An alternative access method for the same information available from the CNI-ANNOUNCE listserv.
CNI is very pleased to be a co-sponsor of NCSU’s Data Science and Visualization institute for Librarians this year. I know spots will fill up quickly so note the date that applications can be submitted – starting Dec. 12.
–Joan Lippincott, CNI
Save the Date! The Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians will be held April 24-28, 2017 at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Applications for the Institute will be accepted beginning on Dec 12, 2016.
The Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians is a week-long course providing the opportunity for librarians passionate about research and scholarship to immerse themselves in learning about data science and visualization in collaboration with academic peers. Participants will develop knowledge, skills, and confidence to communicate effectively with faculty and student researchers about their data and be able to provide initial consultancy on the course topics. Led by expert instructors, sessions will be interactive and will focus on mastery of core concepts, with hands-on exposure to select open source and highly used commercial tools. Sharing of practices and experiences across institutions will be encouraged.
A final schedule will be available in early December, including topics such as:
- Data Exploration and Statistical Analysis
- Bibliometric Analysis
- Data Visualization
- Version Control with Git and GitHub
- Data Description, Sharing, and Reuse
- Data Cleaning and Preparation
- Web scraping
- Analyzing Textual Data
- Mapping and Geospatial Visualization
- Publisher and Funder Data Use Agreements
Visit our website (https://www.lib.ncsu.edu/datavizinstitute) to stay up-to-date on program details and to apply (beginning December 12, 2016).
The Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians is offered through a collaboration between the NCSU Libraries and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI).
The Library of Congress seeks the assistance of the CNI community in the planning for its digital preservation educational programs; see below for more about the initiative, including a link to a survey.
How prepared is your organization to provide long-term, durable access to its mission-critical digital content? What skills and experience do staff need to address the digital preservation needs of your organization?
The Library of Congress Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE) Program, http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/education/index.html, is conducting a survey designed to capture the digital preservation continuing education, professional development, and training needs of your organization. The Library will in turn use this information to assist with the further development and/or refinement of its digital preservation educational programs and initiatives. Any organization in the United States and territories engaged in the preservation of digital content is invited to complete the survey through close of business on Friday, January 20, 2017. The survey is available from https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2016DPOESurvey
Thank you for your participation.
Internship and Fellowship Programs
Library of Congress
There’s a wonderful workshop that’s being offered in conjunction with the IEEE 2016 Big Data Conference in Washington DC next week, on December 8. Here’s a link to the program:
I just learned of a very interesting symposium that’s taking place on December 5-6, 2016 titled “Cultural Heritage and Data: the Role of Research infrastructure.” This is organized by a number of organizations, including the Library of Congress, the National Gallery, the Smithsonian and George Washington University on the US side, and several organizations representing the member states of the EU on the European side.
Here’s more information on the conference. Registration is free, but closes November 30.
CNI welcomes the opportunity to help spread the word about the 2017 BitCurator Users Forum, April 27-28, 2017, at Northwestern University; see call for proposals below.
BitCurator User Forum 2017 Call for Papers
The BitCurator Consortium (BCC) is accepting proposals for the 2017 BitCurator User Forum, to be held April 27 – 28 at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. An international, community-led organization with over 25 member institutions, the BCC promotes and supports the BitCurator environment, an open source environment of digital forensics tools for use in libraries, archives, museums, and other educational applications.
Digital Forensics: The academic library and beyond
Over the last decade, cultural heritage institutions have applied techniques and software developed for criminal investigation and prosecution to their own work. These applications have repurposed automated processes in unintended ways, leading to new ways of engaging with digital materials. We want to hear your experiences and visions of how digital forensics affects your work.
We invite proposals for the following session formats:
· Lightning Talks
· Birds-of-a-Feather discussions
· Day-long sessions that address real world problems or needs to make progress against
Other session formats are welcome, especially sessions that incorporate interactivity and audience participation.
