An alternative access method for the same information available from the CNI-ANNOUNCE listserv.
The video of Michael L. Nelson’s closing plenary address from CNI’s recent membership meeting, “Web Archives at the Nexus of Good Fakes and Flawed Originals,” is now available online. In this talk, Nelson explores the vulnerabilities of web archives as they currently exist, and considers future prospects.
Also from this meeting:
EDUCAUSE has released the 2019 Higher Education edition of the Horizon Report, now available at https://library.educause.edu/resources/2019/4/2019-horizon-report
One section of the report describes key trends expected to have an impact on higher education within a given timeframe. This year’s trends include:
Short-Term—Driving technology adoption in higher education for the next one to two years
- Redesigning Learning Spaces
- Blended Learning Designs
Mid-Term—Driving technology adoption in higher education for the next three to five years
- Advancing Cultures of Innovation
- Growing Focus on Measuring Learning
Long-Term—Driving technology adoption in higher education for five or more years
- Rethinking How Institutions Work
- Modularized and Disaggregated Degrees
The report also describes significant impediments to technology adoption as well as important developments in educational technology for higher education.
I was pleased to serve on the Higher Education Expert Panel for the report.
—Joan Lippincott, CNI
The video of Kathleen Fitzpatrick’s opening plenary address from CNI’s recent membership meeting, “Generous Thinking: Sustainability, Solidarity and the Common Good,” is now available online. In her talk, Fitzpatrick draws on her recently published book, Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving the University (Johns Hopkins, 2019), in which she argues that rebuilding trust between higher education and the public requires focusing practices and modes of communication around building solidarity and community, and that this approach requires a paradigm shift.
Look for more announcements soon of other video offerings from the spring 2019 CNI meeting (https://www.cni.org/mm/spring-2019). To see all videos produced by CNI, visit our video channels on YouTube (www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (vimeo.com/channels/cni).
The call for papers is now out for the 15th International Digital Curation Conference. I’ve reproduced the call below, rather than just providing the usual pointer, because I think that the breadth and interplay of issues to be explored at the meeting will be of particular interest to the CNI community. I hope that many of you will be able to join us in Dublin next year.
CNI has been honored to collaborate with the IDCC meetings for fifteen years now!
*Collective Curation: the many hands that make data work*
It takes a community to raise a child, so the proverb goes, and the same applies to digital content. Many stakeholders play a role in ensuring digital objects are properly created, managed and shared. Entire research communities need to agree on standards for data sharing, for example, and actions taken by content creators and curators have a huge impact on the ability for others to find, evaluate, understand and reuse objects. Decisions can empower or marginalise communities, and records can hold great power to help restore identity, promote truth and support reconciliation.
With modern technology, anyone can be a content creator and provider with a potentially worldwide audience. The original intention of the internet as trusted sites of authority exchanging data of known quality has been overtaken by the flood of content on the world wide web. In this landscape, how do we evaluate and exchange information and ensure meaningful knowledge production? How do we harness the freedom and inclusiveness of the Web while enabling effective curation? How do we ensure that content is preserved for long-term accessibility?
The 15th International Digital Curation Conference takes place in Dublin in collaboration with the Digital Repository of Ireland. DRI is a certified trusted digital repository for Ireland’s social and cultural data, and is widely engaged in a host of research projects spanning digital cultural heritage, research data management, Open Science policy and training, data preservation in the humanities and social sciences, and best practices in digital archiving and open repository architecture. DRI has organised and hosted dozens of conferences large and small including its biannual conference, DPASSH (Digital Preservation in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities), and the Research Data Alliance plenary.
*Papers are invited to address one or more of the themes below*
*Social, political and cultural implications of digital curation*
– Who controls the past, controls the future – empowering community ownership of collections and the role of records to restore justice following cultural trauma
– Participatory archiving, citizen science and radical collaboration
– The people behind the data – acknowledging their role, influence and bias
– Climate change and digital curation – what might our work look like in 20-50 years?
– Partner and prosper – how content creators and curators should come together
– Community-owned and open source solutions – a way for the education sector to keep control of the scholarly commons and its intellectual output?
*Trust: assessing content and containers*
– Metrics and methods to assess, validate and communicate data quality within and across communities of use
– Frameworks to certify services as trustworthy and robust
– Persistence: all kinds of identifiers and their role in ensuring trust
– Disruptive technologies and their role in automated verification and authentication
– All that glitters is not gold – how to make and communicate appropriate selection decisions and innovative approaches to appraisal?
– Rethinking repositories into active research spaces and collaborative partners
– In the era of fake news, how do we trust digital content and its representations in media?
– Data stewards, data agents, data champions and institutional units – shaping, positioning and recognising new roles
– Engaging and supporting researchers: examples of co-designing solutions and interdisciplinarity
– Embedding data stewardship in research ecosystems – workflows, accountability and recognition
– Research assessment – crediting involvement in the creation, curation and sharing of data
– Defining competencies, curricula and educational programmes to address skills gaps – for researchers, data producers, data stewards, research data management librarians and others
– Networking and fora for information exchange and skills sharing across institutions
– Promoting standardisation to achieve more harmonized practices
– Empowering communities to define data standards and sharing agreements
– Lessons learned from the review, evaluation and re-validation of curated content
– Curation workflows: linkages between digital triage, preservation actions and archiving
– Managing de-accession – when does content lose its value?
– National and global approaches to addressing digital preservation challenges
– Preservation at scale: how can we collaborate and partner on preservation?
– Preservation challenges in the humanities, social sciences and cultural heritage
– Long term preservation failures – lessons learnt
– Open source technologies and open standards for long term preservation
Submission types are likely to include full, peer-reviewed papers as well as shorter forms with various post-submission review and publication tracks, as well as posters on the above themes. The submission deadline for papers will be end of 31st of July; that for posters will be end of September. We also welcome workshop submissions on any relevant topic. Workshop submission requirements, deadlines and review processes are separate from those for other types of content. More details on the mix of submission types and the requirements for each track will be released by the 30th of April.
To find out more about IDCC, please visit http://www.dcc.ac.uk/events/idcc20 .
The report from the December 2018 CNI Executive Roundtable, “Supporting the Many Needs of Our Itinerant Researchers”, is now available at the CNI website. The conversation documented here covered a wide range of both policy and technical issues and should be of broad interest. A direct link to the report is at
A Guide to the Spring 2019
Coalition for Networked Information Membership Meeting
The Spring 2019 CNI Membership Meeting, to be held at The Ritz-Carlton in St. Louis, MO on April 8-9, offers a wide range of presentations that advance and report on CNI’s programs, showcase projects underway at CNI member institutions, and highlight important national and international developments. Here is the customary “roadmap” to the sessions at the meeting, which includes both plenary events and an extensive series of breakout sessions focusing on current developments in networked information.
As usual, the CNI meeting proper is preceded by an optional orientation session at 11:30 AM for new attendees, both representatives of new member organizations and new representatives or alternate delegates from existing member organizations, and guests and presenters are also welcome; beforehand, starting at 11, there will be coffee and an opportunity to meet some long-time members. Refreshments are available for all at 12:15 PM on Monday, April 8. The opening plenary is at 1:15 PM and will be followed by four rounds of parallel breakout sessions. Tuesday, April 9, includes additional rounds of parallel breakout sessions, lunch, and the closing keynote, concluding around 3:30 PM. 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 the evening of Monday, April 8, after which participants can enjoy an evening in St. Louis.
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. Information about wireless access in the meeting room areas is available in your packets and at the registration table. In addition, we are running the mobile-friendly web app Sched to facilitate online access to the meeting schedule; Sched is available from the meeting website (https://www.cni.org/mm/spring-2019), and we’ll still have printed programs available for those that want them.
The Plenary Sessions
We have two wonderful plenary sessions lined up. Both are tied very closely to the ongoing programmatic interests of CNI and its members.
Our opening speaker will be Professor Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English at Michigan State University. You may recall that, formerly, Kathleen was director of scholarly communication at the Modern Language Association, where she also served as associate executive director, so she really brings an interesting perspective to the issues confronting higher education and scholarly communication. She will be sharing with us some of the theories and findings that she explores in her most recent book, Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving the University (Johns Hopkins, 2019); I think you’ll find her talk, “Generous Thinking: Sustainability, Solidarity, and the Common Good,” a fascinating exploration of the competition/collaboration paradox. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently published an interesting interview with Kathleen, in which she touches on some of these issues: https://www.chronicle.com/article/Does-Higher-Ed-Need-to/245769.
Professor Michael L. Nelson of Old Dominion University will close the meeting with his talk “Web Archives at the Nexus of Good Fakes and Flawed Originals,” which will explore the current and perhaps, for many, surprisingly fragile state of web archives and prospects for the future. Michael is in ODU’s computer science department, where he leads the Web Science and Digital Libraries Research Group. He has spoken at CNI several times through the years, and I’m delighted that he’s accepted our invitation to help us take a deeper look at the pressing challenges of the reliability and trustworthiness of web archives.
You can find more information about the plenary speakers, as well as abstracts of their talks, at https://www.cni.org/mm/spring-2019/plenary-sessions-s19.
Highlighted Breakout Sessions
I will not attempt a comprehensive summary of breakout sessions here; we offer a great wealth and diversity of material. However, I want to note, particularly, some sessions that have strong connections to the Coalition’s 2018-2019 Program Plan (https://www.cni.org/program) and also a few other sessions of special interest, and to provide some additional context for certain sessions that may be helpful to attendees in making session choices. I do realize that choosing among so many interesting concurrent sessions can be frustrating, and as always we will try to put material from the breakout sessions on our website following the meeting.
Major shifts in the publishing industry and implications for contracts, competition, and access to intellectual property are issues that have captured considerable attention in our community for a long time now, and I’m sure you’ve all been following the news out of the University of California system and their dealings with Elsevier. A team from UC will be here to share the details of those negotiations and to engage in conversation on these questions. We will have a panel to explore the return on investment of open access, and another group of presenters, including Heather Joseph of SPARC, will discuss two projects that aim to streamline and improve efficiencies for open source software projects. Heather will also present a talk about the focus on data analytics taking hold in publishing and the implications for teaching, research, and funding, among other things. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently funded a study focused on the viability of a data trust to share usage data for open-access scholarly monographs, and we will receive a summary of those findings.
Privacy and identity are closely related to the issue of data collection in publishing, and we will have a session that explores this very question, “Collecting, Correlating, Stitching, Enriching: How Commercial Publishers are Creating Value by Profiling Users,” by a team from Temple and Minnesota. A lot of good work on privacy has been coming out of Montana State University recently and they will discuss the National Forum on Web Privacy and Web Analytics, an Institute of Museum and Library Services-funded project. Other sessions related to this topic include “Students’ Growing Concern with Surveillance Capitalism” by Jim Hahn of UIUC; Jeremy Frumkin, from the University of Arizona, will present “When Research Data Requires Controls: Institutional Support for CUI and HIPAA.” A panel will discuss a nation-wide consortial approach to ORCID (Open Researcher & Contributor Identifier) membership for research institutions in the US, known as the ORCID US Community. We will also hear about a project that has made some significant progress in its goal to develop an open, unique, high-level identifier for every research organization in the world: the Research Organization Registry.
Scholarly communication is an important linchpin of CNI’s agenda, and we will have several presentations that relate both directly and indirectly to how research and scholarship make their way through the knowledge ecosystem. In a joint breakout, we’ll learn about two scholarly output initiatives, one at the Smithsonian, and the other at Weill Cornell Medicine, which has implemented VIVO Dashboard. Texas A&M and Duke will also report on VIVO implementations. Herbert Van de Sompel and Martin Klein return to discuss the issue of scholarly orphans from an institutional perspective, and a team from MIT will talk about the “Grand Challenges-Based Research Agenda for Scholarly Communication and Information Science.”
Issues relating to institutional repositories will be well represented at this meeting:
• We’ll get an update from the California Digital Library on developments in its new partnership with Dryad.
• There will be a report on the latest release of Islandora, as well as an update on the future of the platform.
• A combined breakout will include reports from Northwestern and the University of Denver on managing digital institutional content.
• The University of Houston will describe the Bridge2Hyku toolkit, to facilitate migrating content from proprietary systems to open source repositories.
• Panelists from several institutions, along with David Wilcox of DuraSpace, will talk about a strategic plan for Fedora.
• From King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST),
there will be a discussion of the role of the institutional repository in university reporting workflows.
• The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign has been developing an integrated repository service with the capacity to curate and provide access to multiple types of materials; they will be discussing their efforts.
• Moving from a commercial product to an open-source product with an active community will be the subject of a presentation from Georgia State University.
Many CNI member institutions are developing a range of capabilities and organizational strategies related to research data management (RDM), including services addressing data curation, data discovery, and the support for new scholarly practices (e-research). Sessions on data and
research services include:
• A presentation from Ithaka S+R, based on their findings of the research practices of scholars, on holistic approaches to RDM.
• A team from Penn State will discuss developing collaborative, faculty-centered services for public access to research data.
• We will have a discussion of alternative RDM models for smaller research libraries from Rensselaer Polytechnic.
• From the University of Minnesota and OCLC, there will be a report on the results from a global survey on research information management systems.
