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CNI opened an examination of issues surrounding science nationalism and scientific integrity with an Executive Roundtable in conjunction with our December 2020 Member meeting. You can find the report on this here
Recently there have been a lot of new developments in these areas, and I thought it would be helpful to update the CNI community on some of these. This is not as timely as it should have been due to other demands on my time, and for this I apologize; I hope this summary is still useful.
First off the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has issued an important report on scientific integrity. The announcement is here:
and a direct link to the report is here
Katherine Klosek, Director of Information Policy at ARL (email@example.com) , wrote a superb summary of this for the ARL Public Policy Briefing, a monthly ARL member-only report, and has kindly allowed me to share this with the CNI community. Here’s her report:
White House Scientific Integrity Task Force releases assessment of scientific integrity policies and practices in US government.
This month, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Scientific Integrity Task Force, co-chaired by National Library of Medicine Deputy Director Jerry Sheehan, released a report reviewing federal agency scientific integrity policies. President Biden called for the task force to conduct this review in a January 2021 memo on scientific integrity, just a week after his inauguration. The task force concluded that while “Federal science is fundamentally sound,” political interference may undermine federal decision-making, and erode the public’s trust in science. The task force also concluded that agencies like the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which mostly fund extramural research, are less likely to experience interference in policy-making than science agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which has a stronger regulatory role. In the report, the task force lays out a series of “good practices” for federal agencies to consider and adapt, on such topics as building a culture of scientific integrity, protecting the integrity of the research process, communicating scientific information with integrity, procedures for safeguarding scientific integrity, and institutionalizing scientific integrity.
The task force report was informed in part by responses to OSTP’s June 2021 “Request for Information to Improve Scientific Integrity Policies,” (https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/06/28/2021-13640/request-for-information-to-improve-federal-scientific-integrity-policies) including the response drafted by ARL’s Scholarship and Policy Team on data- and information-management practices that improve trust in scientific research. All responses to OSTP’s request are available via the White House website, including comments from SPARC, and a joint submission by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and Council on Governmental Relations (COGR) (see https://t.e2ma.net/click/t16d2d/5qavxes/pqfy9m).
Key issues addressed in the report include the following:
• Open science. The report highlights the importance of open science as an enabler of scientific integrity, and recommends making research publications, data, analytical software and code, and study protocols available in a timely manner for inspection and reuse, creating opportunities to detect interference or other violations of scientific integrity policies. In our comments, ARL recommended making research outputs publicly available as soon as possible.
• Data management. In its chapter on protecting the integrity of the research process, the task force recommended early public disclosure of study plans or protocols, and documentation procedures for collection, storage, management, analysis, and security of data. ARL’s recommendations included investing in machine-actionable data-management and data-governance plans.
• Representation in science careers. The task force suggests that federal agencies offer training and career development opportunities for early career scientists that are inclusive of members from underserved communities and diverse voices within the scientific integrity community. ARL recommended that the federal government prioritize the upskilling of early-career researchers, graduate students, and undergraduates in these areas, with a particular focus on historically underrepresented populations.
Next, the task force will develop a framework that OSTP can use to assess and improve agency scientific integrity policies in line with the report’s recommendations; the framework will include a definition of scientific integrity.
The report received a good deal of press coverage, for example this report from Science:
The National Science Board and the National Science Foundation released their biannual Science Indicators report. See
There’s a lot of interesting data in here. I was surprised by the comparative data on international patents and publications, and how the US position on both has declined in recent years.
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has published implementation guidance for National Security Presidential Memorandum NSPM-33 on improving research security efforts. Our colleagues at the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) has put out a great summary of these developments at
The OSTP guidance is at
There’s a very interesting hybrid (in person in the UK and online) conference on AI for Scientific Discovery taking place March 1-3. For people in the US who are unable to attend the meeting in person, online participation is very inexpensive but you’ll need to get up very early, as the conference is operating in GMT. I am not clear about whether recordings of sessions will be available or on what terms.
For those who have not been tracking this work, Internet2 has completed one of the smoothest and most amazing technology transitions I’ve ever seen (despite a few unexpected obstacles like a pandemic); the new network is absolutely amazing. This is a very brief, high-level summary of what’s been happening and I’d urge member of the CNI community who have not been following developments in this area to spend a few minutes reading this.
The US National Library of Medicine is putting on a fantastic workshop addressing issues around the evolving ecosystem of biomedical data and the challenges of data curation at scale in this environment on March 28-30 2022 (unfortunately, heavily overlapping with the CNI Spring 2022 meeting schedule). Preliminary agenda and registration information can be found at
As a reminder, we are now accepting proposals for project briefings to be presented during CNI’s Spring 2022 Membership Meeting. The virtual event will take place online March 21–22; the in-person event will take place March 28–29 in San Diego, at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter.
Use the form to propose either a live, synchronous virtual session on March 21-22, or an in-person session on March 28-29. Once accepted, speakers will be contacted regarding the schedule. Deadline for submissions is February 14, 2022.
Anyone may propose a project briefing, including groups/individuals from non-member institutions and organizations. ALL IN-PERSON SPEAKERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE PROOF OF VACCINATION.
Project briefings focus on a timely topic or on a specific institutional/organizational project related to digital information; they may also explore parallel developments across institutions. Briefings should address themes of interest to the membership as outlined in CNI’s program plans as covered in recent member meetings, and as explored in recent Executive Roundtable reports (see also https://www.cni.org/topics for more information).
