REMINDER: CNI Registration closes Tuesday 3/5

The registration deadline for the Spring 2013 CNI member meeting is next TUESDAY, March 5th. If you have not registered for the meeting or made hotel accommodations, please do so by Tuesday. Information about registration & accommodations is available online:

Herbert van de Sompel will open the conference with a plenary talk titled “From the Version of Record to a Version of the Record,” in which he will look at the long term trends shaping the digital scholarly record and the technologies and architectures needed to manage these changes. The meeting will close with the first public presentation from Ithaka S+R on the key findings of their 2012 United States Faculty Survey: Deanna Marcum and Roger Schonfeld from Ithaka will guide us through the survey findings, after which Judy Russell, Dean of Libraries at the University of Florida, and a member of the survey project advisory board, will offer perspectives on the findings as a campus and library community leader.

A preliminary list of project briefing/presentation titles & presenters will be posted soon; consult the meeting website for more details:

If you have questions about meeting registration, please contact Jackie Eudell at The event will be held in at the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX, April 4-5.

See you in San Antonio!

Plenary Speakers for Spring CNI Meeting, San Antonio TX, April 4-5

We have a wonderful pair of plenary speakers for our upcoming Member meeting in San Antonio on April 4-5, 2013.

Herbert van de Sompel will open the conference with a talk titled “From the Version of Record to a Version of the Record”. This should be quite extraordinary, based on the conversations that Herbert and I have been having, because instead of focusing deeply on one of the portfolio of important projects that Herbert has worked on in recent years, such as Momento, or Resource Synchronization, or Object Reuse and Exchange, in this talk Herbert steps back and looks at the long term trends shaping our digital scholarly record and the technologies and architectures needed to manage these changes. He juxtaposes the evolving worldwide web and our understanding of it to the way we have thought about digital archives over time. It is very unusual to see this sort of examination of the broad picture across time, of understanding information technologies as products of their times and contexts, of characterizing shifting conceptual paradigms, and yet I cannot stress how essential I believe such insights are to developing the collective wisdom to craft future generations of networked information technologies and services. I am delighted that Herbert is able to join us to share his thinking.

We will close the meeting with the first public presentation from Ithaka S+R on the key findings of their 2012 United States Faculty survey. This large-scale survey, which has taken place every three years since 2000, is one of the best sources for understanding both the current state and evolution of faculty needs and perceptions about libraries, scholarly publishing, and the collection and discovery of information resources. This data should offer important insights on where faculty stand with regard to developments ranging from research data management to scholarly publishing alternatives to e-books, and also help us to see where the trend lines are going, and how rapidly. Deanna Marcum and Roger Schonfeld from Ithaka will guide us through the survey findings, after which Judy Russell, Dean of LIbraries at the University of Florida and a member of the survey project advisory board, will offer perspectives on the finding as a campus and library community leader. An interesting new development in this generation of the faculty survey is a provision to administer a localized version at a specific campus (and then compare campus to national results), and Judy will report on her experiences with a pilot version of such a localized study.

You can find more details on both plenaries, including biographies of the presenters, here:

I hope that many of our members will be able to join us in San Antonio this April for these splendid plenary sessions. I will note that just today we have largely finalized the breakout session list, which also includes a wide range of excellent presentations, and will be sharing that soon.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Open Archives Initiative/NISO ResourceSynch Draft Spec for Comment

I wanted to share (somewhat belatedly; my apologies for the delay) this announcement from Herbert van de Sompel about the availability of a draft specification for public comment from the joint Open Archives Initiative/NISO ResourceSynch effort. This is an extremely ambitious project that takes on an important but highly challenging problem, and thus it’s particularly important that it get wide public review and comment.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


Call for feedback to the ResourceSync specification for
synchronization of web resources

A draft ResourceSync specification is now available at Feedback to this version of the
specification is solicited and can be shared by March 15th 2013 on the
ResourceSync Google Group [1]. Group discussions are openly
accessible; posting requires group membership.

The ResourceSync specification describes a synchronization framework
for the web that consists of various capabilities that allow third
party systems to remain synchronized with a server’s evolving
resources. The capabilities may be combined in a modular manner to
meet local or community requirements. The specification also describes
how a server can advertise the synchronization capabilities it
supports and how third party systems can discover this information.
The document formats used in the synchronization framework are based
on the widely adopted Sitemap protocol.

Recent papers provide background information about the ResourceSync
effort: [2] describes a perspective on the resource synchronization
problem, [3] gives a high-level technical overview of the proposed
solution, and [4] enumerates classes of use cases.

ResourceSync is a collaboration between the National Information
Standardization Organization (NISO) [5] and the Open Archives
Initiative (OAI) [6]. It is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
[7] and Jisc [8].

The editors of the specification are affiliated with the Los Alamos
National Laboratory, Cornell University, Old Dominion University, and
the University of Michigan. They have been involved in other
interoperability specification efforts, including the OAI Protocol for
Metadata Harvesting, OAI Object Reuse and Exchange, Memento, and Open
Annotation. An international Technical Committee has supported the
editors in compiling the draft specification.

Herbert Van de Sompel, on behalf of the NISO/OAI ResourceSync effort


Data Documentation Initiative Conference Announcement, Lawrence, KS April 2-3

I wanted to pass along this announcement from Deb Ludwig at the University of Kansas Libraries. DDI is a well-established data standard that seems to be gaining broader interest.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Registration is open for the first annual North American Data Documentation Initiative (NADDI) Conference which will be held in Lawrence Kansas at the University of Kansas on April 2 and 3, 2013. Please register by March 12, 2013 at A reduced registration rate is available for a limited number of graduate students.

DDI is an international data standard for the observation and measurement of human activity. Although primarily used by quantitative social scientists, an increasing number of scientists in other disciplines are embracing DDI to document and manage their data and metadata. More information about DDI is available at: This conference promises to be of interest to researchers, librarians, archivists, repository managers, metadata specialists, and data professionals in the social sciences and other disciplines.

The agenda is available at: Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Jay Greenfield ( of Booz Allen Hamilton where he is the semantic architect for a DDI Lifecycle based metadata system that supports the National Children’s Study (NCS). Patterned after the successful European DDI conference (EDDI), the conference will be informative, interesting, and educational. There will be presentations on the use of DDI in research programs and data repositories, developments with DDI and demonstrations of new DDI tools. The NADDI Conference is an opportunity for those using DDI and those interested in learning more about it to come together and learn from each other.

The Oread Hotel is the conference hotel and is located one block from the Kansas Union. To reserve a room with the conference rate, please call 785.843.1200 or 877.263.6347. The hotel will be releasing the block of rooms we have reserved on March 2. It is not possible to make a reservation using the group rate through the hotel’s online site. If you are unable to telephone the hotel (e.g. for our international attendees) please send an email to Gail Craun with your reservation request ( Room rates will be:

  • $115 per night (Sunday through Thursday)
  • $169 per night (King Classic, Friday and Saturdays)
  • $179 per night (King, Friday and Saturdays)

Following the conference, on April 4, 2013, there will be a full day of training on the use of DDI. More information about the training is available at:

Major funding for the conference has been provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. More information about the foundation is available here: .

The conference is hosted and sponsored by the Institute for Policy & Social Research ( ), KU Libraries (, the DDI Alliance (

Research Data Availability & Research Assessment Workshop, Berlin, April 11-12, 2013

Our friends at the Knowledge Exchange are organizing a very timely workshop on research data sharing and research assessment that’s scheduled for April 11-12, 2013 in Berlin. I’ve reproduced the call for participation below.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


Knowledge Exchange has the pleasure of inviting you to participate in the workshop ‘Making Data Count: research data availability and research assessment’ which will take on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 April 2013 in Berlin.

