An alternative access method for the same information available from the CNI-ANNOUNCE listserv.
CNI director Clifford Lynch and David Fenske, founding Dean of Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics (CCI), discuss top tech, policy, and information science trends and challenges in this public conversation, part of CCI’s Fall 2013 Speaker Series. The event took place on Oct. 4, 2013.
CNI executive director Clifford Lynch will kick off Loyola’s Open Access Week 2013. In his keynote, The Move to Openness: An Intellectual Shift for Our Time, Cliff will address open access, its impact on academic institutions and how the broader intellectual shift is affecting not only academic institutions, but all areas of research. What will the future of research look like?
The talk will take place Monday, October 21, 10 a.m. (coffee at 9:30am), Klarchek Information Commons, 4th floor, Lake Shore Campus
This event is open to the public.
RSVP to email@example.com is appreciated.
More information about Loyola University Chicago’s Open Access Week 2013 is at http://libguides.luc.edu/openaccess
As a final reminder, project briefing proposals for the CNI Fall 2013 Membership Meeting are due NEXT MONDAY, Oct. 21. Proposals may be submitted via the online form:
If you have any questions about submitting a proposal, please feel free to contact Joan Lippincott (joan) or me (diane).
Project briefings are 45-minute or one-hour sessions that focus on a discussion of a hot topic, or on a specific institutional/organizational project related to digital information. A limited number of project briefings are accepted. The meeting will be held Dec. 9-10, 2013 in Washington, DC.
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The Learning Spaces Collaboratory (LSC) which many of you knew as the PKAL program, is offering a great opportunity for participants to attend a workshop which will encourage you to “shape and reshape the physical learning environment for an undergraduate community, to create 21st century spaces for 21st century learners.” The program will be at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC on Saturday, November 2, 2013.
This workshop is intended for institutional teams who will “leave with a draft agenda for act;ion for transforming learning spaces on a campus.”
LSC workshops are dynamic, thought-provoking, and hands-on. They provide an excellent means for campus teams to share ideas and move forward together.
Information on registering (for a fee) is available at: http://www.pkallsc.org/events/lsc-workshop-north-carolina-central-university
Note that I am on the advisory committee for LSC.
Proposals are now being accepted for project briefings to be presented at CNI’s Fall 2013 Membership Meeting in Washington, DC on Dec. 9-10.
Project briefings are 45-minute or one-hour sessions that focus on a discussion of a hot topic, or on a specific institutional/organizational project related to digital information. A limited number of project briefings are accepted.
Proposals may be submitted via online form:
or by e-mail to Joan Lippincott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for submissions is Monday, October 21, 2013
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CNI’s Clifford Lynch and Joan Lippincott will present a Community Update on Thursday, Oct. 17th, to highlight CNI’s program and current developments in a broad range of areas related to digital content. The session will be from 2:40 PM – 3:30 PM in meeting room 213A. We particularly invite individuals who do not regularly attend CNI membership meetings to come to this introductory session.
Additional conference information is available at http://www.educause.edu/annual-conference
The 2014 Personal Digital Archiving Conference will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 10-11, 2014. (Note that the dates have changed from the originally announced April 17-18). I’ve attached the call for papers for this important conference below. The Web site for the meeting at
also has some additional information, as well as links to materials from previous conferences in the series. Once again, CNI is very pleased to be a collaborating organization in this event.
Call for Papers
Personal Digital Archiving 2014
“Building Stronger Personal Digital Archiving Communities”
10-11 April 2014
Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, Indiana
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 2, 2013
Personal Digital Archiving 2014 explores the intersections between individuals, public institutions, and private companies engaged in the creation, preservation and ongoing use of the digital records of our daily lives. The conference reflects upon the current status of personal archiving, its achievements, challenges, issues, and needs as evidenced through research, education, case studies, practitioner experiences, best practices, the development of tools and services, storage options, curation, and economic sustainability. There is also interest in the role of libraries, archives and other cultural heritage organizations in supporting personal digital archiving through outreach or in conjunction with developing community history collections.
