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A Guide to the Fall 2019
Coalition for Networked Information
The Fall 2019 CNI Membership Meeting, to be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC on December 9 and 10, offers 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 meeting, which includes both plenary events and an extensive series of breakout sessions focusing on current issues in digital information. As always, we have strived to present sessions that reflect late-breaking developments and also take advantage of our venue in the Washington, DC area to provide opportunities to interact with policy makers and funders.
As usual, the CNI meeting proper is preceded by an optional orientation session at 11:30 AM for new attendees, both representatives of new member organizations and new representatives or alternate delegates from existing member organizations, and guests and presenters are also welcome; beforehand, starting at 11, there will be coffee and an opportunity to meet some long-time members. Light refreshments are available for all at 12:15 PM on Monday, December 9. The opening plenary is at 1:00 PM and will be followed by three rounds of parallel breakout sessions. Tuesday, December 10, includes three additional rounds of parallel breakout sessions, lunch and the closing plenary, concluding around 3:30 PM. Along with plenary and breakout sessions, the meeting includes generous break time for informal networking with colleagues and a reception which will run until 7:30 PM on Monday evening, December 9, after which participants can enjoy a wide range of dining opportunities in Washington.
We are trying something new with the project briefing breakouts this meeting, in order to optimize our time together and maximize our ability to bring you important updates and short reports in a timely and efficient manner. All rounds will be one hour in duration, but most sessions will be comprised of two or more separate presentations, which may not be related, directly, thematically; we’ve emphasized to our presenters in the half-hour slots that it’s essential that they keep to time, and we invite attendees to feel free to shift from one session to another at the half-hour breakpoint. We’ve also added a new type of breakout we’re calling “Short Updates,” comprised of a series of brief presentations (less than 10 minutes each) on new or ongoing projects, programs, or organizations. In many cases, but not all, these projects have been reported on at greater length at past meetings, and this year’s short updates will be building on, rather than reiterating, those previous reports. Our goal is to provide you with more opportunities to learn about work that impacts the CNI community while maintaining the existing meeting duration. Please do share your feedback with us about this experiment after the meeting; we’ll be asking about your views in the meeting evaluation that we send out.
The CNI meeting program is subject to last minute changes (remember, it’s December, and weather can sometimes surprise us), particularly in the breakout sessions, and you can find the most current information on our website, cni.org, and on the announcements board near the registration desk at the meeting. Information about wireless access in the meeting room areas will be available in your packets and at the registration table; those staying in the CNI hotel room block at the Omni Shoreham should also have free wireless access in their rooms. In addition, we are running the mobile-friendly web app Sched from the meeting website to facilitate online access to the meeting schedule. And we’ll still have printed programs available for everyone who wants one, of course. The printed programs have also undergone changes, primarily to accommodate our new meeting format, but also in response to concerns about paper waste. We know a print option is still important to many of our attendees, so we hope the resulting product will be a suitable balance between these priorities, and, again, we hope you’ll let us know what you think.
The Plenary Sessions
As is now traditional, I have reserved the opening plenary of our winter member meeting for an update. During this session, scheduled to start at 1:00 PM on Monday, I want to look at recent developments and the ways in which the landscape is changing and to identify some key developments I expect to see in the coming years. As part of this, I’ll discuss progress on the Coalition’s agenda, and highlight selected initiatives from the 2019-20 Program Plan. The Program Plan will be distributed at the meeting (and will be available on the Coalition’s website). I look forward to sharing CNI’s continually evolving strategy with you, as well as discussing recent events and current issues. There’s so much to talk about. The opening plenary will include time for questions and discussion, and I am eager to hear your comments.
The opening plenary will also give us an opportunity to hear briefly from Associate Executive Director Joan K. Lippincott, who will be transititioning to emerita status at the end of 2019, after an incredible three decades of leadership at CNI.
