Jisc call for input: Visions of Education and Research

Our colleagues at the Jisc have issued a call for comments on a set
of vision documents dealing with teaching and research. They have a
deadline of February 2 for input. See


Some of the material, particularly dealing with research practices,
will be of considerable interest to some CNI-announce readers.
Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Interviews from CNI Fall Meeting

Our friends at EDUCAUSE have just released a great series of interviews with several key speakers and attendees from CNI’s December meeting. We’ve put up links to the individual recordings on the meeting homepage (https://www.cni.org/mm/past-meetings/fall-2015), where you’ll also find slide decks and direct links to all the videos we’ve released so far (there are a few more of those to come so stay tuned).

You can also access the CNI interviews by going to https://soundcloud.com/educause/tracks, where you’ll find lots of great content by EDUCAUSE. 

Videos: BIBFRAME/Linked Data & New Tools for Image Collections

New videos from CNI’s recent membership meeting are now available:

Rob Sanderson of Stanford University presents an assessment of the current BIBFRAME best practices from the Linked Data community by methodically laying out those best practices, discussing the extent to which they are applied in BIBFRAME and describing some of the steps for remediation. The Future of Linked Data in Libraries: Assessing BIBFRAME Against Best Practices is now online at:
YouTube: https://youtu.be/2-U-Qd37WgE
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/152611387

In New Tools for Providing Access to Digital Image Collections: Mirador and Spotlight, Stanford’s Stuart Snydman highlights two community open source software projects: one that enables librarians, curators, and others to easily build Web-based exhibits that showcase digital collections, and another that leverages the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) to support comparative and interactive uses of image-based resources across libraries, museums and archives.
YouTube: https://youtu.be/5HI913kE2dk
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/152599632

To see all videos produced by CNI, visit our video channels on YouTube (www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (vimeo.com/channels/cni).

Gaming Metrics: Innovation & Surveillance in Academic Misconduct

Posting on behalf of MacKenzie Smith, UC Davis University Librarian.


Registration in now open for


UC Davis, February 4-5, 2016

Organized by the Innovating Communication in Scholarship Project (ICIS) with support from the Center for Science and Innovation Studies (CSIS). Co-organizers: Mario Biagioli and Alexandra Lippman


Gaming Metrics: Innovating & Surveilling Academic …


GAMING METRICS: INNOVATING & SURVEILLING ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT. UC Davis, February 4-5, 2016. This conference explores a recent evolution of scholarly misconduct …


The conference is open to the public. Please register here<http://goo.gl/forms/QdMyTg1xZt>.  Although attendance will be on first-come first-serve basis, we will reserve seats for out-of-town participants.


Misconduct has traditionally been tied to the pressures of “publish or perish” and, more recently, to the new opportunities offered by electronic publishing. The conference takes the next step to asks whether the modalities of misconduct are now evolving to adapt themselves to modern metrics-based regimes of academic evaluation. Have we moved from “publish or perish” to “impact or perish”?  If so, are metrics of evaluation now creating new incentives for misconduct?  And can we still reliably draw a clear separation between gaming the metrics game and engaging in misconduct?  Traditional discourses and policies of misconduct were rooted in oppositions between truth and falsehood, right and wrong, honest mistake and fabrication, but new metrics-based misconduct seems to be defined by the extent of the gaming involved.  In sum, are new metrics-based forms of misconduct asking us to rethink and redefine misconduct?

Topics include:

How different communities and professions construe the line between acceptable and unacceptable gaming.

When do university rankings cross over into institutional misconduct?

“Collaborative” misconduct, such as citation rings among journals to maximize their impact factors.

Gaming that involves the construction or adoption of metrics

Does Goodhart’s law, that the introduction of any metric creates a market for gaming it, apply in academic contexts?

Does the rise of “watchdog” organizations indicate something about the specific nature of modern academic misconduct?

The appearance of “fake” journals whose titles (and the look and feel of their websites) resemble those of well-known and respectable journals

Have humor and absurdity become a mode of critique and unmasking?

