iConference 2013: Last Call for Papers

Last Call for Papers: iConference 2013
Fort Worth, Texas, February 12-15, 2013
Conference Site: http://www.ischools.org/iConference13/2013index/
Conference Submission System: https://www.conftool.pro/iConference13/

The iConference 2013 Papers deadline is September 3, 2012—less than a week away! All authors are encouraged to finalize their submissions as soon as possible.

Learn more at http://www.ischools.org/iConference13/participation/

Following the Papers deadline, Notes will be due September 10; this new category is for reporting early and partial results. Poster submissions should be made by September 24. Doctoral colloquium applications and proposals for workshops, panels, and other alternative events are also due September 24.

We also want to call your attention to several new participation opportunities this year. FUSE Labs of Microsoft Research is sponsoring a Social Media Expo, and will send student teams to the iConference to exhibit their work. Our Doctoral Dissertation Competition will honor the year’s best dissertation from the iSchools. And our Special Workshop on Information Privacy is an opportunity to share your expertise on this crucial topic. Visit our conference website for details.

iConference 2013 takes place February 12-15, 2013 in Fort Worth, TX.
It is presented by the iSchools and hosted by the University of North Texas. The presenting sponsor is Microsoft Research, with additional support from Emerald Publishing. Conference registration opens in November. We hope you’ll make plans to join us!

SUBMISSION INFORMATION
The following describe the details for each of the submissions along with deadlines.

* Papers: Results of completed original research, maximum 6,000 words (not counting references).  Papers will be refereed in a double-blind process. Submissions will be in PDF format. Visit the Papers webpage for more information on formatting:
http://www.ischools.org/iConference13/papers/
Submission deadline: September 3, 2012.
Notification: Early November.
Final version due: December 3, 2012.

* Notes: Reports of early and partial results, maximum 2,500 words (not counting references).  Notes will be refereed in a double-blind process. Submissions will be in PDF format. Visit the Notes webpage for more information on formatting:
http://www.ischools.org/iConference13/notes/
Submission deadline: September 10, 2012.
Notification: Early November.
Final version due: December 3, 2012.

* Posters: We welcome submission of Posters presenting new work, preliminary results and designs, or educational projects. Applicants will submit an abstract, maximum 1,500 words (not including references), describing the proposed Poster, and these abstracts will undergo a single-blind blind review process (i.e., reviewers will know the identity of authors, but not vice versa). Abstract submissions will be in PDF format. Completed Posters will be presented at the iConference. Visit the Posters webpage for more information:
http://www.ischools.org/iConference13/posters/
Abstract submission deadline: September 24, 2012.
Notification: Mid-November.
Final abstract due: December 7, 2012.
Completed poster due: February 12, 2013 at iConference 2013.

* Workshops: Workshops can be half- or full-day and can focus on any area related the conference theme (Scholarship in Action) or more broadly to the purview of the iSchools, namely, the relationships among information, people, and technology. Submission will be in PDF format, and additional information submission guidelines are provided on the Workshops webpage:
http://www.ischools.org/iConference13/workshops/
Submission deadline: September 24, 2012.
Notification: Early October.
Final version due: Early November.

* Alternative Events: These can include panels, fishbowls, performances, storytelling, roundtable discussions, wildcard sessions, demos/exhibitions, and more. All should be highly participatory, informal, engaging, and pluralistic. Submission will be in PDF format, and additional information and submission guidelines are provided on the Alternative Events:
http://www.ischools.org/iConference13/alternative_events/
Submission deadline: September 24, 2012.
Notification: Mid-November.
Final version due: December 7, 2012.

* Research Paper Development Roundtable: This new iConference submission track is for researchers developing manuscripts for submission as journal articles. The goals of this track are to provide a forum for interactive development of research papers, enable a discussion of current research ideas, provide a clear path to journal publication, and increase collaboration opportunities for junior faculty.  Papers reporting work in progress and late breaking research are welcome. Visit the Roundtable webpage for detailed submission and other information: http://www.ischools.org/iConference13/research/
Submission deadline: Extended abstracts due August 1, 2012.
Notification: Early October.
Full draft due: January 7, 2013.

OTHER EVENTS SCHEDULED
* Doctoral Colloquium: The doctoral student colloquium will provide doctoral students the opportunity to present their work to senior faculty and one another in a setting that is relatively informal but that allows for the fullest of intellectual exchanges. Students will receive feedback on their dissertation and/or current research from participating faculty and student peers. Participation in the doctoral colloquium is restricted to students who have applied for and been accepted into the colloquium. The colloquium will not be open to observers. Visit the doctoral colloquium webpage for more information:
http://www.ischools.org/iConference13/doctoral/
Application deadline: September 24, 2012.
Notification: Mid-November.