I’m really thrilled that Professor Kate Eichhorn from The New School will be our closing keynote speaker. Kate recently published a fantastic book, The End of Forgetting: Growing Up with Social Media, which crystalized a number of trends and developments that I had been watching closely and put them together in some unexpected and extremely insightful ways. The implications—for the public at large, for our students, for the evolution of social norms, and for memory institutions—are profound, and I am really excited that she will be exploring these issues with us. You can find more information about Kate’s talk, and about her, on the meeting website.
Highlighted Breakout Sessions
I will not attempt to comprehensively summarize the wealth of breakout sessions here; we offer a great abundance and diversity of material. However, I want to note, particularly, some sessions that have strong connections to the Coalition’s 2019-20 Program Plan, as well as a number of other sessions of special interest or importance, and to provide some additional context that may be helpful to attendees in making choices. We have a packed agenda of breakout sessions, and, as always, will try to put material from these sessions on our website following the meeting for those who were unable to attend. We will also be capturing a few sessions for later distribution, some using traditional video capture and some using a voice over visuals capture system. A list of the breakouts we hope to capture will be posted on the communications board at registration, but please keep in mind that we occasionally have problems with the captures, and that these session captures do not include the discussion part of the breakout. There’s no substitute for being there in person!
We will have a large cluster of sessions focused on various kinds of emerging technologies, most focused on various aspects of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning or data science. These include:
- Keith Webster of Carnegie Mellon and Jason Griffey of NISO will discuss the impacts and roles of AI for libraries.
- Ben Shneiderman of the University of Maryland (and former CNI keynote speaker) will examine very important challenges of autonomy, transparency and control in interactions between AI-based tools and systems and humans, as he envisions a future of “human-centric AI.”
- An OCLC Research-commissioned research agenda to chart library engagement with data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.
- Speakers from Notre Dame, Nebraska-Lincoln, and Utah will discuss efforts, opportunities and complexities in using machine learning in research libraries.
- Two presentations will share a session to discuss voice search and smart assistants for library services.
- A team from Rhode Island will talk about opportunities to be gained by exploring data science partnerships with professional development programs, K-12 schools, and other creative collaborations.
- Why libraries are addressing AI, machine learning, virtual reality and other similar services will be the subject of a panel discussion.
- A speaker from UCLA will explore machine-generated annotations.
- We will hear how NCSU has been working to develop and refine data science services offered by the library.
- A pilot project at the University of Toronto that seeks to facilitate inclusive and equitable opportunities to learn core computational literacy and data science skills.
- George Washington University’s exploration of new Python programming instruction models to address the needs of a broad range of campus constituents.
- A short report on a Book Sprint resulting in the open access publication “Open a GLAM Lab.”
Our community continues to focus much of its attention on the publishing industry, and we will have several speakers addressing the implications for access to intellectual property. Katherine Skinner, David Lewis, and Terry Ehling will focus on the findings from two major, recently issued, Mellon-funded reports on scholarly publishing and knowledge infrastructure: Mind the Gap and the Mapping the Scholarly Commons. A team from Our Research will share the findings from their recent study on the future of open access and how the projections could impact subscription decisions. A panel will explore moving open access away from article processing charges, and, a speaker from North Texas will talk about how the university has become the licensing agent for the archive of the oldest news station in Texas. We’ll also have a presentation on the Temple University library/press collaboration North Broad Press, as well as a short update from Lever Press.
Sessions relating to institutional repositories (IR) will include a presentation about the Repository Analytics & Metrics Portal (RAMP), a web service that has generated a large and unique dataset measuring aggregate use and performance of IRs, and a panel discussion of the themes that emerged from an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)-funded investigation into the barriers that are preventing hundreds of libraries and archives from upgrading to a supported version of Fedora. We will also have short updates on Samvera, open repositories in Canada, shared repository infrastructure, and the service Shareyourpaper.org, which simplifies self-archiving and reduces the cost of mediated repository deposit.