• At Kansas State University, an information professional partnered with a researcher to curate project data; this collaboration will be the subject of a breakout.
• We will have a presentation considering what type of data science support is needed for social science research.
• A team will describe the continuation of the Always Already Computational: Collections as Data project, now called Collections as Data: Part to Whole, which aims to support computationally driven research and teaching and considers the organizational implications of this work.
A meeting of the Campus Research Computing Consortium (CaRCC) has been co-located with the CNI meeting this spring, and we’ve invited our research-computing colleagues to present a few breakouts on their work, as well as a session on CaRCC itself: the Engagement and Performance Operations Center (EPOC) which is a production platform for operations, applied training, monitoring, and research and education support; a speaker from UC Berkeley discusses a framework for a job family classification and advancement system for Research IT professionals—in a real sense, an effort to professionalize and institutionalize research IT roles—to aid in recruitment and retention efforts. In addition, there will be a presentation on the LIS Education and Data Science for the National Digital Platform (LEADS-4-NDP) program, which is addressing the need for practitioners who can apply data science techniques to improve information services and operations.
A number of sessions will focus on digital scholarship, including a presentation from the University of Florida on an international, cross-institutional initiative to identify and digitize published materials pertaining to Cuba. Ryan Cordell, professor of English at Northeastern University, will discuss a report on the state of optical character recognition (OCR) for historical documents, and also share some recommendations for quality improvement. We will hear about three related but different projects at Emory University which engaged non-traditional scholars using similar software and digital components, but that provide very different experiences for users.
We have a strong set of sessions on various aspects of digital preservation, a topic of great interest to our members. We’ll have a joint session exploring digital preservation projects: the University of Chicago will describe the challenges in stewarding digital content without a repository, and the University of Manitoba discusses a coordinated approach to preserving digital assets.
Other sessions on digital preservation:
• Yale University has been tackling software preservation and emulation for some time now, and we will hear about their focus on the development of technology and services that support distributed management, documentation, sharing, and use of emulated software across a broad range of disciplines.
• In another Yale initiative, we’ll learn about data protection
strategies that provide multiple copies of data in multiple formats at multiple locations.
• Panelists from the Internet Archive, UVA, and Stanford will consider the challenges of improving digital preservation, including architecture, the services ecosystem, new technologies, best practices, and other elements.
• Speakers from DuraSpace, Cornell and Emory will describe the Oxford Common File Layout (OCFL), born out of an effort to define an open and application-independent approach to the long-term preservation of digital objects.
• The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis will join us to talk about efforts to preserve the historical record of the Federal Reserve System through a centralized digital preservation program for all 12 banks in the system.
• The Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded a National Leadership grant to address the issues of long-term accessibility, usability and interoperability of digital 3D objects; project leaders will report on the community of practice which aims to produce recommendations for this purpose.
In the area of assessment McMaster University and OCLC will present on a survey of research libraries in Canada, looking at trends, capacities, priorities and collaborations within that community.
Representatives from LYRASIS and DuraSpace will be discussing the merger between the two organizations and its impact. We will hear from the University of Oregon’s virtual teams model to facilitate inter-departmental work. Maurice York will share a compelling approach to the ever-challenging task of technology strategic planning.
We will have some sessions that describe new services, spaces, and new ways of working with faculty and students. “Services & Resources to Support Students” features two projects: the Applied Research in Immersive Environments and Simulations (ARIES) program at Virginia Tech supports applied research that brings together industry partners, faculty, and students; a campus-wide ePoster service introduced at KAUST. A session from the University of Oklahoma will discuss developing a 3D scanning service, and we’ll hear about virtual reality (VR) initiatives at the University of New Mexico. More about user services will be covered in these sessions:
• CNI’s Joan Lippincott joins a panel to report on a roundtable co-hosted by CNI and the Learning Spaces Collaboratory on how new and renovated spaces can better reflect needs and contribute to institutional priorities.
• Johns Hopkins is using its large-scale visualization display to support student wellness in an attempt to deal with the alarming trend of undergraduate students struggling with overwhelming stress and mental health issues.
• At Georgetown University, a thriving community of practice has emerged from the makerspace programs, helping to attract new users and provide a diverse, interdisciplinary, and collaborative environment.
• The Digital Skills Hub (DiSH) at the University of Oklahoma provides all students, staff and faculty, regardless of school or departmental affiliation, with training and access to new technologies including VR, 3D printing, digital media, blockchain, and artificial intelligence.
