An alternative access method for the same information available from the CNI-ANNOUNCE listserv.
‘m a bit behind on material that I’ve intended to share with the CNI-announce list, apologies. Rather than sending out a whole series of individual messages, I thought that I would share a half-dozen or so links to materials of potential interest to readers of this list.
Many of you will know Alison Head, who gave a wonderful plenary session at CNI in 2017, and Project Information Literacy (PIL), which she leads. PIL has been running an excellent series of short essays called “Provocations”, and Alison has just contributed one titled “Reading in the Age of Distrust” which I highly recommend. See
https://projectinfolit.org/pubs/provocation-series/essays/reading-in-the-age-of-distrust.html (which includes a link to the full series).
SPARC has put out an interesting piece titled “Addressing the Alarming Systems of Surveillance Built by Library Vendors” which focuses attention on various large scale data collection and analysis systems build by the parent companies of key scholarly publishing and library systems vendors. To my mind, though, the one really crucial question that SPARC’s piece doesn’t raise and we should be very mindful of is this: to what extent is data gathered from actual scholarly publishing and library platforms being captured and transferred into these much broader data collection and analysis platforms? We know that it’s relatively unusual for contractual provisions in library contracts with these vendors to actually prohibit this transfer, at least based on some surveys that CNI has done a few years ago, but I have no data that suggests it’s actually happening. I would welcome information on this.
For the SPARC piece, see
Last week, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) came out with a call for funding applications to strengthen the discoverability and interoperability of biomedical data repositories that may be of interest to some CNI institutions. See
Finally, we have two large pieces of future visioning for those interested in that. The first, from the Future Today Institute, is their 2021 Tech Trends Report. This is organized in a set of about a dozen topical reads, each taking around an hour to go through. There’s a short overview that collects the highlights from all areas which is a very manageable read. See
The second report is the quadrennial report on Future Trends from the US National Intelligence Council sponsored by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. This report, which has been issued periodically since the late 1990s, is a major analysis of geopolitical developments; it include but does not necessarily focus on technology trends. These reports emphasize possible scenarios rather than firm predictions. There’s a huge amount of material here, which is well worth browsing. The title of this particular report is Future Trends 2040: A More Contested World. See
I hope that some of these materials are new to you, and are helpful.
The final version of the report from Sarah Lippincott, “Mapping the Current Landscape of Research Library Engagement with Emerging Technologies in Research and Learning” has now been released.
The report is at
For background, see
This report is part of the joint ARL, CNI and EDUCAUSE project looking at emerging technologies of high impact and importance for research libraries. On the broad initiative, see
Some of the timelines and plans for this work have obviously shifted in response to the pandemic, which emerged midway through the project. We will be releasing several additional deliverables in the coming months to conclude the effort.
Registration is now open for this annual symposium, hosted by the University of San Diego Library. Their symposia are wide ranging and very valuable for institutions building programs in this area. Registration information is below.
Joan Lippincott, Associate Executive Director Emerita
2021 Virtual Digital Initiatives Symposium: April 26-29, 2021
Registration Now Open!
Hosted by the University of San Diego’s Copley Library, the Digital Initiatives Symposium is an annual event featuring workshops, presentations, and keynote addresses from leaders in libraries’ digital ecosystems, including open access, institutional repositories, open educational resources, data management, digital scholarship and pedagogy, scholarly communications, linked data, digital humanities, web archiving, copyright, and more. For 2021, the DIS will be entirely virtual using the Zoom Webinar platform. We hope you can join us!
FIVE workshop choices, limited to 30 participants each:
- Cataloging in the Age of RDA: Latest Trends, Issues, and Challenges
- Copyright Intersections for Academic Librarians
- Developing and Articulating Open Access Policies, Principles, and Guidelines: a Hands-On Workshop
- Lessons from SPARC’s Journal Negotiation Community of Practice: A Workshop on Aligning Negotiations With Making Scholarship Open By Default
- Planning and Managing a Digital Collections Project
Keynote and Featured Speakers:
- Reggie Raju, Deputy Director: Research and Learning Services, University of Cape Town, South Africa: “What is Open about Closed: an Ubuntu Perspective of Open Access”
- Arianna Becerril-Garcia, Executive Director, Redalyc: “Academy-Owned Non-Profit Open Access Publishing: an Approach to Achieve Participatory and Sustainable Scholarly Communications”
- Ivy Anderson, Director: Collection Development and Management Program, California Digital Library
View the full program at: https://digital.sandiego.edu/symposium/2021/
The event is capped at 500 attendees, so book your spot today!