The PDA 2014 Program Committee invites proposals on a full range of topics relevant to personal digital archiving from everyone who seeks to ensure long-term access and preservation for personal collections and archives. Case studies that illustrate effective ways to help users and institutions manage personal digital archives are especially encouraged. Presentations might also address materials and format challenges including family archives of photographs and home movies, personal health and financial data, scrapbooking, social network posts, genealogy, blogs, email and other correspondence. Presentations might explore how personal digital archives are being used in the research conducted within various scholarly disciplines and how such use impacts research methodologies. Themes that unite digital archives, including interface design for archives; institutional practices; community outreach; tools; and funding models are welcomed. Additionally the program committee encourages proposals exploring the following questions:
- What social contexts shape what people decide to preserve and make accessible about their lives over time?
- How do we preserve the ability to access digital content over time when every app/community/network has a lifecycle that involves the end of its existence?
- Is there too much fragmentation and reinvention of the wheel in the PDA field? Are there collaborative models to consider to encourage greater efficiency?
- How should libraries, museums and archives collect personal digital materials? How do we better share our knowledge and communicate about our work (including the failures as well as the successes)?
- How are archivists, curators, genealogists using born-digital and/or digitized material in their research?
- What are some practical strategies for helping libraries, museums and archives conduct personal archiving outreach to their communities?
- How can individuals be encouraged to undertake personal digital archiving activities?
- What are effective strategies and best practices for personal digital archiving in social media and ecommerce settings?
- What is the best way to integrate scanning of analog materials into personal digital archiving while recognizing that digitization isn’t digital preservation?
- What tools and services now exist to help with personal archiving? What do we need to make the process easier or more effective?
- What storage options are currently available; how do they compare with one another; and what can we expect to see in the near future? How do we address scalability issues?
- What are viable existing economic models that can support personal archives? What new economic models should we evaluate?
- What are the key issues associated with digital estate planning and “the digital afterlife”?
- How can users work with social media companies for better APIs and/or download services to get usefully formatted export of personal data?
- How do Terms of Service vary for social media networks and cloud-based services, particularly in connection with ownership, copyright, privacy and liability?
The conference program will include three types of presentations: 20-minute papers, 5-minute lightning talks, and posters (including demos).
To submit a proposal please visit the PDA 2014 website located at: http://visions.indstate.edu/pda2014/index.html.
Submissions should include the title of your project, paper or presentation and
- For 20-minute paper presentations, a 300-word abstract
- For lightning talks and posters, a 150-300 word abstract
- A brief biographical sketch or CV (no more than 2 pages)
On November 18-19, the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is going to be hosting an interesting Data Science Symposium that is focusing on benchmarking, measurement, reference datasets and related issues. Many of the goals of this symposium echo the ideas that have led NIST to play such a key role in advancing work in information retrieval through programs like TREC over the years.
Full information on the symposium is below.
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY (NIST)
DATA SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM
NOVEMBER 18-19, 2013
(CO-LOCATED WITH TREC, TAC)
· Registration for the inaugural NIST Data Science Symposium is now open!
· For those wishing to give presentations, participate as symposium panelists, or present posters at the symposium, NIST is accepting technical abstractsuntil Oct 4, 2013 (see details below).
Given the explosion of data production, storage capabilities, communications technologies, computational power, and supporting infrastructure, data science is now recognized as a highly-critical growth area with impact across many sectors including science, government, finance, health care, manufacturing, advertising, retail, and others. Since data science technologies are being leveraged to drive crucial decision making, it is of paramount importance to be able to measure the performance of these technologies and to correctly interpret their output. The NIST Information Technology Laboratory is forming a cross-cutting data science program focused on driving advancements in data science through system benchmarking and rigorous measurement science.