Digital preservation and curation continue to figure prominently in CNI’s agenda and this year I’m particularly happy to be part of a breakout with Carol Mandel to discuss her fascinating work on born-digital preservation at scale, which turns out to be very closely related to thinking I’ve been doing over the past decade about stewardship in the digital world. I’m also really pleased that we will have a presentation on how the University of Florida responded when the state-wide digital preservation system was unexpectedly decommissioned; large-scale support system failures or shutdowns of this sort are a real threat, and one for which I believe our community is terribly underprepared.
Other sessions exploring preservation include:
- Panelists from the Library of Congress, the ISSN International Center, Ohio State, Northwestern, and Educopia will provide national and international preservation updates.
- The University of California will describe their process for formulating a digital preservation strategy across the UC system.
- A presentation about Webrecorder for web archiving, including an overview and a look at future plans.
- The National Archives will discuss its digital preservation framework and action plans.
- A rethinking of the preservation infrastructure at the University of Toronto, which has moved away from a repository model and toward a flexible, microservice-based approach.
- There will be short updates on the Preservation of Electronic Government Information (PEGI) Project, the modern endangered archives program at UCLA, implementing the evidence-based Data Curation for Reproducibility (Data CuRe) Training Program at Yale, and Fedora 6 and the Oxford Common File Layout.
Many CNI member institutions are developing a range of capabilities and organizational strategies related to research data management (RDM), including services addressing data curation, data discovery, and the support for new scholarly practices (e-research). Sessions focused on data and research services include:
- A next-generation RDM and repository system, InvenioRDM, developed as part of a large, multi-organization collaboration with the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).
- Three co-scheduled presentations on related topics:
- How the University of Arizona has approached the need to manage institutional risk by providing support for data control standards such as HIPAA and controlled, unclassified information (CUI).
- How an update to the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Data Archive that enables it to host, share, and preserve health sciences data, has illuminated issues such as HIPAA, data use and sharing agreements, user interface, etc.
- How openness can be impractical or impossible when identifiable data about human subjects must be protected.
- A presentation about the Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship at the University of Colorado Boulder, which is a campus research center that supports data-intensive research by the campus community.
- We will hear a discussion of how the work of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) Portage Network has shaped (and is shaping) the emerging Canadian RDM.
- A program at Auburn whereby the libraries are serving as high-level IT and data-management consultants to faculty researchers who are pursuing external funding.
- An update on the Data Curation Network.
- A team from Duke will reflect on the library’s research data management and curation program since its formation, with an eye toward strengthening and improving services.
A number of sessions will focus on digital scholarship, partnering with faculty on research and teaching initiatives, and data services. CNI’s own Joan Lippincott has been studying digital scholarship for many years now, and she will be discussing some of her thinking on various aspects of programs in this area, including scope, staffing, funding, and space. From the University of Maryland, Katrina Fenlon will describe the collaborative “Sustaining Digital Community Collections” project for the long-term care of digital projects among libraries and research communities. There will also be a short update on piloting digital scholarship support at the Library of Congress.
Other breakouts on digital scholarship, partnering with faculty, and data services, will cover these topics:
- A study by Ithaka S+R on how data sharing happens within “data communities” and how stakeholders, including librarians, information technologists, scholarly communications professionals, and research funders, can support those communities
- Developing a cross-unit program at the University of Michigan where academic IT and the library collaborate to build support and a community of scholars
- Changing needs and expectations of faculty, researchers, and students around research, teaching, and learning require constant re-evaluation to address potential programs and service areas, and we’ll hear about strategies adopted at NCSU to help facilitate this process.
- From a research project out of the University of Calgary, we will hear about essential elements and checklists for assessing, redesigning, and repositioning the library’s presence in campus research.
- An open-source digital scholarly ecosystem at Texas State
- Short updates on the Research Commons at Ohio State and the Public Access Submission System (PASS) at Hopkins.
In a related area, several sessions will focus specifically on e-research/e-science:
- The University of Utah and the University of Cincinnati will share their experiences with electronic lab notebooks (ELN) as a follow-on to the fall 2019 CNI Executive Roundtable on that topic.