* Early Career Colloquium: This half-day event is intended for assistant professors, post-docs, or others in pre-tenure positions and builds on the tradition of highly successful events at past iConferences. The program will include an introductory presentation on the tenure process, panels by recently tenured faculty and experienced former deans, and small group discussions to provide informal dialogue, guidance, and insights. Visit the early career colloquium webpage for more information:
http://www.ischools.org/iConference13/jr_faculty/

* FUSE Labs iConference Social Media Expo: The iConference, in collaboration with FUSE Labs of Microsoft Research, is pleased to announce the first iConference Social Media Expo. The exposition is designed to showcase exceptional interdisciplinary research and development work from information school programs specializing in social media. Students are asked to form interdisciplinary teams of
3-5 students to perform research, design, development or community engagement exploring technological solutions to people’s real needs around the theme of leveraging social media to foster lifelong learning in everyday life. A representative team from each participating school will be selected to attend and featured in a presentation at a special session of the iConference in February of 2013. Visit the Social Media Expo webpage for more information:
http://www.ischools.org/iConference13/expo/
Initial notification: Letters of Interest due September 14, 2012

* Doctoral Dissertation Competition: As a way of recognizing the outstanding work being done at iSchools, the iCaucus has instituted a Doctoral Dissertation Competition, with awards to be given out at iConference 2013. The Coordinating Committee will accept one nomination from each member iSchool, and will select up to two best dissertations. The winning nomination(s) will receive a cash prize of
$2,500.00 US. Applicants should have successfully defended the doctoral dissertation and completed the doctoral degree (including all final revisions, if any, and all final paper work) within the academic year from July 1, 2011 to June 30 2012. The dissertation research can be on any topic in the information field, broadly defined, and use any methodology. Visit the Doctoral Dissertation Award webpage for more
information: http://www.ischools.org/iConference13/dissertation/
Submission deadline: September 15, 2012

* Special Workshop on Information Privacy: New this year, the leadership of the iCaucus and the iConference 2013 organizers have arranged for a special full-day workshop on Information Privacy. This will consist of a one-day presentation of high-quality research in the area of information privacy. It will include 1) invited papers by scholars from participating schools and 2) submitted papers. We invite scholars to submit their recent research manuscripts related to information privacy and its various sub-fields. The workshop does not have proceedings, and therefore will not preclude the authors to simultaneously submit their work to other conferences or journals.
Similarly, we will consider manuscripts that are currently under review elsewhere.:http://www.ischools.org/iConference13/info_privacy/

Submission deadline: December 1, 2012

* Conference Home: http://www.ischools.org/iConference13/2013index/
* Submission Site: https://www.conftool.pro/iConference13/
* Past Proceedings: http://www.ischools.org/site/conference/
* Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IConference
* Twitter: http://twitter.com/iConf

ORGANIZERS
Honorary Co-Chairs: Elizabeth Liddy, Syracuse University; Herman Totten, University of North Texas Conference Chair: William Moen, University of North Texas Program Co-Chairs: Kevin Crowston, Syracuse University; Martin Halbert, University of North Texas Papers and Notes Co-Chairs: Kevin Crowston, Syracuse University; Martin Halbert, University of North Texas Posters Chair: Catherine Blake, University of Illinois, Elaine Toms, University of Sheffield Workshops Co-Chairs: John Carlo Bertot, University of Maryland; Paul T. Jaeger, University of Maryland Alternative Events Co-Chairs: Marcia A. Mardis, The Florida State University; Maria Souden, University College Dublin Research Paper Development Roundtable Chair: Martin B.H. Weiss, University of Pittsburgh Doctoral Colloquium Co-Chairs: Hamid Ekbia, Indiana University; Karen Fisher, University of Washington; Jens-Erik Mai, University of Toronto Social Media Expo Committee: Shelly D. Farnham, Microsoft Research; Eytan Adar, University of Michigan; Jamie Callan, Carnegie Mellon University; Anthony J. Rotolo, Syracuse University Doctoral Dissertation Competition Committee: David Hendry, University of Washington; Lynne Howarth, University of Toronto; Steve Sawyer, Syracuse University Information Privacy Workshop Co-Chairs: Deirdre K. Mullican, UC Berkeley; Allessandro Acquisti, Carnegie Mellon University Information Privacy Workshop Steering Committee: Alessandro Acquisti, Carnegie Mellon University; Finn Brunton, University of Michigan; Jean Camp, Indiana University; Robert Deng, Singapore Management University; Jens Grossklags, Penn State; Xu Heng, Penn State; Chris Hoofnagle, UC Berkeley; Apu Kapadia, Indiana University; Cliff Lampe, University of Michigan; Deirdre K. Mulligan, UC Berkeley; Rahul Telang, Carnegie Mellon University; Yingjiu LI, Singapore Management University Proceedings Co-Chairs: Linda Schamber, University of North Texas; Oksana Zavalina, University of North Texas Conference System Coordinator: Yunfei Du, University of North Texas

