Digital Preservation of Federal Information Summit Report

Dear readers:

In conjunction with the spring 2016 CNI meeting, the University of North Texas (UNT) hosted a Digital Preservation of Federal Information Summit. This meeting attracted thought leaders from a variety of sectors, including universities, federal agencies, and associations. While I was only able to participate in the first part of the meeting, I was impressed by the thoughtful comments by participants and by the depth of knowledge represented in the room. Longterm preservation of federal information of all types — publications, websites, social media, etc. — is a very large problem, and must be addressed in order to create a full record of our society for future generations. The report includes recommendations for future work, including developing an environmental scan and a registry.

The report of the summit is now available at

–Joan Lippincott, CNI

Supporting Digital Humanities – CNI Executive Roundtable Report

Dear readers:

I am pleased to announce that a report of two sessions of a CNI Executive Roundtable on Supporting Digital Humanities is now available at

In this report, we summarize the state of play of support for digital humanities at many of our member institutions. We were pleased that we had representatives from many types of higher education institutions and individuals representing many kinds of roles – library administrators, technologists, faculty, and others, so that we had a variety of perspectives on the topics discussed. The report describes some of the models employed at various campuses and explores some of the key issues that arose, such as types of staff expertise needed, lifecycle support for projects, and the problems of acceptability of some forms of digital scholarship outputs in promotion and tenure processes. The roundtables were held at the December, 2014 CNI membership meeting.

CNI has had an ongoing interest in supporting digital scholarship. Additional resources on our website include a report and program descriptions from a Digital Scholarship Centers: Trends and Good Practice Workshop held in spring, 2014

and a number of videos and presentations on this topic from our membership meetings – see, for example the items listed in the category “digital humanities” on our website:

In addition, CNI is currently working with the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) Working Group on Developing Digital Humanities Support to produce a paper on this topic. We will announce it’s availability on cni-announce.

–Joan Lippincott, CNI

Report on NSF Advanced Computing Infrastructure Directions

Last week, to what seems to be relatively little fanfare, the Computer Sciences and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) of the US National Academies released a report from an NSF-funded study titled “Future Directions for NSF Advanced Computing Infrastructure”.

There is a press release here

and the report (also linked from the press release) is available as a free PDF download from the NAS at:

At least the executive summary will be of interest to many CNI-announce readers. Advanced computing infrastructure here is viewed broadly, not just very high performance computing. Among the interesting recommendations:

– the need for a more explicit and transparent planning process ofr advanced computing infrastucture that includes clearer long-term directions and roadmaps.

– and explicit recognition of the need to adjust to a growing use of commercial cloud services: this will have implications for the evolution and funding of campus cyberinfrastructure.

– Explicit recognition of the need for funding streams to support infrastructure (including software) and not to confuse this with research funding (also needed, of course) on advanced computing systems and services.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Videos: Collaborations in Research Commons & Maker Spaces

New videos from CNI’s April membership meeting are now available:

The Ohio State University Libraries was determined from early on to create a suite of co-located services that, taken together, would promote interdisciplinary team work, showcase output, and highlighting impact. In Connect. Collaborate. Contribute: A Model for Designing and Building a Research Commons, Alison Armstrong highlights how creating a network of partners, integrating feedback, and exploring use cases drove the iterative development and deployment of services, spaces, and technology that facilitate purposeful discovery and innovation.


In Scaling Maker Spaces Across the Web: Weaving Maker Space Communities Together to Support Distributed, Networked Collaboration in Knowledge Creation, Rick Luce and Carl Grant of the University of Oklahoma describe Innovation @ the Edge, an initiative that develops tools, technology and methodologies to bring collaborators together across geographically distributed innovation spaces in order to support collaboration, leverage expertise and support agile methods of new knowledge creation through the use of virtual reality, instructional technology, websites, and shared community building.


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2016 OA Symposium and Alexandra Elbakyan

Dear CNI Community,

We are sharing with you an exciting development regarding the upcoming OA symposium at the University of North Texas, where newsmaker Alexandra Elbakyan (of Sci-Hub) was recently added to the lineup. Online registration is now closed so see instructions below if you are interested in attending.

-Diane Goldenberg-Hart
CNI Communications


The upcoming 2016 Open Access Symposium will be held on May 19-20 here at the University of North Texas near Dallas.  The keynote will be Professor Johan Rooryck, former executive editor of the Elsevier journal Lingua, who led a revolt against the pricing and copyright policies of the Dutch publishing giant.  For the full line-up of speakers, see

A last minute surprise speaker has been added to the symposium – Alexandra Elbakyan, the rebel creator of the Sci-Hub repository.  Elbakyan will (of necessity) be speaking via Skype from Kazakhstan; we anticipate a lively presentation and follow-up Q&A.  Her presentation will not be recorded (because of live in-room translation from Russian and other reasons), so please join us if you want to hear her speak.

While online registration for the event is now closed, a limited number of seats are still available on a first-come, first-serve basis; email me if you are interested in attending, with a subject line of “2016 OAS Registration Request”.  We look forward to seeing you in sunny Texas!

Best regards,

Martin Halbert (Ph.D., MLIS)
UNT Dean of Libraries and Associate Professor

OCLC Research Report on Organizational Identifiers

I wanted to share the announcement of the recently-published OCLC Research Report on Organizational Identifiers. This is a very important — and very hard — problem that has been getting renewed attention recently in a variety of contexts. For those looking for additional information, I’d note the sessions at the last few CNI meetings, and also the recent workshop held at the Force 11 meeting in Portland in April 2016 as additional resources. CNI will continue to cover developments in this area.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


I’m pleased to announce that OCLC Research has published a new report: Addressing the Challenges with Organizational Identifiers and ISNI.