- Presenters from the University of Michigan will cover efforts to share computer algorithms on a large scale to allow for the use of machine-executable biomedical knowledge in clinical and public health contexts.
- We will hear about the Texas GeoData portal at the University of Texas, which has been designed to enhance discoverability of the geospatial data contained in the Libraries’ collections and facilitate use of the datasets in geographic information system (GIS) software.
- A pilot study at the University of Chicago between the Library and the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics has been developed to determine how to scan a large collection of glass plate slides of astronomical images in a way that will facilitate meaningful scientific inquiry.
Other sessions will focus on privacy and identity management. A shared session will feature two presentations on privacy in learning analytics: speakers from Indiana-Bloomington and Northwestern will discus the Data Doubles research project, to understand student perspectives on privacy issues associated with academic library participation in learning analytics, and then Lisa Hinchliffe and Kyle Jones will present on Prioritizing Privacy, a professional development program that addresses the need for training on privacy in learning analytics. There will be short updates about ORCID and the Research Organization Registry (ROR) at the California Digital Library.
Discovery and interoperability are topics of interest to many in the CNI community, and much of the work being reported on in this area at this meeting involves archives and special collections. Some sessions dealing with these issues will include presentations on the following topics:
- Panelists will discuss the Stanford-facilitated, IMLS-funded Lighting the Way project, focused on developing an agenda for access to and use of archives and special collections that is sensitive to the communities that use and are represented in them.
- A framework for annotation interoperability that’s being developed by Hopkins and Tufts, together with a group of partners, and funded by Mellon.
- Implementation of a data catalog by the University of Maryland, Baltimore, to provide in-depth curation for institutional datasets, to optimize findability and access, and to facilitate sharing.
- Computational access to book-length documents is the focus of a collaborative effort between the computer science departments at Virginia Tech and Old Dominion University; the pilot involved using electronic theses and dissertations.
- Co-scheduled presentations on community archives: one an IMLS-funded project that addresses a gap between community collections and research library infrastructure, and the other from Lafayette College on a Mellon grant to foster collaboration across campuses, libraries, cultural institutions, and community partners.
- A Virtual Reading Room at UC San Diego that provides access to digital collections with use restrictions that did not fit into the existing digital asset management access model.
- How JSTOR is working to make it possible for libraries to host their special collections on the platform, thereby improving accessibility and reach.
- A digital asset management system ecosystem at UT Austin, which provided a new platform to ingest, manage and preserve digital assets, allowed researchers and the general public to view special digital collections online, and modernized the underlying technology.
- Short updates related to information access will include discussions on using geographic and chronological metadata to facilitate access to new acquisitions; the community-owned tool InstantILL that allows students and researchers to get free, fast, and legal access to articles; crowdsourcing a historic, community, digital photo archive at the University of Northern Iowa; and an update on the Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) for access to image-based resources.
Assessment will be a common theme in several briefings, considering various aspects of the work in which our community is engaged, including services, organizations, and resources. These sessions will include:
- An analysis from UIUC to assess the impact that digital availability of items through HathiTrust might have on local circulation and lending rates, in an attempt to better manage these collections in the future.
- A team from Harvard will report on the university’s campus-wide digital accessibility policy and how the library has been assessing its myriad systems and digital offerings to ensure ongoing compliance.
- We will have a presentation on the recent review of mission, goals and achievable outcomes of two programs under the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) program umbrella: the Digital Library Federation and the National Digital Stewardship Alliance.
- There will be a short update on the assessment of CLIR’s Cataloging Hidden Collections Program.
The Library of Congress will present an update on its digital strategy, and we will offer a popular annual session where representatives from the National Endowment for the Humanities, CLIR, the National Historical Publications & Records Commission, and IMLS will discuss funding priorities and trends.
