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Global Research Data Infrastructures Web Site

There’s a web site at http://www.grdi2020.eu which aggregates a wealth of interesting reports, and other materials dealing with the development of research data management in Europe and beyond. Of particular interest will be the Strategy Report on Research Infrastructures and Roadmap, which is really a broader survey that covers much more than data management, and the Preliminary Roadmap Report Global Scientific Data Infrastructures: The Big Data Challenges, which is input to a workshop being held in October 2011. The site also has information about this workshop.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

German Information Infrastucture for Research Program

Earlier this week I was fortunate to be able to attend a briefing on a series of awards that the German DFG has made to support information Infrastructure for Research. These are discipline-specific and span the sciences, the social sciences, engineering and the humanities, since the DFG funding scope covers all of these disciplines. This is a very impressive program and I think it will be of interest to many CNI-announce readers, both as an example of a national approach to the challenges of data intensive scholarship, but also as a possible source of future collaborations. The announcement, which links to a number of other documents, can be found at

http://www.dfg.de/en/research_funding/announcements_proposals/info_wissenschaft_11_18/index.html

I am hoping that we may be able to have a session exploring some of these activities at the fall CNI member meeting.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

New Video: Data Management Plans Online

A new video from the Spring 2011 CNI Membership Meeting has been added to CNI’s channels on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni):

Data Management Plans Online, a project briefing session presented by UCLA’s Todd Grappone and Patricia Cruse from the California Digital Library:

http://youtu.be/YRsENUV-ARk

More information about this presentation is available from the meeting Web site, http://www.cni.org/tfms/2011a.spring/.

Workshop on German Scientific Research Data Access, June 21, Washington DC

There’s a nice informational workshop organized by the German Research Foundation (DFG) on the morning of June 21 in Washington DC; I’ll be providing some very brief comparative commentary on the situation in the United States as a reactor to the presentations. I’ve reproduced the invitation below.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI
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You are cordially invited to attend the informational workshop on Making Scientific Research Data Accessible: Current Trends and Perspectives in Germany. The event is being organized by the North America Office of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG). This workshop will be held on June 21st, 2011, at the DFG North America Office located in Suite 1000 in the building at 1776 I St., NW, Washington, DC, 20006.

Making Scientific Research Data Accessible: Current Trends and Perspectives in Germany

An informational workshop

June 21st, 2011, 10 am – 12 pm

Welcome and Introduction: Dr. Max Voegler, Director, DFG North America Office

Promoting Accessibility to Research Data in Germany: Funding Initiatives, Projects and Perspectives: Dr. Stefan Winkler-Nees, Program Officer, Research Data, DFG Bonn

Scientific Data Management in Large University Research Projects. A Status Report: Dr. Eva Effertz, Program Officer, Research Centers Division, DFG Bonn

Response and U.S. Perspective: Dr. Clifford Lynch, Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)

Refreshments will be served.

Please feel free to forward this invitation to others who you think may be interested.

RSVP by June 17th, 2011 to bettina.schuffert@dfg.de or 202-729-6350
Registrations will be honored on a first-come-first-served basis.

Red line: Farragut North, Blue/orange line: Farragut West, 18th Street exit

McKinsey Global Institute Big Data Report

The McKinsey Global Institute, the business and economics research arm of the McKinsey & Co. consulting firm, has recently issued a report that will be of interest to some readers of CNI-Announce titled “Big Data: The Next Frontier for Innovation, Competition and Productivity”, which reviews some of the techniques used in data-intensive scholarship, as well as other data-intensive analytic methods, and explores their applications to areas like government, healthcare, consumer retail, and manufacturing. The report includes a discussion of estimated payoffs from these new approaches, as well as some consideration of policy issues.

The report can be found at

http://www.mckinsey.com/mgi/publications/big_data/index.asp

Download information is at the bottom of the page. Note that it’s available in several e-book formats as well as in the standard PDF download.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Crowdsourcing & Data; Future of Academic Libraries; Nat’l Approaches to Digital Preservation

In this 13 minute podcast, recorded June 1, 2011, CNI Associate Executive Director Joan Lippincott recaps the recent symposium “The Future of the Academic Library” held at McMaster Univ., and she also talks about some of the learning spaces within the University. CNI Director Clifford Lynch mentions a symposium on crowdsourcing and scientific data quality presented by the National Research Council’s Board on Research Data and Information on June 13, 2011 in Washington, DC. Cliff also discusses “Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation,” a meeting which took place at The National Library of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia, on May 23-25, 2011.

Listen to the June 1 CNI Conversations: http://wp.me/pGewu-44

CNI Conversations is available at http://conversations.cni.org/ (to subscribe to the audio feed add http://conversations.cni.org/feed to iTunes, or any podcatcher).  We hope you enjoy this program and we welcome your feedback.  For questions or comments related to CNI Conversations, please contact CNI Associate Executive Director Joan Lippincott at joan@cni.org.

June 1, 2011: Crowdsourcing & Data; Future of Academic Libraries; Nat’l Approaches to Digital Preservation

Audio Recording [mp3 13:27 min.]
June 1, 2011
CNI Associate Executive Director Joan Lippincott recaps the recent symposium “The Future of the Academic Library” held at McMaster Univ., and she also talks about some of the learning spaces within the University.  CNI Director Clifford Lynch mentions a symposium on crowdsourcing and scientific data quality presented by the National Research Council’s Board on Research Data and Information on June 13, 2011 in Washington, DC.  Cliff also discusses “Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation,” a meeting which took place at The National Library of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia, on May 23-25, 2011.

We hope you enjoy this program and we welcome your feedback.  For questions or comments related to CNI Conversations, please contact CNI Associate Executive Director Joan Lippincott at joan@cni.org.

May 20, 2011: Open Access to Yale’s Image Collection, ORCID, and More

Audio Recording [mp3 17:50 min.]
May 20, 2011
CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch discusses Yale University’s recent announcement to make its digital image collection freely available, the ORCID initiative to develop an open researcher ID,  selected videos and presentations from CNI’s spring meeting, and a recent National Research Council meeting on data reuse.  Cliff also shared some details about the Sage Bionetworks Commons 2011 Congress.

We hope you enjoy this program and we welcome your feedback.  For questions or comments related to CNI Conversations, please contact CNI Associate Executive Director Joan Lippincott at joan@cni.org.

Corrected: NSF Research Data Lifecycle Management Workshop, Princeton, July 18-20

I’m resending this, with a correction to the URL and a few other minor updates [Original posting has been removed -CNI News Editor].

Apologies. Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

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National Science Foundation Funded Workshop on “Research Data Lifecycle Management” July 18 – July 20 2011 at
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

We are pleased to announce the NSF funded Workshop on “Research Data Lifecycle Management”.

The objective of this workshop is to bring together researchers, campus Information Technology (IT) leaders, and library/archive specialists to discuss the topic of data lifecycle management specifically as it relates to computational science and engineering research data. This discussion will result in a common understanding of best practices and funding models for selecting, storing, describing, and preserving these digital data. The workshop will also help to cultivate partnerships between these communities to foster continued developments in the preservation and sharing of research data.

We now seek applications for participation and submissions of position papers for the workshop. In order to apply, please go to http://rcs.columbia.edu/rdlm and follow the links to register. The deadline for applications is June 20, 2011, but we will review and accept applications on a rolling basis.

Important Dates
Paper submission and registration deadline: June 20,2011 (but accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis) Hotel registration date: June 20, 2011
Workshop dates: July 18 – 20, 2011

Workshop Description

This workshop will bring together thought leaders on the topic of Research Data Lifecycle Management, including researchers, librarians, archivists, and IT professionals. Through the workshop program, attendees will be able to participate in the development of a data lifecycle management framework. By drawing together this diverse group of specialists, the workshop will be able to leverage the progress made to date by the digital curation, preservation and open repositories communities. The workshop will also promote the needed interaction, collaboration, and information sharing among diverse institutions and groups involved in High Performance Computing (HPC), research computing, IT, libraries, and archives. The goal is to develop a combination of policy and financial frameworks that ensures maintenance of important data over time scales longer than the career of any individual investigator.

On-site participation will be limited to a total of seventy-five leaders with balanced representation from the following areas: researchers who use computational resources to produce and access data sets; IT professionals involved in research computing support; and librarians/archivists who manage this type of data. In addition, video-conferencing will be used to reach a much broader range of off-site participants. We hope to engage a diverse population of researchers and professionals involved in research data lifecycle management to represent varying perspectives and differing institutions in the conversation.

We strongly encourage submission of position papers from people involved in the production, use, and management of data used in research computing. The papers will help to gather input from a broad community to seed the conversations at the workshop. The papers will also be used in the process to select individuals to participate on-site in the workshop. Position papers should be no longer than 3 pages, and can be submitted as described on the registration website any time from now through June 20, 2011, 5 pm EDT. Selection for participating on-site will be decided by a review panel on a rolling basis. Applicants will be invited to participate on-site within two weeks of successful receipt of a position paper, or by June 20, 2011 if not submitting a position paper.

This NSF funded workshop is a collaboration between the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation (CASC) and the EDUCAUSE ACTI Campus Cyberinfrastructure Group, and will be hosted at Princeton University in Princeton, NJ, Monday, July 18 – Wednesday, July 20. The workshop will include an informal reception at the Prospect House, Princeton University’s faculty/staff club on Monday, July 18 at 6 pm. It will also include a dinner at Rats, a restaurant on the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ on Tuesday, July 19 at 5:30 pm.

The findings of the workshop will be described in a report written by the organizing committee and an invited group of participants. The report will be submitted to EDUCAUSE for publication and posted on the CASC website.

Please feel free to contact member of the organizing committee by email if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions.

Best Regards,

Organizing Committee

Curt Hillegas, Ph.D. – Chair
Director of Research Computing, Princeton University
curt@Princeton.EDU

Rajendra (Raj) Bose, Ph.D.
Manager, Research Computing Services, Columbia University
rbose@columbia.edu

Kerstin Lehnert, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University lehnert@ldeo.columbia.edu

Clifford Lynch, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information
Clifford@cni.org

Oren Sreebny
Senior Director Emerging Technologies and Communications, IT Services, University of Chicago orens@uchicago.edu

Hold the Dates: EDUCAUSE-ACTI-CCI / CASC Joint Workshop on Data Lifecycle Mgt

I’ve been serving on the planning committee for a joint EDUCAUSE-CASC workshop on Data Lifecycle Management that will be funded by NSF; this funding is now in place, and the dates are set for July 18-20, 2011 in Princeton. See the announcement below.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

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We received NSF funding today for our joint workshop with CASC on Data Lifecycle Management.  The workshop will be held July 18 – 20, 2011 in Princeton, NJ.  We will send out complete information soliciting position papers and applications to attend the workshop (which will be limited to 75 attendees) later this week.  The steering committee is comprised of Curt Hillegas, Princeton University – Chair; Raj Bose, Columbia University; Cliff Lynch, CNI; Oren Sreebny, University of Chicago; and Kerstin Lehnert, Columbia University.

Thank you,
Curt


Curtis W. Hillegas, Ph.D.
Director of Research Computing
Princeton University