An alternative access method for the same information available from the CNI-ANNOUNCE listserv.
In September 2018, the Library of Congress convened this year’s edition of their outstanding invitational meeting on storage architectures and technologies to support digital preservation; once again, I was fortunate to be able to attend this event and learned a great deal.
The presentation and background material from this meeting are now available and offer a very valuable snapshot of the state of the art in this area.
They can be found at
Early registration is open for the IDCC conference, which will be held at the University of Melbourne on February 4-7, 2019. CNI has been an active supporter and collaborator in this series of conferences since their inception. The full program has recently been announced and can be found at
Links on this page connect to other information about the meeting, and to registration. I hope to see many members of the CNI community there.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has issued a draft white paper for comment that, very roughly speaking, proposes strategies for using Wikidata as a way to disseminate linked open data created by ARL member institutions. They are soliciting comment by November 30, 2019. This should be of considerable interest to many members of the CNI community.
Background on the work, and a pointer to the white paper, can be found at
CNI is pleased to partner with the Open Repositories 2019 conference; below are details regarding the recently-issued call for proposals. More information is available at https://or2019.blogs.uni-hamburg.de/.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS OPEN REPOSITORIES 2019 CONFERENCE (also available online at http://or2019.net/cfp)
The 14th International Conference on Open Repositories, OR2019, will be held June 10-13th, 2019 in Hamburg, Germany. The organisers are pleased to invite you to contribute to the program. This year’s conference theme is:
ALL THE USER NEEDS
Repository services are developed and maintained for the benefit of their users. In a global digital research environment this requires interoperable services designed around user needs. In order to create the backbone of a successful open science environment, repositories need to move beyond stand-alone systems and articulate an exciting vision for the future of research globally. This requires us to combine a realistic understanding of the potential of technology with an assessment of the policy environment and an engagement with the needs of our users. Researchers and other content providers need our help to make their work visible and to make an impact on society. Easy, straightforward access to and reusability of information are driving forces for repositories, open access, open data and open cultural heritage.
Not all of our users are human. In addition to people we are now working with increasingly smart machines to organise and discover knowledge. To make this cooperation as seamless and effective as possible, we need interfaces that are easy to understand and easy to use. In light of recent research on artificial intelligence, we may need to reinterpret our prior ideas of the core competencies and skills required for the repository mission to succeed.
INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE
OR2019 will provide an opportunity to explore and reflect on the ways repositories interact with their users. We hope that this discussion will give the participants new insights and new inspiration, which will help them to play a key role in developing, supporting and sharing an open agenda and open tools for research and scholarship.
We welcome proposals on the overall user-centered theme, but also on other theoretical, practical, organisational or administrative topics related to digital repositories.
9 January 2019: Deadline for submissions
16 January 2019: Deadline for Scholarship Programme applications
6 February 2019: Submitters notified of acceptance of workshop proposals
13 February 2019: Registration opens
4 March 2019: Scholarship Programme winners notified
4 March 2019: Submitters notified of acceptance of full presentation, 24×7, poster and developer track proposals
15 April 2019: Close of Early Bird registration
10-13 June 2019: OR2019 conference
Jyrki Ilva, National Library of Finland
Jessica Lindholm, Chalmers University of Technology
Torsten Reimer, British Library
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CNI is pleased to collaborate with North Carolina State University on their Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians. Applications will be accepted beginning December 11, 2018; this institute often fills up quickly.
—Joan Lippincott, CNI
Save the Date! The Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians will be held May 13 – 17, 2019 at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Applications for the Institute will be accepted beginning on Dec 11, 2018.
The Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians is a week-long course providing the opportunity for librarians passionate about research and scholarship to immerse themselves in learning about data science and visualization in collaboration with academic peers. Participants will develop knowledge, skills, and confidence to communicate effectively with faculty and student researchers about their data and be able to provide initial consultancy on the course topics. Led by expert instructors, sessions will be interactive and will focus on mastery of core concepts, with hands-on exposure to select open source and highly used commercial tools. Sharing of practices and experiences across institutions will be encouraged.
A final schedule will be available in December, including topics such as:
- Data Exploration and Analysis
- Data Visualization
- Data Cleaning and Preparation
- Web Scraping
- Parsing HTML & JSON, Orchestrating APIs, and Gathering Twitter Streams
- Data Description, Sharing, and Reuse
Visit our website (https://www.lib.ncsu.edu/data-science-and-visualization-institute) to stay up-to-date on program details and to apply (beginning December 11, 2018).
The Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians is offered through a collaboration between the NCSU Libraries and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)
I wanted to share a link to a very important brief report on a meeting hosted this week by the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities APLU). This follows on the recommendations of the recent joint AAU-APLU Public Access Working Group (see https://www.aau.edu/newsroom/press-releases/university-groups-detail-recommendations-ensuring-public-access-research), which I discussed in a posting last November.
A good overview of this report and of the subsequent planning for the workshop was given by Kacy Redd of APLU at the recent ARL member meeting. You can find the powerpoint presentation at
Also of interest is the presentation on the recent National Academies report on Open Science By Design, by Alexa McCray, chair of the committee, at
I posted an announcement about the report earlier as well.
The summary of the workshop, by Mary Lee Kennedy, Executive Director of the Association for Research Libraries, and her colleagues, can be found at
Note that Mary Lee Kennedy will moderate a session reporting on the workshop at the upcoming December 2018 Member Meeting. There will also be sessions on some of the projects that she mentions in her summary.
I wanted to share the announcement of this excellent meeting; I have attended a number of these in the past and found them to be very helpful.
The agenda and registration for the Mexico City Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG) meeting February 12-14, 2019 is at http://pasig2019.colmex.mx. The two tier Early Bird registration fee is either $150 or $50 depending upon your location. We have set out multiple agenda times for Lightning Talks since these have been popular in the past. We will notify the PASIG community at a later date about submitting Lightning Talk topics prior to the conference, though we will also have ad hoc submissions at the conference. The event will have bi-lingual translation.
In that conference space is limited we would recommend early registration. Hotel recommendations are on the website. To keep updated on the PASIG Mexico City conference, please go to the main PASIG website https://preservationandarchivingsig.org and sign up for the pasig-announce mail list.
I want to (belatedly) draw your attention to this request for public comment on proposed provisions of a data management and sharing policy for NIH funded or supported research. Comments are open until December 10. Note there is a webinar (registration link is on the page below that describes the call in more detail) on November 7.
Registration closes on November 8. Please register by then! Note that the meeting schedule and session list are now available on our website.
The CNI Fall 2018 Membership Meeting schedule is now available at Sched.com: https://cnifall2018membershipmeeting.sched.com/
For this year’s fall membership meeting, we will once again be using Sched, our mobile meeting solution, to better anticipate room size needs. We have worked to finalize the program earlier than usual this year to give attendees extra time for planning meeting schedules; abstracts will be added soon. 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 can plan room assignments accordingly. 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.
Thanks, and I look forward to seeing many of our in December (if not before!)
A new article by Clifford Lynch, “Managing the Cultural Record in the Information Warfare Era,” is now available in EDUCAUSE Review 53, no. 6 (November/December 2018), and freely available for download:
In this recent piece, Lynch considers how technological developments will impact scholarly practice and information literacy in the coming decade.