Workshop on Container Strategies for Software & Data Preservation, Notre Dame, May 19-20, 2016

The University of Notre Dame is hosting a workshop on Container Strategies for Data and Software Presevation. The call for participation (including lightning talks) is at:

Here’s a bit more detail:

The NSF-funded Data and Software Preservation for Open Science DASPOS, project is hosting a  workshop on Container Strategies for Data & Software Preservation that Promote Open Science at the University of Notre Dame. This two-day linux container centric workshop will feature keynote speakers, lightning talks, demonstrations, and hands-on breakouts related to container strategies for software and data preservation that promote open science, science reproducibility and re-use.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about how others are using Docker and related container tools like ReproZip, Umbrella, SmartContainer, NDS Dashboard in environments like the National Data Service, Open Science Framework, government, publisher and institutional repositories. The workshop organizers are confident that no matter the participants’ level of expertise with container tools and strategies for preserving software and computational environments they will learn from other stakeholders, benefit from the well designed online use cases, and leave the workshop better able to share their data, software and other digital research objects.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

University of San Diego Digital Initiatives Symposium

This conference, offered by the University of San Diego Copley Library, offers a great line up of speakers on a range of digital content topics. Registration information is below.
–Joan Lippincott, CNI

2016 University of San Diego Digital Initiatives Symposium

Half-day preconference: Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Full-day conference: Thursday, April 28, 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, University of San Diego


Join University of San Diego’s Copley Library for the third annual Digital Initiative Symposium. Extended to a day and a half and featuring workshops and user group meetings for a variety of institutional repository platforms, the conference focuses on the digital elements of library ecosystems and institutional repositories. Please see the conference program here.


For registration and program information, please visit:

$75 registration includes both the preconference and full-day conference

$65 registration includes full-day conference

$30 registration includes preconference workshops

Please register by March 24, 2016 but open until filled.


Featured Keynote Speakers for Thursday, April 28: 

Charles Henry | President, CLIR

James Neal | University Librarian Emeritus, Columbia University


Preconference Workshops (Wednesday, April 27)

Open Educational Resources Workshop

Nicole Allen | SPARC


Memorandum of Understanding Workshop: Creating a Process for Successful Digital Collaboration

Brett Currier, Rafia Mirza, and Peace Ossom Williamson | University of Texas at Arlington


Building Capacity for DH Work in the Library and Beyond

Ashley Sanders | Claremont University Consortium


Panels (Thursday, April 28)

So many things are possible when you don’t know they’re impossible: Building Collaborative Tools & Workflows for Digitization

Alyssa V. Lorea, Heather Briston, Claudia Horning, and Jillian Cuellar | UCLA


Manipulation, Multiplicity, and Metadata: Piloting Linked Open Data with Artists’ Books

Kelly Spring, Emilee Matthews, and Laura J. Smart | University of California, Irvine


Roles and Responsibilities of Deans and Directors in Digital Initiatives and Campus IRs

W. Lee Hisle | Connecticut College

Christopher Cox | University of Northern Iowa

Jennifer Nutefall | Santa Clara University


Concurrent Sessions

An Online Hub for Undergraduate Research: Leveraging an Institutional Repository to Engage Students & Disseminate Research

Suzanna Conrad | California State Polytechnic University, Pomona


Catholic, Crowdfunded and Collaborative: A Unique Approach to Newspaper Digitization

Patricia Lawton | Catholic Research Resources Alliance

Jeff Moyer | Reveal Digital

Frederick Zarndt | Digital Divide Data, IFLA Governing Board


The Initiative for Digital IDEAS (Innovations in Digital Expression, Access and Scholarship) at Cal Poly

Anna Gold | Cal Poly San Luis Obispo


Credible Journal Working Group in Action!: Collaborating to Create Positive Change in Scholarly Publishing

Shilpa Rele, Nataly Blas, and Marie Kennedy | Loyola Marymount University


Surveying the Landscape of Undergraduate Education in the Digital Humanities

Lydia Zvyagintseva | University of Toronto


The Cycle of User-Responsive Collection Development in Digital Libraries

Genevieve Podleski and Jane Davis | Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis


The Library as Host, Rather than Publisher, of Open Access Journals

John Novak and Andrea Wirth | University of Nevada, Las Vegas


Lifting All Boats: A Collaborative Approach to Support Student-Created Digital Publishing

Kate Dohe and Laura Leichum | Georgetown University


Giving the Digital Humanities Life: Community Partnerships that Extend a Digital Humanities Project’s Relevance

Kathryn Otto | Indiana University Bloomington


Creating a Wesleyan-Holiness Digital Library: Developing a Shared Open Access Collection with Constituent Institutional Repositories

Frank Quinn | Point Loma Nazarene University

Katie King | Southern Nazarene University


Sustainable Library Publishing: Opportunities and Challenges in Creating an Open Textbook Publishing Program

Karen Bjork | Portland State University


Digital Repository Futures at Caltech

Stephen Davison | Caltech


For further information contact Kelly Riddle at or 619-260-6850.

Accelerating Science: A Computing Research Agenda

The Computing Community Consortium has recently released a very nice white paper titled “Accelerating Science: A Computing Research Agenda” which looks at a research agenda for computer and information scientists aimed at enhancing scientific discovery through advanced tools.  The paper raises some very important issues about the shape and structure of the future scholarly record, and about the importance of computational access to this record.

See for a little background and a pointer to the paper; a direct link to the white paper is

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Survey on CRIS and IR use in Europe

A report has recently been issued on the results of a survey by the European University Information Systems Organization and euroCRIS on  information systems (particularly Current Research Information Systems, or CRISs, and Institutional Repositories) supporting research. See for background and a link to the report.

My thanks to Kathleen Shearer at COAR for the pointer to this work.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

6th International m-Libraries Conference

Dear subscribers:

I have worked with the M-Libraries conference since its inception – as a speaker and member of the program committee – and can highly recommend it for a high quality program. See details below.

–Joan Lippincott, CNI


We are delighted to announce that early-bird registration is now open for  the Sixth International m-Libraries conference, entitled ‘m-Libraries: smart libraries: re-inventing libraries for a changing world’ to be held at The Open University in Milton Keynes, UK on the 16th to 18th May 2016. 

As part of this exciting programme we have now confirmed David Bartlett (formerly Premier of the Australian State of Tasmania from 2008 until 2011) Maree Conway (Foresight Practitioner, Researcher and Trainer at Thinking Futures, Australia), Lisa Smith (Director, Education at Monash University Library) as speakers.  The full line up of speakers can be found on our website –

We would be delighted if you could join us for what promises to be a stimulating and thought-provoking delve into the libraries of the future and the services they can provide. 

Keep in touch, or be a part of our build-up on Facebook m-libraries: Smart Libraries or Twitter @mlibraries #mlib 15

Kind wishes,


— The Open University is incorporated by Royal Charter (RC 000391), an exempt charity in England & Wales and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 038302). The Open University is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

CNI Mtg Registration Reminder

The registration deadline for the Spring 2016 CNI membership meeting is next THURSDAY, MARCH 3rd. If you haven’t registered for the meeting or made hotel accommodations, please do so by Thursday. Details about the hotel are available from the meeting website at:

If you have questions about registration, please contact Jackie Eudell at The meeting will be held at the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX on April 4-5.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Videos: Design Labs & Shared Research Data Service

The Shapiro Design Lab (SDL) is a new creative learning environment at the University of Michigan Library enabling efforts to bridge disciplines, build networks, and discover new contexts for scholarship. Laurie Alexander and Justin Schell discuss how the new space encourages a culture of engaged, connected learning and knowledge creation in Design Labs at the Intersection of Engaged Learning and Digital Scholarship:

In the United Kingdom (UK) there are funder mandates for universities to take full responsibility for their research data. In Establishing a Shared Research Data Service in the UK: How We’re Doing It. What About You?, Rachel Bruce describes the shared solutions Jisc is putting in place to help universities manage this responsibility, including the establishment of a shared research data management service that can help to meet the core requirements using core systems:

To see all videos produced by CNI, visit our video channels on YouTube ( and Vimeo (

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