RLUK Report on Virtual Reading Rooms and Virtual Teaching Spaces

Research Libraries UK (RLUK) has recently published an interesting look at the state of play in Virtual Reading Rooms (VRRs) and Virtual Teaching Spaces, both in the UK and beyond. This is important  in terms of research (and instructional) resilience and in terms of the service mix as institutions return to in-person operations. It’s also interesting to consider this line of developments in connection with the Sourcery program from the University of Connecticut and Northeastern University, which we’ve covered at several recent CNI meetings. See

http://www.rluk.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/RLUK-VRR-VTS-in-collection-holding-institutions-report.pdf

Below, I include the RLUK announcement.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

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Research Libraries UK (RLUK) has published a new major research report exploring the current and future developments in the area of Virtual Reading Rooms (VRRs) and Virtual Teaching Spaces (VTSs) amongst collection-holding institutions.

This report presents the results of a recent survey launched by RLUK, in collaboration with members of the International Alliance of Research Library Associations (IARLA). This work informs an ongoing piece of research being undertaken by RLUK regarding the potential of VRRs as digital research infrastructure and the possibilities and benefits of undertaking a networked approach.

Remote technologies were employed by many collection-holding institutions as an emergency response to the challenges imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. As academics, researchers, and students were prevented from getting physical access to collections due to the closure of libraries and archives, VRRs and VTSs constituted an alternative way of accessing physical materials digitally, without relying on digitisation.

As our findings revealed, the re-opening of on-site operations has seen many institutions continuing to run VRRs and VTSs alongside physical processes and activities. Institutions are now more aware of the potential of VRRs and VTSs to make collections available to various audience groups as well as facilitate research and learning as bespoke services. Therefore, it is not surprising that more institutions internationally are planning to launch their VRRs and VTSs in the immediate future

The report presents the experiences of 22 institutions internationally which have created, or intend to create, VRR and VTS services. Participants share their experiences around the establishment of their VRR and VTS services, including the various requirements for running them, the engagement with their audiences as well as the challenges that need to be overcome. They also share their plans for future activity and reflect on the collaborative potential of VRRs.

2022 EDUCAUSE Horizon Report – Teaching and Learning Edition

The first of a series of 2022 EDUCAUSE  Horizon Reports — the Teaching and Learning Edition — has just been issued. See

https://library.educause.edu/resources/2022/4/2022-educause-horizon-report-teaching-and-learning-edition

In addition, EDUCAUSE has a very nice currently-featured “showcase” page dealing with “The Digital vs. Brick-and-Mortar Balancing Game” at

https://www.educause.edu/showcase-series/2022/the-digital-versus-brick-and-mortar-balancing-game

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Call for Nominations: Paul Evan Peters Award

I am delighted to share this call for nominations for the Paul Evan Peters Award. The Committee would welcome your nominations, which do not need to be elaborate or lengthy. Details below.
Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS:
THE PAUL EVAN PETERS AWARD
 
DEADLINE: June 6, 2022

The Paul Evan Peters Award recognizes the most notable and lasting international achievements related to information technology and the creation and use of information resources and services that advance scholarship and intellectual productivity. Past recipients (with affiliation at the time of their award) have been Francine Berman (2020), Computer Scientist, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Herbert Van de Sompel (2017), research scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory; Donald A.B. Lindberg (2014), director of the National Library of Medicine; Christine L. Borgman (2011), professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies, UCLA; Daniel E. Atkins (2008), inaugural director of the National Science Foundation’s Office of Cyberinfrastructure; Paul Ginsparg (2006), founder of arXiv, an e-print archive for articles in the sciences; Brewster Kahle (2004), founder and chairman of the board of the Internet Archive; “father of the Internet” Vinton Cerf (2002); and Tim Berners-Lee (2000), inventor of the World Wide Web. All recipients embody the rare combination of strategic vision, technical innovation, and humanitarian outlook that the award seeks to promote.

Award winners are recommended by a committee of representatives of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and EDUCAUSE, and selected by the chief executives of the three organizations. Guidelines for submitting a nomination are detailed below.

