Wikipedia to add VIAF Identifiers

This is a very welcome development in the gradual convergence of biography, factual biography and bioliography CNI has been seeking to encourage. I have not seen much about this work; basically, linkages will be built between the biographical entries in Wikipedia and the VIAF author name authority files.


My thanks to Peter Brantley for the pointer to this work.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Pew Internet & American Life Report on Big Data

The Pew Foundation’s Internet and American Life Project has just released a report on the future of big data; as with a number of other reports in their “Future of the Internet” series done in collaboration with the Elon University “Imagining the Internet” project, it’s a compilation of comments on some specific questions by a wide variety of people that are collected together with some synthesis. These can be quite helpful in getting a sense of the range of (often quite informed) opinion on the issues.

The announcement and pointers to the report both online and in downloadable PDF are at:

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

August 29-30 National Academies Board on Research Data & Information Meeting

The US National Academies Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) will be holding its next meeting in Washington DC on August 29-30. Much of the meeting is open to the public and includes a wide range of updates on developments in data management and curation, and there is
a Forum on Global Scientific Data Infrastructure on the afternoon of the 29th.

You can find information on the overall meeting at

and the details of the forum are at

Please note that advance registration is required; details are on the pages above.

Disclosure: I am currently serving as Co-chair of BRDI.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

EDUCAUSE ACTI-CCI White Paper on Campus

The EDUCAUSE Advanced Core Technologies Initiative (ACTI)’s Campus Cyberinfrastructure Working Group has just issued a new white paper that takes a broad synthesizing look at the series of reports issued by a series of task forces to the NSF Advisory Committee on Cyberinfrastructure last year from the perspective of campuses supporting researchers that rely on this cyberinfrastructure. I have reproduced the EDUCAUSE announcement below.

Disclosure: I have been part of the CCI Task Force that prepared the white paper.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


I am pleased to announce the publication of the EDUCAUSE ACTI Campus Cyberinfrastructure Working Group (ACTI-CCI) white paper, What’s Next for Campus Cyberinfrastructure? ACTI responds to the NSF ACCI Reports. The document is a broad-based response to the findings of the NSF-wide Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure (ACCI) Task Forces from the campus perspective. The task forces were charged with investigating long-term cyberinfrastructure issues; in developing this white paper, ACTI-CCI has concluded that campus cyberinfrastructure cannot be ignored when planning and developing the national cyberinfrastructure.

The white paper includes six chapters that correspond to the six ACCI Task Force reports:

1.       Grand Challenges
2.       Campus Bridging
3.       Cyberlearning and Workforce Development
4.       Data and Visualization
5.       High Performance Computing
6.       Software for Science and Engineering

Each chapter has four components, including: a synopsis of the NSF ACCI Task Force report, a discussion of elements that warrant reinforcing from the campus perspective, a constructive critique of elements from the campus perspective, and a discussion of the implications of the report for the leadership of campus cyberinfrastructure.

I hope you enjoy reading this insightful and thoughtful document.


Karen A. Wetzel
Program Manager, EDUCAUSE
1150 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
202-872-4200 (main) / 202-331-5346 (direct)
202-872-4318 (fax)

DFG Strategy Paper on Information

The DFG (the German Research Foundation, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) has just released a new strategy paper on approaches to developing and funding information infrastructues for research over the next five years; this should be of interest to a number of  CNI-announce readers. I have reproduced the announcement below.  The direct link to the paper is at:


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


“Taking Digital Transformation to the Next Level”

DFG Strategy Paper on Innovative Information Infrastructures for Research

No 29

3 July 2012

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) supports efforts to enhance the strategic development of information infrastructure in Germany. This is the underlying message in the new strategy paper Taking Digital Transformation to the Next Level: The Contribution of the DFG to an Innovative Information Infrastructure for Research. The paper was adopted by the DFG Senate at its session on 3 July 2012.

Against a backdrop of rapid change in the conditions under which scientific research is carried out in the Digital Age, the paper outlines current challenges of creating innovative information infrastructures for research, explores new developments, and identifies areas to be enhanced with targeted funding initiatives. DFG President Matthias Kleiner: “Excellence in basic research is unthinkable without state-of-the-art information infrastructure. The development and continued expansion of this infrastructure is of great significance as we look to the future. This paper will serve as a strategic and thematic guide on services for information and literature provision as well as for enhancing network-supported collaboration in the coming years.”

