Research Data Alliance Launch Meeting, Gothenburg, Sweden, March 18-20, 2013

Many readers of CNI-announce are aware of the work of the newly-formed Research Data Alliance, which gave a presentation at our December 2012 CNI Member Meeting in Washington.

Fran Berman, who leads the United States participation in the Alliance, has asked me to share the note below with the CNI community, inviting participation in the RDA Launch Event, which will be held in Gothenburg, Sweeden on March 18-20, 2013.

Clifford Lynch
DIrector, CNI



I am writing to invite you to attend the launch and first Plenary of the Research Data Alliance (, which will take place March 18-20, 2013 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is being formed as a global community-driven organization to accelerate data-driven innovation through research data sharing and exchange. Broad community engagement and targeted efforts are critical to the RDA’s success and we invite you to participate actively in the RDA.
Please join us for the for 3 days of outstanding speakers, working sessions, active contributions, and community discussion at the RDA’s launch and first Plenary. An invitation can be found on the website at, and the link to registration is at We look forward to your participation and hope to see you in Gothenburg!

Fran Berman
Chair, RDA/US

Call for Project Briefing Proposals for CNI Spring ’13 Meeting

The Spring 2013 CNI Membership Meeting will be held on April 4-5 (Thursday and Friday) at the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX. Registration materials will be sent shortly to designated member representatives. Please note that the meeting and hotel registration deadline is Tuesday, March 5. 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 joan. Proposal submissions are due no later than Thursday, February 21.

The Twitter hashtag for this meeting is #cni13s.

We look forward to seeing you in San Antonio!

Video: Cliff’s CNI Plenary ‘MOOCs, Mobility, and Changing Scholarly Practice’

MOOCs, Mobility, and Changing Scholarly Practice: CNI’s Perspective on 2012 and 2013, the opening plenary from CNI’s fall 2012 membership meeting by director Clifford Lynch, is now available on CNI’s two video channels:



In this talk, Clifford looks back on the events of 2012, and he discusses CNI’s program for the coming year.

Previously-released video from this meeting:
Massive Open Online Courses as Drivers for Change (Lynne O’Brien, Duke U.)

Look for more announcements soon on videos of other sessions from the fall 2012 CNI meeting. To see all videos available from CNI, visit CNI’s video channels on YouTube ( and Vimeo (

NSF Research Data Management Implementation Workshop March 13-14, 2013

I wanted to share the following announcement from Rajendra Bose about a workshop that I think will be of considerable interest to the CNI community.

With best wishes for 2013

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

We have received NSF funding for a workshop on Research Data Management Implementations (RDMI).  The workshop will be held March 13-14, 2013 at the Westin Hotel in Arlington, VA, and will be in conjunction with the Spring Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation (CASC) Meeting (  We will send out complete information soliciting position and experience papers and registration to attend the workshop shortly.

The organizing committee is comprised of Hakizumwami Birali Runesha, University of Chicago – Chair; Rajendra Bose, Columbia University; Julio Facelli, University of Utah; Ian Foster, University of Chicago; Thomas Furlani, University of Buffalo; and Ruth Marinshaw, Stanford University.

More information about the workshop can be found at

Thank you,

The RDMI 2013 Workshop Organizing Committee

Video: Massive Open Online Courses as Drivers for Change

Massive Open Online Courses as Drivers for Change by Lynne O’Brien of Duke University, a project briefing session presented at CNI’s fall 2012 membership meeting (, is now available on CNI’s two video channels:



About the presentation:
Since announcing a partnership with Coursera in July 2012, Duke has launched two Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and has eight more in development. Spanning humanities, social sciences and science topics, these courses have over 320,000 enrollments as of October 2012. Duke’s goals in experimenting with MOOCs are to drive teaching innovation in both campus-based and online courses, to extend Duke’s commitment to knowledge in service to society, and to expand Duke’s reach and reputation in a global environment.

In this presentation, O’Brien describes how the Coursera partnership has shaped campus discussions about higher education and teaching, and she discusses the impact of MOOCs on library planning and academic technology support. O’Brien also explores the rapidly evolving format of MOOC courses and considers what the implications may be for campus-based courses in the near future.

More videos of other sessions from the fall 2012 CNI meeting are forthcoming. All videos from CNI are available on CNI’s video channels:  YouTube ( and Vimeo (

National Academies Report on Knowledge Discovery in Open Network Environments

The US National Academies Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) is clearing out its publication release backlog as a special holiday gift for us all. This is the last of a number of announcements I’ve shared over the past week or two noting these releases for CNI-announce readers.

The report I’m covering here is based on an excellent symposium that the Academies hosted in Washington DC in May 2011 on Scientific Knowledge Discovery in Open Network Environments. The full announcement is below. The report is available for free download as a PDF.

With Best Wishes for the Holidays

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI
(Full Disclosure: I am currently co-chair of BRDI and was a participant in the symposium.)

Dear Colleagues:

On behalf of the National Research Council, I am pleased to transmit to you the report:  The Future of Scientific Knowledge Discovery in Open Networked Environments: A National Symposium and Workshop. It is available freely at: on the websites of the National Academies Press and the Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI).

As you know, BRDI held a national workshop on this topic in Washington, DC on 10-11 March 2011 to bring together key stakeholders in this area for intensive and structured discussions. The meeting explored options to obtain and promote a better understanding of the computer-mediated scientific knowledge discovery processes and mechanisms for openly available data and information online across the scientific domains. The workshop resulted in a report that synthesizes the contributions of the experts, and presents an authoritative and high-level review of the most promising and effective research opportunities in this area.

Sincerely yours,

Paul F. Uhlir
Board on Research Data and Information

Report on July 2012 JISC-CNI meeting now available

On July 5-6 2012 JISC and CNI held a small invitational meeting in Birmingham, England to explore developments in scholarly communications and the implications of these for research institutions. A report from the meeting, prepared by Alma Swan,  is now available at

The JISC Inform web site also contains a collection of video clips of interviews with some of the meeting participants at

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Ithaka report on Changing Research Practices of Historians

This week, Ithaka released a report on a study funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities titled “Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Historians”; this is part of a series of disciplinary studies that Ithaka is conducting in both the sciences and the humanities, and that they described at a session at the Fall CNI membership meeting earlier this week. The report is at

and a background description can be found at

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

National Academies Report on International Data Sharing Symposium

I wanted to share the following report announcement with the CNI community.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI
(full disclosure: I am the current co-chair of the Academies Board on Research Data and Information, which is one of the groups within the academy involved in developing this report.)

The Board on International Scientific Organizations (BISO), and the U.S. Committee on Data for Science and Technology (US CODATA) under the Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI), in consultation with the Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the conduct of Science (CFRS) of the International Council for Science ICSU), organized a 2-day international symposium in Washington, DC on 18-19 April 2011 on The Case for International Sharing of Scientific Data: A Focus on Developing Countries . The main objective of the symposium was to gain a better understanding of the data access and sharing situation in the developing world, with a focus on barriers, opportunities, and future actions.

A free PDF is available electronically (after registering) at: . Print copies may be ordered through the National Academies Press ( ), and additional information about the background of this project is on the Board’s website at .

Please feel free to pass this information along to others who may be interested. (Apologies for cross-posting).
Sincerely yours,
Kathie Bailey Mathae
Director, Board on International Scientific Organizations
Paul F. Uhlir
Director, Board on Research Data and Information

CNI 2012-2013 Program Plan is now available

The new 2012-2013 CNI Program Plan, which was released in conjunction with our Fall membership meeting in Washington DC earlier this week, is now available on our web site.  This is directly linked from our home page at  We will be mailing printed copies to CNI member representatives in early January, 2013.

I discussed the program plan as part of my “2012-2013 Review and Prospects” opening plenary session at the meeting; video from this should be available in early January 2013 and there will be an announcement here when it’s ready.

Comments on the Program Plan are always welcome.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013