An alternative access method for the same information available from the CNI-ANNOUNCE listserv.
Purdue University Press is about to release a new book titled Research Data Management: Practical Strategies for Information Professionals, edited by Joyce Ray, who many readers of CNI-announce will remember from her service with the US Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). I was delighted to have the opportunity to write a closing chapter for this book, dealing with my view of upcoming research data management challenges, but the core of the book is focused on ongoing work at various leadership institutions currently engaging the research data management challenge. I think that this is going to be a very helpful r(and at least right now, fairly unique) reference for institutions currently developing and deploying research data management support programs and strategies.
My closing chapter is available via the CNI web site, at
More detailed information on the table of contents, and on how to order the full volume (which Purdue is making available as both a printed book and an e-book) can be found at
and I understand that copies will also be available for purchase at the upcoming Charleston Conference.
A few days ago I sent out an announcement about a conference that the Smithsonian was hosting in Washington DC on 3-D imaging and reproduction for cultural heritage. Since then, I have heard some bad news and some good news from our friends at the Smithsonian. The bad news is that the physical event is completely subscribed. The good news is that the entire event is going to be webcast. Details are not yet available, but if you check back at http://3d.si.edu as the event date gets closer, you should be able to get information about how to join the web cast. You can also find information about the sessions and speakers at that address currently.
NISO encourages those individuals who will be in Washington attending the CNI meeting on Dec. 9-10 to stay for their in-person meeting on the Altmetrics Project on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Information is provided below.
NISO Altmetrics Project – In-person Meeting: December 11, 2013 in Washington, DC
In June 2013, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation awarded NISO a grant to undertake a two-phase initiative to explore, identify, and advance standards and/or best practices related to a new suite of potential metrics in the community. This initiative was a direct outgrowth of a breakout discussion group during the altmetrics 12 meeting in Chicago, IL.
This project is an important step in the development and adoption of new assessment metrics, which include usage-based metrics, social media references, and network behavioral analysis. In addition, this project will explore potential assessment criteria for non-traditional research outputs, such as data sets, visualizations, software, and other applications. After the first phase, which will expose areas for potential standardization, the community will collectively prioritize those potential projects. The second phase will be to advance and develop those standards/best practices prioritized by the community and approved by the membership.
NISO will host the second of three meetings meant to further engage the community in this project. The second in-person meeting in support of this work will take place on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (EDT) at the Capitol Hilton in Washington, DC. This meeting is made possible by the generous support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the objectives of this one-day meeting will include a short opening keynote on the topic of assessment, lightning talks on related projects, brainstorming for identification of topics for discussion, and prioritizing proposed work items.
**The meeting is free for all attendees, but room capacity is limited. Please RSVP here, which will assist in planning and logistics.**
For those wishing to attend, limited funding is available for employees of academic and non-profit organizations for travel and hotel accommodations on a first come, first-serve basis. Please contact Juliana Wood, Education Program Manager via email or call the NISO office at 301.654.2512 to determine funding eligibility and to get details about NISO reimbursement policies.
For planning purposes, registration for this event will close on Friday, December 6 at 4:00 p.m. (EDT).
FREE LIVESTREAM AVAILABLE: For those interested in this work, but unable to attend in-person, NISO will be live streaming this event. Credentials for login will be provided closer to the event date; please make sure to designate your attendance as “virtual” in the RSVP form so that we may be sure to communicate that information to you.
Future In-Person Meeting
NISO will also be hosting a third meeting in support of the Altmetrics Project:
We look forward to this initiative and helping to advance the application and use of alternative assessment metrics. If you have any specific questions about the program, please feel free to contact the NISO office.
We look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC!
Juliana Wood, Educational Programs Manager
National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 302
Baltimore, Maryland 21211
I wanted to share the announcement of this fascinating and important conference being hosted by the Smithsonian Institution on November 13-14, 2013 in Washington, DC. It’s free, though registration is required and limited.
The Smithsonian Institution invites you to attend an event about museums and 3D technologies on the National Mall in Washington, DC, Wednesday, November 13th and Thursday, November 14th. “Smithsonian X 3D” will feature two full days of in-depth talks, panel discussions and a 3D Technology Gallery showcasing how these technologies will transform the work of the Smithsonian Institution-and museum and research institutions worldwide.
This event is fee, but seats are limited! More information and rsvp at: http://3d.si.edu/
We will announce new strategies and tools to make Smithsonian 3D data available to the world, and you’ll hear from curators, researchers and educators about the projects which have created 3D models of familiar (and unfamiliar) Smithsonian collection objects and scientific explorations.