Registration closes on April 18, 2021.
CNI has partnered with Jisc in the UK for over twenty years to convene biannual meetings in the UK exploring parallel developments and contrasts among the two nations. Due to the pandemic, we postponed the July 2020 meeting till this year, and in 2021 we will be meeting virtually, which provides a much lower barrier-to-entry opportunity for US participants to join us for this conversation, which will examine the future of research and the roles that research libraries may play as catalysts for these developments.
The Jisc-CNI Leaders Conference will take place virtually on July 7-9, 2021. I hope that you’ll consider joining us.
A wonderful lineup of keynoters is planned for the event, including:
∙ Francine Berman, Hamilton distinguished professor of computer science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and recent Paul Evan Peters award recipient.
∙ Rachel Bruce, head of open research; UK Research and Innovation
∙ Dan Cohen, dean of libraries and professor of history at Northeastern University
Registration is now open at https://www.jisc.ac.uk/cni-conference, where you can find more details on the preliminary schedule and conference themes. We’ll be announcing more speaker details in the coming weeks.
The Next Generation Library Publishing Project, a collaboration among Educopia, the California Digital Library, and several other organizations (detailed in the link) and funded by the Acadia Foundation has just released a report titled “Library Publishing Infrastructure: Assembling New Solutions” that sheds some helpful light on the library publishing landscape and the implications of some of the tools and platforms that are now available within that landscape.
Full background and link to report
The OCLC Research Library Partnership (RLP) has just released a really useful report titled “Total Costs of Stewardship: Responsible Collection Building in Archives and Special Collections”, an issue taking on ever-greater importance, particularly (though far from exclusively) in the context of digital materials. See
There’s also a post on their Hanging Together blog about the report at
Here’s a link to a webinar that our friends at Internet2 are offering on March 17 (yes, I know this conflicts with the CNI Spring Virtual Member meeting) dealing with the very important emerging issue of how to manage the mass of classes and other webinars that are being created during this period of virtual teaching and learning and beyond. It’s likely CNI will be doing an Executive Roundtable on this topic later in 2021 or in early 2022. See
A Guide to the Spring 2021 Coalition for Networked Information Membership Meeting
The Spring 2021 CNI Virtual Membership Meeting, to be held online March 15-26, offers a wide range of presentations that advance and report on CNI’s programs, showcase projects underway at member institutions, and highlight important national and international developments. Here is the “roadmap” to the meeting, which includes both plenary events and an extensive series of live and on-demand breakout sessions focusing on current issues in digital information. We decided to return to our traditional (pre-pandemic) meeting roadmap for this virtual event to provide some context and additional information about the program, particularly because of the pre-recorded briefings. We hope you will find it helpful as you navigate and prioritize the meeting’s extensive offerings. As always, we have strived to present sessions that reflect late-breaking developments and also take advantage of the online environment.
Over the past year, we have spent a good deal of time exploring the most useful formats for our virtual meetings, as these have evolved alongside the realities of Zoom fatigue, a seemingly never-ending and enticing supply of online event offerings, and the very heavy demands on people’s time and attention. We are grateful for the generous feedback and suggestions from members and attendees from our previous virtual meetings. Based on our judgment of this particular window in time and experience, for the spring 2021 meeting, only a small number of project briefings will take place live, and they will be held on March 15-19. The vast majority of project briefings will be pre-recorded, available on-demand throughout the meeting, to be explored at your leisure. We have left two days within the meeting timeframe entirely unscheduled, March 22-23, to provide you with an opportunity to explore the on-demand sessions, if convenient. In addition, for this meeting, we offer an expanded line-up of plenary sessions on topics we feel are particularly timely and/or strategic for the community as a whole; these will be live as well, to take place March 24-26. Unless the presenters have requested otherwise, all sessions will be recorded and subsequently available to the public; this includes the pre-recorded sessions.
