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Again this year, Stanford University Libraries are calling for entries for the Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries. These entries are due by January 15, 2014.
The award recognizes a research, national, or other library that supports research activities, and is on either a single program or project and/or a sustained culture and profile of encouraging effective and sustainable innovation. The effects of such efforts must have measurable impact on the library’s own clientele as well as influencing the practices and/or standards of research librarianship generally.
Full information and entry forms can be found at http://spirl.stanford.edu .
The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has released a new publication titled “Research Data Management: Principles, Practices and Prospects”. This publication covers a project called DataRes at the University of North Texas (UNT) , and includes several papers that were presented at a symposium sponsored by DataRes at in late 2012. The report can be found here:
Martin Halbert, the Dean of the University of North Texas, has recently posted some helpful framing comments on the report on his blog at:
There have been several inter-related announcements dealing with “Big Data” this week that I think will be of interest to many CNI-announce readers; my apologies for being tardy in sharing them.
On Tuesday, November 12, the Obama Administration hosted an event under the auspices of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Networking and Information Technology R&D program coordinating office titled “Data to Knowledge to Action: Building New Partnerships” which provides a progress report on the big data initiative first announced in March 2012. The agenda, and more importantly several very useful background documents, can be found here:
In conjunction with this event, NSF also issued a press release that summarized their progress in supporting the initiative, with many links to descriptions of specific projects and programs. The overview release can be found at:
The November 12 event was webcast live; there are links to recorded video of at least some of the sessions included in the NSF press release above (see the right hand margin of the page).
Also at the November 12 event, we saw the announcement of a large-scale, 5-year multi-institutional partnership funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation focused on the use of big data and data science to advance basic research and scientific discovery. The participating institutions are New York University, the University of Washington, and the University of California, Berkeley. This page from the Moore Foundation provides an overview and links to a number of related press releases:
and here is the Sloan Foundation (joint) press release
and here is the announcement from UC Berkeley
and from the University of Washington
The registration deadline for the Fall 2013 CNI member meeting is next TUESDAY, November 12. If you have not registered for the meeting or made hotel accommodations, please do so by Tuesday. Information about registration & accommodations is available online:
CNI director Clifford Lynch will open the meeting with a presentation of CNI’s 2013-14 Program Plan; Eszter Hargittai, Delaney Family Professor in the Communication Studies Department at Northwestern University, and Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, will deliver the closing plenary address. Follow the meeting on Twitter: #cni13f
A preliminary list of project briefing/presentation titles & presenters will be posted soon; consult the meeting website for more details:
If you have questions about meeting registration, please contact Jackie Eudell at jackie. The event will be held at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC, December 9-10.
See you in DC!
There’s an interesting report from the History of Science Society that looks at the question of how historians of science, as opposed to scientists in various disciplines, need to be represented in efforts to make decisions about the curation and retention of research data, using the context of the recent US Federal government efforts to open up government-produced and government-funded research data. This is an important topic that has had very little in-depth investigation to date, as far as I am aware.
The report is at:
My thanks to Joyce Ogburn at Appalachian State University for bringing this report to my attention.
The McKinsey & Co. Global Institute has released an interesting report titled “Open Data: Unlocking Innovation and Performance” which covers the potential of opening up data (particularly government data) across a number of sectors, including education. Pointers to the executive summary and the full report, plus some related audio materials, can be found at
For the last few years, the Library of Congress has been running an excellent annual meeting Designing Storage Architectures for Digital Collections, which is a great source of information on storage technology developments as they connect with digital preservation. The presentations for the 2013 meeting, held on 23-24 September, are now available at
The Learning Spaces Collaboratory presents many fine programs. You may be interested in registering for the upcoming webinar.
Joan Lippincott, CNI
Please join us for the LSC Webinar: Spaces for Making the Process of Learning Transparent for Faculty at Purdue University on Wednesday, November 6, 2013. 5:00 p.m. EST.
· How research on how learning happens informs space planning, how faculty who experience as learners/researchers in a sandbox space can then translate that experience and research into reshaping pedagogies and spaces in classrooms across the campus.
· How the institutional culture for space planning can be transformed when faculty have access to a “laboratory” space to experiment with innovative pedagogies with flexible furnishings, lighting, layout, and configuration.
Focusing on faculty development is a key strategy in shaping learning environments that are understood and welcomed by faculty—among the prime users of spaces designed to nurture robust learning.
This webinar will be of interest to faculty in all disciplines, directors of centers of teaching and learning, as well as administrators with responsibility for assessing and incorporating technologies into the learning environment.
Also posted on the LSC website:
· Imagining Community: An essay from the archives by Tom Greene, an environmental psychologist at St. Lawrence University, which explores the relationship of space and learning communities.
· Rethinking Learning Spaces for Large Enrollment Courses: A snapshot from the experience of Pennsylvania State University: what is working for them.
Registration includes access to a recording of the webinar.
Purdue University Press is about to release a new book titled Research Data Management: Practical Strategies for Information Professionals, edited by Joyce Ray, who many readers of CNI-announce will remember from her service with the US Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). I was delighted to have the opportunity to write a closing chapter for this book, dealing with my view of upcoming research data management challenges, but the core of the book is focused on ongoing work at various leadership institutions currently engaging the research data management challenge. I think that this is going to be a very helpful r(and at least right now, fairly unique) reference for institutions currently developing and deploying research data management support programs and strategies.
My closing chapter is available via the CNI web site, at
More detailed information on the table of contents, and on how to order the full volume (which Purdue is making available as both a printed book and an e-book) can be found at
and I understand that copies will also be available for purchase at the upcoming Charleston Conference.
A few days ago I sent out an announcement about a conference that the Smithsonian was hosting in Washington DC on 3-D imaging and reproduction for cultural heritage. Since then, I have heard some bad news and some good news from our friends at the Smithsonian. The bad news is that the physical event is completely subscribed. The good news is that the entire event is going to be webcast. Details are not yet available, but if you check back at http://3d.si.edu as the event date gets closer, you should be able to get information about how to join the web cast. You can also find information about the sessions and speakers at that address currently.