• The University of Wyoming will share how they are using 3D scanning and augmented reality (AR) to promote digital collections through the development of a content delivery system that utilizes, in part, a smart device AR application.
• The University of Michigan will describe a project between the library and the School of Information to provide authentic learning and research experiences for students, which intersects with broader service design efforts within the university.
Other sessions will focus on collections and discoverability. Presenters from two institutions that implemented very different high-density storage spaces will discuss their respective systems and how they developed their infrastructures to facilitate the integration of tools to promote discoverability. The challenges of implementing Section 508 compliance, to ensure that information and communication technology is accessible to individuals with disabilities, will be explored. Presenters will discuss state digital libraries that are closely tied to the state’s flagship university, and how those institutions contribute to developing and sustaining those platforms. The Archives Unleashed Cloud facilitates scholars’ ability to work with data at scale. Project ReShare is a group of varied stakeholders aiming to create a new and open approach to library resource sharing systems.
Finally, we will have a provocative session addressing issues of equity and diversity in access: we’ll hear about Louisiana State University’s efforts to devise anti-racist digitization prioritization policies. Recognizing that, by choosing what is digitized, institutions make choices about what narratives to promote, what history to highlight, and what legacies to further, LSU is closely examining its position as a collecting repository at a historically white university in the South, and what role racism has played in its collecting and digitizing policies and practices.
I invite you to browse the complete list of breakout sessions at the meeting website: https://www.cni.org/mm/spring-2019/. In many cases, you will find that the abstracts include pointers to web resources that you may find useful to explore prior to the session, and after the meeting, we will add materials from the actual presentations, as they are made available to us. We will be recording the plenary sessions and a few breakout sessions A list of the breakouts we hope to capture will be posted on the communications board at registration, but please keep in mind that we occasionally have problems with the captures and that these session captures do not include the discussion part of the breakout. There’s no substitute for being there in person! The videos will be made available in the weeks following the meeting. You can follow the meeting on Twitter by using the hashtag #cni19s.
I look forward to seeing you in St. Louis for what promises to be another extremely worthwhile meeting. Please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or CNI Associate Director Joan Lippincott (email@example.com) if we can provide you with any additional information on the meeting.
Coalition for Networked Information
I wanted to share this conference announcement. I attended the first two meetings, which I found very valuable; I cannot be at this one due to other schedule conflicts.
Yale Peabody Museum in collaboration with iDigBio, the Natural Sciences Collections Alliance, and Ecological Society of America is pleased to update our announcement of the third annual Digital Data in Biodiversity Research conference, to be held 10-12 June 2019 at Yale University, New Haven, CT.
The lodging options are also open. Please note that we are offering economy lodging again this year:
Abstracts may be submitted for workshops as well as oral and poster presentations and discussion sessions (you will receive an abstract link in your registration confirmation letter). Deadlines: For workshop proposals: 23 March 2019; For those submitting an oral presentation or poster abstract: 30 April 2019; General registration: 17 May 2019. New this year will be the opportunity to submit abstracts for half or full-day workshops and symposia to be held on Wednesday the 12thThose submitting workshop or symposium abstracts must register prior to 23 March. Those submitting discussion, oral, or poster presentation abstracts must register prior to 30 April. The conference wiki, which includes the agenda, is under construction but available at: https://www.idigbio.org/wiki/index.php/3rd_Annual_Digital_Data_Conference,_Yale. It will be continuously updated, so keep an eye on it.
More conference info (including a list of keynote and plenary speakers) is available at: https://www.idigbio.org/content/save-date-methods-protocols-and-analytical-tools-specimen-based-research-biological-sciences.
Themes for oral presentations and posters might include: published or publishable biodiversity research using digitized specimen data, methods and protocols for enhancing discovery with digitized specimen data, systematics and the use of digital specimen data, ongoing research projects that utilize digital data, gaps and deficiencies in currently available digital data that hinder effective use, user critiques of digital data, aggregators, and data providers, pipelines that integrate digitization, data use, and research, standards and practices for depositing and documenting open access digital datasets, the role and relevance of “Big Data” in biodiversity research, use of digitized biodiversity specimen data within ecological research and practice, conservation use of digital specimen data, the relative importance of vouchers vs. observations as digital data, managing digital biodiversity specimen data in support of research pipelines, analyzing and visualizing specimen-based and related digital data.
The planning team for the 2019 conference includes Tim White, Patrick Sweeney, Larry Gall, Susan Butts, Michael Donoghue, Nelson Rios, Greg Watkins-Colwell, and Michelle Duong from Yale; Jill Goodwin, Gil Nelson, and Pam Soltis from iDigBio; Jill Parsons and Emily Mastrianni from ESA; and John Bates and Rob Gropp from NSCA.