GUIDELINES

Awards will be made to individuals who have made a career-long contribution to the advancement of scholarly information and communications and who meet at least one and preferably more of the following criteria:
  1. Demonstrate a positive and lasting impact on scholarly communications through the implementation and/or use of information technology and networks, as evidenced by publication, the development of environments for the dissemination of information, contributions in the area of data stewardship, or other similar endeavors.
  2. Address a specific problem fundamental to scholarship, research, and intellectual productivity and provide an innovative solution using information technology.
  3. Help increase awareness of the role of scholarly information and communication through dissemination of effective techniques using computing and information technologies.

Send a brief (one page) letter of nomination, including a short bio or a link to biographical information to PEP-Award@cni.org

DEADLINE: June 6, 2022

Recipients of this award will receive a commemorative award and will be asked to present a major address at a CNI membership meeting. This award is offered jointly by ARL, CNI, and EDUCAUSE. It honors Paul Evan Peters, founding director of CNI, who guided the organization until his untimely death in 1996, and who was recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in 20th-century librarianship in the American Libraries listing of December 1999. The award program has been endowed by the Association of Research Libraries, EDUCAUSE, Microsoft Corporation, and Xerox Corporation.

More information is at www.cni.org/go/pep-award/.

Paul Evan Peters Fellowship Call for Applicants

Paul Evan Peters Fellowship for Graduate Study
in Library Science and Information Studies
APPLICATION DEADLINE May 20, 2022
Purpose:
The Paul Evan Peters Fellowship was established to honor and perpetuate the memory of Paul Evan Peters (1947-1996), founding executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI). The fellowship will assist students pursuing graduate studies in the information sciences, librarianship, or closely related field. Nominees should demonstrate intellectual and personal qualities consistent with those of Paul Evan Peters, including:
  • A commitment to the use of digital information and advanced technology to enhance scholarship, intellectual productivity and public life;
  • An interest in the civic responsibilities of information professionals, and a commitment to democratic values;
  • A positive and creative approach to overcoming personal, technological, and bureaucratic challenges; and
  • Humor, vision, humanity, and imagination.
Two fellowships will be awarded in 2022:
  • One to a doctoral student in the amount of $5,000 per year, to be awarded two consecutive years.
  • One to a master’s student in the amount of $2,500 per year, to be awarded two consecutive years.

Fellowships will be awarded biennially to students pursuing graduate degrees in librarianship, the information sciences, or closely related field (see eligibility requirements). A list of previous awardees is available at www.cni.org/go/pep-fellowship/ (note: only a single fellowship recipient was named prior to 2014).

 Eligibility:

Fellowship applicants will be judged on how well they meet the academic and personal standards for the award, not on financial need. In addition, applications must meet these criteria:
  • Each applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Each applicant must be entering or enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program in information science or librarianship at an accredited U.S. university, or a program that has received American Library Association (ALA) accreditation (including reciprocal), or one that is a member of the iSchools iCaucus. Students in other, closely related disciplines may also be considered, provided that the course of study relates directly to information management/studies.
  • Staff, officers, and families of the Coalition for Networked Information, the Association of Research Libraries, and EDUCAUSE are not eligible to apply.

If awarded the fellowship, recipients must complete at least six credit hours of course work per semester during the year(s) the fellowship is awarded. Recipients must submit an official transcript to the selection committee at the end of the first year of the award (no later than July 1), demonstrating good progress toward the graduate degree. The selection committee retains the right to terminate the award after one year if good progress is not demonstrated.

Selection Procedures:

A fellowship selection committee organized by the staff of the Coalition for Networked Information will review applications in June and July. The recipient will be selected and notified of the award by end of July 2022.

Application Procedures:

Applicants should complete and submit an online application no later than May 20, 2022; the application and eligibility requirements are available online at https://www.cni.org/go/pep-fellowship. Completed forms must include:
  • A 300-500 word essay explaining the applicant’s qualifications, intellectual interests, and academic and career objectives. The essay must include a discussion of how the applicant will advance scholarship in digital information and technology and apply his or her knowledge to problems of scholarship, intellectual productivity, or public life.
  • A curriculum vita or resume that includes the applicant’s complete contact information: address, phone number, and email.
In addition to the online form, applicants must submit:
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members, work supervisors, or others who can comment on the applicant’s academic and personal qualifications for the fellowship. These letters should be sent by email directly from the recommenders’ email accounts, no later than MAY 20. Recommendations must be sent by email to:
Additionally, finalists will be notified and asked to submit:
  • A copy of the student’s letter of acceptance into a university graduate program in information science or librarianship, or a closely related field (see eligibility requirements above).
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent residency (a photocopy of a birth certificate, passport, or residency card).
  • An official transcript may also be requested, if the applicant has already completed courses toward the graduate degree.

