New Video: 'Lessons from Archiving the Occupy Movement'

Archiving Large Swaths of User-Contributed Digital Content: Lessons from Archiving the Occupy Movement, a project briefing session presented at CNI’s spring 2012 membership meeting, by Howard Besser (NYU), David Millman (NYU), and Sharon Leon (GMU), is now available on CNI’s two video channels:

YouTube:

Vimeo:  http://vimeo.com/43603604

Archiving born-digital content from the “Occupy” movement can serve as a prototype for archiving all kinds of user-contributed content.  This presentation features discussion of the tools and methods that have been developed for ingesting, preserving, and offering discovery services to large numbers of digital works where contributors cannot really be relied upon to follow standards and metadata assignment.

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 (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni).

New Video: ‘Lessons from Archiving the Occupy Movement’

Archiving Large Swaths of User-Contributed Digital Content: Lessons from Archiving the Occupy Movement, a project briefing session presented at CNI’s spring 2012 membership meeting, by Howard Besser (NYU), David Millman (NYU), and Sharon Leon (GMU), is now available on CNI’s two video channels:

YouTube:

Vimeo:  http://vimeo.com/43603604

Archiving born-digital content from the “Occupy” movement can serve as a prototype for archiving all kinds of user-contributed content.  This presentation features discussion of the tools and methods that have been developed for ingesting, preserving, and offering discovery services to large numbers of digital works where contributors cannot really be relied upon to follow standards and metadata assignment.

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 (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni).

CNI at ALA

Attendees to this year’s American Library Association (ALA) annual conference in Anaheim, CA, June 21-26, 2012, will have several opportunities to hear from CNI:

*  Top Technology Trends & LITA Awards Presentation
Sunday, June 24, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch will be presented with the 2012 LITA/Library Hi Tech award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology.  The award recognizes outstanding persons or institutions for their long-term contributions in the area of Library and Information Science technology and its application.  Clifford will be speaking during the LITA President’s Program, and he will participate in the LITA Top Tech Trends panel after the awards presentation.

* ACRL Assessment Discussion Group
Saturday, June 23 from 2:30-4:00 PM
Joan Lippincott, Associate Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information, will lead a discussion on qualitative methods in library assessment at the first meeting of this newly created group.

*  The Fourth Paradigm:  Data-Intensive Research, Digital Scholarship, and Implications for Research Libraries
Sunday, June 24, 4-5:30 p.m.
CNI’s Cliff Lynch and Tony Hey of Microsoft Research will discuss the emergence of the “fourth paradigm” for scientific research-involving the acquisition, management, and analysis of vast quantities of scientific data.

*  RUSA President’s Program:  Library in Your Hand:  Mobile Technologies for Exchanging Information with Patrons
Sunday, June 24, 10:30 a.m.-noon.
Joan Lippincott will be one of the speakers during this program to explore the importance of libraries supporting mobile technologies for the dissemination and acquisition of information.

CLIR report on Digging Into Data Program

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has just issued a helpful report (available at at www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub151 ) on the first round of the multi-funder international Digging Into Data program. I’ve reproduced their press release below.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

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New Report Provides First Public Appraisal of Digging into Data Challenge

Washington, DC, June 12, 2012-The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today issued the first public appraisal of the Digging into Data Challenge, an international grant program first funded by the US National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the US National Science Foundation, the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) in the United Kingdom, and the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

The report, One Culture. Computationally Intensive Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, was made public today at the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries JCDL 2012 conference in Washington, DC.

The Digging into Data Challenge was launched in 2009 to better understand how “big data” changes the research landscape for the humanities and social sciences. Scholars in these disciplines now use massive databases of materials that range from digitized books, newspapers, and music to transactional data such as web searches, sensor data, or cell phone records. The Challenge seeks to discover what new, computationally based research methods might be applied to these sources.

In its first year, the Digging into Data Challenge made awards to eight teams of scholars, librarians, and computer and information scientists. Over the following two years, report authors Christa Williford and Charles Henry conducted site visits, interviews, and focus groups to understand how these complex international projects were being managed, what challenges they faced, and what project teams were learning from the experience.

Their findings are presented in One Culture, along with a series of recommendations for researchers, administrators, scholarly societies, academic publishers, research libraries, and funding agencies. The recommendations are “urgent, pointed, and even disruptive,” write the authors. “To address them, we must recognize the impediments of tradition that hinder the contemporary university’s ability to adapt to, support, or sustain this emerging research over time.”

Brett Bobley, Chief Information Officer and Director of the NEH Office of Digital Humanities, heads the Digging into Data Challenge. “Do we have big data in the humanities and social sciences? Yes-buckets of it,” he says. “But our ability to produce huge quantities of digital data has outstripped our ability to analyze and understand it. One Culture helps us to see not only why we would want a computer to assist us with our work, but how big data is changing the very nature of traditional humanistic research.”

Co-author and CLIR President Charles Henry said, “This report discloses the complexity and sophistication of humanities and social sciences research in a digital era. It underscores the excitement and potential of new discovery through deep collaboration across disciplines and affirms the continuity of traditional values and perspectives of scholarly communication in a data-dependent milieu. The report also seeks to animate a collective responsibility to more concertedly appreciate, extend, fund, and provide adequate services to sustain this remarkable research.”

In 2011, four additional funding bodies joined the four original cooperating agencies in support of fourteen new international collaborative research projects. These funders include the Institute of Museum and Library Services (US); the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK); the Economic and Social Research Council (UK); and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.

JISC Director Stuart Dempster said, “We are proud to be a partner in this trans-Atlantic endeavor which aims to assist individual researchers, academic departments, and research institutions to succeed with the ‘data deluge’ in the humanities. For the UK to continue to punch above its weight in terms of digital scholarship and research it is vital for it to collaborate in ‘smart partnerships,’ which foster innovation in the development of tools, skills, and new research findings. This report shows that success in action.”

“The CLIR report is an excellent assessment of this unique and exciting international partnership,” said Gisèle Yasmeen, Vice-President, Research, at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. “The Digging into Data Challenge project is generating innovative computation and data analysis techniques to better advance research and we look forward to its continued success.”

“NSF has found the Digging into Data Challenge to be an excellent mechanism for enabling collaborative, data-intensive research in the social sciences and humanities,” said Elizabeth Tran, program officer in NSF’s Office of International Science and Engineering. “It has significantly reduced some of the key barriers to conducting research across borders and has resulted in a number of turly international outstanding research projects.”

The report is available online at www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub151 in pdf format. Case studies, not included in the print version, are also available in html format at the same url. Print copies will soon be available for ordering through the website.

National Academies Report Release on Future of Research Universities

CNI-announce readers who attended Jim Duderstadt’s opening plenary talk at the Spring 2012 Member meeting or watched the video of the event will recall him discussing the work of National Academies Committee on the Future of the Research University. The report of this committee will be released on 14 June, and should be of interest to many readers. In addition, there will be a release event at the National Academies in Washington DC on that date, which is open to the public in person (registration required) and will also be webcast. Information on the report and the release event can be found at:

http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/bhew/researchuniversities/index.htm

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

DataWeb Forum for Scientific Data Exchange and Interoperability

Chris Greer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Alan Blatecky of the National Science Foundation have prepared a concept paper outlining their thinking about what they call the DataWeb Forum, an organization to facilitate the exchange and interoperation of scientific data across disciplines and national boundaries. These ideas have been under development for some time, but Chris and Alan believe that it’s now time to give the broad global community an opportunity to join in the discussion.  For convenience, I have placed a copy of their concept paper here

https://www.cni.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/DataWebForum_Concept_Paper.pdf

Chris and Alan would welcome comments and expressions of interest. They have included their email addresses at the end of the document.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Digital Preservation Network: Cliff Lynch Speaks with UVA’s James Hilton

In the latest CNI Conversations podcast (http://wp.me/p1LncT-2oE), CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch speaks with James Hilton, Chief Information Officer at the University of Virginia, about the Digital Preservation Network (DPN), an initiative which aims to create a federated approach to preservation of academic content:

“To avoid the catastrophic loss of scholarship, we must build and sustain a diverse ecosystem that can ensure the survival of scholarship in digital form for future generations.  We envision a system that is scalable, sustainable, and complementary to existing collection and preservation efforts—the Digital Preservation Network (DPN or Deepen).”

New Video: 'Key Trends in Teaching & Learning' by Phil Long

Key Trends in Teaching & Learning:  Aligning What We Know About Learning to Today’s Learners, the closing plenary from CNI’s spring 2012 membership meeting, by Phillip D. Long, is now available on CNI’s two video channels:

YouTube:
http://youtu.be/8DtRh4PuUco
and
Vimeo
http://vimeo.com/41724386

In his talk, Long considers some of today’s most significant trends in teaching, learning, and technologies, and he explores technology’s potential impact on higher education.

Phillip Long is Professor of Innovation and Educational Technology in the School of Information Technology & Electrical Engineering and the School of Psychology, founding director of the Centre for Educational Innovation and Technology (CEIT) at the University of Queensland (UQ), dedicated to research on learning environments that have the potential to innovate teaching, learning and creativity.

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, visit CNI’s video channels on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni).

New Video: ‘Key Trends in Teaching & Learning’ by Phil Long

Key Trends in Teaching & Learning:  Aligning What We Know About Learning to Today’s Learners, the closing plenary from CNI’s spring 2012 membership meeting, by Phillip D. Long, is now available on CNI’s two video channels:

YouTube:
http://youtu.be/8DtRh4PuUco
and
Vimeo
http://vimeo.com/41724386

In his talk, Long considers some of today’s most significant trends in teaching, learning, and technologies, and he explores technology’s potential impact on higher education.

Phillip Long is Professor of Innovation and Educational Technology in the School of Information Technology & Electrical Engineering and the School of Psychology, founding director of the Centre for Educational Innovation and Technology (CEIT) at the University of Queensland (UQ), dedicated to research on learning environments that have the potential to innovate teaching, learning and creativity.

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, visit CNI’s video channels on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni).

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013