Speakers include:

Sally Engle Merry (NYU, Anthropology)

Alex Csiszar (Harvard University, History of Science)

Paul Wouters (Leiden University, Science and Technology Studies)

Karen Levy (NYU, Media, Culture, and Communication)

Barbara Kehm (University of Glasgow, School of Education)

Lior Pachter (UC Berkeley, Mathematics)

Daniele Fanelli (Stanford, METRICS)

Finn Brunton (NYU, Media, Culture, and Communication)

Sarah de Rijcke (Leiden University, Science and Technology Studies)

Jeffrey Beall (University of Colorado, Denver, Information Science)

Dan Morgan (University of California Press, Collabra Project)

Johan Bollen (Indiana University, Informatics and Computing)

Carl T. Bergstrom (University of Washington, Biology)

Jennifer Lin (Crossref)

Michael Power (London School of Economics, Accounting)

James Griesemer (UC Davis, Philosophy)

Ivan Oransky (Retraction Watch & NYU)

John Bohannon (Science Magazine)

Elizabeth Wager (Sideview)

Darren Taichman (Editor, Annals of Internal Medicine)

Debora Weber-Wulff (University of Applied Sciences Berlin, HTW, Media and Computing)

Brandon Stell (The PubPeer Foundation & CNRS)

Emmanuel Didier and Catherine Guaspare (EPiDaPo, UCLA)

Marie-Andree Jacob (Keele University, Law)

Alessandro Delfanti (University of Toronto, Communication, Culture, Information and Technology)

Sergio Sismondo (Queen’s University, Philosophy)

Cyril Labbé (Joseph Fourier University – Grenoble I)

Burkhard Morgenstern (Universität Göttingen, Bioinformatics)

Paul Brookes (University of Rochester, Medicine)

Preservation & Archiving SIG meeting in Prague

For those interested in digital preservation issues, please consider attending this event in Prague.

Posting on behalf of PASIG.

-Joan Lippincott, CNI


Registration is open for the next PASIG event, March 9-11, at the Czech National Library of Technology in Prague. Note that the attendee cost is 200€ until the end of January and 250€ February 1 on. To view the agenda and register, go tohttp://pasig.schk.sk/wordpress/registration. A list of local hotels is available on the website.

This is a great opportunity for organizations setting up preservation repositories to collaborate and work directly with leaders in the field. The PASIG is focused on 1) addressing practical preservation questions, 2) hearing about best practices and new technologies from global experts, 3) investigating the convergence of on-premise architectures and the Cloud, 4) how to set up, initiate, and audit the metrics of a preservation project, 5) key global project updates, and 6) solution provider and end customer collaboration. PASIG is a highly collaborative and interactive forum and generally attracts a large contingent of new participants.

Session Overviews include:

– Digital Preservation Bootcamp

Training in concepts, issues, tools, strategies & approaches for Digital Preservation and Archiving.

– Open Preservation Foundation Workshop: veraPDF – definitive, open source PDF/A validation for digital preservationists

– PKX / Practitioners Knowledge Exchange: Case Studies in Preservation & Archiving Architectures and Operations

– Lightning Talks

– The Frontiers of Preservation 

Discussions on the recent developments and challenges facing those who are tackling digital preservation.

– Industry Collaboration and Solution Vendor Presentations

– Project Updates and Digital Preservation Community Developments

– Hardening Existing Systems with Preservation Capabilities

We would like to thank the sponsors: Arkivum, Cray, The Digital Preservation Network, Ex Libris, Oracle, Preservica, P&A Consult, and T-Systems. 

Current participating/attending organizations include: 



Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Bibliotheque nationale de France

Charles U., Prague

CSC Finland

Czech Library of the Academy of Sciences

Czech National Library of Technology

Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC)

Digital Preservation Network (DPN)

Ex Libris

FIZ Karlsruhe

Freiburg U.

King’s College London


Masaryk U.

Moravska Zemska Knihovna

Moravian Library

Museum of Modern Art 

Open Preservation Foundation


Oxford U. 

P&A Consult


Princeton U. 

Qatar National Library

Slovak Chemistry Library

Stanford U.



UC San Diego

U. Hagen

U. Hull

U. Oklahoma

Videos: High Resolution Walls & Linked Data

New videos from CNI’s recent membership meeting are now available:

High resolution displays have been an increasing presence in libraries. Experiences with High Resolution Display Walls in Academic Libraries explores how these screens have been integrated to support a variety of research and learning at the University of Calgary, Brown University and North Carolina State University. The talk is now online at:

YouTube: https://youtu.be/EivwkNt0gYk
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/151911867


In this 2-part presentation, Dean Krafft of Cornell and Tom Cramer of Stanford provide an update on the Mellon-funded Linked Data for Libraries (LD4L) project, and Charles Blair (University of Chicago) discusses the process of applying linked data to a digital repository. Linked Data for Libraries and Archives: LD4L and Europeana is online at:
YouTube: https://youtu.be/JXWKu0elxQM
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/151818388


To see all videos produced by CNI, visit our video channels on YouTube (www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (vimeo.com/channels/cni).