Highlights from Previous Recipients

Jen Liu, the 2020 doctoral recipient, researched the ecological, political, and social implications of technologies such as digital agriculture. She is currently completing her dissertation work at Cornell University on the impact of climate change on Internet infrastructures in coastal communities.

Jake Tompkins, who received the 2020 award for master’s students, completed his MLIS degree from UCLA in 2021. The fellowship helped garner attention on his Rebel Archives in the Golden Gulag project about incarceration during COVID-19. After graduation, he joined the United Nations Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance as a data visualization and design intern.

Laima Augustitis, the 2018 master’s award recipient, completed her thesis at the University of Michigan about facilitators, barriers, and potential future directions for online transgender health information seeking.

Kristen Matteucci received the 2016 award for master’s students, completed her degree from Rutgers University in 2018, and joined the Jenkins Law Library.

Jordan Eschler, who received the 2014 Peters Fellowship for doctoral students while at the University of Washington, used the award to design and execute research that she then presented at conferences. The award supported the research work itself, as well as travel to the events.

Olivia Dorsey, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, was the recipient of the master’s level fellowship in 2014. Her master’s project, “Visualizing Police Brutality,” focused on visualizing data relating to incidents of police brutality against unarmed African Americans from 1979-2014.

Jessica A. Koepfler received the Peters fellowship in 2010, completing her degree from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2014. About receiving the award, Koepfler commented, “The fellowship provided a source of funding that allowed me to commit myself to a ‘fringe’ topic like the study of values within the context of homelessness… The award … put a spotlight on me early on in my program, which had the snowball effect of people noticing me… I am truly grateful for the fellowship and credit it with being very instrumental to me particularly in those early years of my PhD program.”

“The characteristics that have often been associated with Paul—positivity, creativity, humor, vision, humanity, and imagination—are, I hope, dimensions that I also bring to the work that I do as a scholar and as a teacher,” wrote Philip Edwards, 2004 fellowship recipient while at the University of Washington’s Information School. Edwards credits the award with helping to broaden his professional horizons as a student.

Cal Lee, who received the first Peters Fellowship, is currently a Professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he teaches classes for graduate and undergraduate students, as well as continuing professional education workshops in a variety of subjects, including archival administration, records management, digital curation, understanding information technology for managing digital collections, and acquisition of digital data from physical media. At the time of the award, Lee was at the University of Michigan School of Information.

More information about the Paul Evan Peters Fellowship and the application process are available at https://www.cni.org/go/pep-fellowship.

All materials must be submitted no later than MAY 20. Confirmation of receipt of materials will be sent via email.

Video of Spring 2022 Opening Plenary Panel: The Privacy Landscape

The video of what I thought was an outstanding opening plenary panel from our recent in-person Spring 2022 Member meeting in San Diego, “The Privacy Landscape: Policy and Practice in the Library and University Contexts” , is now available. The panelists were Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Kent Wada, Chief Privacy Officer at UCLA, and Cheryl Washington, Chief Information Security Officer at the University of California, Davis. I served as moderator. The video is available here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjpTfLsKNe4

During the session, Lisa Hinchliffe highlighted her work on the Mellon-funded Licensing Privacy project. The  project seeks to use the power of library licensing agreements to effect change in third-party platform practices in order to bring them into alignment with library values of privacy, confidentiality, and respect for user control over their own data. She mentioned several papers, which are available here (along with related webinar recordings and other materials):

Licensing Privacy: Views from Library Leadership [PDF],  A Report by Danielle  Cooper, Associate Director, Ithaka S+R, July 2021 (report http://publish.illinois.edu/licensingprivacy/files/2022/03/LP-VLL-Report-Final.pdf ; webinar recording: https://publish.illinois.edu/licensingprivacy/libraryleaders/)

Developing the Vendor Contract and Policy Rubric [PDF], LDH Consulting Services, January 2022 (report http://publish.illinois.edu/licensingprivacy/files/2022/03/Licensing-Privacy-Vendor-Rubric-White-Paper.pdf ;rubric, resources, and webinar recording: https://publish.illinois.edu/licensingprivacy/contracts/)

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Videos from CNI’s Spring ’22 Virtual Event

All videos from the virtual event of the Spring 2022 Membership Meeting (https://www.cni.org/mm/spring-2022) are now available for on-demand viewing on CNI’s channels (YouTube and Vimeo).

