Carnegie Mellon – Olive RFP

Our colleagues from Carnegie Mellon are soliciting responses to a Request for Proposal for a white paper on a model organizational structure for sustaining their Olive project. Members of the CNI community are invited to respond. A URL with a link to the full RFP is included below.

–Joan Lippincott

Carnegie Mellon University’s Olive project seeks to create an archive for executable content so that all kinds of software, games, and new scholarly articles containing programs can be preserved for the long term in the same way that libraries now preserve analog and digital content. Carnegie Mellon has received a grant from Sloan Foundation to continue technical work and to develop a sustainable economic model for the eventual Olive Archive. The purpose of this RFP is to pursue the plan

  1. for an effective organizational structure to sustain the archiving and access to executable content, and
  2. to manage such an organization’s growth and evolution.

Responders to this RFP should propose a model organizational structure that would be the most effective for sustaining Olive. The successful (selected) proposer will have four months to write a white paper of 10-15 pages including a brief environmental scan and substantive details about the proposed model. The selected proposer will present his/her white paper at a 2014 international invitational summit of approximately ten (10) participants who will review and evaluate the white paper and translate its recommendations into an organizational structure.

Review of proposals will begin April 10, 2013
Successful proposer announced April 26, 2013
White paper due September 30, 2013

You can access the full RFP from this link:

Roadmap for the Spring 2013 CNI Member Meeting, San Antonio, April 4-5

A Guide to the Spring 2013
Coalition for Networked Information Membership Meeting

The Spring 2013 CNI Membership Meeting, to be held at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, Texas on April 4 and 5, offers a wide range of presentations that advance and report on CNI’s programs, showcase projects underway at CNI member institutions, and highlight important national and international developments. Here is the customary “roadmap” to the sessions at the meeting, which includes both plenary events and an extensive series of breakout sessions focusing on current developments in networked information.

As usual, the CNI meeting proper is preceded by an optional orientation session for new attendees-both representatives of new member organizations and new representatives or alternate delegates from existing member organizations-at 11:30 AM; guests are also welcome. Refreshments are available for all at 12:15 PM on Thursday, April 4. The opening plenary is at 1:15 PM and will be followed by three rounds of parallel breakout sessions. Friday, April 5, includes additional rounds of parallel breakout sessions, lunch, and the closing keynote, concluding around 3:30 PM. Along with plenary and breakout sessions, the meeting includes generous break time for informal networking with colleagues and a reception which will run until 7:15 PM on the evening of Thursday, April 4, after which participants can enjoy a free evening along San Antonio’s delightful Riverwalk.

The CNI meeting agenda is subject to last minute changes, particularly in the breakout sessions, and you can find the most current information on our website,, and on the announcements board near the registration desk at the meeting. Information about wireless access in the meeting room areas will be available in your packets or at the registration table.

The Plenary Sessions

We have a wonderful pair of plenary speakers for our meeting. 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 Memento, 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 World Wide 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 S+R 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. 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: .

Highlighted Breakout Sessions

I will not attempt a comprehensive summary of breakout sessions here; we offer a great wealth and diversity of material. However, I want to note, particularly, some sessions that have strong connections to the Coalition’s 2012-2013 Program Plan ( and also other sessions of special interest, and to provide some additional context for a few sessions that may be helpful to attendees in making session choices. I do realize that choosing among so many interesting concurrent sessions can be frustrating, and as always we will try to put material from the breakout sessions on our website following the meeting.

The management of data sets in e-research has been a key theme for CNI’s program in recent years, and sessions at this meeting explore the progress that is being made in many areas. Working in partnerships, many institutions are making advances in their capabilities to host stewardship services for large data sets and to make the datasets more accessible for reuse. In the United Kingdom (UK), the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) has been working with individual universities to increase their capacity to deliver research management services, and we will hear about their challenges and successes, with particular attention to how this work can be applied outside the UK. The DataShare project has created a website that enables investigators at the University of California campuses to publish all of their research outputs, including data, images, and software so that they may be found and shared more easily. We will have an update on the DuraCloud for Research project, which provides enhanced cloud storage for research data. We will learn about two projects funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG): one that focuses on providing a means for researchers in economics to access datasets in order to replicate research results of their peers, and one that is building a directory for research data repositories. I know you will be intrigued by the tools that are being developed through the Digital Science company, which is a spin-off from Nature Publishing and works with a portfolio of innovative startups as well as internally developed projects; their software and platforms are driving innovation in the use of data and in the capabilities of extracting metrics of use; some CNI attendees will remember a plenary session by Timo Hannay (now Digital Science’s Managing Director) a few years ago that pre-figured many of the ideas now coming to fruition.

