An alternative access method for the same information available from the CNI-ANNOUNCE listserv.
Two new videos from CNI’s spring membership meeting have been posted:
-Ithaka S+R US Library Survey 2016, Roger C. Schonfeld (Ithaka S+R)
In fall 2016, Ithaka S+R surveyed academic library deans and directors across the US on key topics including how library leaders are investing in the future of their organizations, and what kinds of strategies they are pursuing in support of research, teaching, and learning. With a response rate of 49%, the project offers a wide array of perspectives on the opportunities and challenges currently facing academic libraries and higher education more broadly. The full report was released in conjunction with CNI’s spring 2017 meeting, and the results are discussed in this presentation.
–Data Integrity for Librarians, Archivists, and Criminals: What We Can Steal from Bitcoin, BitTorrent, and Usenet, Jeffrey Spies (Center for Open Science)
Data integrity is important in distributed systems, and the same characteristics that make these systems robust make maintaining data integrity challenging. For this reason, hash functions play a central role in the algorithms and technologies that power Usenet, BitTorrent, and Bitcoin and its blockchain. This presentation introduces hashes and their variants, these distributed and sometimes dubious systems, and what can be learned and practically applied in today’s digital repositories for purposes of auditing, identifying, recovering, and sharing data.
The annual ETD symposium (electronic theses and dissertations) will be held in Washington, DC on August 7-9, 2017 and this will be a joint NDLTD and USETDA meeting.
Please see information below about registration. Cliff Lynch will provide a keynote for the conference.
CNI has long supported the NDLTD and I am a member of their Board.
— Joan Lippincott, CNI
Registration is now open for the ETD2017 Symposium. The Early-bird rate is only $99 (developing nations) or $199 for the rest of the world and the hotel conference rate is $179 per night (includes breakfast). Complete registration information is available online.
ETD2017, the 20th international symposium on electronic theses and dissertations will be held August 7 – 9, 2017 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Washington, D.C. The conference will be hosted by George Mason University with additional support from the Washington Research Library Consortium and co-organized by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) and the United States Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Association (USETDA).
ETD2017 will provide excellent educational opportunities for professionals from graduate schools, libraries, academic computing and others who work with electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs), institutional repositories, graduate students and scholarly communications. Our goal is to offer relevant, practice-oriented content to support ETD productivity improvement, ETD professionals, advance ETD operations and encourage the formation of regional ETD associations and networking communities as well as to provide useful and innovative resources, standards, and technology for the development and support of ETD programs.
This year’s program includes keynote speaker Clifford Lynch, CNI Executive Director. Clifford Lynch has led the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) since 1997. CNI, jointly sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and EDUCAUSE, includes about 200 member organizations concerned with the intelligent uses of information technology and networked information to enhance scholarship and intellectual life. CNI’s wide-ranging agenda includes work in digital preservation, data intensive scholarship, teaching, learning and technology, and infrastructure and standards development.
Cliff Lynch is a well-known and sought-after speaker on topics such as library research, the future of digital libraries and how technology impacts librarianship. In his keynote address “Re-thinking Institutional Repositories and Evolving Ideas about ETDs” Lynch will talk about the role of institutional repositories and ETDs, critical assessments and directions for the future.
The full program includes 3 workshops, 35 breakout presentations (26 brief and 9 extended presentations) including user group meetings, plenary sessions, a poster presentation session, a technology vendor fair as well as a variety of networking opportunities. You can view the list of presentations in the Conference Proceedings (Note: presentations and papers will be made available at conference time). For an overview of the conference activities visit our Program Overview Webpage.
Before, during and after the conference you can enjoy and experience the many facets of Washington, DC. For tour and entertainment ideas visit our Welcome to Washington, DC Webpage.
Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to learn more and share your experiences with colleagues at ETD2017! To register visit our registration information Web page.
We hope to see you in Washington, DC at ETD2017.
ETD2017 Conference Planning Committee
An audio recording of Clifford Lynch’s CNI spring meeting presentation Institutional Repository Strategies: What We Learned at the Executive Roundtables has been posted and is available at
In addition to the breakout Cliff held at the meeting, a written summary of the executive roundtable sessions Rethinking Institutional Repository Strategies will be released shortly.