We invite presentations that address any topic related to digital forensics. Topics of particular interest include:
· ethical concerns: how might donor relations and/or institutional risk tolerance affect forensic analysis
· records management: how can forensic analysis support records management activities
· donor and curatorial relations: challenges and opportunities when working with donors and/or curators
· process automation: use of scripting and related methods to support efficiency
· data management: intersections between research data and forensic analysis
· digital humanities: support for digital humanities work
· practical uses outside of archival workflows: researcher use, data mining, related special projects
1 – 2 presenters, 45 – 60 minutes
Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words.
This format is intended for one or two speakers presenting a single perspective, piece of research, or practical investigation. We encourage presentations to move beyond the case study and address pressing issues, best practices, opportunities for collaboration, visions, and expanded uses for digital forensics in libraries, archives, and museums.
3 – 5 presenters, 60 – 75 minutes
Please submit a 250-word (maximum) abstract. If submitting as an solo speaker, individual panelists may be matched by the BCC Program Committee based on complementarity of subjects or overarching themes.
We encourage panels to represent a range of professional backgrounds and experience. Proposals that include diverse perspectives (i.e., faculty, students, community members, archivists, and/or multiple institutions) are strongly encouraged. Alternative panel formats (pecha kucha, lightning talks followed by small group discussions, or others) that will facilitate dialogue and enlarge participation are also invited.
1 – 2 leaders, 60 – 75 minutes
Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words.
Birds-of-a-Feather sessions are networking opportunities in which presenters will lead an informal discussion about a chosen topic for fellow practitioners. Birds-of-a-Feather discussions may be scheduled during lunch or as a concurrent session.
1 presenter, 5-12 minutes
Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words.
Lightning talks are a great format for case studies, digital forensics “success stories” or “tragic tales,” and research updates.
Real world issues
We welcome the submission of issues you’re experiencing in your regular work with respect to digital forensics tools, whether it be desired functionality, automation that may not yet exist, or other workflow breakdowns. Filling out this form will help us create a longform, hands-on session that will tackle one or more identified needs.
The BCC Program Committee will review and accept abstracts based on their relevance to the conference theme and audience; the clarity of description; and their potential for inspiring discussion, collaboration, and innovation.
Submission Deadline: January 15, 2017
Acceptance Notification: February 15, 2017
How to Submit
Submit proposals here.
Eligibility & Requirements
We welcome proposals from archivists, librarians, digital forensics software and systems providers (vendors), scholars, students, and other individuals working with digital forensics on a regular basis, at both BCC member institutions and non-member institutions, large and small.
Presenters must register for and attend the conference. Presenters must also sign and submit a speaker agreement granting permission to the BCC to distribute their slides online with a CC-BY license. Some sessions will be recorded and distributed online, with permission from the presenters. These presenters will also be asked to sign and submit an agreement granting permission to the BCC to record presentations and distribute recordings online with a CC-BY license. Exceptions to the CC-BY license will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The BitCurator Consortium (BCC) is an independent, community-led membership association that serves as the host and center of administrative, user and community support for the BitCurator environment. Its purpose is to support the curation of born-digital materials through the application of open-source digital forensics tools by institutions responsible for such materials.
The BCC is now welcoming institutions in all sectors and nations to join as General Members. Member benefits include:
· Access to the BCC help desk
· Prioritization in future feature and enhancement requests
· Dedicated educational offerings
· Voting rights
· Eligibility to serve on the BCC Executive Council and Committees
· Service opportunities
· Community engagement and networking
· Professional development and training
· Subscription to a dedicated BCC member mailing list
· Special rates for BCC events, including the annual BitCurator User Forum
The BCC exists to ensure that the BitCurator community continues to thrive in the years to come. Please consider joining this growing community of practice and international conversation around this emerging set of practices.
For more information, visit bitcuratorconsortium.org
Digital Records Archivist
Duke University Archives
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
When I visit campuses, I’ve been hearing a lot of interest in innovation centers. The next Learning Spaces Collaboratory (LSC) webinar includes information on one at Virginia Commonwealth U. and highlights STEM learning spaces at Carthage College. Please follow the links for registration information.