PROGRAM COMMITTEE:
Eileen Abels, Drexel University
Theresa Anderson, University of Technology, Sydney Rosa Arriaga, Georgia Institute of Technology Nicholas Belkin, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey John Carlo Bertot, University of Maryland Randolph Bias, University of Texas Wade Bishop, University of Kentucky Catherine Blake, University of Illinois Pia Borlund, Royal School of Library and Information Science Copenhagen Peter Brusilovsky, University of Pittsburgh Joy Davidson, Glasgow University Robert Deng, Singapore Management University Yunfei Du, University of North Texas Hamid Ekbia, Indiana University Pedro Ferreira, Carnegie Mellon Andrew Flinn, University College London Fred Fonseca, Pennsylvania State University Maria Gade, Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin Steve Howard, University of Melbourne Paul T. Jaeger, University of Maryland Heikki Keskustalo, University of Tampere Anita Komlodi, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Cory Knobel, University of California, Irvine Elizabeth Liddy, Syracuse University Jens-Erik Mai, University of Toronto Marcia A. Mardis, The Florida State University; Eden Medina, Indiana University Eric Meyers, University of British Columbia Karine Nahon, University of Washington Arcot Rajasekar (Raja), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Lionel Robert, University of Michigan Howard Rosenbaum, Indiana University Steve Sawyer, Syracuse University Linda Schamber, University of North Texas Maria Souden, University College Dublin Mega Subramanian, University of Maryland Elaine Toms, University of Sheffield Herman Totten, University of North Texas Martin B.H. Weiss, University of Pittsburgh Judith Wusteman, University College Dublin Iris Xie, University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee

The iConference series is presented by the iSchools Caucus (www.ischools.org), a growing association of Schools, Faculties and Colleges in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Affiliation with the iSchools is not required to participate—all information scholars and practitioners are invited.

New Video: ‘Linked Data for Libraries’

Linked Data for Libraries: Why Should We Care? Where Should We Start, a project briefing session presented at CNI’s spring 2012 membership meeting, by Jennifer Bowen (U. of Rochester) and Philip E. Schreur (Stanford University) is now available on CNI’s two video channels:

YouTube:

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/45768860

Linked data is poised to replace MARC as the basis for the new library bibliographic framework. For libraries to fully benefit from linked data, they must learn about it, experiment with it, demonstrate its usefulness, and take a leadership role in its deployment. The eXtensible Catalog Organization (XCO) facilitates these activities by providing open-source software for libraries that is “linked-data-ready”. XC software prepares MARC and Dublin Core metadata for exposure to the Semantic Web using a platform based upon the OAI-PMH protocol, incorporating registered vocabularies for Resource Description and Access (RDA) elements and roles, and enabling the creation of linked data that represents Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) Group 1 entities. XC can play a key role in transitioning libraries from their current record-based system infrastructure to linked data by facilitating the repurposing of metadata, without disrupting existing business processes.

Other videos available from the spring 2012 CNI meeting include:
Reinventing the Research University to Serve a Changing World (J. Duderstadt)
Key Trends in Teaching & Learning: Aligning What We Know About Learning to Today’s Learners (P. Long)
Archiving Large Swaths of Digital Content: Lessons from Archiving the Occupy Movement (Besser, et al)
National Status of Data Management: Current Research in Policy and Education (Halbert, et al)
Building the Grateful Dead Archive Online: The Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion (V. Steel & R. Chandler)

To see all videos available from CNI, visit CNI’s channels on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni).

Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation (ANADP)

(I know that announcements of the availability of this volume have had considerable distribution, but I wanted to add a few comments of my own)

In May of 2011, I was fortunate to be able to participate in a very valuable conference hosted by the National Library of Estonia to explore international co-ordination and collaboration in efforts to preserve digital cultural memory that were underway in various nations. The National Library facility and the city of Tallinn — which I had not had the opportunity to visit previously —  provided a truely inspiring background for considering these issues and opportunities, which I think are tremendously important and promising, and are starting to gather increasing attention in various ongoing fora such as the International Internet Preservation Consortium and PASIG. But this workshop is perhaps the broadest look at the range of opportunities in this area, which include such fascinating issues as trying to understand how various nations actually scope the digital cultural record and define the role of their national and research libraries in preserving it. The proceedings of the Tallinn conference have now been published as an freely downloadable PDF (there is also a print version available for purchase), and I have reproduced the announcement below. And I’m proud to have been able to contribute a summay essay to the volume, based on my remarks at the end of the Tallinn meeting. I think this volume will be of interest to all those interested in national strategies for digital preservation and how they might be coordinated and extended into international collaborations.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI
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It is our great pleasure to announce the publication of Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation, edited by Nancy Y. McGovern (Volume Editor) and Katherine Skinner (Series Editor).

http://www.educopia.org/publications

On May 23-25 2011, more than 125 delegates from more than 20 countries gathered in Tallinn, Estonia, for the “Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation” conference. At the National Library of Estonia, this group explored how to create and sustain international collaborations to support the preservation of our collective digital cultural memory. Organized and hosted by the Educopia Institute, the National Library of Estonia, the US Library of Congress, the University of North Texas, and Auburn University, this gathering established a strong foundation for future collaborative efforts in digital preservation.

This publication contains a collection of peer-reviewed essays that were developed by conference panels and attendees in the months following ANADP. Rather than simply chronicling the event, the volume deliberately broadens and deepens its impact by reflecting on the ANADP presentations and conversations and establishing a set of starting points for building a greater alignment across digital preservation initiatives. Above all, it highlights the need for strategic international collaborations to support the preservation of our collective cultural memory.

This guide is written with a broad audience in mind that includes librarians, archivists, scholars, curators, technologists, lawyers, researchers, and administrators at many different types of memory organizations.

Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation is the second of a series of volumes edited by Katherine Skinner (Series Editor) and published by the Educopia Institute describing successful collaborative strategies and articulating new models that may help memory organizations work together for their mutual benefit.

Readers may access Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation as a freely downloadable pdf and/or as a print publication for purchase. Please visit http://www.educopia.org/publications to download or order the book.

Authors include:
Martha Anderson, Inge Angevaare, Dwayne Buttler, Laura Campbell, Sheila Corrall, George Coulbourne, Joy Davidson, Christian Egger, Michelle Gallinger, David Giaretta, Neil Grindley, Martin Halbert, Jan Hutar, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Christopher A. Lee, Maurizio Lunghi, Clifford Lynch, Nancy Y. McGovern, Marek Melichar, Wilma Mossink, Adrienne Muir, Andreas Rauber, Adam Rusbridge, Raivo Ruusalepp, Gunnar Sahlin, Sabine Schrimpf, Matt Schultz, Michael Seadle, Katherine Skinner, Bohdana Stoklasova, Aaron Trehub, Bram van der Werf, and Matthew Woolard
Best regards,

Martin Halbert, PhD, MLIS
Dean of Libraries and Associate Professor

University of North Texas, 1155 Union Circle #305190, Denton, TX, 76203
(ph)    940-565-3025   (web)  http://dean.library.unt.edu

New Video: ‘Building the Grateful Dead Archive

Building the Grateful Dead Archive Online: The Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion, a project briefing session presented at CNI’s spring 2012 membership meeting, by Virginia Steel and Robin Chandler of the University of California, Santa Cruz, is now available on CNI’s two video channels:

YouTube:

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/44839434

The Grateful Dead Archive (GDA) at UC Santa Cruz represents one of the most significant popular culture collections of the 20th Century and documents the band’s activity and influence in contemporary music from 1965 to 1995. At CNI’s spring 2012 membership meeting, UC Santa Cruz University Librarian Virginia Steel and Project Manager Robin Chandler discussed the particular challenges of merging a traditional archive with a socially constructed one.

Other videos available from the spring 2012 CNI meeting include:
Reinventing the Research University to Serve a Changing World (J. Duderstadt)
Key Trends in Teaching & Learning: Aligning What We Know About Learning to Today’s Learners (P. Long)
Archiving Large Swaths of Digital Content: Lessons from Archiving the Occupy Movement (Besser, et al)
National Status of Data Management: Current Research in Policy and Education (Halbert, et al)

To see all videos available from CNI, visit CNI’s channels on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni).