-Diane Goldenberg-Hart, CNI
Video of CNI’s spring meeting closing plenary address by Amy Brand of The MIT Press has been posted. In Fresh Perspectives on the Future of University-Based Publishing, Brand discuss the distinctive and increasingly urgent functions of the university press, and the challenge of balancing the imperatives of sustainability and openness. The presentation is available on both of CNI’s video channels; the direct links are:
Please see the request below regarding a survey about integrating repositories with national distributed preservation services (like DPN) – this topic came up at our recent CNI meeting.
-Diane Goldenberg-Hart, CNI
Northwestern University Libraries and the University of California San Diego Library are investigating the integration of local digital repository services with distributed preservation networks, such as The Digital Preservation Network (DPN), Chronopolis, and the Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust). This research is being funded through the IMLS planning grant, “Beyond the Repository: Integrating Local Preservation Systems with National Distribution Services” LG-72-16-0135-16. We invite you to take the survey, which should only take about 15 minutes of your time. Please respond to the survey by May 1. If you feel others in your organization are better suited to answering these questions, please forward it to them.
Proposals to present our findings will be submitted to a number of conferences including: Open Repositories (OR) 2018, Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG) 2018, Digital Library Federation (DLF) 2018, Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Fall Meeting 2017.
Thank you on behalf of the “Beyond the Repository” Team:
Members of the CNI community will be interested in this event exploring the risks and opportunities of Open Access scholarship. Note that the conference will be livestreamed and recorded.
Innovating Communication in Scholarship, a UC Davis IFHA project invites you to:
AN OPEN DIGITAL SOUTH: RISKS AND REWARDS
Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 9:00 AM PDT
– to –
Friday, May 26, 2017 at 3:00 PM PDT
UC Davis School of Law
400 Mrak Hall Drive
Davis, CA 95616
(also to be livestreamed and recorded)
This conference explores the promises and risks of openness in scholarship in relationship to the Global South. Research and scholarship are increasingly adopting ‘open’ models of practice and sharing, such as open access publications, open data, and open source software. This openness supports improved research reusability, reproducibility, and visibility, and seeks to address barriers to equitable access, and to foster global intellectual conversations. But do attempts at promoting openness in scholarship create new forms of exclusion or hierarchy in various regions of the world? How are Southern scholars and publishers’ experiences with open access and open data taken into account within conversations on developing standards and models for ‘open’ scholarship in the Global North? Are there unanticipated opportunities or risks created through the implementation of models for open data, open software, or open access to research?
The event is free and open to the public. Visitors can find information on accommodation and more at https://www.ucdavis.edu/visit/plan-your-visit/. The event will be livestreamed on the web and recorded.
We hope you can make it!
Innovating Communication in Scholarship
A UC Davis IFHA Project
Please send any inquiries to Michael Wolfe, email@example.com
Video of CNI’s spring meeting opening plenary address by Alison J. Head has been posted. In What Today’s Students Have Taught Us, Head describes the work of Project Information Literacy, which investigates what it is like to be a student in the digital age. The presentation is available on both of CNI’s video channels, and here are the direct links:
Educopia Institute has issued another very useful resource related to electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). Along with partners NDLTD, ProQuest, bepress, and twelve academic libraries and with the support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), an ETD+ Toolkit is now freely available. The creators would also like to receive feedback from you on this Toolkit.
— Joan Lippincott, CNI
We are pleased to share this announcement from the Educopia Institute on the latest release from the ETD+ project:
The ETD+ Toolkit (https://educopia.org/publications/etdplustoolkit) is an approach to improving student and faculty research output management. Focusing on the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) as a mile-marker in a student’s research trajectory, it provides in-time advice to students and faculty about avoiding common digital loss scenarios for the ETD and all of its affiliated files.
The ETD+ Toolkit provides free introductory training resources on crucial data curation and digital longevity techniques. It has been designed as a training series to help students and faculty identify and offset risks and threats to their digital research footprints.
About the Toolkit
The ETD+ Toolkit is the result of a project (https://educopia.org/research/grants/etdplus) generously funded by the Institute of Library and Museum Services. Educopia Institute led the creation of the Toolkit in partnership with the NDLTD, ProQuest, bepress, and 12 U.S. research libraries.
What it is:
An open set of six modules and evaluation instruments that prepare students to create, store, and maintain their research outputs on durable devices and in durable formats. Each is designed to stand alone; they may also be used as a series.
What each module includes:
Each module includes Learning Objectives, a one-page Handout, a Guidance Brief, a Slideshow with full presenter notes, and an evaluation Survey. Each module is released under a CC-BY license and all elements are openly editable to make reuse as easy as possible.