As higher education institutions and funders place increasing emphasis on e-research and data curation, we need highly qualified individuals to work in this area. The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, working in partnership with the Digital Library Federation (DLF) is reorienting this very successful program to focus more strongly on data curation issues.

Many of the project briefings address a variety of themes related to scholarly communication. I am delighted that my colleague Michael Buckland, University of California, Berkeley, and Ryan Shaw, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will report on their work to re-think the editing process for major texts in the humanities. Their presentation will provide insight into ways in which technology can aid scholarly editing projects through collaborative, shared access among scholars and curators; it has rich connections to evolving thinking about name infrastructure and scholarly identity. They will also discuss their efforts to exploit linked data in these scholarly edition projects.

Other scholarly communications sessions include:
o Scholarly Communication: New Models for Digital Scholarship Workflows, reporting on an NSF-sponsored workshop, held at the University of Pittsburgh, focusing on capturing, documenting, and reporting information associated with each stage of the scholarly workflow in order to expand global data and knowledge infrastructures
o Personal Archiving and Scholarly Workflow: An Exploratory Study of Penn State Faculty, that addresses scholarly workflow of individual faculty in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences from the perspective of archiving at the level of the individual scholar, and also identifies critical digital literacies for faculty
o Annotating the World’s Knowledge, where Peter Brantley will describe this initiative to leverage new identity systems, web standards, and distributed storage to encourage commentary and discourse across different kinds of media and representations
o Digital Humanities Revisited, which will raise issues related to library involvement in digital humanities work, drawing on perspectives from the University of Alabama and the wider community
o Publication and Research Roles for Libraries Using Spectral Imaging Data, which will describe UCLA’s work with an early manuscript project that uses spectral imaging of palimpsests and requires complex collaboration between technologists, scholars and librarians to uncover erased or deteriorated texts
o Two Institutions, Two Perspectives, One Partnership, in which the University of Oregon and Oregon State University describe their collaborative partnership around digital scholarship and publishing
o Using the Amazon Cloud to Host Digital Scholarship Projects, addressing how Emory University is using this solution for some innovative projects that need an environment less restrictive than those provided by the local institution
o Strategies for Fostering a Culture of Open Access, where representatives from the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions will share their strategies for gaining faculty buy-in, developing outreach programs, and tying Open Access policies to the land grant mission

A core area of CNI’s program has highlighted innovations in digital library content development. The Chinese Canadian Stories project from two universities in British Columbia is a fascinating initiative that brings narratives, a Chinese Head Tax Register, and other materials together and encourages user interaction through an educational video game, an interactive kiosk that presents materials in three languages, and educational materials for grade school students across the country. The Database of the Smokies, developed by the University of Tennessee Libraries, is a complex reference resource that includes rich image material, manuscripts, websites, and published items that are linked to a comprehensive bibliography of the region. The project includes a crowd-sourcing mechanism that encourages contributions from sophisticated users. Indiana University and Northwestern University have worked to develop the Avalon Media System, an open source system that will enable libraries and archives to curate, distribute, and provide online access to their audio and video collections, something that should benefit many other universities. Representatives from Baylor University will describe the structured project management environment that they employ in their digitization program, handling thousands of items per year ranging from medieval manuscripts to sheet music to historical maps.

In the related area of institutional repositories, two briefings will discuss next stages of repository projects. A report from University of Hong Kong will describe how that institution extended the model of its institutional repository to become a vehicle for sharing information on people, grants, and patents. Their Scholars Hubalso provides visualizations of networks of authors and metrics on use of content extracted from external sources. At Arizona State University, after successfully developing repository infrastructure, they are now focusing on building content, assuring sustainability, and fostering new uses for the content in the repository.

I will moderate a panel on developments in scholarly identity management, which will also be the topic of the Executive Roundtable held at this meeting. The panelists will provide insight into areas where international systematic approaches and institutional interests intersect. One of these areas is in capturing data needed for metrics related to research impact of individuals and their publications. We will also have a report from a Jisc-funded project that has analyzed best practices in this area and has made some recommendations regarding taxonomy, methodology and interoperability.

CNI continues to feature sessions that address the preservation of a wide variety of content related to our cultural heritage. I am always delighted when David Rosenthal of Stanford presents at our meetings, and he will be joined by Kris Carpenter Negulescu of the Internet Archive to discuss the very substantial and not yet well recognized preservation challenges that are emerging as the character of the web changes. We will also have a technical update on the Digital Preservation Network (DPN), which is providing a preservation backbone for digital information and has high visibility in information technology, library, and academic administration sectors. Continuing our ongoing examination of the economics of campus-based research data storage services, a session by Kent State University will describe their local system for high-volume, medium-term storage of digital items and will provide information on its costs.

Large collections of digital materials need new perspectives and solutions for information access and retrieval, particularly as the ecology of discovery and access systems becomes ever more complex. A session from bepress will share their thinking about their Digital Commons Network, which is enhancing the browsing experience across distributed institutional repositories; they will not only highlight the success this system has had in attracting repository contributors, but also explore how this method might be generalized to incorporate a range of repository platforms.

Other sessions on information access and discovery include:
o Bibliographic Framework Initiative, an update on the major developmental effort led by the Library of Congress, to retool bibliographic data exchange, looking beyond the traditional MARC framework
o Discovery Turned Inside Out: Using and Google Site Search with Library Digital Collections, in which Duke University is looking at how to leverage traffic driven to their digital collections from external search engines as well as looking at Google Site Search as a potential replacement for their current discovery services; this project includes one of the first reports on campus experience with the initiative
o Update on NISO’s Open Discovery Initiative, which is recommending best practice in index-based library discovery services in a document that will be released soon after the CNI meeting

Linked data is a topic of interest to many in our CNI constituency. Rob Sanderson of Los Alamos Labs has some important perspectives to share with us on the successes and potential failures of the Resource Description Framework (RDF) and linked data; I was fortunate to see an earlier version of this talk a few months ago; I would rate it as one of the most enlightening and realistic evaluations of where this technology stands, and I am grateful that Rob has agreed to update and reprise this work for the CNI community. We will also have a talk on Tuft’s planning project applying linked data in the context of archival description.

Intellectual property policies continue to dictate many of the ways in which academe addresses access to and stewardship of digital content. The University of Michigan will give us an update on a collaborative project involving 14 institutions that are helping to determine the copyright status of books in HathiTrust, with the particular aim of making more content that is in the public domain available through that digital library. We will also hear about a new initiative, SIPX, which is an online copyright management, distribution and analytics system, first used at Stanford.

Teaching and learning will be the topic of a number of sessions, some focusing on the learning process and others on the technical and economic aspects of digital learning materials. A fascinating study of student use of digital resources for learning will be presented by the University of Central Florida and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; this talk will challenge your preconceptions and encourage you to think about new ways of presenting content to our students.

Other sessions highlighting teaching and learning include:
o ZSRx: An Information Literacy MOOC, presented by Wake Forest University, which will have just completed delivering the program, targeting parents and alumni for participation in the MOOC. This is an interesting example of a phenomenon I think we will see much more of: MOOC platforms and approaches being used to deliver learning materials that do not correlate directly to traditional courses
o ECAR Student Study, describing the annual EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research (ECAR) initiative, highlighting findings, and discussing how institutions can become involved in the work
o Administering and Assessing Four E-Textbook Pilots, a project at the State University of New York, Buffalo, that will provide data on a hot topic
o Providing Library Course Reserves Solely in the Context of Blackboard While Leveraging the Summon API, which is a novel approach to leveraging library licensed content in a way that will be most convenient to students and faculty
o The Move Towards Open Standards: Enabling Next Generation Digital Learning, which will provide an update from the IMS Global Learning Consortium, the leading organization addressing standards for content in this environment

Finally, we will have some sessions that describe innovations at the campus level. The new Hunt Library at North Carolina State University is notable for its engaging design and for the truly cutting edge array of technologies that have been made available for their researchers and students. We will have a session featuring their new core services such as “project cloud space” and a discussion of the type of staffing they have put into place to support their technologies and services. At Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), they developed the LibX project to integrate librarians into users’ webflow; the talk will focus on the implications of disruptive organizational change and resulting innovation in services. Dean Krafft of Cornell University will give us his perspectives on the realities of implementing a new IT model after an outside consultant’s report three years ago, and he will discuss the challenges of their new goal of “intentional interdependence.”

I invite you to browse the complete list of breakout sessions and their full abstracts at the CNI In many cases you will find these abstracts include pointers to reference material that you may find useful to explore prior to the session, and after the meeting we will add material from the actual presentations when it is available to us. We will also be recording the plenary sessions and capturing a few selected breakout sessions using voice over visuals and making those available after the meeting. There will be a list of the breakouts we plan to capture at the registration table, but please keep in mind that these session captures do not include the discussion part of the breakout, and that we occasionally have problems with the captures. There’s no substitute for being there in person!

You can follow the meeting on Twitter by using the hashtag #cni13s.

I look forward to seeing you in San Antonio this April. Please contact me (cliff), or Joan Lippincott, CNI’s Associate Director (joan), if we can provide you with any additional information on the meeting.

Clifford Lynch

DigCCurr Professional Institute – registration open

Experts will lead this intensive set of workshops that will be of interest to many CNI members.
–Joan Lippincott

Register today!

DigCCurr Professional Institute: Curation Practices for the Digital Object Lifecycle

May 12-17, 2013 & January 6-7, 2014 (One price for two sessions) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Visit for more information.


The Institute consists of one five-day session in May 2013 and a two-day follow-up session in January 2014. Each day of the summer session will include lectures, discussion and hands-on “lab” components. A course pack and a private, online discussion space will be provided to supplement learning and application of the material. An opening reception dinner on Sunday, Continental breakfast, break time snacks and coffee, and a dinner on Tuesday will also be included.

This institute is designed to foster skills, knowledge and community-building among professionals responsible for the curation of digital materials.


* Regular registration : $1,150
* Late registration (after April 15, 2012): $1,300

If you are a grant recipient working on a digital project, we recommend that you check with your program officer to request approval to use available grant funds to attend the institute.

Institute Instructors Include:

* From the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Dr. Cal Lee, Dr. Helen Tibbo, and Dr. Kam Woods.
* Dr. Nancy McGovern, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
* Dr. Carolyn Hank, University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
* Lorraine Richards, Drexel University.

Institute Components: (may be subject to some revisions and reorganization)

* Overview of digital curation definition, scope and main functions
* Where you see yourself in the digital curation landscape
* Digital curation program development
* Engendering Trust: Processes, Procedures and Forms of Evidence
* LAB – DRAMBORA in action

* Strategies for engaging data communities
* Characterizing, analyzing and evaluating the producer information environment
* Submission and transfer scenarios – push and pull (illustrative examples)
* Defining submission agreements and policies
* Strategies for writing policies that can be expressed as rules and rules that can automatically executed
* LAB – Making requirements machine-actionable

* Importance of infrastructure independence
* Overview of digital preservation challenges and opportunities
* Managing in response to technological change
* Detaching Bits from their Physical Media: Considerations, Tools and Methods
* LAB – Curation of Unidentified Files

* Returning to First Principles: Core Professional Principles to Drive Digital Curation
* Characterization of digital objects
* LAB – Assessing File Format Robustness
* Access and use considerations
* Access and user interface examples
* How and why to conduct research on digital collection needs
* LAB – Analyzing server logs and developing strategies based on what you find

* Overview and characterization of existing tools
* LAB – Evaluating set of software options to support a given digital curation workflow
* Formulating your six-month action plan – task for each individual, with instructors available to provide guidance
* Summary of action plans
* Clarifying roles and expectations for the next six months

January 6-7, 2014
Participants in the May event will return to Chapel Hill in Jan. 2014 to discuss their experiences in implementing what they have learned in their own work environments. Participants will compare experiences, lessons learned and strategies for continuing progress. Accommodations for January will be the responsibility of the attendee.

For more information, contact Dr. Helen Tibbo (tibbo ) for Institute questions or Kaitlyn Murphy (kaitlynm ) for payment or registration questions.

The Digital Professional Institute was initiated as part of the DigCCurr II project, supported by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (Grant Award #RE-05-08-0060-08) and is partially supported by the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

We look forward to seeing you there! -Helen

CNI Mtg Program, Schedule, & Abstracts Now Available

The Program/Schedule of Events for CNI’s Spring 2013 Member Meeting is now available for download from the meeting website:

A full meeting schedule is also available online, including links to full session abstracts.

We will be posting meeting updates from the CNI Twitter account ( using the hashtag #cni13s and we encourage other twitterers to do the same. The meeting will be held April 4-5 at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, TX.

CNI Mtg Program, Schedule, & Abstracts Now Available

The Program/Schedule of Events for CNI’s Spring 2013 Member Meeting is now available for download from the meeting website:

A full meeting schedule is also available online, including links to full session abstracts.

We will be posting meeting updates from the CNI Twitter account ( using the hashtag #cni13s and we encourage other twitterers to do the same. The meeting will be held April 4-5 at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, TX.

Video: Wikipedia and Libraries: What’s the Connection?

Wikipedia and Libraries: What’s the Connection?, a project briefing presented at CNI’s fall 2012 membership meeting by Merrilee Proffitt of OCLC and Sara Snyder of the Smithsonian Institution, is now available on CNI’s two video channels:



This presentations examines how OCLC Research, Smithsonian Institution, and others are connecting researchers to unique materials through Wikipedia; it highlights the special role library data can play in Wikipedia, examines how Wikipedia data may be useful to libraries and scholarly institutions, introduces Wikipedia’s GLAM-Wiki initiative, and includes discussion about ways that information professionals can work collaboratively with the World’s Largest Free Encyclopedia.

Presentation webpage:

Previously-released video from CNI’s fall 2012 meeting:
Force11: The Future of Research Communications and E-Scholarship (Maryann Martone of the University of California, San Diego)
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 our video channels on YouTube ( and Vimeo (

Learning & the MOOC – ELI Spring Focus Session

ELI is offering an online program on MOOCs – a hot topic among CNI members.
–Joan Lippincott


A reminder that the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative’s Spring Focus Session will have as its theme “Learning and the MOOC.”  Over the past year, the massive open online course (MOOC) has emerged as a significantly different course model. But how robust is the MOOC as a vehicle for learning?

Dates are April 3 and 4, from noon to 5 pm ET each day. Info, agenda, and registration information is at:

Sampling of speakers:
Phil Hill and Michael Feldstein (Mindware and e-literate blog): Everything You Think You Know About MOOCs Could Be Wrong

Cathy Sandeen, Vice President, American Council on Education: MOOCs for Credit: Current State-of-the-Art

Ellen Junn, Provost, San Jose State University: MOOC Environments at San Jose State University

Phil Long, University of Queensland: MOOCs and Campus Practice

Ang Nguyen, Stacey Clawson, Gates Foundation: Digging into MOOC Mania: One Investor’s Key Research Questions and Approach

MOOC provider panel with Coursera, edX, Academic Partnerships, Instructure

Malcolm Brown
Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative

PASIG Meeting, Washington, DC May 22-24, 2013

I wanted to share this announcement from Tom Cramer on the upcoming May PASIG meeting, which will be held in Washington, DC.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


Registration for the next PASIG meeting, May 22-24, 2013, is now open. A full version of the still-evolving agenda, is below. Please use the PASIG 2013 link below to register for the event, pre-meeting workshops, and the limited block of rooms at the Washington Court Hotel.

The early bird special conference rate is $345.00 prior to April 12 and $395.00 afterwards. If you want to contribute or sponsor, please contact Art Pasquinelli (art.pasquinelli) and Tom Cramer (tcramer) asap.

There will be at least two pre-conference meetings:

  • A free Oracle Technology Day will take place on Tuesday, May 21. This is a full-day event and is open to Oracle customers, prospects, employees, and partners. It will focus on Oracle a) products relevant to PASIG attendees, b) positioning, c) tiered architectures, d) Big Data, records, and unstructured content management solutions, and e) database features for permanent access.
  • A half-day member meeting of the Digital Preservation Network (DPN), will offer DPN Members and other interested parties the opportunity to drill down into the network’s emerging architecture and service model.

PASIG Washington, DC Agenda (Version 2)

Tuesday, May 21 – Optional Training Sessions

I. Oracle Technology Day – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

II. DPN Collaboration Half-Day – 1:00 PM- 5 PM

PASIG Day 1: Wednesday, May 22, 2013

8:00 AM


8:30 AM

Digital Preservation Bootcamp

Training in concepts, issues, tools, strategies & approaches for Digital Preservation and Archiving. This half day block of training sessions will focus on an introduction to the field and needs in digital preservation, and give attendees a foundation of concepts, terminology, standards and tools used broadly in the field. This half day of “Digital Preservation 101” is open to practitioners of all levels, but will be targeted specifically for those looking to gain exposure to the field.

– Digital Preservation 101: The Theory and Practice — Tom Cramer, Stanford University
– Best Practices in Preserving Common Content Types
–  Images: Robert Buckley, University of Rochester
–  Media: Kara Van Malssen, AudioVisual Preservation Solutions
–  Office documents: Jay Gattuso, New Zealand National Library (tbc)
–  Design Principles for Digital Preservation Systems – Speaker to be confirmed

Registration & Lunch

1:00 PM
PASIG Begins: Welcome
– Welcome & Introduction to PASIG — Art Pasquinelli, Director, Digital Libraries, Repositories, and Preservation, Oracle
– Agenda Review and Invitation to Participate — Tom Cramer, Stanford University

1:15 PM
Long-term Digital Preservation Storage Futures
A state-of-the-art review of storage technology and industry trends with a focus on applying these developments to the unique needs of digital preservation and archiving, and systems at scale. This session will feature a nuts-and-bolts review of the realities of integrating with cloud-based stores for digital preservation systems: what are the realities of getting content in, managing it once there, and then getting it out again.

– A Report on the Annual Library of Congress Storage Meeting
– Storage Trends [includes LTFS] – Chris Wood, Senior Product & Solutions Development Specialist, Oracle, Author –
– Working with Cloud Store API’s: S3, Open Stack, CDMI, Glacier…
– Open Q&A

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

3:00 PM
Preservation Research, Breakthroughs and Futures
Current developments and trends in digital preservation research and practice; an opportunity to engage in technology transfer from researchers to practitioners and industry.

– Database Preservation and Reuse – Kevin Jernigan, Sr. Director Product Management, Oracle
– The Digital Preservation Network (DPN): Architecture and Preservation Services in a National Network
– IASA-OK: International Association for Sound and AV Archives – Organizing Knowledge Initiative – Guy Marechal
– Connecting the Dots: SCAPE and Other Projects Emerging from the EU

4:30 – 5:30 PM
Introductions, Matchmaking & Breakout Scheduling
“Minute Madness” introductions of attendees (optional), laying out who is participating in the meeting, what they’re hoping to get out of the meeting, and some on-the-fly matchmaking of attendees with like interests.

6:00 PM
Evening Reception

PASIG Day 2: Thursday, May 23, 2013

9:00 AM
Preservation & Archiving Architectures and Operations: Practitioners Knowledge Exchange.
Structured presentation and comparison of preservation systems design and operation. Detailed overviews of PASIG community members’ systems, operating practices, and lessons learned, with an emphasis on digital preservation from different vertical domains (e.g., education, research, energy, health care, aerospace, etc.)
– Major League Baseball Advanced Media — Dirk Van Dall, VP
– Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – Adam Wead (TBC)
– 3rd session to be confirmed

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM

10:45 AM
Lightning Talks
Participatory presentations on late breaking developments, compelling breakthroughs or burning issues from the PASIG Community

11:30 AM
BREAK / Poster Session Mixer


1:00 PM
Domain Deep Dive: Media Preservation
An exploration into the unique requirements and successful strategies of media preservation. The long-term preservation of digital audiovisual media presents a range of complex technological, organisational, and standards-related issues. This recurring PASIG session organized by the PrestoCentre Foundation, will focus on research efforts, technological solutions and practical challenges in audiovisual preservation. The session targets both media owners and service providers.

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

3:00 PM
Deep Dive: Fixity Best Practices
Fixity services are fundamental to digital preservation-they underpin bit level preservation. Proven best practices in fixity auditing and repair are much harder to identify, though, and best practices vary based on storage media (disk, tape or cloud). This panel will give an overview of different approaches and identify best practices best on actual operating experiences.
(4×12 min with 12 min discussion)

–    Facilitator: Tom Creighton
–    Mike Smorul, UMD
–    Tom Wultich, Director, Tape Product Marketing, Oracle

4:00 PM
Emulation & Virtualization as Digital Preservation Strategies
Format migration dominated the early years of digital preservation planning. Virtualization technology made leaps and bounds in the last decade, though, and leveraging emulation for digital preservation has moved from a theoretical possibility to a practical reality by a few pioneering institutions. This presentation set will provide a 1.) demonstration of emulation in action, 2.) overview the track record of developments (especially from Europe) on emulation-for-preservation frameworks, and 3.) explore current efforts and emerging opportunities in emulation for all practitioners.

–  Facilitator: Bram Van Der Werf
–  Speakers TBA

Day 3: Friday, October 19, 2012
9:00 AM
Federal Initiatives in Digital Preservation
This panel will review the current practices at three major federal institutions in digital preservation, and provide a thought on where each is going individually, and the direction of digital preservation on a national scale. With invited speakers from the Library of Congress, the National Science Foundation and the Smithsonian.

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM

10:45 AM
Preservation of Research Data
Demonstration of current live projects of preserving research data in action.

12:00 PM Adjourn

Berkeley Conference on Copyright Formalities & Registries, April 18-19

I wanted to share the announcement from a very interesting conference hosted by the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology dealing with the formalities surrounding copyright works; I’ve been to related conferences in this series in previous years and they have been excellent.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


The 17th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium:

Reform(aliz)ing Copyright for the Internet Age
April 18-19, 2013
Claremont Hotel
Berkeley, CA

Copyright formalities, such as registration of claims and placing
notices on copies, may seem outdated, pedestrian, and… well…
boring. They are anything but. Formalities, which in the past three
decades have largely disappeared from American copyright law, may be
about to stage a comeback. Why? Because copyright formalities may be
one of the most important strategies for reconciling copyright law and
the challenges of the digital age. This conference will consider,
among other things, the useful role that formalities can play in
addressing today’s copyright challenges, what kinds of formalities
might best serve the interests of authors and of the public, economic
considerations posed by formalities, the need for appropriate
technological infrastructures to support new formalities regimes, and
some constraints that the Berne Convention may pose for the design and
implementation of new formalities regimes.

Co-sponsored by

The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT)
The Berkeley Technology Law Journal (BTLJ)
The Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam (IViR)
The Copyright Society of the U.S.A.

Visit the conference page for more information and to register.

A total of 11.5 hours of MCLE credit will be available for attendees.

David R. Hansen
Digital Library Fellow
Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic
UC Berkeley School of Law
(510) 643-8138

EDUCAUSE Webinar on Lib/IT Support for Digital Scholarship

The EDUCAUSE discussion group on Library/IT Collaborations, in which I’ve been a longtime participant, are hosting a webinar on support of digital scholarship. They have an excellent roster of speakers.
Joan Lippincott

Library and IT collaboration in support of digital scholarship: How and where do we even get started?

Please join us for a webinar on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 1 PM EDTto begin a community exploration of this question concerning ways libraries and IT departments can work together in support of digital scholarship efforts on our campuses. A panel of four experienced practitioners representing of a variety of organizations – from research institutions to liberal arts colleges – will informally share their experiences and answer questions from attendees. Our hope is to synthesize ideas and get ideas for next steps at the conclusion.

Presenters are:

  • Glen Bunton, Director of Library Technologies and Systems, University of South Carolina
  • Karen Estlund, Head of the Digital Scholarship Center, University of Oregon
  • Rob Nelson, Director of the Digital Scholarship Lab, University of Richmond
  • Stewart Varner, Digital Scholarship Coordinator, Emory University

Every institution is different in culture and organization, so while there will be no single path for all of us to follow, the themes of innovation and transformation in higher education embraced by digital scholarship must be supported. This webinar proposes to be a first step in empowering all of us to become local champions of these activities.

This free event, coordinated by members of the EDUCAUSE Library/IT Collaborations interest group and kindly supported by Oregon State University, is open to anyone interested in hearing about or sharing experiences on the topic of library/IT collaborations in digital scholarship. Registration is not necessary – at the time of the event, use any browser and head to the following link:

We hope you’ll join us.

Kevin Butterfield, University Librarian, University of Richmond
Chris Kemp, Head, Digital Library Services, University of Richmond

Nikki Reynolds, Director of Instructional Technology Support Services, Hamilton College
Beth Secrist, Program Officer for IT Services, ARL

Stewart Varner, Digital Scholarship Coordinator, Emory University

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013