A variety of tools and methods are emerging that process, analyze, and derive knowledge from large amounts of complex data in order to provide new insights that underpin key decisions. This has spawned the creation of Big Data technologies and an emerging data science discipline spanning new large-scale analytic tools and methods. Several approaches have emerged that combine many component technologies in multi-stage flows, which include machine-driven data transformation & processing, as well as human interactions and decision points. These approaches often lack the necessary measures for understanding: 1) the quality and context of the analyzed data, 2) the rigor of the analytic process and tools employed, 3) the impact of the human in the analytic process, and 4) the strength of the conclusions derived, questions answered, hypotheses tested, and discoveries made that emerge from the analytic process. The NIST Data Science program seeks to engage in benchmarking and the development of measurement methods to help advance the performance and efficiency (resource utilization, speed, etc.) of Big Data analytic components?-both independently and in the context of end to end systems and workflows.
The inaugural NIST Data Science Symposium will convene a diverse multi-disciplinary community of stakeholders to promote the design, development, and adoption of novel measurement science in order to foster advances in Big Data processing, analytics, visualization, interaction, and lifecycle management. It is set apart from related symposia by our emphasis on advancing data science technologies through:
· Benchmarking of complex data-intensive analytic systems and subcomponents
· Developing general, extensible performance metrics and measurement methods
· Creating reference datasets & challenge problems grounded in rigorous measurement science
· Coordination of open, community-driven evaluations that focus on domains of general interest.
Why You Should Attend:
This event will be of interest to data science researchers, technologists, and data providers, as well as data science stakeholders in Industry, Government and Academia. The symposium will:
· Establish a broad multi-sector community of interest including researchers, end-users, and solution providers focused on advancing data science and Big Data technologies
· Contribute to the formulation of challenge problems to advance research and tools in data science
· Facilitate availability of reusable common reference datasets necessary to systematically compare approaches and measure performance improvements at all levels in Big Data analytic systems
· Foster advances in data science by formulating new measurement methods and benchmarks (e.g., accuracy, generalization, resource usage, cost, speed, etc.)
· Foster sharing of knowledge in a collaborative community-based forum with the goal of accelerating progress and eliminating gaps in data science methods and tools
· Registration to attend the NIST Data Science Symposium is now open
· Registration is free, but it is necessary to register in order to attend
· The deadline for registration will be on or before Monday, November 11. Registration may close once the capacity of the venue is reached. Please note that only registered participants will be permitted to enter the NIST campus to attend the workshop.
To register, please go to: https://www-s.nist.gov/CRS/conf_disclosure.cfm?conf_id=6631
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:
Participants who wish to give presentations of their technical perspectives or present posters (potentially with technical demonstrations) that address symposium topics should submit a brief one-page abstract and brief one-paragraph bio to datascience by October 4th, 2013. Submitters will be notified whether their perspectives have been selected for plenary or poster presentation by October 18th.
Speakers, panelists, and poster presenters will be selected by the organizers based on relevance to symposium objectives and workshop balance. Due to the technical nature of the workshop, no marketing will be permitted.
Below is a summary of the topics that will be addressed at the symposium. For a more complete list, please visit: http://www.nist.gov/itl/iad/data-science-symposium-2013.cfm
· Measurement methodologies, benchmarking, and common reference datasets needed to accelerate data science research and improve performance of Big Data analytic systems.
· Primary challenges in and technical approaches to complex workflow components of Big Data systems, including ETL, lifecycle management, analytics, visualization & human-system interaction.
· Generation of ground truth for large datasets and performance measurement with limited or no ground truth.
POINTS OF CONTACT:
Ashit Talukder (NIST/ITL; Chief, Information Access Division), Craig Greenberg (NIST/ITL)
In case of questions or if you would like to be added to our mailing list, please send email to datascience.
Here is information on a helpful recently-released study from the SURF Foundation in the Netherlands that looks at the state of play for research data across Europe, including some comparative national data. See
for a summary of the project, and
for the report proper.
A recent talk by Clifford Lynch, Cloud Architectures & Cultural Memory, a keynote address presented at the 4th International Symposium on Information Management in a Changing World (IMCW2013) in Limerick, Ireland, is now available online:
In this talk, Lynch explores some of the challenges of provisioning various types of access and use of cultural materials in meaningful ways, and the ways in which cloud storage and computational utilities interact with these challenges.