An alternative access method for the same information available from the CNI-ANNOUNCE listserv.
The archived audio recording of the March 10 session of CNI Conversations is now available at http://conversations.cni.org/ (to subscribe to the audio feed add http://conversations.cni.org/feed to iTunes, or any podcatcher). In this session, CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch provides a preview of the CNI Spring 2010 Membership Meeting, and he discusses topics including the recent Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) meeting, the IMLS-sponsored WebWise conference, personal archives, and cloud computing in libraries.
A CNI Twitter stream is now available to help keep the community informed about important issues and events:
CNI’s Twitter stream will complement the CNI-ANNOUNCE listserv and CNI News feed services, and is not intended as a replacement for them. For the most complete information about CNI’s activities and programs, please continue to monitor either CNI-ANNOUNCE or CNI News.
We will be posting updates regarding the upcoming spring membership meeting using the hashtag #cni10s and we encourage others to do the same.
An innovative project developed by the NC State Libraries combines a campus tour with links to digitized materials from the library’s Archives and Special Collections. WolfWalk is a self-guided campus tour that leverages the location awareness capabilities of mobile phones. Courtesy of Tito Sierra of NC State, you can find information:
More information and screenshots here:
This newly launched version of WolfWalk is a mobile website, so it works across different mobile device platforms. No install is required.
We are working on an iPhone “app” version of WolfWalk (with enhanced features) that will go live early this summer.
The final report of the Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation (of which I am a member) is now available, and can be found at at the Task Force’s web site, http://brtf.sdsc.edu.
In late November 2009, Carl Lagoze released a major report on scholarly communication practices in chemistry and how developments in open access, open data, and the re-thinking of the structure of scientific articles are altering the landscape. The report is informed by an small workshop held in October of 2008 that I was lucky to be able to attend, but goes considerably beyond the discussions at that workshop.
I neglected to post this announcement out to the CNI community earlier, but since I’ve seen some evidence that it hasn’t been as widely circulated as I think it should be, I’m posting it out belatedly here.
I’d like to call your attention to a white paper released on November 23 titled The Value of New Scientific Education Models for Chemistry. This document is available at http://hdl.handle.net/1813/14150. An article “Communicating Chemistry”, summarizing this white paper, is published in the December issue of Nature Chemistry at http://www.nature.com/nchem/journal/v1/n9/full/nchem.448.html. This white paper examines the value of new models of scientific communication for chemistry scholarship enabled by web based technologies and the necessary future steps to achieve the benefit of those new models. It is intended as a starting point for discussion on the possible future of scientific communication in chemistry. I have attached a press release announcing the availability of these two documents to this e-mail.
I believe that these documents will be of interest to you and communities that you have contact with. I would greatly appreciate your help in distributing this information to appropriate e-mail lists and other communication media. Also, your comments on the content would be most appreciated.
Information Science, Cornell University
Ithaca New York
I wanted to share the call for papers for a workshop being held at IUPUI on April 7-8, 2010 under the auspices of the NSF Campus Bridging Technologies Task Force (of which I am a member). Note the focus on data related topics as a major theme of the workshop (see the workshop web site at http://ndcampusbridging.iu-pti.org/ for more details). Paper submissions will be accepted till March 31, though if you are submitting a paper and are interested in participating in the workshop on the basis of that submission, there is an earlier deadline, as noted in the call.
Call for Participation: NSF Campus Bridging Technologies Workshop Indiana University – IUPUI Campus, Indianapolis, IN, April 7-8, 2010.
Indiana University invites position papers for the National Science Foundation (NSF)-sponsored workshop, Campus Bridging Technologies, to be held April 7-8, 2010 at University Place Conference Center on the campus of IUPUI in Indianapolis. The deadline to submit position papers is March8, 2010.
This workshop will explore networking and data centric issues that currently challenge U.S. researchers and generate a set of recommendations for the identification and implementation of processes, tools, and solicitations to achieve better coordination of cyberinfrastructure. Improved coordination of cyberinfrastructure will serve to optimize innovation and discovery by the U.S. science and engineering communities.
Workshop organizers aim to produce a document of best practices in areas including but not limited to:
General process of bridging to national infrastructure
Interoperable identification and authentication
Dissemination and use of shared data collections
Suggested policy documents for all research universities
Identification of solicitations to support this work
The workshop will also explore specific suggestions to implement the recommendation made in the EDUCAUSE CCI/CASC report regarding adoption of a uniform authentication scheme for U.S. research (or at least that which is conducted at NSF facilities).
Workshop topics and outcomes are expected to be interesting and useful to the networking, engineering and science communities, with the following observations to be used as starting points for the discussion:
The nation’s existing cyberinfrastructure – broadly considered – is not adequate to meet the needs of the current U.S. science and engineering community, nor adequate to foster the level and breadth of innovation that will be required to sustain U.S. competitiveness in the future.
The proliferation of distributed devices (such as high throughput sequencers, gene expression readers, and time-of-flight mass spectrometers) that produce relatively large streams of data exacerbates the cyberinfrastructure problem and increases the gap between existing cyberinfrastructure and the nation’s needs.
Simply stated, we are not using the existing cyberinfrastructure effectively or efficiently enough.
Workshop organizers seek position papers from the networking and scientific community. This process is intended to serve two purposes: to collect input from the community at-large, and to serve as an opportunity for individuals to indicate a desire to attend and participate in the workshop. A number of expert leaders in appropriate areas of network architecture, engineering, research, identity management are participating by invitation. Between 10 and 20 additional attendees will be invited on the basis of position papers submitted. Individuals submitting papers by March 1 may indicate that they would like to be considered for inclusion in the workshop.
Submission of position papers is open to the general community. Papers should be submitted via the workshop web page at http://ndcampusbridging.iu-pti.org/. Position papers must be limited to three pages.
Manager of Strategic Initiatives
Pervasive Technology Institute at Indiana University
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On March 26-27, 2009 I was fortunate to be able to participate in an NSF-sponsored workshop on Cyberinfrastructue Software Sustainability, which in my view is a critically important and much-neglected topic with complex relationships to both the future of scholarly communication and to data curation and preservation strategies.
The preliminary report of the meeting is now available linked from the conference web page at
There are also links to presentations, the meeting agenda, and video of a number of talks, including the one that I gave.
On February 16, I had the opportunity to participate in a very helpful conference on personal digital archives which included some discussion of their implications for cultural memory organizations. There is a very good detailed report on the meeting, along with some of the presentations, and other materials (video of the meeting will be added soon, I understand). The meeting web site is at:
I’ll be running a break-out session at the Spring CNI meeting to try to summarize and further develop some of the ideas coming out of this meeting. My thanks to Jeff Ubois, who has done the community a great service by pulling this meeting together.
The Digital Lives program in the UK has recently made a draft of a major synthesis of its work available at its web site
This is an extensive look at the way in which personal records and histories are migrating into digital forms and an analysis of some of the implications for memory organizations and scholarly work.
The site also contains other material that may be helpful, including documentation from the Digital Lives Conference and a late 2009 report on legal and ethical issues surrounding personal digital collections.
CNI is pleased to announce the new CNI YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo, featuring full-length video recordings of selected sessions from CNI membership meetings. Current offerings include Bernard Frischer’s closing plenary address on 3D modeling of cultural heritage sites and monuments (fall 2009), David Rosenthal’s discussion of the longevity of digital documents (spring 2009), and presentations by Clifford Lynch, Herbert Van de Sompel, and others. Recordings from future meetings will be made available from the site.