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Three keynotes from the 2013 Joint Conference on Digital LIbraries, which took place in Indianapolis on July 22-26, are now available on Youtube. I had the honor of providing the opening keynote talk and was able to stay and enjoy the entire conference, which was excellent. I am also delighted that CNI was able to once again serve as a cooperation organization for the conference.
The three keynotes were:
My own, which dealt with issues about the changing nature of digital libaries and the shift to very large scale systems, and the challenges of coherence and prioritization that we face as a result of this shift.
Jill Cousins, who spoke about the development and current state of the Europeana project (including a look at important very late breaking developments)
And finally, Dave De Roure, who gave a very wide ranging talk about the implications of data intensive scholarship and implications for the future of the scholarly communications systems.
Also announced at JCDL 2013 — you will want to hold the dates for the next JCDL meeting, which will actually be joint with TPDL (the European DIgital Libraries meeting), taking place in London, England on September 8-12, 2014.
The following report will be of interest to some CNI-announce readers concerned with large scale research data management infrastructure planning.
“Requirements for a multi-disciplinary Research Data Infrastructure”, English translation of project report published.
The objective of this project was the development of a roadmap and recommendations for a multi-disciplinary Research Data Infrastructure in Germany. The project team identified requirements for generic components of existing infrastructures and potential for cross-linking of multi-disciplinary components. The resulting analysis is based on a survey of existing and new projects and includes measures for community building. Key aspects of the analysis are the technical components of
the infrastructure, the cost model and the investigation of cross-disciplinary topics. The results of the project was discussed with experts at two national workshops in 2012 and 2013. The project consortium consisted of partners from major research organisations in Germany and reflects the multi-disciplinary approach.
The English translation can be downloaded from
The National Academies has recently released a prepublication version of a report on Frontiers in Massive Data Analysis; this is available for free downloading at
This is a really nice survey of much of the state of the art and the current issues involved in so-called big data arising in a variety of different contexts.
And just in time for those needing beach reading!
While some of this report is quite specific to the situation in the UK, I thought that CNI-announce readers would find the study of interest. It’s one of the few things that I know of that focuses mainly on the openness aspects of research data management support, as distinct from issues involving preservation or organization of research data.
I’ve reproduced the announcement below.
On behalf of the Research Information and Digital Literacies Coalition (RIDLs), the Research Information Network has published the conclusions of a study that examines the means that are, or ought to be, deployed to help researchers acquire the knowledge, confidence and ability for them to ensure the greatest possible openness with the research data that they create. The report, entitled ‘Helping to open up: improving knowledge, capability and confidence in making research data more open’, supports the goal of realising an open data culture, as described notably in the Royal Society’s 2012 report on Science as an open enterprise. It is available at http://www.researchinfonet.org/infolit/ridls/strand5/ .
The report stresses the importance of ensuring that open data – with all the opportunities, risks, benefits and practices that it entails – should be more strongly integrated with training and support for research data management.
Open data in the realm of academic research is an issue which has received much attention lately, but the implications for training and skills have not always been fully considered. It is therefore hoped that this report will provide a timely opportunity to reflect on how researchers might be better equipped to face the challenges represented by an increased emphasis on openness.
Research Information Network
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London WC1H 9HF
tel: +44 (0)20 3397 3647
The website for the 2d Annual Designing Libraries for the 21st Century Conference is now available at
You’ll find information on the pre conference, tours, and conference sessions. CNI is delighted to be a co-sponsor of this conference, along with NCSU Libraries and the University of Calgary, where the first conference was held.
If you are interested in library design, don’t miss this conference to be held on October 6-8 at the fantastic new Hunt Library at NCSU.
Associate Executive Director, CNI
For those following the work of the Research Data Alliance, the second plenary meeting will be held in Washington DC September 16-18, 2013. I’ve reproduced the announcement below. There is more detail (including logistical information) on the RDA web site, http://www.rd-alliance.org .
Open Research Data … building global partnerships
RDA Second Plenary Meeting
16-18 September 2013
National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC, US
Register now at
Building Global Partnerships is the theme of RDA’s second plenary meeting taking place in Washington DC (US) from 16-18 September 2013.
Please login to the web site before registering so that your personal data is fed automatically into the form.
A conservative fee of US$100 is requested from all as a contribution towards the costs.
Please note that the breakout sessions will take place at the Washington Marriott Hotel and a rooms have been blocked for all participants there.
Please check out the logistics information at the bottom of this message for all details.
We look forward to seeing you in Washington.
on behalf of the RDA Secretariat
Open Research Data … building global partnerships
RDA Second Plenary Meeting
16-18 September 2013
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE & AGENDA:
Monday, 16 September 2013 – 8:00am – 5:00pm – Plenary at the National Academies of Science (NAS)
Monday, 16 September 2013 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm – Reception (location TBA)
Tuesday, 17 September 2013 – 8:00am – 5:00pm – Breakout sessions at the Washington Marriott
Tuesday, 17 September 2013 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm – Group dinner (location TBA)
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 – 8:00am – 12:00pm – Half-day plenary at the NAS
National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20418
Meeting Room: Auditorium (1st floor)
Metro Station: Foggy Bottom (Blue Line) – approximately 5 blocks
Note: You will be required to present a government-issued PHOTO ID (or passport) to security. Please use the Constitution Avenue entrance which is at 2101 Constitution Avenue.
BREAKOUT SESSION LOCATION AND HOTEL ACCOMMODATION:
1221 22nd Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
Metro Stations: Dupont Circle (Red Line) – 0.3 Miles, Foggy Bottom (Blue Line) – 0.4 Miles
The uncorrected proofs of a report on a National Research Council workshop held March 21-22, 2013 in Washington DC to obtain perspectives from social and behavioral scientists on the proposed revisions of the “Common Rule” regulations that are intended to protect human subjects are now available for free download at:
I think that this will be of interest to a number of CNI-announce readers involved in data curation, as it is highly relevant to understanding the conflicts and tensions between the goals of data sharing and reuse for data involving human subjects, particularly in the social and behavioral sciences, and the system that has been set up to regulate research involving human subjects with the goal of protecting these subjects. This already very complicated situation is further unsettled by some very complex revisions that were proposed to the human subjects regulatory framework in 2011; the potential impact of these changes is also discussed.
The workshop is part of an ongoing project that the Academies are conducting in this area; see
for more information. There is also some additional detail on the March workshop here:
The British Academy has published a series of eight essays dealing with open access primarily in the humanities and social sciences. These are available for download at:
Steve Griffin, who many of you will remember from his time at the National Science Foundation, and now at the University of Pittsburgh School of Information, has asked me to share the call for contributions to a special issue of the International Journal of Digital Libraries that he is co-editing. He’s assembled a stellar editorial board for this effort (among which you’ll find four CNI keynote speakers!); his co-editor for the special issue is Stefan Gradmann of the University of Leuven. Many of the themes that he is hoping to engage here are very closely tied to the ongoing CNI agenda.
International Journal of Digital Libraries
Special Issue on Digital Scholarship
Digital scholarship, or “cyberscholarship” – that based on data and computation – is radically reshaping knowledge discovery, creation, analysis, presentation and dissemination in many topical areas. Scientists are using vast amounts of data to explore galaxies, measure stresses on earth systems, create genetic profiles of living things and study the changing behaviors and mores of societies and individuals in a an increasing populated and fragile physical world steeped in networked digital technologies. Similarly, humanists are using new types of information objects, methodologies and tools to transform and expand their scholarly endeavors. Examples include the creation and use of digital representations of material culture by historians, introducing spatial and temporal indexed data into the study of literature and information visualizations to communicate the outcomes of traditional humanistic inquiry.
The enabling environment for digital scholarship is a rapidly expanding global digital ecology composed of large and diverse datasets; richly annotated, globally linked and accessible to all using open source tools. Accompanying technology changes have been trends within scholarly communities toward rich informal dialogues, cross-disciplinary collaborations and equable sharing of research findings.
Data-centered approaches to inquiry have now become a staple of research and scholarship in almost every disciplinary domain. Accompanying this have been cultural shifts in the scholarly community that challenge long-standing assumptions that underpin the structure of academic institutions and beg new models of scholarly communication. Network-centric models of scientific communication that capture a comprehensive record of scholarly workflows are now seen by many as a necessary condition for accurate and complete reporting of scholarly work.
Much of the seminal work in developing the information environments and resources that support digital scholarship can be linked directly to digital libraries research – past and present. Pioneering digital libraries research illuminated essential core information architectures and environments and inspired a generation of researchers to look beyond the confines of their own discipline and often partner with others to pursue interdisciplinary projects – many of which captured national attention and captivated the general public with their brilliance.
This special issue will solicit high quality papers that demonstrate exceptional achievements in digital scholarship, including but not limited to:
* scholarly work that demonstrates innovation in the creation and use of complex information objects and tools to advance domain scholarship
* domain research that exemplifies creative and innovative data-intensive research in the formal, natural, social sciences and the humanities and arts
* new applications, tools and services that expand the scope and means for interdisciplinary digital scholarship
* data repositories and infrastructure projects of exceptional quality and value that illustrate how community-based efforts can serve global constituencies
* models for leveraging and expanding web-based infrastructure for scholars
* document models that support multiple information types, update, annotation, executable objects, linkages, rapid integration and staged release of document components
* scholarly communication environments that capture a comprehensive record of scholarly workflows and artifacts and provide new means of presentation, dissemination and reuse of digital assets
November 30, 2013 Paper Submission deadline
March 1, 2014 First notification
May 1, 2014 Revision submission
July 1, 2014 Second notification
September 1, 2014 Final version submission
Stephen M. Griffin, University of Pittsburgh (contact person)
Stefan Gradmann, University of Leuven
Michael Lesk, Rutgers University
Elizabeth Lyon, University of Bath, UKOLN
William Arms, Cornell
Christine Borgman, University of California, Los Angeles (tentative yes)
Tom Moritz, Consultant
Michael Buckland, University of California, Berkeley
Papers submitted to this special issue for possible publication must be original and must not be under consideration for publication in any other journal or conference. Previously published or accepted conference papers must contain at least 30% new material to be considered for the special issue. All papers are to be submitted by referring to http://www.springer.com/computer/journal/607 Please select “Special Issue” under Manuscript Category of your submission. All manuscripts must be prepared according to the journal publication guidelines which can also be found on its website provided above. Papers will be reviewed following the journal standard review process.
Please address inquiries to sgriffin.
A podcast of Bibliographic Framework Initiative: Process And Expectations, a project briefing from CNI’s spring 2013 member meeting by Roberta Shaffer of the Library of Congress, is now available:
The Library of Congress (LC) has kicked off a process called the Bibliographic Framework Initiative (BIBFRAME) to develop a new communications vehicle for bibliographic data to better accommodate future needs. A major focus of the initiative will be to determine a transition path for the MARC 21 exchange format in order to reap the benefits of newer technology while preserving a robust data exchange that has supported resource sharing and cataloging cost savings in recent decades. This presentation describes the BIBFRAME steps taken thus far and the current expectations for this development. More information is available at https://www.cni.org/topics/information-access-retrieval/bibliographic-framework-initiative-process-and-expectations/