An alternative access method for the same information available from the CNI-ANNOUNCE listserv.
Alison Head, founder and director of Project Information Literacy (PIL) and also a plenary speaker at the CNI Spring 2017 meeting, has announced the availability of the latest report from the project: “How Students Engage with News: Five Takeaways for Educators, Journalists, and Librarians.” Co-authored with John Wihbey, P. Takis Metaxas, Margy MacMillan, and Dan Cohen, the news study analyzed data from a survey, interviews, and a computational analysis of Twitter data. This is a very timely topic and should be of interest to many in the CNI community. The report is available at:
—Joan Lippincott, CNI
You’re invited to participate in this survey by the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI)!
—Joan Lippincott, CNI
The ELI is pleased to announce the release of the 2019 Key Issues survey. As always, we invite everyone associated with the post-secondary mission of teaching and learning (T&L) to participate, so that the results are truly representative of the full community. This includes (but not limited to):
instructional and learning designers
center for T&L staff
academic and instructional technologists
academic leaders, such as deans and provosts.
administrators for innovation in T&L
The survey takes *only 3 minutes* to complete.
The link to the survey is:
Institutional EDUCAUSE membership is NOT required. Finally, we’d be grateful if you would share this link with your colleagues.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
ps. results from previous years are here.
Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative
Uncommon Thinking for the Common Good
282 Century Place, Suite 5000, Louisville CO 80027
In March 2018 MIT hosted a series of meetings (one of which I was fortunate to be able to participate in) to develop an ambitious research agenda for scholarly communications. I want to stress the focus here was on research questions that could help to shape the future of scholarly communications, rather than an agenda for scholarly communications proper. The draft white paper emerging from these meetings is now available at
For public review and comment. I’ve reproduced a more detailed announcement below, which also contains information on how to propose changes to the document or otherwise provide comments and feedback. Note that if you want to comment, you can sign up for a PubPub account (see below) using the link in the upper right of the page containing the draft.
Dates and location for Open Repositories 2020 have been set – details below. CNI has been a supporter of the OR events for many years.
Subject: Save the Date for Open Repositories 2020, 1-4 June in Stellenbosch, SA
Save the Date for Open Repositories 2020
The Open Repositories Steering Committee and Stellenbosch University is delighted to announce that the 15th Open Repositories Conference will be held in Stellenbosch, South Africa, from 1-4 June 2020. The conference will be organised by Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service who looks forward to welcoming delegates to the first Open Repositories Conference (OR) on the African continent.
Stellenbosch University, located in the historical town of Stellenbosch, approximately 50 km from Cape Town, strives to be Africa’s leading research-intensive university, globally recognised as excellent, inclusive and innovative where knowledge is advanced in service of society.
The Library and Information Service has been playing an active role in the African and international Open Access community for a number of years and one of its strategic objectives is to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with a range of external and internal stakeholders by advancing local, national and international initiatives with regards to open scholarship.
Having chosen Stellenbosch as the venue, the annual OR Conference continues its objective to bring practitioners working at the interface of technology and scholarship together. Participants at OR come from higher education, government, libraries, archives and museums to share their experiences and knowledge about repository infrastructure, tools, services, and policies. We hope you will join us in Stellenbosch in 2020!
For the local organizing committee:
Ellen Tise & Mimi Seyffert-Wirth
Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service
For the Open Repositories Steering Committee:
University of Oslo Library
I wanted to share the following call for applications with the CNI-announce community, which I know includes many non-profit infrastructure providers for open science and open access that are struggling with sustainability issues.
Dear Members of the Open Science Community,
A year into an important initiative to help shore up vital, non-commercial services within the Open Science community; the Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS) is now beginning our search for new potential candidates to help fund. If you are a non-profit essential infrastructure for Open Access or Open Science of international significance and are concerned about your sustainability, this mail is for you.
SCOSS launched in late 2017 as a response to a growing concern over the security of the infrastructure underpinning Open Science today. The intent? To ensure that key services like the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and SHERPA/RoMEO, services that aid the scientific and scholarly community in the accessing and sharing of research, have the solvency to exist as well as innovate and evolve well into the future.