Finally, while I will cover some highlights in my plenary remarks, Joan and I will report in depth on the findings of our “Refreshing the Collaboration Agenda” initiative, which has conducted a series of small, focused invitational meetings bringing together library and IT leaders from our membership to discuss the landscape of current issues and the most promising and urgent areas for collaboration and focus going forward. We have already issued one report (available on our website) from the first meeting, and two more should be available very shortly, with the fourth to follow in early 2020.
I invite you to browse the complete list of breakout sessions and their full abstracts on the CNI website: https://www.cni.org/mm/fall-2019. In many cases you will find pointers to reference material that you may find useful to explore prior to the session, and after the meeting we will add material from the actual presentations, including selected video recordings, when they become available to us. You can also follow the meeting via Twitter using the hashtag #cni19f.
I look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC for what promises to be another extremely worthwhile meeting. Please contact me (email@example.com), Joan Lippincott, CNI’s Associate Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Diane Goldenberg-Hart (email@example.com), Assistant Director Designate, if we can provide you with any additional information on the meeting.
Coalition for Networked Information
Many of you in the CNI community have exemplary projects or programs in the emerging technologies and practices identified in this year’s Horizon Report. This report gets a lot of visibility globally and I encourage you to submit relevant projects via the link in Malcolm Brown’s message below. I served on the expert panel for this year’s report, as I have done in the past. Please note the Dec. 4 deadline.
—Joan Lippincott, CNI
As you know, EDUCAUSE has been working closely with the expert panel to prepare the 2020 Horizon Report. We have recently concluded the voting for the six most important emerging technologies and practices for teaching and learning in higher ed.
For 2020, we will continue the long-standing tradition of reaching out to the community for projects that illustrate these technologies and practices in action. If your institution is working with any of the six (listed below), we encourage you to submit your project or initiative via the below-linked form. You are welcome to submit more than one project.
This work can be in almost any form: production or pilot programs, research projects, faculty undertakings, emerging technology trials, or evaluation/assessment projects. The intent is to give readers a more concrete sense of how these technologies and practices are playing out in higher education. We include three such exemplary projects for each of the six technologies and practices highlighted in the EDUCAUSE Horizon Report. We will also be inviting a subset of the authors of the submissions to write up their work in the post for the EDUCAUSE T&L blog Transforming Higher Ed.
The six emerging technologies and practices selected by the expert panel for 2020 are:
- AI/Machine Learning Educational Applications
- Open Educational Resources
- Adaptive Learning Technologies
- Analytics for Student Success
- XR (AR/VR/MR/Haptic)
- Elevation of instructional design, learning engineering, and UX design in pedagogy
The URL for the submission form is:
The deadline for submission is December 4, 2019. These exemplar projects are the heart of the Horizon Report. Many thanks in advance for contributing to the 2020 edition!
Proposals are now being solicited for the 2020 Web Archiving Conference (WAC); the program will undoubtedly be of interest to many within the CNI community. See below for more information and for links.
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IIPC WAC 2020 – Expanding Horizons: how we build, use, and sustain web archives
In 2020 the International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) Web Archiving Conference (WAC) will be proudly hosted in Montréal, by Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ), from May 12-13, 2020. The events are organised in partnership with Library and Archives Canada and University of Toronto Libraries. The conference will be followed by a two-day Archives Unleashed datathon that will bring together a small group of participants to gain a hands-on experience of working with web archives. More information about the datathon at: http://netpreserve.org/ga2020/datathon
The IIPC WAC represents a unique opportunity for web archiving practitioners, collection managers, technologists, researchers, and strategists to engage with and develop the global community of practise. Proposals on all aspects of web archiving practice as well as researching and using web archives are invited. Of particular interest for this year’s conference are proposals addressing the conference theme Expanding Horizons: how we build, use, and sustain web archives. Proposals from and related to Canadians/Canada, as well as from the perspective of novice users and researchers alike, are warmly welcomed.
All proposals must be written in English and submitted via EasyChair. French-English simultaneous translation services will be available during the conference. Speakers who would like to present in French are invited to do so but have to indicate their preference in the submitted document. Proposals should outline how their contribution advances the understanding of topics related to the conference themes, how it relates to previous work (if applicable), and what impact it may have on the community.
– Must be submitted as an abstract of between 300 and 500 words
– Must be submitted as an abstract of between 200 and 300 words
– Workshops and Tutorials:
– Must be submitted as an abstract of between 800 and 1,000 words
– Must include information about coordinator(s), format, target audience, anticipated number of participants, and technical requirements
– Must include details about expected outcome(s)
– Must be submitted as an abstract of between 800 and 1,000 words
– Must include information about panel setup (moderator(s), contributor(s), etc)
– Must include details about the topic(s) of discussion, how panelists will contribute to the discussion, how the audience will be included in the discussion, and some anticipated outcome(s) of the discussion
All submissions are due by December 1st 2019.
The program committee will review all submissions and send out notifications of acceptance/rejection by mid January. For questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Conférence sur l’archivage du Web (WAC) 2020 de l’IIPC – Élargir les horizons : comment organiser, consulter et conserver les archives Web
Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) est fière d’accueillir la Conférence sur l’archivage du Web de l’International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC), qui se déroulera à Montréal les 12 et 13 mai 2020. Cette activité est organisée en partenariat avec Bibliothèque et Archives Canada et les bibliothèques de l’Université de Toronto. La conférence sera suivie d’un datathon de deux jours d’Archives Unleashed. Cet événement rassemblera un petit groupe de participants qui pourront acquérir une expérience pratique du travail avec des archives Web. Pour plus de renseignements, visiter le http://netpreserve.org/ga2020/archives-unleashed/.
La WAC de l’IIPC représente une occasion unique pour les spécialistes en archivage Web, les gestionnaires de collections, les technologues, les érudits, les chercheurs, les scientifiques et les stratèges de collaborer et de faire évoluer la communauté mondiale de praticiens. Les propositions touchant tous les aspects de l’archivage du Web, la recherche et l’utilisation des archives Web sont les bienvenues.
Toutes les propositions doivent être rédigées en anglais et transmises par EasyChair. Des services d’interprétation simultanée français-anglais seront offerts pendant la conférence. Les conférenciers qui souhaitent faire leur présentation en français y sont autorisés, mais doivent le préciser dans le document soumis. Celui-ci doit aussi décrire comment la proposition accroît la compréhension des sujets liés au thème de la conférence, son lien avec les travaux antérieurs (le cas échéant) et son influence éventuelle sur la communauté.
- de communications
- doivent être soumises sous la forme d’un résumé de 300 à 500 mots.
- doivent être soumises sous la forme d’un résumé de 200 à 300 mots.
- d’ateliers et de tutoriels
- doivent être soumises sous la forme d’un résumé de 800 à 1000 mots;
- doivent comprendre l’information nécessaire sur le ou les coordonnateurs, le format, l’auditoire cible, le nombre de participants prévu et les exigences techniques;
- doivent détailler les résultats prévus.
- de tables rondes
- doivent être soumises sous la forme d’un résumé de 800 à 1000 mots;
- doivent comprendre l’information nécessaire sur la composition de la table ronde (animateurs, intervenants, etc.);
- doivent détailler les sujets discutés, la contribution des participants, la façon dont l’auditoire y participera et les résultats prévus de la discussion.
Toutes les propositions doivent être reçues d’ici le 1er décembre 2019.
Le comité de la programmation examinera toutes les propositions et enverra les avis d’acceptation ou de refus d’ici la mi-janvier. Pour toute question, veuillez envoyer un courriel à <email@example.com>.
This draft guidance will be of interest to the CNI community, and this is an important opportunity to make comments and suggestions to the National Institutes of Health.