Additionally, we continue to upload slide decks that have been shared with us to their corresponding project briefing pages; session videos have also been embedded in these pages.

I would like to draw special attention to our two invited virtual sessions: Jisc: Insights from New CEO Heidi Fraser-Krauss and American Council of Learned Societies: Commission on Fostering and Sustaining Diverse Digital Scholarship with chair Marisa Parham. These sessions provide an illuminating look at the work of each respective organization.

I would again like to thank all of our speakers for their contributions to the virtual event. We encourage you to share these videos widely. The entire library of CNI Spring 2022 Membership Meeting videos, including the in-person event, will be available within the next few weeks, and we will share another announcement when those videos are ready.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Data & Analytics Horizon Report: Call for Exemplars by 4/15

EDUCAUSE seeks exemplar projects and initiatives that demonstrate the creative application of the technologies and practices that will be featured in the inaugural 2022 Data and Analytics Horizon Report. Submitted work may be included as an exemplar in that report or otherwise featured in EDUCAUSE programming.

The work can be in almost any form, including institutional initiatives, production or pilot programs, research projects, emerging technology trials, etc. The intent is to give readers a more concrete sense of how these technologies and practices are playing out in higher education. Submissions should be about the use of one of the six technologies and practices in data and analytics identified by the 2022 panel:

  • Data management and governance
  • Unifying data sources across the institution
  • Modern data architecture
  • Data literacy training
  • DEI for data and analytics
  • Assessing and improving institutional data and analytics capabilities

Submission deadline is April 15th, 2022

More information and submission form are available at
https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/047b6250ea824d20a983c5d623d3630b

Disclosure: CNI leadership has participated in various aspects of the Horizon Report project over the years.

-Diane Goldenberg-Hart, CNI

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Roadmap for the Spring ’22 CNI Member Meeting

Meeting Roadmap
A Guide to the Spring 2022 Coalition for Networked Information Membership Meeting

The Spring 2022 CNI Membership Meeting (https://www.cni.org/mm/spring-2022) will be comprised of both an online and an in-person component, each independent of the other, and designed to be complementary­—sessions do not repeat across the two events: the virtual event will be held online March 21-22, and the in-person event will take place the following week in San Diego, CA, on March 28-29. The events include a wide range of presentations that advance and report on CNI’s programs, showcase projects underway at member institutions, and highlight important national and international developments.

Here is the “roadmap” to the two events comprising the spring meeting, which include an extensive series of virtual and in-person sessions, including plenaries, invited sessions, and project briefings focusing on current issues in digital information. Unless the presenters have requested otherwise, all sessions, virtual and in-person, will be recorded and subsequently available to the public on our YouTube and Vimeo channels after the meeting; we hope you will share these resources widely with your communities.

Note that in lieu of including pre-recorded project briefings that have been part of previous virtual membership meetings, we recently launched a new, separate Pre-Recorded Project Briefing Series, the first of which will be released in April 2022.

The Executive Roundtable sessions (by prior application) will be online and will take place in conjunction with the virtual event on March 16, 17 and 23.

The in-person CNI event is preceded by an optional orientation session at 11:15 AM for new attendees (representatives of new member organizations and new representatives or alternate delegates from existing member organizations); guests and presenters are also welcome.

Refreshments are available for all at noon on Monday, March 28. The opening plenary is at 1:00 PM and will be followed by two rounds of parallel breakout sessions followed by a stand-alone invited session and then the evening reception. Tuesday, March 29, includes breakfast, additional rounds of parallel breakout sessions, lunch, and the closing keynote, concluding around 3:30 PM. Our signature reception will run until 7:00 PM on the evening of Monday, March 28, after which participants can enjoy an evening in San Diego.

As with the December 2021 in-person event, we’ve built in generous break time for informal networking with colleagues. Along with more leisurely pacing, the number of parallel sessions has been greatly reduced, and all sessions will be professionally recorded for subsequent public availability unless otherwise requested by presenters.

