce Godfrey
GIS Specialist
University of Idaho

Towards a Virtual Environment for Supporting Research Activities at the Smithsonian (Staples)

The Smithsonian Institution supports research activities in all aspects of science and cultural heritage in both research institute and museum settings. This presentation will describe a conceptual framework and information architecture for the prototype repository-enabled virtual research environment that is under construction. The goal of the project is to support the researchers to get their information into a trusted repository as the first stage in the information life-cycle, then to be able to manage, analyze and disseminate the information in a linked-data world, retaining ownership and control until they are ready for it to pass to an institution to be curated for the long term. The Fedora/Islandora prototype will be demonstrated.

The Northwest Knowledge Network (NKN):  A Regional Approach to Research Data Life-cycle Management (Kenyon, Godfrey)

To address the data management needs of researchers, advance multi-institutional collaboration, and meet the mandates of funding agencies, the University of Idaho is leading the development and deployment of the Northwest Knowledge Network (NKN). NKN will be a regional data aggregator working closely with academic institutions, state and federal agencies, and aligned partner organizations to provide a regional distributed network of services and tools for data life cycle management. Initial focus is on earth and environmental sciences data.

NKN is aligned with the National Science Foundation-funded Data Observational Network for Earth (DataONE). DataONE provides a national and international framework for access to NKN’s regionally produced data products. An unprecedented degree of regional coordination is necessary in order to support collaborative research involving multiple disciplines and institutions. This means institutions coordinating cyberinfrastructure investments and developing policies and architecture that deconstruct silos and favor both open and limited data access. This presentation will include a discussion of the goals, vision and current progress of the three mission areas of NKN: the data services center, cyberinfrastructure research, and the data-sharing cooperative. These interdependent parts help address the technological, institutional, and fiscal challenges of establishing new distributed cyberinfrastructure serving an international audience and leveraging existing regional institutional investments.


Handout (PDF)