The CNI meeting program is subject to last minute changes and you can find the most current information, including schedule details, on the meeting Sched, https://cnispring21mtg.sched.com/. Registered attendees will have access to full information about the program and links to live Zoom sessions and on-demand videos only through their Sched account. A Sched account will also enable you to create a personalized schedule of the live sessions you want to attend and receive reminders specific to those sessions. All registered attendees should have received an email invitation to the meeting Sched containing login instructions. If you have not received an invitation from Sched, or if you have questions about its use, please contact Beth Secrist (firstname.lastname@example.org). For registration inquiries, please contact Jackie Eudell (email@example.com).
The Plenary Sessions
We have several wonderful plenary sessions lined up, all tied very closely to the ongoing programmatic interests of CNI and its members:
• Welcome to Spring 2021 Member Meeting Plenary Days: Summary of the Spring 2021 Executive Roundtable “Post-Pandemic Strategic Planning Challenges and Approaches”
Clifford Lynch, CNI
I’ll provide a preliminary summary and synthesis of what I heard at the Executive Roundtables during the preceding week, in advance of preparing the formal report. I’m hoping this will be a useful context for the remainder of the plenary days.
• Remote Access to Archives and Special Collections and the Sourcery Project
Dan Cohen (Northeastern), Greg Colati & Tom Scheinfeldt (U. Connecticut), Barbara Rockenbach (Yale)
I’ll moderate this panel, which will try to summarize and extend some very fruitful and provocative conversations arising from the Sourcery project and discussions about the broader issues of remote access to archives and special collections. This has enormous implications for resource allocation and service design, and also for scholarly work and research continuity and resilience. If you did not see the presentation from the December 2020 meeting on Sourcery, you might wish to review it as background for this session: https://www.cni.org/topics/special-collections/sourcery-remote-access-to-archives-during-the-pandemic.
• The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) BIG Collection and its Implications
Krisellen Maloney (Rutgers), Joseph Salem (Michigan State), Claire Stewart (U. Nebraska-Lincoln), John Wilkin (UIUC), Maurice York (BTAA)
This panel will focus on prospective implications for the BIG collection, particularly as they involve electronic resource licensing and transformative agreements with publishers. I will serve as moderator. In preparation for this discussion, we invite you to watch the background on-demand video, prepared by BTAA Executive Director Maurice York, about the BIG Collection initiative.
• Evolving Roles of Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and Chief Privacy Officers (CPOs) in the University Environment
Brian Kelly (EDUCAUSE), Kent Wada (UCLA), Cheryl Washington (UC Davis)
This session, which I will also moderate, will explore the evolving roles of CISOs and CPOs, and the ways in which these relate to the work of libraries, both in negotiating contracts with publishers that hold reader privacy in the balance, and also in the broader emerging role of libraries as privacy advocates and educators within university communities.
• Collaborating with the Carpentries
Kari L. Jordan, Executive Director, The Carpentries
I’m thrilled that Kari has agreed to join us to explore opportunities for the higher education community (and particularly research computing and libraries) to collaborate with and support The Carpentries (https://carpentries.org/) in expanding and democratizing new skills, most notably in the areas of computational tools, research data management, and data science, that are needed to support and conduct so much research today and into the future. Our members report that since the move to virtual operations at our institutions, demand for training in these skills and competencies, already strong, has skyrocketed, highlighting the importance of such collaborations. Please join us for this important conversation.
• CLIR Fellows Panel
Portia Hopkins (Rice), Luling Huang (Carnegie Mellon U.), Jennifer Ross (U. Toronto), Synatra Smith (Philadelphia Museum of Art/Temple U.)
CLIR Postdoctoral Fellows work on projects that forge and strengthen connections among collections, educational and information technologies, and current research and scholarship, and are a key source of future leaders for our community and beyond. CNI has historically enjoyed a close and fruitful relationship with this program. The pandemic-driven move to virtual meetings has jeopardized this historical engagement between the CNI community and the most recent cadres of CLIR Fellows. These panels are CNI’s effort to address this challenge. We hosted the first CLIR Fellows Panel at the fall meeting in December, and now I invite you to meet another outstanding cadre of Fellows as they describe their work and share their perspectives on the current landscape.
