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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.
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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.
The European Digital Libraries 2010 Conference (ECDL) will be held in Glasgow, UK in September. Once again this year CNI is a cooperating organization for this conference. Proposal deadline for research papers has been extended until March 8; poster and demo submissions will be accepted through March 31, 2010.
14th European Conference on Digital Libraries
September 6-10, 2010
The European Conference on Digital Libraries (ECDL) is the leading European scientific forum on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, and social issues, bringing together researchers, developers, content providers and users in the field. ECDL 2010, the 14th conference in this series, will be organised by the University of Glasgow. The proceedings will be published as a volume of Springer’s Lecture Notes on Computer Science (LNCS) series.
The archived audio recording of the Feb. 10 session 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). CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch opened this session with some discussion of subject repositories, and he talked about a report from UC Berkeley on faculty and scholarly communication; CNI Associate Director Joan Lippincott reported on the recent EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) meeting. Also during this call, Cliff discussed the plenary sessions planned for the spring 2010 CNI Membership Meeting in April, and he reviewed the landscape of gaming in higher education teaching and learning.
The next session of CNI Conversations will take place on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 1-2pm EST and is open to individuals at member institutions. If you are interested in participating in CNI Conversations, please contact Jackie Eudell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About CNI Conversations
CNI Conversations provides an opportunity for individuals from member institutions and organizations to take part in discussions on current topics with CNI Director Clifford Lynch and others; currently the events take place in audio-conference format. Real-time participation in CNI Conversations requires pre-registration, which is open only to those at member institutions and organizations. We plan to continue to make audio or other records of these exchanges generally available after the event; an archive of recordings is at http://conversations.cni.org/. For questions or comments related to CNI Conversations, please contact CNI Associate Executive Director Joan Lippincott at Joan@cni.org.
ETD 2010: Collaboration, Innovation, Sustainability
Call for Papers, Posters, Presentations & Tutorials
Deadline for Abstract Submission: March 5, 2010
Themes: Collaboration, Innovation, Sustainability, Latin America
The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), and the University of Texas Libraries invite you to submit a paper, poster or presentation for “ETD 2010: Collaboration, Innovation, Sustainability” – the 13th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations to be held June 16 – 18, 2010 at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, U.S.A. ETD 2010 will explore the issues of collaboration, innovation, and sustainability in promoting ETDs, Institutional repositories and Open Access in the realm of scholarly communications. Details at http://conferences.tdl.org/utlibraries/etd2010.