Academic research practice and culture are changing, but to a large degree the system of academic recognition has not yet adapted to the practices and possibilities of digital research. This applies especially to research data, which are increasingly produced, managed, shared, published and archived, but hardly play a role in research assessment.

The aim of the workshop is to bring experts and stakeholders from research institutions, universities, scholarly societies and funding agencies together to review, discuss and build on possibilities to implement the culture of sharing and to ensure that making research data available is integrated into research assessment procedures.

In the attached draft programme you will find more background information on the workshop, the structure and practical information. After opening with the perspectives of research performing organisations and funders there will be a presentation of the ‘Landscape study on metrics for datasets from a cultural and technical point of view’ and a panel session with researchers sharing their perspectives. Th is will be followed by discussions in the following break out groups:
– Quality assurance for data publication
– Linking data to other research information
– New metrics and citation systems to measure the impact of data publication
– Codes of conduct for sharing data
– Research assessment procedures

Practical Information
The workshop is free of charge. Lunches and coffee breaks will be covered by Knowledge Exchange. Knowledge Exchange will not be able to cover the costs of your travel and accommodation. Please note that we will not book a room for you. In the attached document you will also find practical information on the venue and the NH hotel Alexanderplatz which is very close to the conference venue.

If you would like to attend please register at the webpage:
Please note that we have a limited number of places and registrations will be handled on a first come-first served basis. Registration will close 21 March.
This is an open workshop, so please pass on this invitation to anybody who you think would be interested.

About Knowledge Exchange
Knowledge Exchange (KE) is a European co-operative effort that supports the use and development of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) infrastructure for higher education and research. CSC , DEFF, DFG, Jisc and SURF – the partners of Knowledge Exchange – share a common vision based on their national and organisational strategies. Our vision is to make a layer of scholarly and scientific content openly available on the Internet. In order to realise this goal, the partners work to support existing and new initiatives on national and international levels.

If you have any questions regarding this workshop, please do not hesitate to contact us at: office

NIH Call for Information on Training Needs for Big Data

The US National Institutes of Health has issued a request for information (RIF) on training needs in response to it’s Big Data to Knowledge Initiative that I think will interest many readers of CNI-announce. The RFI can be found here

My thanks to Betsy Humphreys at the National Library of Medicine for bring this to my attention.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Video: Force11: The Future of Research Communications & E-Scholarship

Force11: The Future of Research Communications and E-Scholarship, a project briefing presented at CNI’s fall 2012 membership meeting by Maryann Martone of the University of California, San Diego, is now available on CNI’s two video channels:



Force11 is a community of scholars, librarians, archivists, publishers and research funders that has arisen organically to help facilitate the change toward improved knowledge creation and sharing. Individually and collectively, Force11 aims to bring about a change in modern scholarly communications through the effective use of information technology, which will also broaden to include, for example, the publication of software tools, research communication via social media channels, and sharing data and workflows in innovative ways. Force11 can be seen as a starting point for a community that will potentially grow and be augmented by individual and collective efforts by the participants and others.

Previously-released video from CNI’s fall 2012 meeting:
The PressForward Project & Scholarly Communication on the Open Web (Dan Cohen & Joan Fragaszy Troyano, CHNM/GMU)
Extending Access to Scholarly Resources: JSTOR’s Alumni Program (Heterick, JSTOR; Gibbons, Yale; Jaggers, Columbia; Tamarkin, Duke)
What Is College For? The Future of Higher Education (Hunter R. Rawlings III, Association of American Universities)
MOOCs, Mobility, and Changing Scholarly Practice: CNI’s Perspective on 2012 and 2013 (Cliff Lynch, CNI)
Massive Open Online Courses as Drivers for Change (Lynne O’Brien, Duke U.)