–Joan Lippincott, CNI
Join us on December 1 for the 4th in our series of Reports from the Spring 2016 LSC Roundtables. The focus of this webinar is on renovations that transform the learning experience, preparing students to become entrepreneurs & innovators, creative & and visionary scientific leaders, risk-taking problem-solvers in the world they enter upon graduation.
In this webinar we tell two stories from the roundtables, focusing on questions asked and addressed in the planning process—questions driving the renovation of a townhouse for an innovation center at Virginia Commonwealth University and the renovation and addition to spaces for STEM learning at Carthage College.
Although these projects were quite different in purpose, their questions are not too different. This signals the growing awareness of how the changing context demands new kinds of questions, perhaps the recalibrating of the relationship between academics and architects in the process of planning. Indeed, the subtitle of this webinar might be 21st century questions from and for 21st century clients.
v Carthage College – Straz Center for Modernization and Expansion of Spaces for STEM Learning & Research
• How do we support unstructured learning and “pop-up” learning communities in our new space?
• How can we establish opportunities for more informal whiteboard moments between students and faculty outside the classroom? That is, how do we make the creative origins of science visible and present in our spaces?
• How can we bring attention to our student project teams for the opportunities for collaborative activities with industry, government, and academic colleagues across the country?
v Virginia Commonwealth University – Da Vinci Center for Innovation
• A T-shaped individual is one anchored in a discipline, with the capacity and openness to span across disciplines. How can learning and the spaces for learning ensure our students become Y-shaped individuals by graduation?
• Current trends in higher education value a culture of openness and sharing in the academic environment. What can our learning spaces do to promote strategic partnership between students from different backgrounds and disciplines to push learning beyond the boundaries of a classroom?
• How can architectural identity help champion a program? Can a new space be a catalyst not only for new ideas, but also for new programs and curriculum?
These are questions critical in the context of planning renovations and additions. These are also questions that should be embedded in addressing broader institutional strategic initiatives—signaling the value of attention to the LSC yardstick for planning. These institutional stories capture the essence of the roundtable experience: an occasion for academics and architects to become a team of planners exploring into the future, enjoying the adventure of seeking, identifying questions that challenge both academics and architects to keep asking “what if?”; “why not?”; and “why?”
♦ We invite your attention to The Creative Mind, a “think-piece” now posted on the LSC homepage, that describes the nature of creative people, considering it as a prompt for reflections of a planning team about what they should become, what their students should become. Those participating in the 2016 Spring LSC Roundtables were not observing the obvious order and rules…. They enjoy living in a world that is filled with unanswered questions and blurry boundaries.
More roundtable stories to come.
♦ We also invite your attention to another 21st century report: The Engagement Gap: Making Each School and Every Classroom an All-Engaging Learning Environment. It puts the spotlight on a question increasingly addressed by those responsible for the quality and character of undergraduate learning spaces. What do we know about how learning is happening now in the school just down the street? If learning spaces are bridges to the future—they are bridges into and beyond the undergraduate setting.
Be in touch with any questions.
CNI is pleased to serve, once again, as a cooperating organization for Open Repositories.
The final deadline for submitting proposals for the Twelfth International Conference on Open Repositories (@OR2017aus and #OR2017) has been extended until Wednesday, November 30, 2016. The conference is scheduled to take place June 26-30 in Brisbane, Australia and is being hosted by The University of Queensland (UQ), Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Griffith University.
The theme this year is “Open : Innovation | Knowledge | Repositories.” You may review the call for proposals here: http://or2017.net/call-for-proposals/
Submit your proposal here: https://www.conftool.net/or2017/ by November 30, 2016
We look forward to seeing you at OR2017!