• Meeting Close (10-15 minutes; not recorded)
Clifford Lynch, CNI
A quick summary of the spring meeting and a look ahead at CNI activities in the coming months.
Please join me in conversation with this wonderful line-up of speakers, and I hope you will bring questions and comments to share. You can find more information about the sessions and the speakers from the plenary pages on the meeting Sched.
Highlighted Breakout Sessions
I will not attempt to comprehensively summarize the wealth of breakout sessions here; we offer a great abundance and diversity of material. I do want to note, however, some sessions that have particularly strong connections to CNI’s program, as well as a number of other sessions of special interest or importance, and to provide some additional context that may be helpful. We’ve requested that presenters share their slide-decks with us, to put on our website following the meeting, and we expect to make recordings of the vast majority of project briefings and plenaries publicly available on our YouTube and Vimeo channels after the meeting; we hope you will share these resources widely with your communities.
Teaching and learning are core activities for our community. Kari Jordan’s plenary on the work of The Carpentries will speak directly to one major aspect of this challenge: the need to help students (and indeed faculty) gain the range of skills that are currently needed to be an effective researcher today and into the future, and I was really pleased that we received a number of wonderful proposals about projects and programs that will help advance and enhance educational opportunities and experiences for students, researchers, and staff. These are the live sessions we will feature addressing teaching and learning themes:
• The Virtual Copyright Education Center is a new, large-scale effort to assist professionals working in libraries and cultural heritage institutions gain the knowledge to evaluate and address a range of key copyright matters.
• The Komodo platform, a free, open source, browser-based virtual reality (VR) tool that enables instructors to create teaching and learning modules, was developed by the Grainger Engineering Library Information Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to address some of the barriers that limit broader adoption of VR for instruction, including cost, restrictive licensing, and privacy issues.
• Much of the CNI community will already know of the essential work that Hypothesis has led in developing web annotation standards and tools. One of the most interesting – and potentially very high impact – recent applications of this technology base has been the effort to apply it to support classes and pedagogy emphasizing close and collaborative reading and social learning. We’re delighted to welcome a panel to discuss these developments.
Assessment projects can generate important data to evaluate the various areas in which our community is engaged; bibliometrics, research impact, usage data, and measuring student success will all be explored during this meeting. A live session will include a panel of speakers discussing the Connecting Libraries and Learning Analytics for Student Success (CLLASS) project to develop models for library inclusion in institutional learning analytics, among other goals; they will focus on the addition of a library profile to the IMS Caliper specification. Some additional, on-demand briefings will address additional aspects of assessment:
• We will be introduced to the Open Access eBook Usage Data Trust, a global data trust for usage data on open access monographs.
• Two university libraries (Waterloo and Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) will report on how they are partnering with campus administrators, departments, and other groups on providing bibliometric and research impact services and metrics. Note that there will be two videos available on this topic, one from each university’s team; the Waterloo presentation will be a follow-up to a briefing given in December, at our fall 2020 meeting.
• The University of Missouri is working on a project to automate the collection of article data from multiple sources, and then combine it, in order to analyze it and better understand author publication activity.
A cluster of briefings will focus on various issues pertaining to publishing, and a live session will feature Greg Eow of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Maurice York of the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA), and Sara Rouhi of the Public Library of Science (PLOS) exploring the growth and changing nature of agreements between libraries and mission-driven publishers despite budgetary pressures. On-demand briefings related to publishing include:
• A presentation from the Knowledge Futures Group on alternatives to dominant commercial journal publishing models, especially in light of the coronavirus pandemic, the increasing reliance of preprints, and pressure for shorter review times.
• From the University of Minnesota Libraries, a look at how their Publishing Services program has cultivated partnerships and projects that have allowed the library to provide scholars with open access, inclusive, and non-traditional publishing opportunities.
• The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) will report on their vision of model that will enable the linking of preprints and other resources with external services, with an initial focus on peer review services. This is part of their broader work on next generation repository services and networks.
Many sessions throughout the program will touch on issues related to equity, diversity, inclusion & accessibility; here are a few examples of on-demand briefings where these themes will be especially prominent:
• James O’Donnell and Ann Okerson will describe the work of the Offline Internet Consortium, and its focus on addressing the implications of limited access to broadband throughout many parts of the world.
• It has been widely noted that we have little or no data on various forms of diversity represented in the scholarly communications system. Developing such data is highly complex and nuanced. We’ll have a report from a team at Elsevier on their work to address gender inequity in research by exploring schema options, platform technology, data privacy policies, and transparency to finalize a gender identity data collection plan.
• The University of Pennsylvania has recently released the Penn and Slavery Project application. This is a fascinating body of work on multiple levels: it employs very interesting augmented reality technology, it offers a case study in how institutions can engage with their past actions, and it offers a study in how such initiatives can incorporate “power sharing” arrangements to balance the interests of various collaborating entities.
• We will have a report from OCLC Research on how libraries are working to further the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in which librarians helped to shape the inclusion of access to information.
Various aspects of the Covid-related crisis will significantly impact our work and our communities in the months and years ahead. The research enterprise, especially with respect to research continuity and resilience, is one important area to which we’ve devoted two Roundtable series (links to reports from those discussions are here: https://www.cni.org/tag/executive-roundtable-report), and we are planning a third Roundtable on that topic later this year. Ithaka S+R has also engaged in extensive thinking on this issue; at our December 2020 meeting they provided an important plenary session on their analysis of these challenges, and at the spring meeting they will provide us with an on-demand update, discussing their latest brief on research support in light of academic budgetary pressures. Note that the (invitational) executive roundtables at this meeting will focus on key post-covid planning assumptions, strategies and uncertainties, and I’ll provide a rapid preliminary synthesis of what we heard on these topics at the opening of the plenary days on March 24.
Controlled Digital Lending (CDL) and related strategies gained widespread attention during the pandemic, when libraries had to shift very quickly to find alternative methods for providing access to materials that were suddenly inaccessible in their buildings. We feature two sessions specifically devoted to this popular but controversial lending strategy:
• Live: A panel discussion with Chris Freeland of the Internet Archive, Jennie Rose Halperin of Library Futures, Jill Hurst-Wahl of Syracuse University, and Charlie Barlow of the Boston Library Consortium on implementing CDL in libraries and library consortia.
• On-demand: From the California Institute of Technology, a discussion around making CDL a central component of library services.
Digital preservation, curation, and stewardship continue to be critical topics at our meetings, and they figure prominently in CNI’s agenda. I’m really pleased we can offer a number of on-demand sessions dealing with aspects of these challenges:
• Over the past few years, email preservation has become an increasingly important part of archives and digital preservation work. Practitioners from archives, libraries, and museums will discuss current and future developments of email archiving in the context of the Email Archiving: Building Capacity and Community (EA:BCC) re-grant program.
• We’ll hear about a collaboration between the Directory of Open Access Journals, CLOCKSS, the Internet Archive, the Public Knowledge Project Preservation Network, and the ISSN International Center/Keepers Registry to address the problem of preserving at-risk open access journals. The group is establishing a central hub where preservation agencies can harvest consistent metadata and access full-text. Note that the Keepers Registry, an extremely strategic part of the global preservation infrastructure that has been covered in previous CNI presentations, has been moved to the ISSN International Center.
• The University of Pittsburgh Library System will discuss how it has taken steps to centralize its digital assets across its repositories, and the implementation of Preservica for preservation of the data.
• A report on a computer vision and graphical user interface experiment at Carnegie Mellon University Libraries to incorporate visual similarity search to help archivists and metadata specialists search, de-duplicate, and describe a large institutional photo archive. This is an important example of the ways in which new technologies, many with roots in various forms of machine learning, offer new approaches to special collections and archives.
• A team from Virginia Tech will share their experience with adopting a serverless platform to manage digital objects and preserve large-scale datasets.
Issues related to special collections and digital scholarship will be explored in several on-demand briefings:
• A team from the University of Florida will provide an update on the collaborative Celebrating Cuba project.
• We’ll learn about the latest migration of the Voices of the Holocaust project, a collection of interviews conducted with survivors in 1946. The last update, conducted in 2009, relied on Adobe Flash technology, which has now become obsolete and is moving into unsupported status.