In short, this is how the initiative works: SCOSS provides the framework and funding structure, vetting potential candidates based on a defined set of criteria. The most eligible of those that pass the vigorous evaluation are then presented to the global OA/OS community of stakeholders with an appeal for monetary support in a crowdfunding-style approach.
To date, more than 750 thousand Euros have been pledged to help fund DOAJ and SHERPA/RoMEO, the first services selected in our pilot funding call.
We’re reaching out to you now as we are preparing to pre-screen services for eligibility for SCOSS’s second funding cycle; perhaps you are with a SCOSS relevant organisation, well-established but concerned about your sustainability. At this point, the board is seeking to identify a field of such potential candidates to vet; among the basic qualifications: eligible services must have a non-profit status in the country in which they are based and/or be affiliated with or owned by a research or educational institution.
Services that are interested in seeking SCOSS funding are invited to send us a pre-application as a formal expression of interest in applying. The following information should be included:
• Name of the person applying on behalf of the service/organisation
and contact details
• Organisation name
• Year the organisation was established
• Legal status of the organisation (e.g. non-profit)
• In short descriptive form, the organisation’s aim
• A description of the organisation’s financial situation and how SCOSS might be able to support efforts toward gaining sustainability
(500 words max)
To be considered, all pre-applications must be submitted at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdsRiVAKvM85RIFvVqxVi0AOCgWpP8B-nvp5QojBfLiGUkp_A/viewform
by 31 October.
SCOSS will evaluate all submissions; those organisations that meet the SCOSS aforementioned description while making a clear, strong case for community support will be invited to apply formally in late 2018.
For all questions, please direct them to email@example.com
Last week an important and welcome report on best practices in software preservation was released. This work has been in progress for some time and is an important step in defining and clarifying good community practice in this often confusing area, particularly with regard to intellectual property. Similar processes have been used with considerable success to help other communities, such as documentary filmmakers, in recent years.
for the report, and there’s some valuable context at
There was also a very good session last week at iPres 2018 in Boston introducing the report, and I expect there will be other presentations during the fall.
You have doubtless seen press coverage of the new US, Mexico and Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) that is intended to replace the existing North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). There are some significant changes in the intellectual property provisions in this agreement that haven’t received much coverage in the general press, but our colleagues at the Association of Research Libraries have made a very helpful analysis available. This can be found at
The submission deadline for CNI’s fall 2018 membership meeting is fast approaching! The meeting will be held on December 10-11 in Washington, DC.
Proposals for project briefings are due no later than this Friday, October 5.
A limited number of proposals are accepted.
For details, and to submit a proposal: https://www.cni.org/mm/fall-2018/project-briefing-proposals-f18
Meeting and hotel registration deadline is Thursday, November 8: https://www.cni.org/mm/fall-2018/registration-accommodations-f18
Follow this meeting on Twitter: #cni18f
Please note that CNI has adopted a code of conduct for all meetings and events hosted by the Coalition:
CNI Code of Conduct
CNI is committed to maintaining a welcoming and inclusive environment for inquiry, constructive disagreement, and intellectual freedom and honesty. We do not tolerate personal attacks, harassment of any kind, violence, or disruptive behavior. Please be respectful of our community’s diversity and generous of others’ views. If you have concerns, please talk to a member of the CNI staff. In case of emergency, dial 911.
See you in DC!
Over the past year I’ve had the opportunity to participate in the work of a National Academies Committee advising NASA Earth and Space Sciences on Open Source policies and strategies for their scientific work. The report from this work was released a few days ago and can be found at
Participating in this work was a fascinating experience, and a really important counter-balance to the narratives that say open source is the answer, and all related questions are simple. I think that this is an excellent report that honestly represents the complexities that we will encounter as we move to open science.
Many of you will be interested in viewing the presentations (slides) from the Designing Libraries Conference held at the University of Calgary on September 16-18, 2018. They are now available linked to the conference sessions, including the preconferences, from the program on the website at https://designinglibraries.ucalgary.ca/program-listing/
These are openly available to all.
University of Calgary, North Carolina State University, and CNI all thank the presenters for the high quality of their presentations and for their willingness to share them widely.
—Joan Lippincott, CNI