Video: Wikipedia and Libraries: What’s the Connection?

Wikipedia and Libraries: What’s the Connection?, a project briefing presented at CNI’s fall 2012 membership meeting by Merrilee Proffitt of OCLC and Sara Snyder of the Smithsonian Institution, is now available on CNI’s two video channels:



This presentations examines how OCLC Research, Smithsonian Institution, and others are connecting researchers to unique materials through Wikipedia; it highlights the special role library data can play in Wikipedia, examines how Wikipedia data may be useful to libraries and scholarly institutions, introduces Wikipedia’s GLAM-Wiki initiative, and includes discussion about ways that information professionals can work collaboratively with the World’s Largest Free Encyclopedia.

Presentation webpage:

Previously-released video from CNI’s fall 2012 meeting:
Force11: The Future of Research Communications and E-Scholarship (Maryann Martone of the University of California, San Diego)
The PressForward Project & Scholarly Communication on the Open Web (Dan Cohen & Joan Fragaszy Troyano, CHNM/GMU)
Extending Access to Scholarly Resources: JSTOR’s Alumni Program (Heterick, JSTOR; Gibbons, Yale; Jaggers, Columbia; Tamarkin, Duke)
What Is College For? The Future of Higher Education (Hunter R. Rawlings III, Association of American Universities)
MOOCs, Mobility, and Changing Scholarly Practice: CNI’s Perspective on 2012 and 2013 (Cliff Lynch, CNI)
Massive Open Online Courses as Drivers for Change (Lynne O’Brien, Duke U.)

To see all videos available from CNI, visit our video channels on YouTube ( and Vimeo (

Learning & the MOOC – ELI Spring Focus Session

ELI is offering an online program on MOOCs – a hot topic among CNI members.
–Joan Lippincott


A reminder that the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative’s Spring Focus Session will have as its theme “Learning and the MOOC.”  Over the past year, the massive open online course (MOOC) has emerged as a significantly different course model. But how robust is the MOOC as a vehicle for learning?

Dates are April 3 and 4, from noon to 5 pm ET each day. Info, agenda, and registration information is at:

Sampling of speakers:
Phil Hill and Michael Feldstein (Mindware and e-literate blog): Everything You Think You Know About MOOCs Could Be Wrong

Cathy Sandeen, Vice President, American Council on Education: MOOCs for Credit: Current State-of-the-Art

Ellen Junn, Provost, San Jose State University: MOOC Environments at San Jose State University

Phil Long, University of Queensland: MOOCs and Campus Practice

Ang Nguyen, Stacey Clawson, Gates Foundation: Digging into MOOC Mania: One Investor’s Key Research Questions and Approach

MOOC provider panel with Coursera, edX, Academic Partnerships, Instructure

Malcolm Brown
Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative

PASIG Meeting, Washington, DC May 22-24, 2013

I wanted to share this announcement from Tom Cramer on the upcoming May PASIG meeting, which will be held in Washington, DC.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


Registration for the next PASIG meeting, May 22-24, 2013, is now open. A full version of the still-evolving agenda, is below. Please use the PASIG 2013 link below to register for the event, pre-meeting workshops, and the limited block of rooms at the Washington Court Hotel.

The early bird special conference rate is $345.00 prior to April 12 and $395.00 afterwards. If you want to contribute or sponsor, please contact Art Pasquinelli (art.pasquinelli) and Tom Cramer (tcramer) asap.

There will be at least two pre-conference meetings:

  • A free Oracle Technology Day will take place on Tuesday, May 21. This is a full-day event and is open to Oracle customers, prospects, employees, and partners. It will focus on Oracle a) products relevant to PASIG attendees, b) positioning, c) tiered architectures, d) Big Data, records, and unstructured content management solutions, and e) database features for permanent access.
  • A half-day member meeting of the Digital Preservation Network (DPN), will offer DPN Members and other interested parties the opportunity to drill down into the network’s emerging architecture and service model.