• A form of “post-custodial” digitization sometimes called “digitize-and-return” or “scan-and-return,” for digitizing and then returning materials to donors who do not wish to part with their items at present, will be discussed by a team from Brigham Young University (BYU). In recent years, we’ve seen a number of fascinating examples of this general strategy, including the UCLA Modern Endangered Archives and the British Library’s Endangered Archives program, as well as a range of community-based archival stewardship programs, and it will be valuable to add BYU’s experience to our growing understanding of best practices and opportunities here.
• A project between the University of Toronto Libraries and the Centre for Medieval Studies, The Book and the Silk Roads, to build and support an international network of scholars, curators, conservators, and scientists exploring developments in writing technologies and reimagining the history of the premodern book.
• We will hear about efforts to institutionalize scalable digital scholarship support across the library organization at The Ohio State University.
Sessions relating to repositories will include the following on-demand briefings:
• Transitioning to the latest version of Fedora, the popular repository platform. This has been a significant technical challenge for many institutions.
• A team from the University of South Carolina will discuss their decision-making process for choosing a repository platform in light of current budgetary pressures.
Sustainability is an ongoing challenge, and two live sessions will address this issue as it relates to programs we’ve followed for several years:
• We’ll hear about a new model for fiscal sponsorship of the Samvera Community.
• Members of the Data Curation Network (DCN) will discuss sustainability planning efforts that would allow the organization to transition away from the initial funding provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. I view the DCN as a vitally important part of the effort to scale up research data curation in the US higher education community.
Other sessions will focus on privacy and identity management: A live panel made up of representatives from the University of Nebraska, the University System of Georgia, and Elsevier will discuss the feasibility of federated authentication as the sole method of access to library resources. On-demand briefings will include a presentation by the legendary Ken Klingenstein of Internet2 to discuss new developments for coping with the challenges of implementing federated identity at scale, and a presentation from ORCID will present their new affiliation manager tool for institutions.
There is never a dearth of valuable and creative user services initiatives shared at CNI, and this meeting will be no exception. Several on-demand briefings will highlight new services:
• The Social Feed Manager software developed by a team at George Washington University Libraries to allow researchers to create social media data collections, which has opened many new opportunities for the library.
• An update on the e-book borrowing app SimplyE, which started in public library environments, is now being rolled out to research libraries on a pilot basis through a collaboration involving Columbia University and LYRASIS. SimplyE offers a very different way to think about circulating e-books. This is potentially highly strategic, and worth your attention if you aren’t already tracking it.
• Data analytics and visualization services at Pennsylvania State University.
A perennial topic of interest at CNI is IT and library collaborations: an on-demand discussion of effective strategies and models will include library and technology leaders from New York University and the University of Colorado at Boulder, moderated by Athenaeum21 Consulting.
Finally, we’ll have an on-demand presentation from Peter Kaufman, who’s currently working with the Knowledge Futures Project, on his new book, The New Enlightenment and the Fight to Free Knowledge. I’ve known Peter a long time, and I’m really delighted that he’s agreed to share highlights of this work. I just got my copy of the book, and am now part-way through it; it’s a very wide-ranging and important work that I think will be of great interest for the CNI community.
I invite you to browse the complete list of breakout sessions and their full abstracts on the meeting Sched: https://cnispring21mtg.sched.com/ (a complete list of on-demand briefings is available at https://cnispring21mtg.sched.com/info). In many cases you will find pointers to reference material that you may find useful to explore prior to the session, and after the meeting we will add material from the actual presentations, including video recordings. You can also follow the meeting via Twitter using the hashtag #cni21s.
On behalf of the CNI team, I look forward to welcoming you to what promises to be another extremely worthwhile meeting. I apologize for the lack of a reception but this is the virtual world that we are forced to live in at present. Please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Diane Goldenberg-Hart, CNI’s Assistant Executive Director (email@example.com), if we can provide you with any additional information on the meeting.
Coalition for Networked Information
For the past few years, a group at Stanford University has issued a lengthy document called the “AI Index” which is an extensive snapshot of the state of Artificial Intelligence work, spanning from the research world into commercial and governmental applications. They’ve just released the 2021 edition, which can be found at
The web page includes a very succinct summary of highlights. There are also links to predecessor reports from earlier years.