Identifying and tracking organizational affiliations of the creators of works can be challenging, as organizations may be known by a variety of names and may have schools or research centers well-known on their own. An organizational identifier- a unique, persistent and public URI associated with the organization that is resolvable globally over networks via specific protocols-provides the means to both find and identify an organization accurately and to define the relationships among its sub-units and with other organizations.


  • Organizational identifiers provide the means for a variety of stakeholders to find and identify an organization accurately and define relationships among its sub-units and with other organizations.
  • The modeling of organizations provided can be adapted by others for their own uses, including linked data implementations.
  • Identifying and tracking organizations presents multiple challenges. 
  • The International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI) has the means to disambiguate organizations and to meet the needs identified by 12 use-case scenarios. 
  • The ISNI database already includes over 500,000 institutional identifiers derived from the registries of agencies with business needs for identifying institutions.
  • An outreach document targeted to academic administrators presents the reasons why organizational identifiers are important and the benefits of ISNI membership.   
  • Organizations need to take responsibility for maintaining current and accurate information associated with their identifiers.

Please share with colleagues. We’d love to hear your comments. 


Patrick A. Confer
OCLC · Web Projects Manager, OCLC Research
6565 Kilgour Place, Dublin, Ohio USA 43017
T +1-614-764-6280

LSRS request for input

Dear readers,

Those of you interested in learning spaces are likely aware of the Learning Space Rating System (LSRS); this tool can be used both to evaluate existing spaces on campus that you believe need renovation and assist in planning renovated or new learning spaces. The LSRS provides you with a very detailed analysis of a wide range of factors that are involved in making a learning space great. The advisory board encourages your input as they develop version 2.0.

–Joan Lippincott, CNI


Greetings, to those of you who might be learning space enthusiasts!
Your input is requested!

We are just beginning the process of updating the Learning Space Rating System (LSRS) to a new version 2.0. Version 1 was published in fall of 2014, and the LSRS team would like to update that version this year.

If you have not heard about or have never used the LSRS, you can find out about it on the Educause website:

The LSRS advisory board would like to draw upon your collective expertise for ideas of how to improve the tool in this new version.

If you would like to contribute any ideas and suggestions, please email them directly to me.

Thanks in advance for all your support.

On behalf of the LSRS team,

Malcolm Brown

Malcolm Brown
Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative
Uncommon Thinking for the Common Good
1150 18th Street, NW, Suite 900 Washington, DC 20036
direct: 575.448.1313 | main: 202.872.4200 | fax: 202.872.4318 |

Open Access Symposium & Library Publishing Forum – registration deadlines

Dear readers,

The deadline approaches for registration for two excellent conferences — the Open Access Symposium and the Library Publishing Forum, both held at the University of North Texas in Denton. These conferences are filled with sessions that will provide both inspiration and suggestions for practice.

–Joan Lippincott, CNI


Final reminder: registration for the Open Access Symposium 2016, held in Denton in May 19-20, closes on Saturday.  We’ve got a great lineup of speakers from around the world.  Do also consider attending the Library Publishing Forum 2016, an international event held this year in Denton just before the OA Symposium.  Registration for that event is separate.  Note there’s also an option to register for just pre-conference on open educational resources (OER) on May 17.

Hope to see you in Denton next month!

Kevin Hawkins
Martin Halbert
UNT Libraries

Videos: Activist Stewardship; Access to DBpedia Versions

New videos from CNI’s April membership meeting have been posted:

Activist Stewardship: The Imperative of Risk in Collecting Cultural Heritage examines a central mission challenge for research libraries as they continue to collect and manage contested and controversial parts of the cultural record. This plenary talk was presented by a panel from the University of California, Los Angeles.

In Access to DBpedia Versions using Memento and Triple Pattern Fragments, Herbert Van de Sompel (Los Alamos National Laboratory) and Miel Vander Sande (Ghent University) describe their work with Memento, DBpedia (the linked data version of Wikipedia) and the added capabilities of linked data fragments, triple pattern fragments, and HDT.

Previously-released videos from this meeting:

Starting a Textbook Revolution: Project Partners On and Beyond Your Campus

Improving Research Data Sharing and Reuse: Scientists and Repositories

Defining the Scholarly Record for Computational Research

The Role of Next Generation Libraries in Enhancing Multidisciplinary Research

All videos produced by CNI are on our video channels: YouTube ( and Vimeo (

Videos: Textbook Revolution; Research Data Sharing/Reuse

Two new videos from CNI’s recent membership meeting have been posted:

Textbook affordability is an issue of growing concern in higher education. Academic libraries, working collaboratively with campus partners, have led the way in program innovation to improve student access to course learning content. Starting a Textbook Revolution: Project Partners On and Beyond Your Campus includes presentations by speakers from three institutions taking strategic approaches to advance the adoption of open educational resources (OER) through partnerships on and beyond their campus. 


In Improving Research Data Sharing and Reuse: Scientists and Repositories, Michael Conlon of the University of Florida reviews and discusses the landscape of scientific data sharing and reuse, and the efforts that may be needed to create a preferable environment:


Look for more announcements soon of other video offerings from the spring 2016 CNI meeting. To see all videos produced by CNI, visit our video channels on YouTube ( and Vimeo (

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013