Courtney Loder Named 2012 Winner of Paul Evan Peters Fellowship

Washington DC—The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is pleased to announce the selection of Courtney Loder, a PhD student in the Department of Informatics at the University of California at Irvine (UCI), as the 2012 recipient of the Paul Evan Peters Fellowship for graduate study in the information sciences or librarianship. The fellowship was established to honor the memory of CNI founding Executive Director Paul Evan Peters; it recognizes outstanding scholarship and intellectual rigor, a commitment to civic responsibility and democratic values, and imagination.

Loder, who has a BA in history from Humboldt State University and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh, was selected for the Peters Fellowship, in part, due to her work using social theory to investigate the relationship between technology and social activity.  Of her pursuits, Loder writes, “the ultimate goal of my research is to bring computing and the social together to provide a better understanding of how each can support the other, and to use this understanding in exploring new ways to facilitate connection between people, institutions, and space.” Loder’s extraordinary academic performance, creative investigative approaches, and her “quick wit” (like that of the award’s namesake), were all factors that contributed to her selection.

Recognized for her skill and commitment, Loder was selected as assistant director of the University of Pittsburgh’s iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3), funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the organization’s purpose is to recruit and develop students from populations underrepresented in the information professions and to help them prepare for graduate study. Respected by her peers, she has also served as chair of the University of Pittsburgh’s American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) student chapter. “I have been most impressed both by her scholarship and her humanity,” wrote UCI Professor Geoffrey Bowker, who recommended Loder for the award. “She meshes perfectly the skills of a programmer and the ethos of a librarian.”

Virginia Steel, University Librarian at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a member of the selection committee, noted that Loder “shows exceptional promise of significant contributions in the future as she pursues her career interests. Her doctoral research will include the creation of tools to facilitate and enhance effective social interaction across space and time. Ms. Loder’s dual interests in technology and the people who use it are an excellent match with Paul Evan Peters’s deep commitment to using technology to improve society.”

Other selection committee members included:  Pamela McQuesten, Vice President and CIO at Southwestern University; James L. Mullins, Dean of Libraries and Esther Ellis Norton Professor at Purdue University; and Joan Lippincott, Associate Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information. “Courtney is a great choice from an outstanding pool of candidates,” commented CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch, “and I think that her work and her aspirations honor so much of Paul Peters’s core beliefs about technology and its promise for social good.”

About the Fellowship

The Paul Evan Peters Fellowship was established to honor and perpetuate the memory of the founding Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information.  Funded by donations from colleagues, friends, and family, the fellowship provides a two-year award of $5,000 per year to a student who demonstrates intellectual and personal qualities consistent with those of Peters, including:

— a commitment to the use of networked information and advanced technology to enhance scholarship, intellectual productivity, and public life;

— an interest in the civic responsibilities of networked information professionals, and a commitment to democratic values and government accountability;

— a positive and creative approach to overcoming personal, technological, and bureaucratic challenges; and

— humor, vision, humanity, and imagination.

The fellowship will be awarded next in 2014; applications will be available on CNI’s website, https://www.cni.org.

More information about the fellowship is available at https://www.cni.org/about-cni/awards/pep-fellowship/.

CNI is a coalition of some 200 institutions dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of digital information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity. The Coalition, which is sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and EDUCAUSE, is headquartered in Washington DC. More information about CNI is at  https://www.cni.org/.

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 126 research libraries in the US and Canada. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.

A nonprofit association with more than 2,200 members, EDUCAUSE actively engages with colleges, universities, corporations, foundations, government, and other nonprofit organizations to further the mission of higher education through the use of information technology. For more information, visit http://educause.edu.

Pew Internet & American Life Report on Future

The Pew Foundation’s Internet and American Life Project has just released a report on the future of higher education; as with a number of other reports in their “Future of the Internet” series done in collaboration with the Elon University “Imagining the Internet” project, including the one on big data that I highlighted two weeks ago, it’s a compilation of comments on some specific questions by a wide variety of people that are collected together with some synthesis. These can be quite helpful in getting a sense of the range of (often quite informed) opinion on the issues. Not surprisingly, there’s a lot of emphasis on the role of the Internet and of technologies broadly.