Who it is for:
Anyone may freely adopt and adapt this toolkit. We especially recommend its use by administrators, faculty, and librarians teaching students and by students seeking practical advice about digital content management.
Give us feedback (Please)
Like the modules? Hate them? Think they’re unique? Redundant? These materials have been produced under a grant-funded project, and we are requesting feedback that we can share with our funder and that we can use to improve the Toolkit. Please help us to refine the workshops and report back to our funder about how and where they are being used. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
A number of CNI members are interested in developments with Islandora and we want to draw to your attention this upcoming conference.
-Joan Lippincott, CNI
Registration is open for next year’s Islandoracon, taking place May 15 – 19, 2017 in Hamilton, ON, Canada. This will be the second time the Islandora community has come together for a full-week conference. Our first conference was August 2015, in Charlottetown, PEI.
Islandora is an open-source software framework designed to help institutions and organizations and their audiences collaboratively manage, and discover digital assets using a best-practices framework built on a base of Drupal, Solr, and Fedora.
This year’s conference theme is ‘Beyond the Island’. Since its creation at UPEI in 2006, Islandora has spread around the world. It has grown to include diverse institutions, collections, and strategies for digital repository management that add to the richness of the Islandora community. The 2017 Islandoracon will celebrate these multifaceted visions of Islandora that are continually emerging, inspiring constant revision in the concept of a digital repository.
Come hear and participate in all things Islandora. This year there’s going to be a Hack/Doc with a focus on the next major version of Islandora, a full day of targeted workshops, and pre- and post- conference events! See our full schedule: http://islandora.ca/camps/conference2017/schedule
To register: http://islandora.ca/camps/con2017/registration
Registration is now open for the 2017 Open Repositories Conference, to be held June 26-30 at the University of Queensland in Australia; CNI is very pleased to serve as a cooperating organization once again for this important event.
The Twelfth International Conference on Open Repositories
26 – 30 June 2017
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
OR2017 Registration Opens
We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 12th International Conference on Open Repositories, to be held on June 26-30, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. Full registration details and a link to the registration form may be found at https://or2017.net/registration/.
OR 2017 is co-hosted by The University of Queensland (UQ), Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Griffith University.
OR2017 Registration and Fees
An early bird registration fee of $720 AUD will be available until April 21. After April 21, the registration fee will increase to $780 AUD.
This registration fee covers participation in general conference sessions, interest group sessions, University site tours, the Welcome Reception as well as the Conference gala event. For further details see the registration page: https://or2017.net/registration/
For a draft outline of the conference schedule, please visit https://or2017.net/program/.
Please note: Pre-Conference Workshops are not included in the registration fee. To view the Pre-Conference Workshops, please see https://or2017.net/pre-conference-workshops/.
The Conference will take place at the Hilton Brisbane. We have negotiated discounted Conference rates available exclusively to OR 2017 delegates at Hilton Brisbane, Next Hotels, Ibis Styles, Oaks Charlotte Towers and Mantra Midtown. More information can be found at https://or2017.net/accommodation/.
Bookings can be made during the registration process up until 24 May 2017 or until sold out. If you would like to extend your stay outside of the available dates or have already registered and would like to add accommodation please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to arrange this for you.
Traveling & Visa Applications
All international visitors to Australia (the sole exception being citizens of Australia and New Zealand traveling on Australian and New Zealand passports) must obtain a visa in advance. Online applications should be made by 13 May 2017. For information on how and where to apply for a visitor’s visa to Australia please visit http://www.border.gov.au/.
Further information on Travelling & Visas can be found on the Conference website, https://or2017.net/travelling-visas/.
Keynote speakers for OR 2017 have been announced! We’re excited to have Sir Timothy Gowers and Dr Xiaolin Zhang join us for this years conference. See their full bios at https://or2017.net/speakers/.
We look forward to seeing you at OR 2017!
Host Organising Committee
Sue Hutley, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Linda O’Brien, Griffith University
Maureen Sullivan, Griffith University
Lousie Howard, Griffith University
Bob Gerrity, The University of Queensland
Heather Todd, The University of Queensland
Lori Bowe, Griffith University
Susanne Osborne, Griffith University
OR 2017 Program Committee Co-Chairs
Sue Hutley, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia
Andrea Schweer, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
Elin Stangeland, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway