An alternative access method for the same information available from the CNI-ANNOUNCE listserv.
Ithaka S+R has just issued a very useful report “The State of Digital Preservation 2018: A Snapshot of Challenges and Gaps” which was developed based on a series of interviews with leaders in the field and authored by Oya Rieger, who is well known to the CNI community. The report can be found at
and that page also includes an option to download a PDF version of the report.
There will be a presentation and discussion of this work at the upcoming December 2018 CNI Membership meeting in Washington DC.
There’s video available from the sessions at the September 27-29, 2018 Conference “The Past, Present and Future of Libraries” held at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia which may be of interest to the CNI community. (Unfortunately, I could not attend this conference due to schedule conflicts).
Some general information on the conference is at
and the videos are at
Registration is now open for the 14th International Digital Curation Conference, “Collaborations and Partnerships: Addressing the Big Digital Challenges Together”, to be held at the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Australia. Early bird rates are available. CNI is very proud to have been a supporting organization for this excellent conference since its inception.
IDCC is a leading conference on digital curation and Research Data Management, regularly attracting around 250 delegates from all over the world.
The main theme of the conference will be collaborations and partnerships in the field of digital curation and preservation. How do they develop and evolve across the professional, disciplinary, institutional, regional, national, and international levels? And how are such collaborations supporting the advancement of digital curation and preservation practices?
The main conference programme will take place on the 5th and 6th of February and will include keynote lectures by Christine Kenneally and Patricia Brennan, and a live conversation between myself and Nancy McGovern. Workshops will be held on the 4th of February. A new addition to the programme will be the IDCC Unconference, to be held on the 7th of February, an event driven by delegates, on topics of their choice.
The UK Digital Curation Center (DCC) is partnering with the University of Melbourne to take IDCC to Australia for the first time. We are looking forward to new perspectives, new audiences, new partnerships.
More information and the link to registration can be found at
Hope to see some of you there.
In an expansive interview, Thomas Hickerson, formerly Vice Provost and University Librarian at the University of Calgary, discusses the planning of the Taylor Family Digital Library (TFDL), the rationale for choices made to enable the library to keep up with a changing environment, and the way that the library is working with researchers today. He also provides some insights into how his work as an archivist and Special Collections librarian at Cornell informed the acquisition of some major archives at the TFDL. The TFDL is one of the libraries that has set the standards for how we think about library spaces, technologies, programs, collections, and expertise today.
It was a pleasure for me to conduct this interview of Tom at the Designing Libraries for the 21st Century Conference VII at the University of Calgary in September. I encourage you to view the video of the interview, now available at:
—Joan Lippincott, CNI
CNI’s Clifford Lynch will present a Community Update on Wednesday, Oct. 31st, to discuss CNI’s program and current developments in a broad range of areas related to digital content. The session will begin at 3:30 PM in Mile High Ballroom 1E/F, Ballroom Level. This session is an opportunity for individuals who do not regularly attend CNI membership meetings (such as non-member-representatives from member organizations and others interested in CNI’s work) to hear about our latest activities.
Additional conference information is available at http://www.educause.edu/annual-conference.
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I’m very pleased to announce that Northeastern University Library will host the next Digital Scholarship Planning Workshop in Boston on March 25-6, 2019. The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) are the co-sponsors. This will be the third in the series of these workshops, intended for those planning programs and facilities to support digital scholarship in their institutions. We’ll announce registration and program information here and you can also check the workshop website for information as it becomes available: https://dsg.northeastern.edu/cni_workshop
—Joan Lippincott, CNI
The structural problem of appropriately funding mid-scale infrastructure and cyberinfrastructure for the disciplines supported by the US National Science Foundation has been a long-recognized challenge that has become increasingly severe as these disciplines continue to integrate advanced networking, computing, large-scale storage and related technologies into routine scholarly practice. “Mid-scale” in the NSF context refers to investments in the tens of millions (as opposed to “major research equipment and facilities,” which covers very large scale projects).
The National Science Board has recently released a report that looks at this problem and makes some important recommendations. It specifically addresses cyberinfrastructure as well as more traditional research infrastructure. The report, titled “Bridging the Gap: Building a Sustained Approach to Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure and Cyberinfrastructure”, can be found at
There is a press release with some summary and background to the report at
Alison Head, founder and director of Project Information Literacy (PIL) and also a plenary speaker at the CNI Spring 2017 meeting, has announced the availability of the latest report from the project: “How Students Engage with News: Five Takeaways for Educators, Journalists, and Librarians.” Co-authored with John Wihbey, P. Takis Metaxas, Margy MacMillan, and Dan Cohen, the news study analyzed data from a survey, interviews, and a computational analysis of Twitter data. This is a very timely topic and should be of interest to many in the CNI community. The report is available at:
—Joan Lippincott, CNI
You’re invited to participate in this survey by the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI)!
—Joan Lippincott, CNI
The ELI is pleased to announce the release of the 2019 Key Issues survey. As always, we invite everyone associated with the post-secondary mission of teaching and learning (T&L) to participate, so that the results are truly representative of the full community. This includes (but not limited to):
instructional and learning designers
center for T&L staff
academic and instructional technologists
academic leaders, such as deans and provosts.
administrators for innovation in T&L
The survey takes *only 3 minutes* to complete.
The link to the survey is:
Institutional EDUCAUSE membership is NOT required. Finally, we’d be grateful if you would share this link with your colleagues.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
ps. results from previous years are here.
Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative
Uncommon Thinking for the Common Good
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In March 2018 MIT hosted a series of meetings (one of which I was fortunate to be able to participate in) to develop an ambitious research agenda for scholarly communications. I want to stress the focus here was on research questions that could help to shape the future of scholarly communications, rather than an agenda for scholarly communications proper. The draft white paper emerging from these meetings is now available at
For public review and comment. I’ve reproduced a more detailed announcement below, which also contains information on how to propose changes to the document or otherwise provide comments and feedback. Note that if you want to comment, you can sign up for a PubPub account (see below) using the link in the upper right of the page containing the draft.