The CNI meeting program is subject to last-minute changes, particularly in the in-person breakout sessions – don’t rule out a late-breaking addition to the line-up! You can find the most current information, including schedule details, on the two event Scheds:

Both event schedules are available via Sched, and while a Sched account is not required to view meeting information, you may find some of the tool’s personalization features helpful. Virtual event registrants will be able to access meeting sessions via Sched when logged into their Sched account; alternatively, they can access the meeting using the Zoom link we will send by email shortly (each day of the virtual meeting takes place as a continuous Zoom web meeting). We’ll also have printed programs for the in-person meeting for those who want them. If you have not received an invitation from Sched, or if you have questions about its use, please contact Paige Pope (paige@cni.org). For registration inquiries, please contact Jackie Eudell (jackie@cni.org).

The Plenary Sessions

We have two great in-person plenary sessions lined up. Both are tied very closely to the ongoing programmatic interests of CNI and its members.

I will moderate the opening in-person plenary, “The Privacy Landscape: Policy & Practice in the Library and University Contexts,” which will feature a panel on university and library privacy issues. The session will bring together distinct perspectives from three insightful panelists: Cheryl Washington, Chief Information Security Officer, University of California Davis; Kent Wada, Chief Privacy Officer, Director, Policy and Privacy, University of California Los Angeles; and Lisa Hinchliffe, Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, who many of you will know from her writings about library and scholarly publishing privacy-related issues. You may recall my conversation with Kent and Cheryl from the Spring 2021 meeting; I’m looking forward to welcoming them back and continuing our exploration of these issues.

The in-person event will conclude with a keynote by Lorcan Dempsey, currently Vice President for Research and Membership and Chief Strategist, OCLC; you may be aware that Lorcan recently announced his plan to retire from this position at the end of April. Many of you know Lorcan for his consistent ability to recognize, articulate and crystalize important trends in the information landscape, and we are glad to have him close our gathering in San Diego with his reflections and insights as he completes his long and distinguished tenure with OCLC.

The Invited Sessions

We have several wonderful invited sessions lined up for both events:

• Jisc: Insights from New CEO Heidi Fraser-Krauss (virtual)
Heidi Fraser-Krauss (Jisc)
I’m really pleased that Heidi Fraser-Krauss, the new Chief Executive of Jisc, will join us to share her insights and vision for the organization’s strategies and programs.

• American Council of Learned Societies: Commission on Fostering and Sustaining Diverse Digital Scholarship (virtual)
Marisa Parham (University of Maryland)
The American Council of Learned Societies’ new commission, Fostering and Sustaining Diverse Digital Scholarship, explores and supports the future of digital work in the humanities, and it includes many members of the CNI community among the commissioners. I’m delighted that our community will have this opportunity to hear about the Commission’s objectives and plans from Chair Marisa Parham, and I hope we’ll learn more about how we can support this work.

Cloud Labs: A Conversation about Implications for Libraries and Research Data Management (in-person)
Keith Webster (Carnegie Mellon University); Clifford Lynch (CNI)
Building off the Fall 2021 Closing Plenary “Carnegie Mellon University’s Cloud Lab Project,” I will sit down with CMU Dean of University Libraries Keith Webster to discuss the implications of cloud labs for research data management and the library.

• LEADING: Data Science Innovation Across Our National Digital Infrastructure (in-person)
An invited panel concluding the first day of the event will introduce a number of the Fellows from the Library and Information Sciences Education and Data Science Integrated Network Group (LEADING) project and their work. A similar panel (with different Fellows) was a favorite at the Fall 2021 meeting, and we look forward to hearing from more Fellows about the important work of this project.

• Towards an Open Global Cyberinfrastructure Enabling Digital Research (in-person)
Frank Wuerthwein (San Diego Supercomputer Center)
We’re very fortunate that San Diego Supercomputer Center Director Frank Wuerthwein can join us to talk about the Pacific Research Platform, the National Research Platform, and other developments from the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). Wuerthwein’s session is in part an update to and continuation of Larry Smarr’s memorable CNI Spring 2018 closing plenary “Towards a High-Performance National Research Platform Enabling Digital Research.”