NIH Requests Public Comment on a Draft Policy for Data Management and Sharing and Supplemental Draft Guidance
Today, NIH released a Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing and supplemental draft guidance for public comment. The purpose of this draft policy and supplemental draft guidance is to promote effective and efficient data management and sharing that furthers NIH’s commitment to making the results and accomplishments of the research it funds and conducts available to the public. Complete information about the draft Policy and draft supplemental guidance can be found on the NIH OSP website https://osp.od.nih.gov/scientific-sharing/nih-data-management-and-sharing-activities-related-to-public-access-and-open-science/.
Stakeholder feedback is essential to ensure that any future policy maximizes responsible data sharing, minimizes burden on researchers, and protects the privacy of research participants. Stakeholders are invited to comment on any aspect of the draft policy, the supplemental draft guidance, or any other considerations relevant to NIH’s data management and sharing policy efforts that NIH should consider.
To facilitate commenting, NIH has established a web portal that can be accessed here https://osp.od.nih.gov/draft-data-sharing-and-management . To ensure consideration, comments must be received no later than January 10, 2020.
For additional details about NIH’s thinking on this issue, please see Dr. Carrie Wolinetz’ latest Under the Poliscope blog:
“NIH’s DRAFT Data Management and Sharing Policy: We Need to Hear From You!”
Over the past year I’ve been serving as an advisor to this important next-generation infrastructure planning initiative, and I wanted to share the announcement about the recently-issued action plan that has come out if it with the CNI community.
We are pleased to share the following action plan, which represents the culmination of “Toward a National Archival Finding Aid Network” (NAFAN) — a one-year (October 2018-September 2019) planning initiative convened by the California Digital Library (CDL), with the participation of representatives from multiple regional finding aid aggregations including CNI, and input from expert advisors:
Many regional finding aid aggregators across the country struggle to find sufficient resources to update their platforms and engage with some of the most promising advances in the field. With crucial funding support from the US Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and administered in California by the State Librarian, the NAFAN initiative proposed to explore the creation of a national archival finding aid network that could fundamentally transform the archival description landscape while continuing to serve the needs of aggregators and archival repositories. The initiative provided participants opportunities to discuss and test the original premise: by pooling resources and establishing co-development partnerships, we believe we can address our individual challenges collectively, thereby extending the capabilities, breadth, and depth of existing aggregations.
The action plan is a key deliverable of the planning initiative, building on the release of the Finding Aid Aggregation at a Crossroads report and incorporating outcomes from a planning symposium held in June of this year.
At the heart of the action plan are recommendations for and principles to guide next steps to implement a sustainable national-level finding aid network, based on a phased, incremental approach that: moves this effort from a research and demonstration project to a program; is informed by a research agenda; and, from the outset, includes work to establish business and governance models that fit the infrastructure and service model and are grounded in the community’s organizational and financial capacity.
Over the coming months, the CDL will convene follow-up discussions with the planning initiative participants to formalize and initiate work identified in the action plan.
For more information about the NAFAN planning initiative and outcomes, please see the project wiki at https://confluence.ucop.edu/display/NAFAN.
A reminder that the deadline for nominations for the Paul Evan Peters Award is THIS FRIDAY, NOV. 8. The award recognizes notable and lasting impact related to information technology and the creation and use of information resources and services that advance scholarship and intellectual productivity.
- Herbert Van de Sompel
- Donald A.B. Lindberg
- Christine L. Borgman
- Daniel E. Atkins
- Paul Ginsparg
- Brewster Kahle
- Vinton Gray Cerf
- Tim Berners-Lee
This conference (the second in a series, the first having been held in Norway last December) will, I think, definitely be of interest to the CNI community.
There are many timely and important topics on the agenda here. Note that the second day is quite hands-on and technical.
Registration is now open for Fantastic Futures 2019, the 2nd International Conference on AI for Libraries, Archives, and Museums. Join us December 4-6 at Stanford University for three days of study and community building. This conference is a forum for in-depth discussion of the effects of these new technologies, demonstrations of work already underway, and workshops to help increase AI literacy across our organizations.
How will AI transform the library?
How will the library transform AI?