Call for Proposals, CNI Spring Meeting

Proposals are now being accepted for project briefings to be presented at CNI’s Spring 2016 CNI Membership Meeting on April 4-5 in San Antonio, Texas at The Westin Riverwalk.

Project briefings are 45-minute or one-hour sessions that focus on a discussion of a hot topic, or on a specific institutional/organizational project related to digital information. A limited number of project briefings are accepted. 

Proposals may be submitted via online form:
Deadline for submissions is Friday, February 12.

Follow this meeting on Twitter: #cni16s

Videos: Digital Dissertations & Big Data Ethics

Two new videos from CNI’s December membership meeting are now available:

Digital Dissertations in an Increasingly Welcoming Landscape explores a uniquely shaped humanities dissertation, which included the design, code, and user-testing of an experimental social reading interface. The talk by Amanda Visconti (Purdue) is now online at:

YouTube: https://youtu.be/_U0j9Nq0TKU
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/151657119

Bonnie Tijerina and Emily Keller of the Data & Society Research Institute discuss the Supporting Ethics in Data Research project that explores the current and potential partnerships between computer science researchers, librarians, and support systems on campus to address emerging ethical issues in the research process. Big Data Ethics Support Systems and Networks is online at:

YouTube: https://youtu.be/bJACENw_AuI
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/151672242

See all videos produced by CNI on YouTube (www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (vimeo.com/channels/cni).

Videos: Archaeology of Infrastructure & Open Science Framework

Two new videos from CNI’s December membership meeting are now available:

Sayeed Choudhury (Johns Hopkins) and Jaap Geraerts (University College London) describe the close cooperation between scholars and technical experts in the development of a transcription protocol developed to better understand the practice of reading. Watch The Archaeology of Infrastructure at:

YouTube: https://youtu.be/u7gA_T0eVXY
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/149713092

The Open Science Framework (OSF) is a free, open source Web application, developed by the Center for Open Science (COS), that provides features like file sharing and citing, persistent urls, provenance tracking, and automated versioning. Andrew Sallans (COS) and Natalie Meyers (Notre Dame) describe the core OSF architecture and the problems that it solves, and then explore how this infrastructure can support the institutional research mission, demonstrated through specific examples from the University of Notre Dame. The Open Science Framework (OSF) at Notre Dame: Connecting the Workflow and Supporting the Research Mission is online at:

YouTube: https://youtu.be/enohoM6cBww
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/149889116

To see all videos produced by CNI, visit our video channels on YouTube (www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (vimeo.com/channels/cni).

Videos: Trust/Consumer Protection & History of Web Interoperability

Two new videos from CNI’s recent membership meeting have been posted:

In this video of the closing plenary address, Transparency, Trust, and Consumer Protection in a Complex World, FTC Commissioner Julie Brill discusses the Internet of Things, big data and the implications for privacy and fairness from the consumer’s perspective:
YouTube: https://youtu.be/_yB80xD3xvY
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/channels/cni/149483151

Herbert Van de Sompel (Los Alamos National Laboratory) and Michael Nelson (Old Dominion University) consider 17 years of working towards interoperability in the project briefing Achieving Meaningful Interoperability for Web-based Scholarship, exploring, in particular, three efforts: OAI-PMH, OAI-ORE, and Memento:
YouTube: https://youtu.be/NEeDvlveEVA
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/channels/cni/149517722

Previously-released videos from this meeting:
Recalibrating Access, Security, Privacy and Innovation (Clifford Lynch, CNI)
Is Gold Open Access Sustainable? Update from the UC Pay-It-Forward Project (Smith, Anderson)
How Much Does $1.7 Billion Buy You? A Comparison of Published Scientific Journal Articles to Their Pre-print Version (Farb, Grappone, Broadwell, Klein)

Look for more announcements soon of other video offerings from the fall 2015 CNI meeting. To see all videos produced by CNI, visit our video channels on YouTube (www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (vimeo.com/channels/cni).

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013