For further information or to ensure that you are on the conference email list, please contact Jill Goodwin (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Gil Nelson (email@example.com at iDigBio.
Gil Nelson PhD, Director
Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio)
Florida Museum of Natural History
University of Florida
Department of Biological Sciences
Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium
Florida State University
Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh is hosting a very interesting conference on the role of Artificial Intelligence in Data Discovery and Reuse; I had mentioned this before on CNI-announce but wanted to note that the preliminary program is now available. Early bird registration has passed, but I believe that regular registration remains open.
AIDR 2019: Artificial Intelligence for Data Discovery and reuse @ Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Keynotes and invited talks:
• Tom Mitchell, Carnegie Mellon University (Keynote)
• Glen de Vries, Medidata Solutions (Keynote)
• Sean Davis, National Cancer Institute
• Casey Greene, University of Pennsylvania
• Alex London, Carnegie Mellon University
• Bob Murphy, Carnegie Mellon University
• Fiona Nielson, Repositve.io
• Natasha Noy, Google AI – Dataset Search
• Lisa Parker, University of Pittsburgh
• Early bird registration deadline: March 22, 2019
• Conference: May 13-15, 2019
Supported by the NSF scientific data reuse initiative and in-cooperation with ACM, AIDR 2019 aims to find innovative solutions to accelerate the dissemination and reuse of scientific data in the data revolution. The explosion in the volume of scientific data has made it increasingly challenging to find data scattered across various platforms. At the same time, increasing numbers of new data formats, greater data complexity, lack of consistent data standards across disciplines, metadata or links between data and publications makes it even more challenging to evaluate data quality, reproduce results, and reuse data for new discoveries.
We invite AI researchers, scientific data community, and data management community from both academia and industry to join us at AIDR 2019 to share solutions and ideas that address these challenges using the power of AI. At this meeting, you will have plenty of opportunities to showcase your work, have thought-provoking conversations, and form collaborations with peer participants. To register and to learn about the program, visit the conference website:
We sincerely hope you will be able to join us at AIDR 2019, and have a chance to interact with the world-class AI and data community at CMU and from all over the country. Please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
In early November 2018 I was fortunate to be able to keynote an excellent meeting in Montreal focusing on developments in digital preservation strategy across Canada. The report from this meeting is now available at:
or in French at
Below I reproduce a short announcement providing a bit more information on the meeting
Thursday, March 28, 2019. – The @Risk North 2: Digital Collections forum held last November provided a crucial opportunity for stakeholders across Canada to discuss investments and capacity for digital preservation initiatives in Canada’s memory institutions. The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Qué bec (BAnQ), and Library and Archives Canada (LAC) are pleased to announce the release of a report that presents the themes and outcomes from this event. This Report provides a critical overview of the topics discussed and opportunities identified to further strengthen Canada’s digital preservation capacity and initiatives.
Attendees and presenters at @Risk North 2 included representatives from libraries, archives, museums, and community organizations, whose presentations and insights brought to the forefront the need for increased resources and collaboration to sustain a small but active community of practitioners. Key themes ranged from the inherent changing nature of archiving in this digital age to assessing and defining acceptable risk when working with digital collections.
CARL’s Digital Preservation Working Group – a multi-stakeholder group with representation from BAnQ, the Canadian Council of Archives, Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL), CRKN, LAC, Scholars Portal / Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), CARL, and several Canadian research libraries – looks forward to advancing the recommendations from this forum.
The CNI Spring 2019 Membership Meeting schedule is now online. We invite you to explore the program on the meeting website:
or at Sched.com:
Recently we have used Sched, our mobile meeting solution, to better anticipate room size needs. If you would like to use Sched to build a custom agenda, we ask that you consider adding sessions you plan to attend to your Sched agenda soon so that we may have some idea of the expected crowds for each session and make any necessary adjustments to room assignments. Sched allows conference organizers to monitor session interest by revealing how many attendees have added any given breakout to their personalized schedules – by selecting your sessions of interest early, we hope to better accommodate your needs.
Please note: You are not required to have an account with Sched in order to view the program information; a Sched account is necessary ONLY if you wish to use some of the features, including building a custom agenda. A Sched account is entirely optional. We hope you will find it to be a convenient and useful resource as you plan for the meeting and explore the program.
We look forward to seeing you in St. Louis!
-Diane Goldenberg-Hart, CNI