Prepared by the Committee on Scientific Library Services and Information Systems, the paper aims to improve the performance and sustainability of information infrastructures at universities and research institutions. Combining analyses with recommendations, the paper builds on the DFG’s strategy paper “Funding Priorities Through 2015”, published in 2006, which led to the establishment of innovative funding lines and activities.

According to the conclusions of both papers, the DFG fulfils a twofold role: With its grant programmes it contributes to developing and testing innovative forms of information gathering and processing, of information exchange and networking. In addition, it advocates the importance of comprehensive and networked information services as an integral part of German and European research policy in the national and international political discourse and consensus-finding processes.

The DFG’s contribution to enhancing the information landscape is guided by the organisation’s overarching goal of serving the interests of science and meeting the needs of researchers. To this end, the DFG’s activities extend beyond the provision of information resources to include support for web-based scientific practice across the full spectrum. This includes retrieval functions, and new forms of network-supported collaboration, as well as innovative electronic publishing models and the reusability of research data. The DFG’s funding mission in the field of information infrastructure is complementary to the basic mission of academic and scientific institutions, libraries and archives. The success of its funding programmes and activities depends crucially on the efforts of universities and research institutes, as well as of the federal and state governments funding them, to ensure the sustainability of the activities and structures initiated by DFG grants.

In addition to these analyses, the paper also identifies specific areas for future funding initiatives. These initiatives cover a broad spectrum, ranging from the continuing development of national licensing models for information services and the extension of digitisation and cataloguing projects to new materials, through to efforts to promote open access activities and to enhance the long-term storage of research data. All of these measures will contribute to the overriding goal of “ensuring that information of scientific relevance, research data and platforms for scientific work and communication are easily accessible” with the aim of “delivering an integrated and sustainable system of information infrastructures”.

Further Information

The paper “Taking Digital Transformation to the Next Level – The Contribution of the DFG to an Innovative Information Infrastructure for Research”, prepared by the DFG’s Committee on Scientific Library Services and Information Systems, is available for download at:

Contact persons at the DFG Head Office:

Dr. Anne Lipp, Scientific Library Services and Information Systems
Tel. +49 228 885-2260,

Dr. Rembert Unterstell, DFG Press and Public Relations
Tel. +49 228 885-2275,

Institute for Computer Policy and Law Academy at Cornell

Both the content of this academy at Cornell and the excellent line-up of speakers will be of interest to many of you.
Joan Lippincott

CONTACT: Cornell University Professional Studies
Phone: (607) 255-7259
E-mail: cusp[at]

Thought Leaders to Discuss Internet Culture and the Academy at the 2012 Institute for Computer Policy and Law

The Institute for Computer Policy and Law: Internet Culture and the Academy September 19-21, 2012 Cornell University, Ithaca, NY Register now at

The Cornell University Institute for Computer Policy and Law (ICPL) is the go-to conference for incisive, innovative thinking about Internet culture’s rapidly evolving legal, policy, and social significance in the academic environment.

ICPL’s scope has broadened to address issues vital to faculty in the humanities and sciences, university administrators, academic librarians, and IT, legal, policy, and student life professionals. You will be a dynamic part of the experience! Through presentations, informed and facilitated discussion, the posing of uncomfortable questions and challenging ideas, we will talk about:
* Internet law and policy: Struggles over copyright, piracy, and privacy in a globally connected world
* Internet privacy as social policy and the significance of social networking and online identity for students and academic professionals
* Scholarly publications: Institutional funding, intellectual property, and peer review challenges
* Integration of new media with teaching, learning, and research
* Academic integrity in the digital age, including debates around how to define plagiarism and the value of technological detection systems)
* Knowledge production, collection, and dissemination for academic librarians, and digital and information literacy for all
* How the Internet is shaping the culture of the Academy
This year, the following experts will discuss issues and opportunities for higher education and academic libraries and what they mean for students, staff, and faculty:

Lori Andrews
Distinguished professor of law at the Chicago-Kent College of Law; director of the Illinois Institute of Technology’s (IIT) Institute for Science, Law and Technology; associate vice president of IIT; and author of I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy.

W. Gardner Campbell
Director of professional development and innovative initiatives and English professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Frye Leadership Institute Fellow, former chair of the Electronic Campus of Virginia, advisory board member for the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education, and chair of the board of directors for the New Media Consortium.

Kathleen Fitzpatrick
Director of scholarly communication at the Modern Language Association, professor of media studies at Pomona College, and founder and editor of MediaCommons.

Deanna Marcum
Managing director of Ithaka S+R, former associate librarian for Library Services at the Library of Congress, former president of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), and American Library Association Melvil Dewey Medal awardee.

Howard Rheingold (Presenting virtually)
Writer, critic, and virtual community pioneer; Stanford University visiting lecturer on digital journalism, virtual communities, and social media; non-resident fellow of the Annenberg School for Communication; visiting professor at the Institute of Creative Technologies at De Montfort University; and MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning competition winner.

Enrollment is limited. Attendees who register by July 21, 2012 will receive $100 off the program fee of $975. For more information or to register, visit, e-mail, or call 607.255.7259.

National Academies Symposium on Data Sciences and Workforce Issues, July 19

National Academies Symposium on Data Sciences and Workforc
The US National Academies Board on Research Data and Information has a study underway on workforce and educational issues raised by the new demands for digital curation. As part of this work, the sturdy committee will be holding a public symposium on 19 July in Washington DC which I think will be of interest to many CNI-announce readers. . More details are below.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

The Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is currently conducting a study on “Future Career Opportunities and Educational Requirements for Digital Curation.” Digital curation is defined by the committee as “active enhancement and management of digital information assets for current and future use.” Margaret Hedstrom of the University of Michigan is the Chair of the study committee. The other members are: Lee Dirks, Nicholas Economides, Peter Fox, Michael Goodchild, Heather Joseph, Ron Larsen, Carole Palmer, Steven Ruggles, David Schindel, and Stephen Wandner. Their affiliations and biographical summaries are located on our website. Sponsors of the study include the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Science Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
As part of the proceedings of the study, BRDI is holding a 1-day “Symposium on Digital Curation in the Era of Big Data: Career Opportunities and Educational Requirements.” The purpose of this meeting is to provide a forum for stakeholders in digital curation to hear perspectives from the private, governmental, and academic sectors and to exchange ideas. The background information of this project and the agenda are also posted on the BRDI website (
We would like to invite you and your professional colleagues to attend the symposium and participate in its discussions. Unfortunately, due to limited resources, we are not able to cover the cost of your travel and attendance, but there is no registration fee.
If you are interested, you are welcome to register for the symposium by contacting Alvar Mattei, Senior Project Assistant, Board on Research Data and Information (, no later than one week before the symposium. Questions about the project may be directed to the Study Director, Subhash Kuvelker ( or to Paul Uhlir, BRDI Director (
We hope to see you there. Apologies for cross-postings.
Thanks, and best wishes,
Subhash Kuvelker
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Subhash Kuvelker
Study Director and Senior Program Officer
Board on Research Data and Information
Policy and Global Affairs Division
National Academy of Sciences;
500 5th street, N.W., Keck-WS-524, Washington, D.C. 20001
Tel: (301)-442-5800 Email:

Joint JISC/British Library Study on “Gen Y” Doctoral Students

The UK Joint Information Systems Committee and the British Library have just released a major (17,00 student) study of the behaviors and beliefs of “Generation Y” (eg born 1983-1992) doctoral students involving social media, information access, and related matters.

A press release including some summary of the findings, and pointers to the entire report, are at:

You can download the report at

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Joint JISC/British Library Study on "Gen Y" Doctoral Students

The UK Joint Information Systems Committee and the British Library have just released a major (17,00 student) study of the behaviors and beliefs of “Generation Y” (eg born 1983-1992) doctoral students involving social media, information access, and related matters.

A press release including some summary of the findings, and pointers to the entire report, are at:

You can download the report at

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

New Video: ‘National Status of Data Management’

National Status of Data Management: Current Research in Policy and Education, a project briefing session presented at CNI’s spring 2012 membership meeting, by Martin Halbert (UNT), Rachel Frick (DLF), William Moen (UNT), and Spencer Keralis (UNT), is now available on CNI’s two video channels:




The demands of big data pose significant challenges for research institutions and academic libraries. This panel features project updates from three interrelated projects examining the data management ecosystem to determine requirements and emerging best practices in policy, graduate education, and professional enrichment.

More videos of other sessions from the spring 2012 CNI meeting are forthcoming.  To see all videos available from CNI, including the opening spring 2012 plenary Reinventing the Research University to Serve a Changing World by James Duderstadt, and Phil Long’s closing plenary Key Trends in Teaching & Learning: Aligning What We Know About Learning to Today’s Learners, visit CNI’s video channels on YouTube ( and Vimeo (

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013