* Paul Debevec, Associate Director for Graphics Research, University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies & Research Professor
Paul has created a series of Light Stage devices for capturing and simulating how objects and people reflect light, used to create photoreal digital actors in films such as Spider Man 2, Superman Returns, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Avatar.
* René W.R.J. Dekker, Director of Collections, Naturalis Biodiversity Center (Netherlands)
Naturalis has embarked on the logistical feat of digitizing 7 million natural history collection items for an average of 1.86 Euros over a period of 5 years.
* Saul Griffith, CEO, Otherlab
Saul is an entrepreneur and inventor who co-founded six companies since 2004, co-authors a series of children’s books on building gadgets, and writes a column for Make magazine.
Learn more and share with us about howŠ.
* Researchers and conservators can use 3D capture to document and analyze a single artifact or an entire field site
* Curators and educators can use 3D imagery to explore complex ideas and share new discoveries
* Teachers, collaborators, and members of the public can interact with Smithsonian museum objects in new ways
Please join us as we explore how to grow the Smithsonian’s 3D digitization efforts from pilot to program, and unleash the full potential of 3D technology in the museum and research community.
Director, Digitization Program Office, Smithsonian Institution
The National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) has just issued a report on the Appraisal and Selection of Geospatial Data; this should be of interest in a wide range of data curation contexts. you can find some background on the report, and a pointer to the report proper, at:
In March 2013 the National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program (NDIIPP) hosted a workshop at the LIbrary of Congress to help formulate national strategies for preserving software which I was fortunate to be able to attend. This was a helpful exploration of a very difficult, neglected, but vitally important area. A report from this meeting has just been issued, and you can find a summary, a pointer to the full report, and pointers to other materials related to the meeting at
As a way of raising awareness and stimulating thinking about the potential for new uses of research data and information, the US National Academy of Sciences Board on Research Data and Information (which I currently co-chair), has issued an open challenge for exemplary projects. The announcement is below. I hope that there will be some great submissions from members of the CNI community.
The National Academy of Sciences Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI; www.nas.edu/brdi) announces an open challenge to increase awareness of current issues and opportunities in research data and information. These issues include, but are not limited to, accessibility, integration, searchability, reuse, sustainability, perceived versus real value and reproducibility.
A Letter of Intent is requested by December 1, 2013 and the deadline for final entries is May 15, 2014.
Awardees will be invited to present their projects at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC as part of a symposium of the regularly scheduled Board of Research Data and Information meeting in the latter half of 2014.
More information is available at CLevey@nas.edu with any questions.
There’s a draft program available for the International Data Curation Conference, and registration is now open. It should be an excellent event, and CNI is delighted to be a co-sponsor again this year. I hope to see many of you there.
“Commodity, catalyst or change-agent? Data-driven
transformations in research, education, business & society”
24-27 February 2014
Omni San Francisco Hotel, California Street, San Francisco, USA
Register now for IDCC14
The programme will open on Monday 24 February with the
Pre-Conference Drinks reception.
The main conference will run from Tuesday 25 February –
Wednesday 26 February.
The draft programme is now available at
A workshop programme will be published in November.
The Call for Papers will close on Monday 28 October
Sent on behalf of IDCC14 Programme Committee
Co-chaired by Kevin Ashley – Director of the
Digital Curation Centre (DCC), Liz Lyon – Associate
Director of the DCC, Patricia Cruse, Director of the
University of California Curation Center (UC3) and
Clifford Lynch, Executive Director of the Coalition
for Networked Information (CNI)
DCC Community Development
UKOLN, University of Bath
Bath BA2 7AY
Tel: + 44 (0) 1225 383343
The Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) is pleased to announce the publication of the first edition of the Library Publishing Directory.
The Library Publishing Directory provides a snapshot of the publishing activities of 115 academic and research libraries (primarily in North America), including information about the number and types of publications they produce, the services they offer authors, how they are staffed and funded, and the future plans of institutions that are engaged in this growing sector of scholarly publishing.
An Open Access version of the Directory is available for download; print copies may be purchased via Purdue University Press, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble. LPC Strategic Affiliates will receive a complimentary print copy by mail.
More information is at http://www.librarypublishing.org/resources/directory-library-publishing-services.
NC State University hosted a conference Designing Libraries for the 21st Century II held on October 6-8 and the speaker presentations (including my own) are now available at:
The Designing Libraries II speaker presentations and program are now online.
The University of Calgary Library and CNI were co-sponsors of this conference.
I know you’ll find the presentations on new technologies, lessons learned a year after renovations, and links to learning and research very useful if you are involved in a renovation or other type of building project.
Associate Executive Director