The announcement and pointers to the report both online and in downloadable PDF are at:

http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Future-of-Higher-Education.aspx

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Report on Economic Impact of Digital

Neil Beagrie has just announced the availability of a new report of the Economic Impact Evaluation of the UK Economic and Social Science Data Service (ESDS).  This is an important contribution to a literature that is still far too sparse, and I believe it will be of interest to CNI-announce readers well beyond the UK. Neil’s announcement, which I’ve reproduced below, also contains some information on more recent developments on the new UK Data Service program.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

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We are pleased to announce that the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in the UK has published the report of the Economic Impact Evaluation of the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS) to coincide with the launch of the new UK Data Service that succeeds it.

The ESDS has its origins in the UK Data Archive established over 40 years ago and this one of the longest standing research data archives and proponents of digital preservation. The impact evaluation therefore may be of interest to the digital preservation and data curation communities beyond the social sciences and economics, particularly as quantitative as well as qualitative evidence of impact in our fields is still relatively rare.

The Economic Impact Evaluation of the Economic and Social Data Service report (PDF file) was produced by Charles Beagrie Ltd and the Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (CSES) Victoria University and was authored by Neil Beagrie, John Houghton, Anna Palaiologk and Peter Williams. It combines approaches for qualitative and quantitative assessment of impact drawing on methodologies from Keeping Research Data Safe and more generally from Economics and the Social Sciences.

An extract from the ESRC/ESDS press release of 24 July announcing the UK Data Service is as follows:

Continuing access to the most valuable collection of social and economic data in the UK has been secured with a £17 million investment over five years for the UK Data Service. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the new service is structured to support researchers in academia, business, third sector and all levels of government.

The new service, starting on 1 October 2012, will integrate the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS), the Census Programme, the Secure Data Service and other elements of the data service infrastructure currently provided by the ESRC, including the UK Data Archive.

The integration follows an economic evaluation of ESDS, which reveals that for every pound currently invested in data and infrastructure, the service returns £5.40 in net economic value to users and other stakeholders.

The UK Data Service will provide a unified point of access to the extensive range of high quality economic and social data, including valuable census data. It is designed to provide seamless access and support to meet the current and future research demands of both academic and non-academic users, and to help them maximise the impact of their work.

“The UK Data Service represents a significant step forward in our strategy,” says ESRC’s Chief Executive, Professor Paul Boyle. “As data are the lifeblood of research, our aim is to consolidate resources in a way that expands both the reach and impact of these vital investments. It will become a cornerstone for UK research; the place to go for high quality data and support.”

“Between our services we have an impressive collection of rich research data,” says Dr Matthew Woollard, director of the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS) and the UK Data Archive. “We are dedicated to the reuse, sharing and archiving of data because we know the effect it can have on the wider society. Together, we look forward to becoming the UK Data Service so we can continue to build on these excellent data and services to generate even more impact.”

The full press release can be accessed here.

Please feel free to forward this email to other colleagues or lists that you think would be interested

Neil Beagrie
Director of Consultancy
Charles Beagrie Ltd
www.beagrie.com
Tel: +44 (0)1722 338482

Charles Beagrie Ltd is a company registered in England and Wales Company No. 04481473
Registered Office: 2 Helena Terrace, Salisbury SP1 3AN.

Wikipedia to add VIAF Identifiers

This is a very welcome development in the gradual convergence of biography, factual biography and bioliography CNI has been seeking to encourage. I have not seen much about this work; basically, linkages will be built between the biographical entries in Wikipedia and the VIAF author name authority files.

See

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Authority_control_integration_proposal/RFC

My thanks to Peter Brantley for the pointer to this work.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Pew Internet & American Life Report on Big Data

The Pew Foundation’s Internet and American Life Project has just released a report on the future of big data; as with a number of other reports in their “Future of the Internet” series done in collaboration with the Elon University “Imagining the Internet” project, it’s a compilation of comments on some specific questions by a wide variety of people that are collected together with some synthesis. These can be quite helpful in getting a sense of the range of (often quite informed) opinion on the issues.

The announcement and pointers to the report both online and in downloadable PDF are at:

http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Future-of-Big-Data.aspx

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

August 29-30 National Academies Board on Research Data & Information Meeting

The US National Academies Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) will be holding its next meeting in Washington DC on August 29-30. Much of the meeting is open to the public and includes a wide range of updates on developments in data management and curation, and there is
a Forum on Global Scientific Data Infrastructure on the afternoon of the 29th.

You can find information on the overall meeting at

http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/brdi/PGA_070714

and the details of the forum are at

http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/brdi/PGA_070715

Please note that advance registration is required; details are on the pages above.

Disclosure: I am currently serving as Co-chair of BRDI.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013