What role will libraries, archives, and museums play, as trusted sources of information, when more and more of the information we consume is algorithmically generated? How will the values of neutrality, privacy, authority, and preservation that these institutions advance help shape AI. How will our institutions adapt these values to a changing landscape? How can we put AI to work for us, to transform and elevate our services beyond 20th century modalities?
December 4, 2019 Plenary Sessions
The conference day will convene thought and practice leaders from academia, libraries, industry and society to address these questions and help shape the future of AI in libraries, and the role of libraries in AI.
December 5, 2019 Workshops
Organized in multiple tracks over one full day, the workshops will provide practical instruction on a range of topics appropriate for individual across libraries, archives and museums, whether administrators, content experts, catalogers, designers, or engineers.
December 6, 2019 Unconference
A core mission of this conference is to encourage and support international collaboration around efforts to apply AI within libraries, archives, and museums. The third day will provide an opportunity for self-organizing around interest groups, demonstrations of works in progress, and extended workshop sessions that grow out of day 2.
The Knowledge Exchange is a joint undertaking of some six European organizations, including JISC in the UK and DFG in Germany (both CNI members). They’ve done a great deal of work on changes in the scholarly communication system, and have recently published a book examining the economics of the transition to open scholarship that I think will be of interest to many in the CNI community. This can be found at
Below, more details on this work.
I’m happy to let you know that Knowledge Exchange (KE) has published its first book “The Economy of Open Scholarship and the Need for Collective Action”.
The transition to Open Scholarship is immensely difficult and in this book we look for ways to move forward in realizing the full potential of openness.
The book aims to increase understanding of the challenges to make scholarship more open. It addresses various perspectives offered by KE’s Open Scholarship Framework, combining levels (micro, meso and macro-level actors), arenas (political, economic, social, technical) and research phases (discovery, planning, project phase, dissemination).
As many of the challenges in navigating the transition to Open Scholarship are economic, the focus of the book is on the economic arena. In addition, great attention is given to the incentives, actions and influences of meso-level actors: groups, communities or organisations such as universities, disciplines, scholarly societies or publishers because of their enormous impact on developing open scholarship.
Taking in the Open Scholarship landscape, the authors of the book – experts and experienced actors in the field of Open Scholarship – look at the stakeholders and their interactions and networks. They examine the historic developments leading to the current organisational complexity, responsibility issues, conflicting motives and values, and the importance of interaction between institutions.
The authors analyse how economic models can be applied to scholarship and conclude that economic theory cannot fully explain nor prescribe how Open Scholarship can be achieved. The challenges to achieve Open Scholarship, such as gravitational hubs and the complex governance of common pool resources, are highlighted.
The conclusion of the book is that for a successful transition to Open Scholarship, collective action approaches and establishment of a supportive infrastructure are key.
The Knowledge Exchange (KE) partners are six key national organizations within Europe tasked with developing infrastructure and services to enable the use of digital technologies to improve higher education and research: CSC in Finland, CNRS in France, DAFSHE in Denmark , DFG in Germany, Jisc in the UK and SURF in the Netherlands.
Concurrent sessions: 45 minutes (please allow 10-15 minutes for Q&A); 1-2 speakers.
Lightning talks: 10 minutes; limited to one speaker
social justice and open access
the future of open access
data management and sharing; open data
open educational resources
curation of digital collections
digital initiatives in instruction and undergraduate research
roles for deans and directors in digital and institutional repository initiatives
roles for disciplinary faculty in digital and institutional repository initiatives
diverse repository platforms and functions
copyright, licensing, and privacy issues
collaboration: interdisciplinary initiatives and collaboration within and between campuses
technical applications related to platforms or tools
In the interest of providing a rich, face-to-face experience for attendees, virtual / remote presentations and lightning talks will not be accepted.
All submissions will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic and potential to advance thinking about digital initiatives, institutional repositories, and scholarly communication. Acceptance is competitive.
Registration fees will be waived for accepted presenters.