An alternative access method for the same information available from the CNI-ANNOUNCE listserv.
Last week CNI and ARL held a workshop Planning a Digital Scholarship Center, and presentation slides from our terrific roster of speakers are now available at:
Sessions included such topics as goals & strategies, models/types of centers, staffing, technologies, physical spaces, partnering with faculty on teaching and research, and products of new types of scholarship.
Several of the sessions were conducted as panels with some specific questions for speakers, and therefore some of the presentation materials are brief. In addition, the workshop included a number of table discussion sessions, which are not represented on the website but some details on those discussions will be included in the report that we will issue about the workshop.
I’m sending this on behalf of the organizing committee:
Rebecca Graham, U. Guelph
Harriette Hemmasi, Brown U.
Joan Lippincott, CNI
Rikk Mulligan, ARL
Many of your institutions have active electronic theses and dissertations (ETD) programs, but you may still seek information on best practices in areas such as file formats, metadata, and version control. Our colleagues at Educopia have facilitated the development of ETD Guidance Briefs and are inviting the community to review and comment on these items by June 30, 2016.
–Joan Lippincott, CNI
If you have interest or involvement in ETD programs, please consider taking a look at these ETD documents and tools and evaluating them:
Preserving and Curating ETD Research Data and Complex Digital Objects, Guidance Briefs Available for Public Review and Use – (May 3-June 30, 2016)
The ETDplus project (https://educopia.org/research/grants/etdplus) invites Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) program staff, librarians, faculty advisors, and graduate students to participate in a public review of the Guidance Briefs for Preserving & Curating ETD Research Data & Complex Digital Objects.
About the ETD Guidance Briefs:
The Guidance Briefs are short (3-4 page) “how-to” oriented briefs designed to help ETD programs build and nurture supportive relationships with student researchers. These briefs will assist student researchers in understanding how their approaches to data and content management impact credibility, replicable research, and general long-term accessibility: knowledge and skills that will impact the health of their careers for years to come.
Review (and Use!) the Guidance Briefs:
Interested ETD stakeholders can download copies of the Guidance Briefs at the following website, https://educopia.org/deliverables/etdplus-guidance-briefs . The Guidance Briefs cover the following topics:
2. Data Structures
3. File Formats
6. Version Control
We are releasing these Briefs–both during this initial public review phase and after they are refined–as openly editable documents. We want institutions to use and reuse these in whatever way works for their local audiences. Each Brief includes generally applicable information about its topic, and also includes a “Local Practices” section that an institution may use to call attention to what’s happening on its own campus.
We invite you to help us refine these documents by drawing our project team’s attention to any components that need to be edited, revised, broadened, or narrowed. Please send us an email with your suggestions and/or track your changes within the documents and ema
I am sharing the announcement below, by University of Calgary, the host of the next Designing Libraries Conference. CNI is proud to be a co-sponsor of this conference series, which highlights innovations and new kinds of programs at libraries. This year we will have two preconferences to choose from — one on Digital Displays for Visualization, Engagement, & Learning and one on Innovations in Teaching & Learning Spaces at the New Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, a building that opened after the last Designing Libraries conference was held at Calgary.
The conference will include a reception and tour at the newly opened and spectacular building – the National Music Centre – in downtown Calgary and a presentation on the Calgary Public Library, a Snohetta-designed project, which is currently under construction. We will also get an advance look at the Riddell Library and Learning Centre, which will open in October, 2016, at nearby Mount Royal University.
The main program will include sessions on fostering experimentation, aligning the library organization with facility transformations, new staff roles, and digital research platforms, among others.
The Designing Libraries conferences generally fill up quickly so I encourage you to register soon if you plan to attend.
Joan Lippincott, CNI
On behalf of my colleagues at North Carolina State University and the Coalition for Networked Information, it is my pleasure to announce that the Website and Registration for the Designing Libraries 5 Conference being held at the University of Calgary, September 18-20, is LIVE at: www.ucalgary.ca/designinglibraries/
I hope you will find this year’s production inviting. It includes some special features and more details will be forthcoming soon.
H. Thomas Hickerson
Vice Provost and University Librarian
University of Calgary
New videos from CNI’s April membership meeting are now available:
Expensive electronic licensed content promises easy access to vast quantities of digitized material, but its use is restricted by both copyright and licensing agreements. Text and Data-Mining on Licensed Collections includes a discussion and demonstration of Robots Reading Vogue, a project of the Yale University Library DHLab, which is an effort to build digital humanities tools on top of a restricted archive, allowing exploration and experimentation on 400,000 pages of Vogue magazine while still respecting copyright.
At a time when many libraries continue to experience low reference activity, the University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries have seen a 489% increase in chat usage from 2013 (4,600 questions) to 2015 (27,000 questions), after implementing Zopim, a proactive, context-sensitive chat system. Transformational Online Reference with a Proactive, Context-sensitive Chat System: Using Triggers to Encourage Patrons to Ask Questions provides information about the configuration and management of the system and the changes in chat staffing to support the high-demand service.
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 http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc826639
–Joan Lippincott, CNI
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 https://www.cni.org/events/cni-workshops/digital-scholarship-centers-cni-workshop
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
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.
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.
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.
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 https://openaccess.unt.edu/symposium/2016/
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!
Martin Halbert (Ph.D., MLIS)
UNT Dean of Libraries and Associate Professor
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.
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