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The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has just issued a call for information on software tools and analysis methods as part of their Big Data to Knowledge Initiative. Details can be found here:
Responses are due by September 6. I hope that they will share what they learn with the broader community; this is a very interesting RFI.
Institutions that are developing ETD programs often have a need for information on a wide range of issues, from access and embargo issues (currently in the news due to the American Historical Association statement) to curatorial practices in the digital environment. A group of experts has written a set of materials addressing many aspects of ETD lifecycle management. The editors are requesting that interested parties review the documents and send comments to improve the content. I have already contributed comments and encourage all of you, whether you have existing ETD programs or are in the formative stages, to give some feedback to the editors.
–Joan Lippincott, CNI
The ETD Lifecycle Management project (http://metaarchive.org/imls) releases for public review the draft Guidance Documents for Lifecycle Management of ETDs. Funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and led by the University of North Texas, in partnership with the NDLTD and Educopia Institute, the ETD Lifecycle Management project is promoting best practices and improving the capacity of academic libraries to preserve ETDs for future researchers.
About the ETD Guidance Documents
Written by ETD program experts from several established and well-respected academic institutions (see below), the Guidance Documents are geared towards the full range of stakeholders in ETD programs from administrators to graduate schools to librarians to vendors. As indicated by the Table of Contents below, the Guidance Documents cover a range of curation topics that span the lifecycle for ETDs.
Table of Contents
- Guidance Documents for the Lifecycle Management of ETDs
- Guidelines for Implementing ETD Programs – Roles & Responsibilities
- Guide to Access Levels & Embargoes of ETDs
- Briefing on Copyright & Fair Use Issues in ETDs
- Guidelines for Collecting Usage Metrics & Demonstrations of Value for ETD Programs
- Managing the Lifecycle of ETDs: Curatorial Decisions & Practices
- Metadata for ETD Lifecycle Management
- Guide to ETD Program Planning & Cost Estimation
- Guide to Options for ETD Programs
Review the Guidance Documents
Interested ETD stakeholders can register to receive a copy of the Guidance Documents at the following website, http://publishing.educopia.org/etd-lifecycle-guidance-documents/. By requesting the documents, reviewers are voluntarily agreeing to provide our project with feedback to help improve the documents. Reviewers may provide feedback on all of the documents or just the document(s) that prove most relevant to their areas of interest. Our project staff will follow up with reviewers individually one month from the date they receive the documents, and will incorporate their suggestions into the final draft. The review period will close on December 31st, 2013.
About the Document Authors & Editors
The Guidance Document for Lifecycle Management of ETDs have been authored by ETD program experts from the University of North Texas, Virginia Tech, Rice University, Boston College, Indiana State University, Pennsylvania State University, and University of Arizona. The documents were edited by representatives from the Educopia Institute, the MetaArchive Cooperative, and the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations. Special thanks to Joan Lippencott from the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) for early reviews of the draft documents.
Director, Center for Digital Research & Scholarship
Services (formerly Digital Library & Archives)
Professor, University Libraries
The National Digital Stewardship Alliance has recently released its 2014 National Agenda for Digital Stewardship, which can be found at
This is a very valuable concise survey and agenda for high priority areas of digital stewardship; it’s also important because it reflects the wide consultation and breadth that characterizes the important leadership and coordinating work of the Alliance.
I apologize to the many CNI-announce readers who have doubtless already seen announcements of this report (or indeed contributed to its development) but I think it’s significant enough that I wanted to be sure that the entire CNI community was aware of it; those who do not follow digital stewardship developments in detail will, I believe, find the report to be a quite helpful snapshot.
I am hopeful that we will be able to have a session at the upcoming December CNI meeting to discuss this report and to further contribute to the ongoing NDSA agenda-setting efforts.
I’d like to encourage the CNI constituency to contribute stories to this EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) project that my colleague Malcolm Brown is leading. Many of you have likely benefited from the informative and timely “7 Things You Should Know About” series that they produce, and EDUCAUSE is now looking for specific ways you and your institution have employed what you learned through a “7 Things” publication.
Joan Lippincott, CNI
The ELI is preparing the 100th issue of its series 100 Things You Should Know About publication.
To prepare the issue, we are seeking stories about how folks have used the publication in the context of their work. Do you — or any of your colleagues — have a story that
–describes how you’ve made use of 7 Things;
–illustrates how others at your institution have used 7 Things;
–describes how 7 Things was useful to you or a colleague in an unexpected way;
and so forth.
What we are looking for is the short story (150 words or less) that describes how you used it and not a generic description. Hence not simply “I use it in my courses” but rather something with a bit more detail “Two years ago, I used several issues on personal digital magazines to initiate my student’s research projects.” No example, as long as it is a real story, is too trivial.
We’ll not be quoting directly, but use the story as the basis of a scenario. Anyone whose story (or stories) is selected to help form the basis of the issue will be credited as a contributors.
To see an example of such crediting, go to: http://www.educause.edu/library/resources/7-things-you-should-know-about-intelligent-tutoring-systems
Please write up your story in an email and send it directly to me at mbrown.
Many thanks in advance!
Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative
Uncommon Thinking for the Common Good
1150 18th Street, NW, Suite 900 Washington, DC 20036
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
20-24 Tavistock Square
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