To see all videos available from CNI, visit CNI’s video channels on YouTube ( and Vimeo (

Videos and other materials from International Data Curation Conf, Jan 2013, Amsterdam

All of the materials from the International Data Curaton Conference held in Amsterdam in January 2013 are now online; there were some excellent presentations that will likely be of interest to CNI-announce readers who could not attend the meeting. Resources include

PDFs of the presentations or papers linked to the schedule at

Video available on Youtube. These can be found by searching “TheDigitalCuration. For example, the video of my closing remarks on the first day are at and you can find related videos from there. There’s also a convenient video gallery at the conference web site at

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Feb 26 Symposium on Discovering Research Data

The US National Research Council Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) will be holding a public symposium on the afternoon of Feb 26, 2013 on Strategies for Discovering Research Data in conjunction with the February 26-27 meeting of the Board.

I’ve reproduced the invitation to the symposium below. While the symposium is free and open to the public, you do need to register in advance to attend in person. The symposium will also be webcast.

For more information about the Board, and the upcoming meeting, see

DIsclosure: I am the current co-chair of the BRDI board.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Finding the Needle in the Haystack:

A Public Symposium on
Strategies for Discovering Research Data Online

Organized by the
Board on Research Data and Information

National Research Council
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 from 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

National Academy of Sciences Auditorium
2100 C Street NW, Washington, DC

One of the problems recognized by experts and casual data users alike has been the inability to find the full array of research databases or factual compilations that are needed to support any given query. As data continue to proliferate and research becomes more data intensive, the discoverability of factual references also grows in importance. For research funders and policymakers, there is a need to better understand data productivity and trends in science, both quantitatively and qualitatively. Yet the deluge of information and the diversity of the datasets makes the task for all users of data and facts that much more difficult.

Despite the proliferation of models and solutions in various disciplines and sectors, there is a recognized need for a pervasive infrastructure, standardization of approaches, and the usual questions of who does what, where, and how? This symposium therefore seeks to highlight some of these different approaches, providing examples that are both broadly interdisciplinary as well as discipline-specific to finding the right data at the right place in the right time. Although we will not offer any common solutions to this set of problems, we do hope to shed some light on the underlying issues and provide an opportunity for experts working in this area to interact, both among each other and with the audience.

The co-chairs of the Board on Research Data and Information, Clifford Lynch of the Coalition on Networked Information, and Francine Berman of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will lead the symposium discussion, beginning at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26. The event will continue for 2 1Ž2 hours in a mix of short presentations and discussion. The entire proceedings will be recorded and an audio-tape will be archived on the Board’s website. The meeting will be followed by a reception outside the main auditorium.

The symposium is open to the public, but advance registration is requested (contact: Cheryl Levey, clevey

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 from 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

National Academy of Sciences Auditorium
2100 C Street NW, Washington, DC

The symposium is free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested.
RSVP to Cheryl Levey at

For additional information about the program, please visit
or contact Paul Uhlir, the Board Director, at puhlir

The Symposium will be webcast–see the Board website for details on Tuesday, February 26, 2013.

Cheryl Williams Levey
Senior Program Associate
National Academy of Sciences
Board on Research Data and Information
Keck 511 (c/o Paul Uhlir)
Washington , DC 20001
Phone: 301-473-1482
Fax: 773-897-7455
E-mail: clevey

Podcasts: Wikipedia & Libraries, RDA, DMPTool/DataUp/DataONE, and More

Interviews with selected attendees and speakers from CNI’s fall 2012 membership meeting, produced by EDUCAUSE, are now available at

The podcasts include the following conversations:

* Sigrun Eckelmann on the German Research Foundation

* Fran Berman and Chris Greer on the Research Data Alliance

* David Rosenthal discusses preservation as a service (PaaS)

* Carly Strasser and John Kunze on tools that support scientists throughout the research data life cycle: DMPTool, DataUp, and DataONE

* Anita de Waard on the Force 11 Research and e-Scholarship Community

* Merrilee Proffitt and Sara Snyder on the connection between Wikipedia and libraries

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013