Learning Space Toolkit launches

I’m reposting this announcement from our colleagues at NCSU.  The Toolkit is a rich resource devised to assist institutions with the planning process for new types of learning spaces, especially informal (non-classrooom) spaces.  I was pleased to serve on the advisory committee for this project.  I hope you’ll check out the website.
Joan Lippincott, CNI
We are happy to announce the release of the Learning Space Toolkit (http://learningspacetoolkit.org).

The Learning Space Toolkit is a freely available resource designed to support the full lifecycle of a learning space design project, from defining the goals and needs to designing the space to supporting it. By using the Toolkit, institutions will be better equipped to orchestrate the planning process so that learners are better supported and spaces, technology, and services are effective. Watch this video (http://youtu.be/bjd8TQnXm5E) for an overview.

Please check out the Toolkit and send us your ideas and reactions. There are feedback links on the website or you can email us directly atinfo@learningspacetoolkit.org.

We are also interested in hearing about your institution’s informal learning spaces. Please submit one or more of your spaces for consideration as featured examples in the Toolkit. If you would like to nominate an excellent space that we shouldn’t overlook, there is a link on the Space Browser tool (http://learningspacetoolkit.org/space-browser/).

Thank you,

The Learning Space Toolkit Team
North Carolina State University Libraries and DELTA, brightspot strategy, Strategy Plus at AECOM

The Learning Space Toolkit project is made possible by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

REMINDER: CNI Registration closes Monday, 11/12

The registration deadline for the Fall 2012 CNI membership meeting is this MONDAY, Nov. 12th.  If you haven’t registered for the meeting or made hotel accommodations, please do so by Monday.  Information about registration & accommodations is available online:

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@cni.org.  The event will be held in at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC, Dec. 10-11.
We looking forward to seeing you in DC!

TPDL 2013 Call for Contributions – 17th Int. Conf. on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries

CNI is pleased to be a supporting organization for TPDL again this year.

Call for Contributions
17th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries
Valletta, Malta, September 22-26, 2013

The International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL) constitutes a leading scientific forum on digital libraries that brings together researchers, developers, content providers and users in the field of digital libraries. TPDL 2013 will be organized by University of Malta and it will be held in Valletta, Malta on September 22-26, 2013.

* Aims and scope *
Valuable and rapidly increasing volumes of data are produced or transformed into digital form by all fields of scientific, educational, cultural, business and governmental activities. For this purpose the digital libraries community has developed long-term and interdisciplinary research agendas, providing significant results, such as conceptual models, added value infrastructures, software tools, standards and services.

The advent of the technologies that enhance the exchange of information with rich semantics is the epicenter of the discussions of the community. Information providers inter-link their metadata with user contributed data and offer new services outlooking to the development of a web of data and addressing the interoperability and long-term preservation challenges.

TPDL 2013 under the general theme “Sharing meaningful information”, invites submissions for the proliferation of scientific and research osmosis in the following categories: Full Papers, Short Papers, Posters and Demonstrations, Workshops and Tutorials, Panels and Doctoral Consortium. All submissions will be reviewed on the basis of relevance, originality, importance and clarity in a triple peer review process. The TPDL 2013 proceedings will be published by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series (http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs). The authors of the best research papers submitted to TPDL2013 will be invited to submit substantially extended versions of their paper for publication in a Focused Issue of the International Journal on Digital Libraries (http://www.springer.com/computer/database+management+%26+information+retrieval/journal/799).

* Topics *
General areas of interests include, but are not limited to, the following topics, organized in four categories, according to a conceptualization that coincides with the four arms of the Maltese Cross:

– Information models
– Digital library conceptual models and formal issues
– Digital library 2.0
– Digital library education curricula
– Economic and legal aspects (e.g. rights management), landscape for digital libraries

– Theoretical models of information interaction and organization
– Information policies
– Studies of human factors in networked information
– Scholarly primitives
– Novel research tools and methods with emphasis on digital humanities
– User behavior analysis and modeling
– Social-technical perspectives of digital information

– Digital library architectures
– Cloud and grid deployments
– Federation of repositories
– Collaborative and participatory information environments
– Data storage and indexing
– Big data management
– e-science, e-government, e-learning, cultural heritage infrastructures
– Semi structured data
– Semantic web issues in digital libraries
– Ontologies and knowledge organization systems
– Linked Data and its applications

– Metadata schemas with emphasis to metadata for composite content (Multimedia, geographical, statistical data and other special content formats)
– Interoperability and Information integration
– Digital Curation and related workflows
– Preservation, authenticity and provenance
– Web archiving
– Social media and dynamically generated content for particular uses/communities (education, science, public, etc.)
– Crowdsourcing
– 3D models indexing and retrieval
– Authority management issues

– Information Retrieval and browsing
– Multilingual and Multimedia Information Retrieval
– Personalization in digital libraries
– Context awareness in information access
– Semantic aware services
– Technologies for delivering/accessing digital libraries, e.g. mobile devices
– Visualization of large-scale information environments
– Evaluation of online information environments
– Quality metrics
– Interfaces to digital libraries
– Data mining/extraction of structure from networked information
– Social networks analysis and virtual organizations
– Traditional and alternative metrics of scholarly communication
– Mashups of resources

* Important Dates *
– Full and Short papers, Posters and Demonstrations: March 23, 2013
– Panels, Workshops, Tutorials: March 4, 2013
– Notification of acceptance for Papers, Posters, and Demonstrations: May 20, 2013
– Notification of acceptance for Panels, Workshops and Tutorials: April 22, 2013
– Camera Ready Versions: June 9, 2013
– Doctoral Consortium Papers Submission Deadline: June 2, 2013
– Doctoral Consortium Acceptance Notification: July 2, 2013
– End of Early Registration: July 31, 2013
– Conference Dates: September 22-26, 2013

* Formatting Instructions *
Full papers (12 pages), short-papers (6 pages), posters and demonstrations (4 pages) must be written in English and submitted in PDF format. The TPDL 2013 proceedings will be published by Springer-Verlag in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs). Therefore all submissions should conform to the formatting instructions described in the “For Authors” webpage (http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0). For Doctoral Consortium, papers are expected to have a maximum of 8-10 pages, including references. Papers is recommended to be formatted according to Springer LNCS guidelines. In case your paper includes images or screenshots please ensure that you set image compression at 600dpi when you produce your PDF file.

* Submission *
All papers, short-papers, posters and demonstrations must be submitted in electronic format (PDF) via the conference’s EasyChair submission page (TBA). According to the Registration Regulation for TPDL 2013, inclusion of papers in the Proceedings is conditional upon registration of at least one author per paper.

* Organization *
General Chairs:
Milena Dobreva, University of Malta, Malta
Giannis Tsakonas, University of Patras, Greece

Program Chairs:
Christos Papatheodorou, Ionian University, Greece
Trond Aalberg, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Organizing Chair:
Charles J. Farrugia, National Archives, Malta

OECD report on E-books

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has recently released a report on developments in the E-book marketplace, with an emphasis on policy issues, which is available for download at


My thanks to the invaluable Gary Price for the pointer to this report. It’s worth noting that the OECD has done quite a bit of work on digital content developments and policy in recent years, and CNI-announce readers might like to peruse the list of available reports at


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

SURF Foundation Colloquium on Quality Indicators for Journals

The SURF Foundation in the Netherlands has recently issued a summary of a colloquium that they co-sponsored exploring the difficult and important issue of quality indicators for journals, with particular emphasis on young journals that are now being launched in large numbers under open access programs. The report can be found at


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Presentations from LC 2012 Storage Architectures Meeting

On September 20-21, 2012 the Library of Congress hosted its annual Storage Architectures Meeting, which looks at hardware and storage systems in the context of large scale digital preservation needs; it is an excellent opportunity to understand where the storage industry is headed in terms of supporting digital preservation. The materials from the meeting are now available at:


I note that we’ll have a chance to hear from several of the presenters on related topics at the fall CNI membership meeting.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Report from Curating for Quality NSF workshop

The report of an invitational NSF-sponsored workshop held September 10-11, 2012 at the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science* titled “Curating for Quality: Ensuring Data Quality to Enable New Science”, organized by Gary Marchionini and Cal Lee, is now available at


My thanks to Ricky Erway at OCLC, who has a position paper included in the report.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

*Editor’s correction: Meeting was hosted by UNC School of Information & Library Science, held in Arlington, VA. (updated 10/27/2012)

CNI Community Update Session at EDUCAUSE 2012

CNI Director Clifford Lynch and Associate Director Joan Lippincott will be attending the EDUCUASE conference in Denver in November. While there, they will present a Community Update on Nov. 8th to highlight CNI’s program and current developments in a broad range of areas related to digital content. This update, geared to all interested in recent developments in digital information, welcomes those who have not attended recent CNI meetings and want to hear about the latest developments in CNI’s areas of activity. CNI is engaged in work on the cyberinfrastructure needs for scholarship, particularly regarding data curation, e-science, and digital humanities; management of scholarly identity; institutional repositories; learning spaces; and information and services in the mobile environment.

The session will be held Thursday Nov. 8, 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM in meeting room 507. The hash tag for the session is #E12_UPD03. Additional conference information is available at http://www.educause.edu/annual-conference.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Hunter Rawlings to give closing plenary at CNI fall meeting, Dec. 10-11, 2012

I’m delighted to announce that Dr. Hunter Rawlings III, the President of the Association of American Universities (AAU) and former President of both Cornell University and the University of Iowa, will be giving the closing plenary address at the CNI Fall Membership meeting, to be held December 10-11, 2012 in Washington DC. In his role as President of AAU, Hunter is ideally  positioned to offer us important insight into the future of the higher education system and the roles of multi-institutional collaboration, information technology, digital content, and other developments in shaping that future. This should be a very exciting conclusion to our meeting.

I am also personally looking foward to giving the customary opening plenary for the fall meeting; there have been so many fascinating new developments over the past year that I want to discuss, as well as sharing thoughts on the future, and the role that CNI will play in shaping that future.

We are still finalizing the breakout sessions, and the list will be announced here when it’s ready. But I can assure you that we have a great collection of sessions in store, including some coverage of developments in massive open online classes, an update on the Digital Preservation Network, a report on the National Archival Authorities Infrastructure, a session on the national e-text pilots, a discussion of Wikipedia and cultural memory organizations, an introduction to the new international Research Data Alliance, and a federal funder panel. To mention only a few.

So look forward to an outstanding meeting this December, and please register if you haven’t done so already.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Bill Bowen’s Tanner Lectures on Economics of Higher Education

Bill Bowen, the former President of Princeton University and the Andrew Mellon Foundation, recently gave the Tanner Lectures at Stanford University, addressing the impacts of technology on the costs of higher education. I think these will be of interest to many CNI-announce subscribers, and the text can be found here


My thanks to Kevin Guthrie at Ithaka for the pointer to these.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013