Sue Hutley, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia
Andrea Schweer, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
Elin Stangeland, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
The University of Queensland (UQ); Queensland University of Technology (QUT); Griffith University
CONFERENCE WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA
FAQs about OR2017: http://or2017.net/frequently-asked-questions/
Web site: or2017.net
Twitter: @OR2017aus Tag: #OR2017
A Guide to the Fall 2016 Coalition for Networked Information Membership Meeting
The Fall 2016 CNI Membership Meeting, to be held at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC on December 12 and 13, 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 breakout sessions focusing on current developments in digital information. As always, we have strived to present sessions that reflect late-breaking developments and also take advantage of our venue in the Washington, DC area to provide opportunities to interact with policy makers and funders.
As usual, the CNI meeting proper is preceded by an optional orientation session for new attendees, both representatives of new member organizations and new representatives or alternate delegates from existing member organizations, at 11:30 AM; guests and presenters are also welcome. Light refreshments are available for all at 12:15 PM on Monday, December 12. The opening plenary is at 1:15 PM and will be followed by three rounds of parallel breakout sessions. Tuesday, December 15, includes four additional rounds of parallel breakout sessions, lunch and the closing plenary, concluding around 3:45 PM. At this meeting, we are experimenting with some breakout sessions of different duration, including half-hour sessions, allowing us to add one more round and provide you with more opportunities to learn about new initiatives. Some of the hour-long sessions are actually pairs of these half-hour sessions that are thematically related. Along with plenary and breakout sessions, the meeting includes generous break time for informal networking with colleagues and a reception which will run until 7:15 PM on Monday evening, December 12, after which participants can enjoy a wide range of dining opportunities in Washington.
The CNI meeting agenda is subject to last minute changes, particularly in the breakout sessions, and you can find the most current information on our website, cni.org, and on the announcements board near the registration desk at the meeting.
We expect to have free wireless access available throughout the meeting; those staying in the CNI hotel room block at the Hilton should also have free wireless access in their rooms. Details will be available at registration.
During the opening plenary, scheduled to start at 1:15 PM on Monday, I want to look at recent developments and the ways in which the landscape is changing and outlining some key developments I expect to see in the coming years. As part of this, I’ll discuss progress on the Coalition’s agenda, and highlight selected initiatives from the 2016-2017 Program Plan. The Program Plan will be distributed at the meeting (and will be available electronically on the Coalition’s website, cni.org, in early December). I look forward to sharing the Coalition’s continually evolving strategy with you, as well as discussing recent events and current issues. The opening plenary will include time for questions and discussion, and I am eager to hear your comments.
Due to the special presentation that will be part of the closing plenary, the length of our meeting has been extended slightly, and our closing time on Tuesday will be about 3:45 PM rather that the usual 3:30 PM.
Our closing plenary speaker on Tuesday afternoon will be the renowned computer and information scientist Ben Shneiderman, a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland. Ben has published many important books over the years; a particular favorite of mine is the 2002 book Leonardo’s Laptop: Human Needs and the New Computing Technologies. Most recently, Ben has been focusing on the changing nature of the research process itself, and what will be needed to meet the challenges of the present century. Last year he produced an absolutely wonderful book titled The New ABCs of Research: Achieving Breakthrough Collaborations, which I’ll simply say should be required reading for anyone engaged in any aspect of the research enterprise. He will speak to these issues in his presentation.
Ben has also generously agreed to autograph copies of his book if you bring them with you.
In addition to our closing plenary, we will have a special shorter briefing from Dr. Robert Kahn, the long-time president of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI). For most of the CNI community, Bob needs no introduction; he is known throughout the world for his central role in the creation of the Internet and as co-creator, with Vint Cerf, of the TCP/IP protocol. But he has made a vast number of other high-impact and often prescient contributions; one that has proved quite vital to the CNI community is his work in creating the Digital Object Identifier System (DOI). In fact, the DOI is only one part of a much broader Digital Object Architecture that Bob has been developing over the past several decades. In his presentation, which will precede Ben’s plenary, he will review these developments and bring us up to date on this important work. Bob has been a friend of CNI since it’s founding, and I look forward to welcoming him back to our meeting.