A limited number of project briefings will be accepted.
Proposals may be submitted via online form: https://www.cni.org/mm/spring-2022/project-briefing-proposals-s22
Deadline for submissions is February 14, 2022
More information is at https://www.cni.org/mm/spring-2022.
Follow the meeting: #cni22s
-Paige Pope, CNI
Against the Grain‘s latest issue (December 2021/January 2022) includes an open access special section on the past, present and future of web archiving; I’ve contributed a brief article to the collection. The section was edited by Joe Puccio of the Library of Congress and his introduction can be found here:
The table of contents for the issue, including the special section, can be found here. Note that contrary to what the page says, the links to the web archiving articles are open and don’t require you to be logged on.
I hope that these articles will collectively form the basis for what I think is a much-needed conversation about the future of both collection development and digital archiving.
I’m delighted to share some details about the upcoming 17th International Digital Curation Conference. As in previous years, IDCC is organised by the Digital Curation Centre and once again, I’m delighted that CNI will serve as a supporting partner for this important event.
IDCC22 will be a virtual event. The main conference will span two days 14-15 June, with a social event on the evening of 13 June. The programme will consist of a mix of keynote lectures, papers, lightning talks and poster presentations. This year we will not include demonstrations but we are happy to be able to reintroduce the workshops, which will take place on 13 and 16 June, depending upon number of submissions. The programme will run approximately 9 am – 5 pm British Summer Time (UTC+1), but we will place some sessions in a way that will make it friendly to other time zones. All sessions will be recorded.
The broad conference theme is reusability.
Papers are invited to address one or multiple themes in the broad scope of Reusability. Suggested topics include:
– What does curating for reuse mean when considering collections of software, workflows, virtual worlds and other types of content?
– Relationships between Open Data, Citizen Science, Scholarship and Digital Curation as enabler of societal engagement in science, arts and humanities.
– Balancing reusability between wide and narrow audiences – techniques, costs, workflows
– Reuse strategies for environmental sustainability in digital curation.
For more topics, please visit the full call for papers page on the IDCC22 site, https://www.dcc.ac.uk/events/idcc22
We are inviting submissions for:
– Lightning Talks
The submission deadline for initial proposals will be 8 March 2022.
For full submissions instructions, please visit https://www.dcc.ac.uk/events/idcc22/submissions/
Proposals are now being accepted for the inaugural edition of CNI’s new asynchronous project briefing video series, which replaces the pre-recorded project briefings historically part of our virtual member meetings. More information about this new, year-round program is in this recent announcement.
Pre-recorded project briefing videos should focus on a timely topic or on a specific project related to digital information. We especially invite briefings on recently published reports, and updates on new or ongoing projects, programs, or organizations that may have reported at CNI in the past. In general, we recommend that these videos run no more than 15-20 minutes in length, though longer presentations may occasionally make sense; we leave this decision to the discretion of presenters.
Anyone may propose a pre-recorded project briefing, including groups/individuals from non-member institutions and organizations.
Videos will NOT BE SCHEDULED for viewing at a pre-arranged time; rather, they will be available ON-DEMAND, released as a collection, or edition, and accompanied by a guide for contextualization; their availability will be announced on CNI’s listserv, website, and social media outlets. Speakers may be asked to participate in a CNI-hosted virtual session to discuss their project briefing at a pre-arranged, mutually agreeable date/time.
No more than 12 pre-recorded project briefings will be accepted for each edition; we expect to issue calls for proposals approximately every two to three months.
Proposals may be submitted via online form: https://cni.formstack.com/forms/cni_project_briefing_video_series
- Deadline for submissions: Feb. 25, 2022
- Notification of acceptance: March 4, 2022
- Video submission deadline for accepted proposals: March 28, 2022
- Video collection release: April 2022
Please contact me with any questions.
-Diane Goldenberg-Hart, CNI
The UK Royal Society has recently released an extensive report on the way online environments have reshaped the dissemination and use of scientific information, with particular emphasis on issues such as communication of such information to the broader society and the propagation of disinformation. An overview of the work, and a series of links to relevant reports, can be found at:
(Apologies. I have a large backlog of developments that I want to share with the CNI community and I’ll be grouping several of them together in a series of postings over the coming days; some of these are very recent and some are a bit older, but still highly relevant.)
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of data Science Strategy has launched a new Generalist Repository Ecosystem Initiative; this is an important step in the evolution of the NIH strategy to develop both specialist data repositories and a complementary ecosystem of “generalist” repositories, and I think is highly suggestive of the evolutionary trajectory of at least scientific research data management more broadly. It builds on earlier NIH-led efforts in this area, including a workshop on the role of generalist repositories that I shared earlier on CNI-announce.
In slightly older NIH related news, last week NIH held a workshop on dataset and repository search and discovery, a very important, difficult, and under-addressed issue. Here is the site, which includes the workshop agenda and background materials. I don’t know the schedule for availability of the workshop report, or if or when video of the workshop will be available, but will update here if I learn anything further. See:
Finally, in even older NIH material, there’s a call for comments to inform NIH’s revisions to their long-term genomic data sharing policy. This is an incredibly complex and fascinating set of policy questions that to my mind serve as a leading indicator for many questions how privacy plays out in large scale research data in the future. The issues here are worth thinking about, even if you are not directly involved in making these decisions; I think that the CNI community might provide some valuable perspectives here. The call is open till the end of February, 2022. See: