Good New Readings on Digital Preservation

David Rosenthal has made preprints of two important new papers available. One is called “Economics of Long Term Digital Storage” and is available at

This paper extends his earlier work on the costs of long-term digital storage; I heard a summary of the findings at the Library of Congress sponsored Storage Architectures Symposium last week, and I think it’s definitely the most sophisticated model we have to to date of these costs. I’m very hopeful that David will be able to join us for the fall CNI member meeting to present (and perhaps even update) these findings.

The second paper looks at LOCKSS in conjunction with various cloud architectures, and actually offers a great deal of insight into the value of clouds for digital preservation more generally. It includes some of the first analysis I’ve seen of Amazon’s new Glacier long-term storage option as part of a digital preservation strategy. The paper can be found here:

Readers may also find David’s blog at helpful for more background on these two papers, and David’s work more broadly.

In the UK, the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) has recently made available a report titled “Curation in the Cloud” which describes a number of experimental projects that are underway in the UK to help understand how cloud technologies interact with digital preservation. The announcement and a pointer to the report proper can be found at

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Report of Harvard Workshop on Scholarly Attribution, May 16, 2012

I was fortunate to be able to participate in an excellent symposium that Harvard University  hosted on May 16, 2012 exploring issues in contribution and attribution in scholarly communications. This connects in complex ways with work that is underway in developing new metrics for scholarly impact, author IDs and authority control, and the convergence of identity management, biography and bibliography. For me, one of the most interesting aspects of the discussions at the meeting and the subsequent report was the recognition that scholarly publishers need to explicitly structure metadata that characterizes scholarly contributions of contributors to publications, and that we face a major challenge in the development of norms and standards to facilitate this. The report from this meeting is now available, along with other background materials, at

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Duke-Dartmouth Symposium, Dec 9, 2012, Washington DC

Duke University  and Dartmouth College have been doing some fabulous work supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation over the past few years, looking deeply at institutional digital information management strategies. One of the most fascinating and unique  aspects of this effort has been the way that they have worked in both a collaborative and comparative mode to gain insight into the challenges they face.

Duke and Dartmouth are holding a symposium on the afternoon of  December 9, 2012, the Sunday before the Fall CNI Membership meeting, in Washington DC. This is a great opportunity for participants in the CNI meeting to learn about this important effort. The symposium is open to all, however: you do not need to be attending the CNI fall meeting to participate in the symposium.

I’ve reproduced the announcement, including the registration information, below. Note that space is limited. I hope to see many of you there.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


We invite you to attend a symposium titled “Digital Information Management in the Research University: Strategic Directions and Tactical Approaches.”

The data deluge is an issue we all face, and the independent and decentralized nature of organizations in academia makes digital information management especially challenging for universities. How should we approach the challenges of appropriately preserving, disseminating, and disposing of institutional records and scholarly outputs that exist only in digital forms? How do we balance costs and benefits with other individual and institutional priorities? The answers rest at the intersection of governance, culture, and technology, and require both a strategic understanding of the issues and pragmatic, tactical approaches to address them.

With support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Dartmouth College and Duke University have explored these issues for the past four years. In this symposium, representatives from Duke, Dartmouth and other universities will discuss their experiences and insights, with panel discussions focused on Open Access and Research Data in particular, and will engage participants in discussions about how we might work together to construct better ways to meet these challenges. David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, will be the keynote speaker, and Cliff Lynch, Executive Director of CNI, will provide closing remarks.

This half-day symposium will be held on Sunday December 9, 2012, on the day before the Fall 2012 CNI Membership Meeting in Washington, DC, and will be held at the same venue – the Capital Hilton.

Registration is free for all attendees, but capped at 75 participants. A buffet lunch and reception will be provided.

The full agenda and registration form are available here:

Registration is open now, and will close on November 30.

Deborah Jakubs, Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian and Vice Provost for Library Affairs at Duke University,

Jeffrey Horrell, Dean of Libraries and Librarian of the College at Dartmouth College

Archiving 2013 Call for Papers

CNI is pleased to serve again this year as a cooperating organization for the IS&T Archiving Conference.
IS&T is pleased to announce the 10th Archiving Conference which will be held April 2-5, 2013 in Washington, DC. The deadline for submitting presentation abstracts is November 15, 2012.

A PDF of the Call for Papers can be found at

The annual event presents the latest research results on archiving, provides a forum to explore new strategies and policies, and reports on successful projects that can serve as benchmarks in this exciting field.
Archiving 2013 is a blend of invited focal papers, keynote talks, and refereed oral and interactive display presentations. It brings together attendees from around the world represent industry, academia, governments, and cultural heritage institutions.

Proposed program topics include:

Preservation of Digital Assets

Storage technologies: novel approaches, monitoring, and reliability
Migration strategies
Preservation of social media content
Intellectual property, rights management, and legal aspects
Standards and guidelines
Innovative projects and activities
Technical Processes and Workflows

Digital imaging technologies
Metadata generation, searching, and indexing
Quality management, certification, and efficiency
File formats for digital archiving
Color management in capture and display
Development of software and tools
Digital Curation

Prioritizing collections for digital archiving
Cost models and benefit of preservation
Digital forensics and data recovery
Curation of scientific research data
Strategies for databases and multidimensional data
Automated review of restricted information
Please feel free to contact me with any questions. We would be pleased to see you in Washington, DC for the conference.

Best regards,

Diana Gonzalez
IS&T Conference Program Manager
703/642-9090 x 106

Knowledge Exchange Virtual Research Environment Knowledge Base

I wanted to share the recent announcement of this valuable international resource with the CNI community.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI
International Knowledge Base on Virtual Research Environments now released

A knowledge base has now been launched providing information on international projects on Virtual Research Environments (VREs). Virtual Research Environments aim to help researchers from all disciplines to work collaboratively by managing the increasingly complex range of tasks involved in carrying out research on both small and large scales. The knowledge base also presents lessons learned, by showing relevant studies in this field. Through this website we aim to support funding bodies, institutions and researchers who are interested in developing and improving VREs. The VRE Knowledge Base is managed by the JISC, the UK’s expert on information and digital technologies for education and research and was developed in partnership with the Knowledge Exchange.

Sharing a wealth of projects
The directory of VREs includes projects funded by partners of the Knowledge Exchange initiative, i.e. the German Research Foundation, JISC in the UK, SURF in the Netherlands and DEFF in Denmark. It shows projects listed in VRE reports and several international projects that we identified during a short period of desk research. The list can be searched by funding body and subject area, with additional browsing features on software platform and country.

Overview of VRE literature
Under literature reports and scholarly publications on Virtual Research Environments are listed. The focus is on reports commissioned by members of the Knowledge Exchange initiative, but we have also included other publications referenced in those reports.

Synthesizing lessons learned
In 2010, an international workshop on Virtual Research Environments was held by the Knowledge Exchange in Rotterdam. One of the key recommendations was to synthesise “lessons learned through past and existing VRE projects and studies” into a publicly accessible VRE Knowledge Base. This website is a first step to what may become a more comprehensive undertaking in the future.

Who is involved?
The website is hosted and developed by JISC, in partnerships with members of the Knowledge Exchange. It was developed by Angela Wraight, Xiaojing Wang and Torsten Reimer (JISC), with input from members of the Knowledge Exchange VRE working group. For all questions regarding the website, please contact Torsten.
The Knowledge Base can be found at:

Kind regards,


Keith Russell
Knowledge Exchange Coordinator | | | Danish Agency for Culture | H.C. Andersens Boulevard 2, 2nd floor | DK-1553 Copenhagen V | Denmark | T +31 (0)30 234 66 99 | F +31 (0)30 233 29 60 |

PASIG meeting, Dublin Ireland, Oct 16-19

PASIG, the Preservation and Access Special Interest Group, is meeting in Dublin, Ireland on October 16-18, 2012. Here’s the latest information on the conference. I’ll be doing a plenary talk on the morning of the last day.

Note that early registration is about to end.  My apologies for not getting this announcement out sooner.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


Below is the semi-final draft of the PASIG Dublin agenda. We have a solid group of committed speakers and will publish a more detailed agenda with presentation titles and abstracts within the next week.

The Early Bird Special registration cost is $250 and lasts through September 5. The price after September 5 is $375. The event registration is at A limited block of rooms at a preferential price has been reserved at the event location, The Gresham Hotel, on a first-come first-serve basis. There is still some availability in the negotiated block of rooms.

Pre-conference Workshops: A free Oracle Technology Day will take place on Tuesday, October 16. This is full-day event and is open to Oracle customers, prospects, employees, and partners. There is also a free TIMBUS Workshop (resilient business processes) being offered on Tuesday. Agenda details for both meetings are at the bottom of this email. You can register on the PASIG registration site.

Literature Tables and Posters: Non-profit organizations should contact me asap if you want a literature table or poster spot. Space is limited. Additionally, we have several tabletop spaces for ‘New Exhibitor’ commercial companies. New-to-PASIG companies can get both a table for literature and a registration spot for $400. But these spots are limited and must be approved. Email

We would like to thank University College Dublin, the sponsors – Oracle, Tessella, and Microsoft Research – for their advice and support. I would also like to thank the associated organizations – DPC, PrestoCentre, Open Planets Foundation, CLIR, ASIS&T – for continued guidance and support.
PASIG Dublin Draft Agenda

Tuesday, Oct. 16 – Optional Workshops (Session Details at bottom of email)

I. Oracle Technology Day 9 AM – 5 PM

II. TIMBUS Working Group 9 AM – 5 PM

Welcome Reception sponsored by University College Dublin – 6:30pm

PASIG Day 1: Wednesday, October 17, 2012

7:30 AM

9:00 AM
Bootcamp Welcome

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.

– Art Pasquinelli, Oracle – Introduction to PASIG
– William Kilbride, Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC)
– Tom Cramer, Stanford – Digital Preservation in Theory and in Practice
– Angela Dappert, Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) – Preservation Metadata
– Tessella – Understanding Requirements and Implementation from a Vendor Perspective

Registration & Lunch

1:00 PM  PASIG Begins
PASIG Welcome

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.

– Chris Wood,  Senior Product & Solutions Development Specialist, Oracle, Author – Cloud and Storage Service Offerings
– Gary Francis, Senior Director, Storage, Oracle  – Storage Futures
– 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.

– Bram Van der Werf, Open Planets Foundation (OPF) – Connecting the Dots, SCAPE and Other Projects
– Angela Dappert, Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) – TIMBUS, Preserving Business Processes
– Stanford U. – Digital Preservation Network (DPN)
– Stacy Kowalczyk, U. Indiana – Trident Preservation Workflow System

4:30 – 5:15 PM
Keynote: Charles Henry, Council for Library and Information Resources (CLIR)

7:30 PM Evening Reception and Dinner at the Hotel

PASIG Day 2: Thursday, October 18, 2012

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.

– Ed Fey, Digital Library Manager, London School of Economics, London School of Economics Policy and Organization
– Matthew Addis, IT Innovation – LOTAR Overview and Developments
– Jay Gattuso, New Zealand National Library – Droid, Pronom Developments

10:00 – 10:30 AM

10:30 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


12:45 PM
Preservation of Digital Audiovisual Media (recurring PASIG session)
Organized by the PrestoCentre Foundation

– Introduction (PrestoCentre)
– IT Innovation – Modelling and simulation of different storage strategies and automated system management
– Ernst van Velzen, Maaike de Bie (Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision) – Implementing a Trusted Digital Repository
– Joanneum Research – Metadata mapping and validation and on visual quality analysis
– Walter Allasia (EURIX) – Standardization initiatives in digital audiovisual preservation

2:45 PM

3:00 PM
Deep Dive: Cost of Archiving–Current Practices & Experts Panel
A structured presentation from current preservation service providers on their charges and cost models, along with the most research in this field.

– Stephen Abrams, California Digital Library
– Neil Grindley, JISC
– Neil Beagrie – UK Data Services Studies
– Matthew Addis, IT Innovation – Cost Model for Forever Storage

4:30 PM
Cloud-based Preservation: Point / Counter-Point
Cloud-based preservation services have sparked plenty of recent debate, with ardent supporters and detractors taking both sides of the discussion. This session will feature a brief presentations on current examples of cloud-based preservation services (full vs. partial services, commercial vs. private, national vs. international), and then a panel discussion on where and when cloud makes sense, where it doesn’t, and gaps that must be closed / questions that must be answered in this space.

– Natasha Milic-Freyling, Microsoft Research
– Tessella – Reality of Cloud Computing
– Jonathan Markow – DuraCloud
– Peter O’Halloran, Irish HEAnet

6:30 PM
Reception (Out of Hotel) – Dinner on your own

PASIG Day 3: Friday, October 19, 2012

9:00 AM
Keynote: Cliff Lynch, Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)

9:45 AM
Architecting for Preservation at Scale
Certain types of archives demand a scale that stretches the capacity of many current preservation repositories. This session will focus on cases studies of how three different domains have responded to scaling demands: Web Archiving, Media, and Research Data.

– Thomas Ledoux, Bibliotheque nationale de France
– Neil Jefferies, Oxford U. – Research Data Management
– Jason Pierson, Family Search

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM

11:15 AM
Trends and Developments – Interactive Discussion

Bram will summarize the conference discussions and move this into a panel discussion on future developments. Much recent work has been done in the space of emulation that challenges the conventional wisdom on file format characterization, virtualization, and migration. This session will focus present on some of these developments, especially as they apply to forensic processing of legacy files and media, and explore the implications for characterization and long-term access strategies.

– Bram Van der Werf, Open Planets Foundation
– Chris Wood, Oracle
– Tom Cramer, Stanford U.

12:15 PM
Wrap Up and Adjoun

PASIG Steering Committee Futures Discussion

Workshops (followed by Opening UCD Reception)

I. Optional Oracle Technology Day, Tuesday, October 16, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Draft Agenda)

This day is focused on giving customers, prospects, solution partners, and consulting organizations a full understanding of Oracle technologies related to Long-term Archiving and Preservation. It is complimentary to the broader presentations given in the PASIG. A high degree of audience participation is expected including several customer project overviews.

8:00 AM – 9:00 PM – Registration
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM – Introduction, Oracle in Preservation and Archiving – Art Pasquinelli, Director, Oracle
9:30 AM – 9:50 AM – Tiered Storage Architectures: Using Storage Archive Manager (SAM) – Tom Wultich, Director, Oracle
9:50 AM – 10:10 AM – SAM Product Update – Bob Raymond, Senior Engineering Manager, Oracle
10:10 AM – 10:30 AM – Q&A
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM – BREAK
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM – StorageTek Tape Overview – Gary Francis, Senior Director, Storage, Oracle
11:30 AM – 12:45 PM Moderated Customer Session – Bibliotheque nationale de France, audience participation
12:45 PM – 2:00 PM – LUNCH
2:00 PM – 2:25 PM Tape Analytics and Libraries – Michael O’Donnell, Director, Oracle
2:25 PM – 2:45 PM LTFS (Linear Tape File System) Review and Discussion – Scott Allen, Senior Product Manager, Oracle
2:45 PM – 3:15 PM BREAK
3:15 PM – 4:00 PM Disk and Cloud Storage – Chris Wood, Senior Director, Ken Raskin, Director, Oracle
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Lifecycle Content Management Solution – Donna Harland, Principal Product Manager, Oracle
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM – Q&A

PASIG Opening Reception Follows Workshop

II. TIMBUS Training Day

A free Training Day on Digital Preservation of Business Processes will take place on Tuesday, October 16 supported by the TIMBUS project. This full-day event is open to any interested party on first-come-first serve basis.

The TIMBUS project addresses the challenge of digital preservation of business processes and services to ensure their long-term continued access. TIMBUS analyses and recommends which aspects of a business process should be preserved and how to preserve them. It delivers methodologies and tools to capture and formalise business processes on both technical and organisational levels. This includes preservation of their underlying software infrastructure, virtualization of their hardware infrastructure and capture of dependencies on local and third-party services and information. This means that, in addition to technical preservation metadata, it draws on metadata standards that capture business processes, such as BPMN, and is identifying forms of supporting business documentation needed to redeploy processes and services.

The draft agenda is as follows:
*    Introduction to Digital Preservation of Business Processes
*    Context information, Metadata & Reasoning
*    Risk Management in Digital Preservation
*    Business Continuity Management
*    Interactive Demo on Business Continuity Management
*    Infrastructure, Architecture and Storage
*    Legal issues of Digital Preservation
*    In-depth study on Legal Issues

The TIMBUS Project is co-funded by the European Union under FP7 ICT-2009-6 (Grant Agreement no. 269940).
Please see for more event details.

Please, note that a charge of ¤40.00 will apply for no-shows or cancellations within 48 hours of the event.
To RSVP for this optional event, please check the box on the PASIG registration form for this optional event.

Questions on this optional meeting can be directed to
PASIG Opening Reception Follows Workshop

Personal Archiving 2013, Feb 21-22, College Park, MD

I’m very pleased to share the call for papers for the 2013 Personal Digital Archiving Conference, which will be held on the east coast at the University of Maryland College Park on Feb 21-22, 2013. Many readers of CNI-ANNOUNCE will recall the 2011 and 2012 meetings, which were hosted at the Internet Archive in San Francisco, California; materials from these meetings are available on the net.  CNI is very pleased to again be a cooperating organization on this important conference.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Personal Digital Archiving 2013
21-22 February 2013
University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA

Our vital personal records are becoming digital, from family
photographs and personal documents to health and financial
information. New capture devices and media types are reshaping our
personal and collective memories, and personal collections are growing
in size and complexity.

The Personal Digital Archiving 2013 Conference welcomes a broad
community working to ensure long-term access for personal collections
and archives. This year, the conference theme focuses on the
relationships between collective and individual action around
preserving personal digital content. Companies and cultural heritage
institutions steward information that documents the life and times of
private individuals. At the same time, individuals manage and “self-
archive” content for future use by themselves and their families.
Personal Digital Archiving 2013 invites proposals on the full range of
topics relevant to personal digital archiving.

Presentations might 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 also address
themes that unite digital archives, including interface design for
archives; institutional practices; community outreach; tools; and
funding models. Additionally the program committee encourages
proposals exploring the following questions:

* What new social norms are emerging around preservation, access,
and disclosure?
* How should libraries, museums and archives help collect personal
digital materials?
* What are some practical strategies for helping libraries, museums
and archives conduct personal archiving outreach to
their communities?
* What are effective outreach strategies for encouraging individuals
to undertake personal digital archiving?
* How can we cope with the intersection between personal data and
collective or social data that is personal?
* What tools and services are needed to better enable self-archiving?
What models for user interfaces are most appropriate?
* What are viable existing economic models that can support personal
archives? What new economic models should we evaluate?
* What are the the key issues associated with digital estate planning
and “the digital afterlife”?

The conference program will include three types of presentations:
20-minute papers, 5-minute lightning talks, and posters (including

If you wish to submit an abstract for the conference, please visit:

Submissions should include:

* The title of your project, paper or presentation
* 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)

Paper, poster, and lightning talk submissions are due 2 November 2012

Call for Project Briefing Proposals for CNI Fall Meeting

The Fall 2012 CNI Membership Meeting will be held on December 10-11 (Monday and Tuesday) at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC. Registration materials will be sent shortly to designated member representatives. Please note that the meeting and hotel registration deadline is Monday, November 12. For more information, see the meeting website:

We are now accepting proposals for project briefings, 45-minute or one-hour sessions that focus on a specific institutional project related to digital information or a discussion of a hot topic. A limited number of project briefings are accepted. Proposals may be submitted via online form:

or via an e-mail message to Joan Lippincott at Proposal submissions are due no later than Monday, October 22.

The Twitter hashtag for this meeting is #cni12f.

We look forward to seeing you in Washington!

iConference 2013: Last Call for Papers

Last Call for Papers: iConference 2013
Fort Worth, Texas, February 12-15, 2013
Conference Site:
Conference Submission System:

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

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!

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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
Submission deadline: Extended abstracts due August 1, 2012.
Notification: Early October.
Full draft due: January 7, 2013.

* 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:
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:

* 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:
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
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.:

Submission deadline: December 1, 2012

* Conference Home:
* Submission Site:
* Past Proceedings:
* Facebook:
* Twitter:

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

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 (, 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:



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 ( and Vimeo (

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013