Highlighted Breakout Sessions
I will not attempt to comprehensively summarize the wealth of breakout sessions here. However, I want to note particularly some sessions that have strong connections to the Coalition’s 2016-2017 Program Plan, as well as many other sessions of special interest or importance, and to provide some additional context that may be helpful to attendees in making choices. We have a packed agenda of breakout sessions, and, as always, will try to put material from these sessions on our website following the meeting for those who were unable to attend. We will also be capturing a few sessions for later distribution, some using traditional video capture and some using a voice over visuals capture system.
I am pleased to announce that Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive and a recipient of CNI’s Paul Evan Peters Award, will share his vision about creating collaborative digital library collections along with colleagues. In another timely briefing that includes representatives from the Internet Archive along with staff from the Library of Congress and the University of North Texas, we will learn about how the teams are approaching identifying and selecting content for the archive that provides a snapshot of the federal government web at the end of President Barack Obama’s term.
We have a particularly strong set of breakouts on many aspects of digital preservation and curation, including from national strategies in a report from the UK, Canada, and the US and a session on implementing a new electronic records archive at the US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). A panel with representatives from the Digital Preservation Network, the Texas Digital Library, Academic Preservation Trust, DuraSpace, HathiTrust, Chronopolis, and MetaArchive will explore the current digital preservation ecosystem.
Other sessions on preservation and curation include:
• Building Tools and Services to Support Research Software Preservation and Sharing, an especially important topic for the actual reuse of large data sets in e-science and digital scholarship.
• Weaving Together Preservation and Active Research, a project whereby Johns Hopkins University and the University of Notre Dame are working within the Open Science Framework (OSF) to integrate preservation into research workflows.
• A Story of Preprints and Curation Networks, describing scholar/librarian partnerships involving SocArXiv (a new preprint archive) and SHARE. Curation associates are involved in providing stewardship for the preprint repository.
• An update on the widely deployed LOCKSS project: Lots of LOCKSS Keeping Stuff Safe.
• Documenting the Now, which will discuss supporting scholarly use and preservation of social media content.
• A survey of preservation approaches from the Fedora community.
• Assessing Training for Digital Stewardship, which will report on assessments of four National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) programs and present a tool for examining competencies for components of digital stewardship.
A concern related to digital preservation is the fact that many scholarly articles link to website materials, and those items are particularly vulnerable to reference rot, the combination of link rot and content drift. This is a breakdown of a vital component (referencing) of the scholarly communication system. The always popular Martin Klein and Herbert Van de Sompel of Los Alamos National Laboratory will report on a proposed approach to address this problem.
A core area of CNI’s program has highlighted innovations in repositories of various types. We will have an update on the University of Florida’s program to expand their institutional repository services to facilitate compliance and access to products of publicly funded research; they are working with Elsevier and the Clearinghouse for Open Research of the US (CHORUS) along with some additional universities, research institutions, government labs and publishers in the next phase of the project. We will look at future directions and strategies for the pioneering arXiv repository, which is now 25 years old. Assessing Institutional Repositories, a combined session, will look at approaches by George Washington University and the University of Minnesota, along with a report on undercounting file downloads from institutional repositories by Montana State University. Another session will describe national and international initiatives to build data repositories, that also include other materials, pertaining to archaeological research.
In a session focusing on Islandora, we will learn about the progress of the Islandora community and hear the details of a specific project, developed at the University of Rochester, using Islandora to exhibit a multi-media diary from their special collections.
Many CNI member institutions are developing a range of capabilities and organizational strategies related to data services, large digital libraries, and the support for new scholarly practices (e-research, digital humanities, and digital scholarship).
Additional sessions on data, large digital libraries, and e-research/scholarship include:
• Hathi Trust Research Center, which will describe the research arm of the HathiTrust Digital Library and the kinds of text analysis and data mining opportunities they offer.
• DRASTIC Measures, an open source digital repository platform for performing computation on content (typically large data resources of various kinds) by researchers from the University of Maryland. This is a very important problem that is just now beginning to get serious attention.
• Digital Humanities Collections and Technologies, where Johns Hopkins will demonstrate its humanities data library and University College Dublin will discuss using emerging technologies with a traditional cultural heritage collection.
• Using Big Data, Asking Big Questions, exploring the results of a National Endowment for the Humanities and Library of Congress data challenge to researchers devised to demonstrate the research possibilities of the Chronicling American Historic American Newspapers collection.
• Another session on newspapers will focus on using software such as that produced through the Open Online Newspaper Initiative (Open ONI) and the adoption of the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) to improve user experience with these collections of local resources.
• From Primary Resources to a Foundation for Programming, describing how a University of Texas Arlington collection of materials on the topic of disability has evolved from primary source material to the basis for a rich set of programs and exhibits.
Two projects employing crowdsourcing for special collections materials, one at the University of California, Davis and one at Yale, will look at trends and outcomes of institutional projects, one for wine labels and one for documents on theater history.
Four sessions will focus on new types of researcher practice and services to support them. CNI was invited to partner with the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) on a working group to develop a paper on supporting digital humanities; the co-leaders, Joan Lippincott of CNI and Quinn Dombrowski of the University of California, Berkeley, will provide a report on findings. Columbia University will examine what model will support a digital initiative initially developed by a faculty member that assumes greater importance and requires more resources. A session with representatives from Stanford, IIIF, and the University of Toronto will look at tools for digitized manuscripts. North Carolina State University will describe the “scholar’s backpack” that uses virtual environments to support research along with an examination of research sharing tools by University of Rhode Island faculty. The University of Illinois will provide an overview of its Research IT program. Georgia State will describe expanded research data services in a combined session with the University of Virginia discussing its integration of research data services in campus-wide research networks. Northwestern and Indiana universities will report on their study of scholarly use of audio and video collections by researchers in multiple disciplines in a combined session with Dartmouth, which is applying some tools to a collection of educational films in order to generate annotations that can be attached to each film.
Scholars@Cornell will describe a data and visualization service whose goal is improving the visibility of Cornell research offering insights into the patterns and structures of scholarly collaboration.
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) will report on its recent paper recommending practices for altmetrics.
Representatives from presses at Johns Hopkins, the University of Michigan, and New York University will describe developments in digital long form publishing that leverage the affordances of the digital environment. A session with representatives from the University of Michigan, Emory University, and JSTOR explores the evolution of the digital monograph.
We know our members are always interested in understanding funding opportunities for digital projects, and we will have a session with panelists from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) describing their latest grant programs.
The economics of scholarly publishing has been a mainstay of CNI’s program from the earliest years, and this meeting features the findings of the Pay It Forward Project, a seminal study of article processing charges and associated costs in the context of library journal budgets and publishing costs, conducted by the University of California, Davis and the California Digital Library (CDL). This updates a work-in-progress report that elicited a great deal of interest a year ago at our meeting.
CNI has also had a programmatic focus on authentication and authorization and we published a report on a survey we conducted in 2016 describing the current environment. A session will provide a very brief overview of the CNI survey as well as describe work by the STM Association and NISO, which is exploring how to improve user experience and provide greater control and analytics over network activity related to the publications of their members.
Ken Klingenstein, whose title as “Identity Evangelist” for Internet2 well describes his long career in Internet identify management, will describe the notable progress he has seen in the last year in the landscape of Internet identity.
An important project from Germany, the Deutsche Biographie, is an enhanced digital version of two highly regarded biographical dictionaries that employs encoding, authority data, and linking mechanisms in order to add value to the traditional resources. I think that this is a noteworthy development that serves as a potential model for other similar work, and I welcome our colleagues from Germany to CNI as they share it with us.
Discovery, interoperability, and linked data are topics of interest to many in the CNI community. Sessions will include:
• Migrating Library Collections and Operations to Linked Data, including a roadmap for conversion at the University of California, Davis combined with a briefing on using linked data to better connect special collections to the web at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
• Open Platform, describing an open source discovery layer and enhanced discovery with open linked data in the Alma and Primo systems by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
• A session by presenters from the Getty on The Provenance of Madame Bonnier that will look at linked open data and intra-institutional collaboration. The Getty, as some of you know, has been a pioneer in making scholarly content available as linked open data.