PASIG Washington, DC Agenda (Version 2)

Tuesday, May 21 – Optional Training Sessions

I. Oracle Technology Day – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

II. DPN Collaboration Half-Day – 1:00 PM- 5 PM

PASIG Day 1: Wednesday, May 22, 2013

8:00 AM


8:30 AM

Digital Preservation Bootcamp

Training in concepts, issues, tools, strategies & approaches for Digital Preservation and Archiving. This half day block of training sessions will focus on an introduction to the field and needs in digital preservation, and give attendees a foundation of concepts, terminology, standards and tools used broadly in the field. This half day of “Digital Preservation 101” is open to practitioners of all levels, but will be targeted specifically for those looking to gain exposure to the field.

– Digital Preservation 101: The Theory and Practice — Tom Cramer, Stanford University
– Best Practices in Preserving Common Content Types
–  Images: Robert Buckley, University of Rochester
–  Media: Kara Van Malssen, AudioVisual Preservation Solutions
–  Office documents: Jay Gattuso, New Zealand National Library (tbc)
–  Design Principles for Digital Preservation Systems – Speaker to be confirmed

Registration & Lunch

1:00 PM
PASIG Begins: Welcome
– Welcome & Introduction to PASIG — Art Pasquinelli, Director, Digital Libraries, Repositories, and Preservation, Oracle
– Agenda Review and Invitation to Participate — Tom Cramer, Stanford University

1:15 PM
Long-term Digital Preservation Storage Futures
A state-of-the-art review of storage technology and industry trends with a focus on applying these developments to the unique needs of digital preservation and archiving, and systems at scale. This session will feature a nuts-and-bolts review of the realities of integrating with cloud-based stores for digital preservation systems: what are the realities of getting content in, managing it once there, and then getting it out again.

– A Report on the Annual Library of Congress Storage Meeting
– Storage Trends [includes LTFS] – Chris Wood, Senior Product & Solutions Development Specialist, Oracle, Author –
– Working with Cloud Store API’s: S3, Open Stack, CDMI, Glacier…
– Open Q&A

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

3:00 PM
Preservation Research, Breakthroughs and Futures
Current developments and trends in digital preservation research and practice; an opportunity to engage in technology transfer from researchers to practitioners and industry.

– Database Preservation and Reuse – Kevin Jernigan, Sr. Director Product Management, Oracle
– The Digital Preservation Network (DPN): Architecture and Preservation Services in a National Network
– IASA-OK: International Association for Sound and AV Archives – Organizing Knowledge Initiative – Guy Marechal
– Connecting the Dots: SCAPE and Other Projects Emerging from the EU

4:30 – 5:30 PM
Introductions, Matchmaking & Breakout Scheduling
“Minute Madness” introductions of attendees (optional), laying out who is participating in the meeting, what they’re hoping to get out of the meeting, and some on-the-fly matchmaking of attendees with like interests.

6:00 PM
Evening Reception

PASIG Day 2: Thursday, May 23, 2013

9:00 AM
Preservation & Archiving Architectures and Operations: Practitioners Knowledge Exchange.
Structured presentation and comparison of preservation systems design and operation. Detailed overviews of PASIG community members’ systems, operating practices, and lessons learned, with an emphasis on digital preservation from different vertical domains (e.g., education, research, energy, health care, aerospace, etc.)
– Major League Baseball Advanced Media — Dirk Van Dall, VP
– Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – Adam Wead (TBC)
– 3rd session to be confirmed

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM

10:45 AM
Lightning Talks
Participatory presentations on late breaking developments, compelling breakthroughs or burning issues from the PASIG Community

11:30 AM
BREAK / Poster Session Mixer


1:00 PM
Domain Deep Dive: Media Preservation
An exploration into the unique requirements and successful strategies of media preservation. The long-term preservation of digital audiovisual media presents a range of complex technological, organisational, and standards-related issues. This recurring PASIG session organized by the PrestoCentre Foundation, will focus on research efforts, technological solutions and practical challenges in audiovisual preservation. The session targets both media owners and service providers.

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

3:00 PM
Deep Dive: Fixity Best Practices
Fixity services are fundamental to digital preservation-they underpin bit level preservation. Proven best practices in fixity auditing and repair are much harder to identify, though, and best practices vary based on storage media (disk, tape or cloud). This panel will give an overview of different approaches and identify best practices best on actual operating experiences.
(4×12 min with 12 min discussion)

–    Facilitator: Tom Creighton
–    Mike Smorul, UMD
–    Tom Wultich, Director, Tape Product Marketing, Oracle

4:00 PM
Emulation & Virtualization as Digital Preservation Strategies
Format migration dominated the early years of digital preservation planning. Virtualization technology made leaps and bounds in the last decade, though, and leveraging emulation for digital preservation has moved from a theoretical possibility to a practical reality by a few pioneering institutions. This presentation set will provide a 1.) demonstration of emulation in action, 2.) overview the track record of developments (especially from Europe) on emulation-for-preservation frameworks, and 3.) explore current efforts and emerging opportunities in emulation for all practitioners.

–  Facilitator: Bram Van Der Werf
–  Speakers TBA

Day 3: Friday, October 19, 2012
9:00 AM
Federal Initiatives in Digital Preservation
This panel will review the current practices at three major federal institutions in digital preservation, and provide a thought on where each is going individually, and the direction of digital preservation on a national scale. With invited speakers from the Library of Congress, the National Science Foundation and the Smithsonian.

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM

10:45 AM
Preservation of Research Data
Demonstration of current live projects of preserving research data in action.

12:00 PM Adjourn

Berkeley Conference on Copyright Formalities & Registries, April 18-19

I wanted to share the announcement from a very interesting conference hosted by the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology dealing with the formalities surrounding copyright works; I’ve been to related conferences in this series in previous years and they have been excellent.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


The 17th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium:

Reform(aliz)ing Copyright for the Internet Age
April 18-19, 2013
Claremont Hotel
Berkeley, CA

Copyright formalities, such as registration of claims and placing
notices on copies, may seem outdated, pedestrian, and… well…
boring. They are anything but. Formalities, which in the past three
decades have largely disappeared from American copyright law, may be
about to stage a comeback. Why? Because copyright formalities may be
one of the most important strategies for reconciling copyright law and
the challenges of the digital age. This conference will consider,
among other things, the useful role that formalities can play in
addressing today’s copyright challenges, what kinds of formalities
might best serve the interests of authors and of the public, economic
considerations posed by formalities, the need for appropriate
technological infrastructures to support new formalities regimes, and
some constraints that the Berne Convention may pose for the design and
implementation of new formalities regimes.

Co-sponsored by

The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT)
The Berkeley Technology Law Journal (BTLJ)
The Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam (IViR)
The Copyright Society of the U.S.A.

Visit the conference page for more information and to register.

A total of 11.5 hours of MCLE credit will be available for attendees.

David R. Hansen
Digital Library Fellow
Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic
UC Berkeley School of Law
(510) 643-8138

EDUCAUSE Webinar on Lib/IT Support for Digital Scholarship

The EDUCAUSE discussion group on Library/IT Collaborations, in which I’ve been a longtime participant, are hosting a webinar on support of digital scholarship. They have an excellent roster of speakers.
Joan Lippincott

Library and IT collaboration in support of digital scholarship: How and where do we even get started?

Please join us for a webinar on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 1 PM EDTto begin a community exploration of this question concerning ways libraries and IT departments can work together in support of digital scholarship efforts on our campuses. A panel of four experienced practitioners representing of a variety of organizations – from research institutions to liberal arts colleges – will informally share their experiences and answer questions from attendees. Our hope is to synthesize ideas and get ideas for next steps at the conclusion.

Presenters are:

  • Glen Bunton, Director of Library Technologies and Systems, University of South Carolina
  • Karen Estlund, Head of the Digital Scholarship Center, University of Oregon
  • Rob Nelson, Director of the Digital Scholarship Lab, University of Richmond
  • Stewart Varner, Digital Scholarship Coordinator, Emory University

Every institution is different in culture and organization, so while there will be no single path for all of us to follow, the themes of innovation and transformation in higher education embraced by digital scholarship must be supported. This webinar proposes to be a first step in empowering all of us to become local champions of these activities.

This free event, coordinated by members of the EDUCAUSE Library/IT Collaborations interest group and kindly supported by Oregon State University, is open to anyone interested in hearing about or sharing experiences on the topic of library/IT collaborations in digital scholarship. Registration is not necessary – at the time of the event, use any browser and head to the following link:

We hope you’ll join us.

Kevin Butterfield, University Librarian, University of Richmond
Chris Kemp, Head, Digital Library Services, University of Richmond

Nikki Reynolds, Director of Instructional Technology Support Services, Hamilton College
Beth Secrist, Program Officer for IT Services, ARL

Stewart Varner, Digital Scholarship Coordinator, Emory University

Participate in ELI Challenges & Opportunities Survey

Our colleagues at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) seek your input in identifying leading challenges and opportunities.
–Joan Lippncott

The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) would like to remind folks that
there is still time to help identify the leading challenges and
opportunities in teaching and learning (aka ELI content anchors). Please
steer your browser to:

and complete the survey. It will take only a couple of minutes. These
content anchors provide a evolving snapshot of the teaching and learning

Please share this link colleagues at your institution. Voting ends March

The ELI will be publishing the results as well as how these results
compare across the three years. You can access our infographic on the
results from the first two years at:

Many thanks in advance for your help! Apologies for cross-posting,
Malcolm Brown

Malcolm Brown
Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative

Uncommon Thinking for the Common Good
1150 18th Street, NW, Suite 900 Washington, DC 20036
direct: 575.448.1313 | main: 202.872.4200 | fax: 202.872.4318 | <>

REMINDER: CNI Registration closes Tuesday 3/5

The registration deadline for the Spring 2013 CNI member meeting is next TUESDAY, March 5th. If you have not registered for the meeting or made hotel accommodations, please do so by Tuesday. Information about registration & accommodations is available online:

Herbert van de Sompel will open the conference with a plenary talk titled “From the Version of Record to a Version of the Record,” in which he will look at the long term trends shaping the digital scholarly record and the technologies and architectures needed to manage these changes. The meeting will close with the first public presentation from Ithaka S+R on the key findings of their 2012 United States Faculty Survey: Deanna Marcum and Roger Schonfeld from Ithaka will guide us through the survey findings, after which Judy Russell, Dean of Libraries at the University of Florida, and a member of the survey project advisory board, will offer perspectives on the findings as a campus and library community leader.

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 The event will be held in at the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX, April 4-5.

See you in San Antonio!

Plenary Speakers for Spring CNI Meeting, San Antonio TX, April 4-5

We have a wonderful pair of plenary speakers for our upcoming Member meeting in San Antonio on April 4-5, 2013.

Herbert van de Sompel will open the conference with a talk titled “From the Version of Record to a Version of the Record”. This should be quite extraordinary, based on the conversations that Herbert and I have been having, because instead of focusing deeply on one of the portfolio of important projects that Herbert has worked on in recent years, such as Momento, or Resource Synchronization, or Object Reuse and Exchange, in this talk Herbert steps back and looks at the long term trends shaping our digital scholarly record and the technologies and architectures needed to manage these changes. He juxtaposes the evolving worldwide web and our understanding of it to the way we have thought about digital archives over time. It is very unusual to see this sort of examination of the broad picture across time, of understanding information technologies as products of their times and contexts, of characterizing shifting conceptual paradigms, and yet I cannot stress how essential I believe such insights are to developing the collective wisdom to craft future generations of networked information technologies and services. I am delighted that Herbert is able to join us to share his thinking.

We will close the meeting with the first public presentation from Ithaka S+R on the key findings of their 2012 United States Faculty survey. This large-scale survey, which has taken place every three years since 2000, is one of the best sources for understanding both the current state and evolution of faculty needs and perceptions about libraries, scholarly publishing, and the collection and discovery of information resources. This data should offer important insights on where faculty stand with regard to developments ranging from research data management to scholarly publishing alternatives to e-books, and also help us to see where the trend lines are going, and how rapidly. Deanna Marcum and Roger Schonfeld from Ithaka will guide us through the survey findings, after which Judy Russell, Dean of LIbraries at the University of Florida and a member of the survey project advisory board, will offer perspectives on the finding as a campus and library community leader. An interesting new development in this generation of the faculty survey is a provision to administer a localized version at a specific campus (and then compare campus to national results), and Judy will report on her experiences with a pilot version of such a localized study.

You can find more details on both plenaries, including biographies of the presenters, here:

I hope that many of our members will be able to join us in San Antonio this April for these splendid plenary sessions. I will note that just today we have largely finalized the breakout session list, which also includes a wide range of excellent presentations, and will be sharing that soon.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Open Archives Initiative/NISO ResourceSynch Draft Spec for Comment

I wanted to share (somewhat belatedly; my apologies for the delay) this announcement from Herbert van de Sompel about the availability of a draft specification for public comment from the joint Open Archives Initiative/NISO ResourceSynch effort. This is an extremely ambitious project that takes on an important but highly challenging problem, and thus it’s particularly important that it get wide public review and comment.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


Call for feedback to the ResourceSync specification for
synchronization of web resources

A draft ResourceSync specification is now available at Feedback to this version of the
specification is solicited and can be shared by March 15th 2013 on the
ResourceSync Google Group [1]. Group discussions are openly
accessible; posting requires group membership.

The ResourceSync specification describes a synchronization framework
for the web that consists of various capabilities that allow third
party systems to remain synchronized with a server’s evolving
resources. The capabilities may be combined in a modular manner to
meet local or community requirements. The specification also describes
how a server can advertise the synchronization capabilities it
supports and how third party systems can discover this information.
The document formats used in the synchronization framework are based
on the widely adopted Sitemap protocol.

Recent papers provide background information about the ResourceSync
effort: [2] describes a perspective on the resource synchronization
problem, [3] gives a high-level technical overview of the proposed
solution, and [4] enumerates classes of use cases.

ResourceSync is a collaboration between the National Information
Standardization Organization (NISO) [5] and the Open Archives
Initiative (OAI) [6]. It is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
[7] and Jisc [8].

The editors of the specification are affiliated with the Los Alamos
National Laboratory, Cornell University, Old Dominion University, and
the University of Michigan. They have been involved in other
interoperability specification efforts, including the OAI Protocol for
Metadata Harvesting, OAI Object Reuse and Exchange, Memento, and Open
Annotation. An international Technical Committee has supported the
editors in compiling the draft specification.

Herbert Van de Sompel, on behalf of the NISO/OAI ResourceSync effort


Data Documentation Initiative Conference Announcement, Lawrence, KS April 2-3

I wanted to pass along this announcement from Deb Ludwig at the University of Kansas Libraries. DDI is a well-established data standard that seems to be gaining broader interest.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Registration is open for the first annual North American Data Documentation Initiative (NADDI) Conference which will be held in Lawrence Kansas at the University of Kansas on April 2 and 3, 2013. Please register by March 12, 2013 at A reduced registration rate is available for a limited number of graduate students.

DDI is an international data standard for the observation and measurement of human activity. Although primarily used by quantitative social scientists, an increasing number of scientists in other disciplines are embracing DDI to document and manage their data and metadata. More information about DDI is available at: This conference promises to be of interest to researchers, librarians, archivists, repository managers, metadata specialists, and data professionals in the social sciences and other disciplines.

The agenda is available at: Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Jay Greenfield ( of Booz Allen Hamilton where he is the semantic architect for a DDI Lifecycle based metadata system that supports the National Children’s Study (NCS). Patterned after the successful European DDI conference (EDDI), the conference will be informative, interesting, and educational. There will be presentations on the use of DDI in research programs and data repositories, developments with DDI and demonstrations of new DDI tools. The NADDI Conference is an opportunity for those using DDI and those interested in learning more about it to come together and learn from each other.

The Oread Hotel is the conference hotel and is located one block from the Kansas Union. To reserve a room with the conference rate, please call 785.843.1200 or 877.263.6347. The hotel will be releasing the block of rooms we have reserved on March 2. It is not possible to make a reservation using the group rate through the hotel’s online site. If you are unable to telephone the hotel (e.g. for our international attendees) please send an email to Gail Craun with your reservation request ( Room rates will be:

  • $115 per night (Sunday through Thursday)
  • $169 per night (King Classic, Friday and Saturdays)
  • $179 per night (King, Friday and Saturdays)

Following the conference, on April 4, 2013, there will be a full day of training on the use of DDI. More information about the training is available at:

Major funding for the conference has been provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. More information about the foundation is available here: .

The conference is hosted and sponsored by the Institute for Policy & Social Research ( ), KU Libraries (, the DDI Alliance (

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013