I wanted to share this update on the 2021 International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC), which had been co-scheduled with the Research Data Alliance (RDA) 17th Plenary in Edinburgh, Scotland this April. The pandemic has required that these events be moved virtual, which has been a very complex process; thanks for your patience while all this has been sorted out. Registration is now open for both events, and I’ll be giving my customary brief summary towards the end of the shortened IDCC meeting. I hope to “see” many of you at one or both of these meetings.
Registration is now open for two linked events in the world of data curation: the 16th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC21) and the 17th Plenary of the Research Data Alliance, taking place during the week beginning Monday 19th April 2021. Registration for either event also allows you to attend a joint unconference which will bridge the interests of the two communities. All events will be taking place online only.
Details of each event and links for registration are below. The same platform will be used throughout, but separate registrations are required. We’re pleased to note that substantially reduced rates are available for both events for attendees from Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs.)
IDCC is a leading international conference on digital curation and Research Data Management, regularly attracting over 250 delegates from all over the world. This year the programme will be compressed into a single day, containing a keynote and its familiar mix of papers, lightning talks and posters. As ever, IDCC’s organisation is led by the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) with support from the Coalition for Network Information (CNI.)
IDCC21’s theme is “Data quality and data limitations: working towards equality through data curation.” Our opening keynote lecture will be from Te Taka Keegan, Associate Professor in Computing, and Associate Dean Mãori at the University of Waikato. The draft programme is available at www.dcc.ac.uk/events/idcc2021/programme ; it will be updated in the coming weeks, as the paper review process concludes.
The focus of IDCC21 is data quality and how it needs to be translated into formal criteria that can be applied to measure coverage, representativeness as well as inclusiveness of data. The key question that will be addressed by our speakers is how to ensure that data collection and curation works for society at large. Submissions also address a wide range of questions that will be of interest to anyone involved in the curation of digital material of all types.
To register, please go to www.dcc.ac.uk/events/idcc2021/registration . Early bird rates are available until 2nd April 2021!
Both IDCC and previous RDA plenaries have featured an unconference in previous years. On this occasion the two will combine to provide an event of interest to IDCC and RDA attendees. The Unconference will take place on Tuesday, 20 April. It will be an event for interactive and spontaneous discussion, based on topics suggested by participants. Attendance is free for those registered to either (or both) events – join us for a rich discussion with a diverse audience!
RDA’s 17th Plenary Meeting (VP17)
RDA plenaries are focussed on progressing the work of its Interest and Working Groups and on providing opportunities for new communities of interest to examine the potential for new group formation through Birds of a Feather sessions. Plenary presentations set the larger scene for RDA’s work, give an insight into how group outputs are being adopted and used in research, and update members on the work of the organisation as a whole.
This year the DCC, along with UKRI and Jisc are hosting RDA’s 17th Plenary Meeting, taking place from 20th – 22nd April. More information on the programme, speakers and theme of the Plenary can be found at https://www.rd-alliance.org/plenaries/rda-17th-plenary-meeting-edinburgh-virtual . You can register to attend the Plenary (including the joint RDA/IDCC Unconference) at https://rdavp17.eventbrite.co.uk . Early bird rates will be available until 2nd of April 2021.
If you are new to RDA, you might be interested in attending our upcoming webinar on RDA and Plenaries, taking place on 1st March 2021, 23:00 UTC. This webinar will feature an interactive session where attendees can share their goals and expectations from VP17, as well as a panel discussion with Rachel Bruce (UKRI), Hugh Shanahan (Royal Holloway, University of London), Helen Glaves (British Geological Survey) and Mervyn O’Luing (UCC), Robert Quick (Indiana University) and Frankie Stevens (AARNet). Register for the webinar at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_r9Pk6DVsQ2K4lAmf9D5TIw .
We look forward to you joining us virtually in Edinburgh in April at one or all of these key events in the calendar for all those who work with data in research.
Director, Digital Curation Centre
On behalf of the programme and organising committees of IDCC21 and RDA Plenary 17