LYRASIS, the University of California, Berkeley, and Harvard will discuss CollectionSpace. Funded by The Andrew Mellon Foundation, this open-source platform is being developed and deployed to manage object collections of many types in a cohesive way.
Libraries and university museums often have similar issues related to collection description, discovery and management, but their solutions have developed historically along different paths. This year the University of Miami hosted (and CNI helped co-convene) “The Academic Art Museum and Library Summit” that has produced a report on potential avenues of collaboration between an institution’s library and museum; findings will be shared in this session. In a briefing by Oxford University, we will learn about their program to improve discovery of and access to a wide range of digital assets including garden, museum and library collections, open educational resources, and research outputs and data.
Explorations of how organizations are developing new services and engaging communities are also key components of CNI’s program. We will have a panel with presenters from the University of Rhode Island, Virginia Tech, the University of Oklahoma, and O’Reilly Media, in which they will describe approaches to makerspaces, virtual reality, and the Internet of Things. Another session will focus on virtual reality at the University of Oklahoma. A program at Northwestern is using gaming platforms to foster student engagement with the university’s One Book program and other activities. Offering services that depend on emerging technologies requires a staff that is able to work with the user community and develop programming around the tools. In presentations by the Claremont Colleges and the University of Pennsylvania, in a joint session, we will learn about staff development efforts in two libraries. In addition, new types of spaces are often needed to support these programs. In Spaces for Learning and Scholarship, we will learn about new spaces and their associated programs at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Michigan.
Gardner Campbell of Virginia Commonwealth University, along with Christina Engelbart of the Doug Engelbart Institute (the late Doug Engelbart is credited with the development of the computer mouse, hypertext, and many other important breakthroughs) will describe a massive open online course (MOOC) that focused on thought vectors, a phrase coined by Engelbart to describe collaborative inquiry and problem-solving among knowledge workers.
Malcolm Brown of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) and Megan Oakleaf of Syracuse University will lead what promises to be a lively discussion about how libraries might investigate the potential of participating in institutional learning analytics programs.
I invite you to browse the complete list of breakout sessions and their full abstracts, to be added soon, on the CNI website. In many cases you will find these abstracts include 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 selected video recordings, when they become available to us. You can also follow the meeting via Twitter, using the hashtag #cni16f.
I look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC for what promises to be another extremely worthwhile meeting. Please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Joan Lippincott, CNI’s Associate Director (email@example.com), if we can provide you with any additional information on the meeting.
Coalition for Networked Information
The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued a call for community input on strategies for data management, sharing and citation. Responses are due by December 29, 2016.
The details can be found at
Ithaka S+R has offered several half-day workshops co-located with CNI meetings in recent years. This year, Roger Schonfeld will lead “The Information Businesses: A Workshop for Library Directors” on Monday, December 12 from 9am to noon. Note that this is a separate event from CNI and not part of the CNI meeting. Separate (paid) registration for the workshop is open at
https://sr-infromation-businesses-workshop-cni.eventbrite.com/, and a fuller description is available below.
The relationship between libraries and content providers is in transition. While the day-to-day negotiations to license digital resources continue, library budgets are tapped out and so is provider revenue growth. Against this backdrop, savvy content providers are striving to reposition themselves in new and adjacent businesses. For academic values to thrive, libraries must engage these emerging information businesses and play an active role in their shaping.
In support, Ithaka S+R is offering an executive seminar focusing on two of these changing marketplaces that will have especial impact on the academic library:
• Library systems & aggregators
• Scientific publishing
In this workshop, Ithaka S+R will provide insight and analysis on each marketplace, including
• The strategic directions that leading vendors are pursuing
• Strategic adaptations that libraries may wish to consider
Participants can expect advanced readings, a strong peer group, valuable discussion, and will take away a sophisticated understanding of the strategic change taking place in these two vital sectors.