Highlighted Breakout Sessions
I will not attempt to comprehensively cover breakout sessions here; we offer a great abundance and diversity of material. I do want to note, however, some sessions that have particularly strong connections to CNI’s program, as well as several other sessions of special interest or importance, and to provide some additional context that may be helpful. We’ve requested that presenters share their slide decks with us to put on our website following the meeting.

Strategies for coping with the challenges of research data and information management continue to be important program themes; this meeting includes several sessions with a particular focus on the role of research information management systems (RIMS), which are seeing renewed attention. These sessions include:

  • “COGR, FDP, and ARL: Putting Numbers Behind Institutional Expenses for Public Access to Research Data” (virtual)
  • “Breaking Out of the Box by Harnessing RIMS Analytics to Serve Researchers” (virtual)
  • “Building the Unicorn: Or How to Balance Magic and Practicality in Research Information Systems” (in-person)
  • “FAIR for US” (in-person), updating us on the results of a recent workshop looking at adoption of the FAIR principles by the US research community

Scholarly communication is of perennial interest to the CNI community, and we’ll have several virtual sessions dealing with many of its facets. “Open Educational Resource Program Development: A View from Two Institutions” will explore models for course materials that align affordability with student success and retention. “Preserving New Forms of Scholarship” explores the increasingly diverse technologies scholars are using to express their research, the ways publishers are integrating dynamic features into their platforms, and the ensuing challenge of preserving enhanced digital scholarship.

Some in-person sessions will explore issues related to collections generally, including “Collections as Data: Part to Whole – Lessons Learned and Next Steps” and “Collaborative Collections Lifecycle Project.” In a virtual briefing, presenters from UCLA will discuss strategies used to support teaching and learning through deepening student engagement with the library’s digital collections.

Breakouts related to special collections in particular also figure prominently in the program: a team from the University of Arizona will discuss Digital Borderlands, a project that explores the intersections of digital scholarship and primary sources among many other things (virtual), and the Modern Endangered Archive Project returns to offer an update following the two tumultuous years since its last CNI briefing (in-person). We’ll hear about Vanderbilt University’s experience making its primary source collections available through JSTOR (in-person). A presentation about the Audiovisual Metadata Platform (AMP) will describe new developments and experimentation with that system.

Other sessions will focus on privacy and identity management: Ken Klingenstein of Internet2 returns to give the talk, “Gnarly Privacy Questions and Who Will Answer Them” (virtual), and Robin Ruggaber of the University of Virginia will present “Coalescing Usage Data: Research, Data-Driven Decisions and User Privacy” (in-person).

We will offer in-person panels exploring user services and research support. “Save the Time of the User: Current Industry Initiatives and Future Possibilities for Libraries” will discuss industry efforts at mitigating user barriers to content and services. A diverse set of panelists will gather to discuss their experiences with delivering and supporting data science curricula, research support, and training in the session “Radical Partnerships: Expanding Academic Collaboration in Data and Computational Sciences.” A team from Ithaka S+R will describe their work in aligning data support services with researcher needs.

As part of the theme of computational analysis of collections, the virtual session, “Machine Learning, Text Summarization, and Optimizing Scholarship for Citizen Audiences and Discovery,” will describe using emerging technologies to improve access to scholarship, and in “Harnessing the Knowledge of the COVID-19 Literature: From Scientific Text to Answers,” (virtual) we’ll hear about technologies based on machine learning and natural language processing for retrieving, filtering, and querying core COVID-19 literature. Note that several sessions described above dealing with collections are also relevant to this theme.

Several presentations address infrastructure developments. A team from the California Digital Library joins us in-person to report on the Research Organization Registry (ROR) of identifiers. Notre Dame will offer an in-person briefing on their evolving storage management strategies. Members of the Social Network and Archival Context (SNAC) Cooperative will discuss recent community activities and technologies developed to support the project (virtual).

I invite you to browse the complete list of breakout sessions and their full abstracts on the event Scheds, where you will often find pointers to reference material that you may find useful to explore before the session:

The meeting hashtag is #CNI22s.

On behalf of the CNI team, I look forward to welcoming you to what promises to be another extremely worthwhile meeting. Please contact me (cliff@cni.org) or Diane Goldenberg-Hart, CNI’s assistant executive director (diane@cni.org), if we can provide you with any additional information on the meeting.

Clifford Lynch

Executive Director
Coalition for Networked Information
Last updated:  Monday, May 2nd, 2022