More on NSF Policy Changes on Data Management Plans

NSF has issued a press release addressing the discussions at last week’s National Science Board meeting regarding upcoming requirements for data management plans. See


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Astroinformatics 2010

From our colleague George Djorgoviski at Caltech, an very interesting announcement for a conference focused on cyberinfrastructure and data management strategies in Astronomy and broader implications for scientific practice and communication.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


AstroInformatics 2010 – Pasadena, CA, June 16 – 19, 2010 – Second Circular


Dear Colleague,

This is to announce an international conference on the emerging field of AstroInformatics.  We envision this field as a broader intellectual, organizational, and funding environment, within which Virtual Observatories serve as particular institutions and provide some fundamental functionalities and infrastructure.  Our goal is to both empower and engage the astronomy and applied computer science communities in developing and deploying new tools and methods, enabled by the computation and information technologies.

The conference will bring together a broad range of experts in these and related fields, and address a wide range of topics, including knowledge extraction from massive and complex data sets, trends in computing technologies, visualization, novel scholarly communication, collaboration, and education tools and environments, new and emerging modalities for scientific publishing, community development and sociological changes prompted by the evolving scientific methodology and technology,inter-disciplinary connections, etc.  The last day of the conference will be devoted to the Practical Astrosemantics workshop.

The conference will consist of a small number of invited review talks, and panel-led discussions.  Contributed papers are accepted as posters.

The attendance is limited to about 120 participants, on a first-some basis.  Please register early if you are interested in attending: http://www.astroinformatics2010.org/

Developments in NSF Grant Data Management Plan Requirements

ScienceInsider (from Science Magazine) has a very interesting report from last week’s National Science Board meeting discussing pending changes in NSF policy about data management plans. See


Clifford Lynch

Director, CNI

Liz Lyon’s ‘Open Science’ talk at CNI now on video

A video recording of the CNI 2010 Spring Membership Meeting closing plenary session is now available for streaming or downloading. Liz Lyon’s presentation Codes, Clouds and Constellations: Open Science in the Data Decade can be accessed from:


or Vimeo, at

More videos from the spring 2010 meeting will be announced shortly. All CNI-produced videos are available from the CNI channels at http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo and at http://vimeo.com/channels/cni . Subscribe to either channel feed to receive automatic updates when new material is available.

JISC/CNI 2010 – Registration now open

CNI is pleased to be co-sponsoring this event once again; both Clifford Lynch and Joan Lippincott will be making presentations at the meeting.

*******Registration now open********

Managing data in difficult times
The Carlton Hotel, Edinburgh
July 1-2, 2010

Following the success of previous conferences held in venues such as York and Belfast, JISC and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) are proud to announce the 8th International Meeting that will be held on July 1-2, 2010.

This meeting will bring together experts from the United States, Europe and the United Kingdom. Parallel sessions will explore and contrast major developments that are happening on both sides of the Atlantic. This meeting should be of interest to all senior management in information systems in the education community and those responsible for delivering digital services and resources for learning, teaching and research.

Keynote speakers include:

*Dan Atkins, Professor and Associate Vice President, University of Michigan; former Director, Office of Cyberinfrastructure, US National Science Foundation
*Sayeed Choudhury, Associate Director for Library Digital Programs, Johns Hopkins University
*Heather Joseph, Executive Director, SPARC
*Liz Lyon, Director, UKOLN

Further information and the full program: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/Home/events/2010/07/cni.aspx

Registration form link: http://asp.artegis.com/jisccni2010

For any queries regarding JISC/CNI 2010:
Michelle Smith
Events Assistant
University of Bath


Tel: 01225 384488
Fax: 01225 386838

Research Data Access and Preservation Summit

CNI is a co-sponsor of this event.

Research Data Access and Preservation Summit

An ASIS&T Summit
Phoenix, AZ | Hyatt Regency | April 9-10, 2010

In cooperation with the Coalition for Networked Information

Register at https://www.asis.org/Conferences/IA10/rdap10regform.php
Early rates end 2/26

Researchers in all fields generate and analyze enormous quantities of digital data. In fields ranging throughout the sciences and humanities, managing, preserving, and sharing these data require substantial capital and human resources and new kinds of information professionals who are able to integrate technology, content, and policy skills. This summit aims to bring together leaders in data centers, laboratories, and libraries in different organizational and disciplinary settings to share ideas and techniques for managing, preserving, and sharing large-scale research data repositories with an eye toward achieving infrastructure-independent access and stewardship. The summit will engage three kinds of leaders: those from projects with experience in integrating high-performance technologies; those from large scale collaboratories in science, social science, and the humanities; and those from institutions coping with the challenges of integrating different technologies and data collections.

More information is at http://www.asis.org/Conferences/IA10/ResearchDataAccessSummit2010.html