Video from Radcliffe Institute "University as Collector" Conference

On April 24, 2015 Harvard hosted a very interesting conference titled “University as Collector” at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (which, sadly, I was unable to attend personally). Video recordings for all of the sessions at this meeting are now available at:

There are some fascinating materials here about ways in which various “collections” (in the broadest sense, certainly including but going beyond library or museum materials) amassed by Universities over time interact with institutional missions of teaching and research and can contribute to scholarship.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Bucknell Collaborating Digitally conference – call for proposals

I’m posting this on behalf of Bucknell University, which will be hosting a digital scholarship conference. I know many of you are both interested in this topic and doing innovative work. This call for proposals encourages presentations highlighting collaboration in digital scholarship. Please see below for details.

–Joan Lippincott, CNI


Call for Proposals #BUDSC15

Bucknell University, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will host its second annual digital scholarship conference on November 6-8, 2015. The theme of the conference is “Collaborating Digitally: Engaging Students in Public Scholarship.”

This conference will bring together a broad community of practitioners–faculty, researchers, librarians, educational technologists, and students–engaged in digital scholarship in research and teaching who share a focus on public scholarship. The topic acknowledges the importance of expanding learning experiences beyond the University. Whether privileging research that is public in scope or topic, encouraging work that pursues public impact, or fostering digital literacy skills necessary to create multi-modal projects for public audiences, digital scholarship provides many avenues to consider and reconsider multiple publics.

We encourage presentations that highlight forms of collaboration: between institutions of higher education; across disciplines; between faculty, librarians, and technologists; and between faculty and students. We welcome contributions from scholars, educators, technologists, librarians, administrators, and students who use digital tools and methods, and encourage submissions from emerging and established scholar-practitioners alike, including those who are new to digital collaboration.

Presentations may take the form of interactive presentations, short papers, project demos, electronic posters, panel discussions, work-in-progress sessions, workshops, or lightning talks.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please submit a 250 word abstract including the title of your presentation, the name of your institution as well as those of presenters via EasyChair.

The deadline for proposals is August 15, 2015.

If you have questions or would like more information about the submission process, please email Emily Sherwood

Bucknell is a private liberal arts university located alongside the historic Susquehanna River in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. At Bucknell “Digital Scholarship” is defined as any scholarly activity that makes extensive use of one or more of the new possibilities for teaching, learning and research opened up by the unique affordances of digital media. These include, but are not limited to, new forms of collaboration, new forms of publication, and new methods for visualizing and analyzing data.


Param Bedi

Vice President

Library and Information Technology

Bucknell University

(o) 570-577-1557

NHPRC Strategic Plan call for input

I wanted to share this request I recently received broadly with the CNI community. The National Historic Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) is working through a strategic planning process, and is reaching out to various groups, including the CNI community, for input and comments. The announcement that I’ve reproduced below includes information on how to submit responses to the NHPRC.

Clifford Lynch

Director, CNI


For the past 50 years the National Historical Publications and Records Commission has been awarding grants from the National Archives to projects that preserve and publish historical records. As we look to the future, we have begun the process of creating a new Strategic Plan, and we would like your help in setting a new course. We’re hoping to craft our programming to meet the current needs of the field and to best serve the American people.

After internal discussions at the National Archives and with the members of the Commission, we have drafted a preliminary set of goals, as follows:  to make access happen, to involve more citizens more directly in the work of archives, to provide leadership through the National Archives, and to change our processes to increase our reach and leverage.

We are contacting several organizations to invite their ideas and input.  I ask you to share my email and the links below with appropriate members of the CNI community and consider sending us your feedback.

You can read this draft framework for the NHPRC Strategic Plan as well as view a short presentation on the NHPRC and the draft goals we’ve put together at the following you tube presentation:

We welcome input from your organization and those you represent. There are several ways to share your thoughts:

ALL comments will be considered by the staff and the 15-member Commission. Our goal is to revise the current draft in September, so we will need your comments by September 15, 2015. 

Thanks in advance for assisting the Commission in this important undertaking. We look forward to hearing from you.

Kathleen Williams, Executive Director

Natl Historical Pubs and Records Commission (NHPRC)

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

700 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 114

Washington, DC 20408

202-357-5263 (office); 240-338-2985 (cell)

National Library of Medicine Strategic Vision

I had intended to send this out earlier, but it’s still very relevant, and I suspect that many members of the CNI community may not have had an opportunity to see the report. My apologies for the delay, and to any readers for whom this is “old news”.

In mid-June the US National Institutes of Health approved a new strategic vision report for the National Library of Medicine as part of the organization’s leadership transition following the retirement of the long-time director, Dr. Lindberg. There’s an announcement here:

and the report, which is well worth reading from a number of perspectives, including thinking about disciplinary informatics strategies for different disciplines, can also be accessed directly at:

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

"Keys Under Doormats: Mandating Insecurity" report on government access to all encryption

US law enforcement agencies are making the argument (for example at recent Senate hearings)  that they need some technological mechanism to give them access  to all communications channels and stored data, however encrypted.  Similar demands are being heard in other nations.

Without going into any detail on these issues, I wanted to share a recent very clear and concise report titled “Keys Under Dormats: Mandating Insecurity” from a group that includes a number of the world’s leading experts on various aspects of computer security. This report, which has gotten some media attention recently, including coverage in the New York Times, briefly reviews the long history of this debate and the current situation in the context of technical realities as well as trust and risk issues.

The report can be found here, along with an abstract and author list:

I would note that at least in the United States, the calls for access seem to be very much focused on claimed law enforcement needs (with the Director of the FBI being the most prominent proponent of such access); the broader context of national security, encompassing not just law enforcement but  the security, integrity and resilience of public and private information systems, as well as economic interests of industry and the concerns of the intelligence communities, leads to a much more confusing, complex and nuanced landscape. For a taste of these complexities, one place to start might be two blog entries by Bruce Schneier, one of the group of authors of the report, and the various links and commentary connected to them.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Archiving 2016 Call for Papers

CNI is pleased to serve as a cooperating society for Archiving 2016.


The Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T) is pleased to announce the release of the Archiving 2016 Call for Papers:

This year, authors have the option to submit either:

  • a traditional conference paper, which will be published in the proceedings only, or
  • a paper that will first appear in the Journal of Imaging Science and Technology (JIST) and as a reprint in the Archiving 2016 Proceedings.

See for more information.

Submission Deadline: October 4, 2015

All papers submitted to JIST:

  • must meet journal standards
  • are automatically submitted to the conference program committee for review
  • must follow the Author Guidelines for Conference Focused Sections

Papers submitted via either the Conference-only option or the JIST + Conference option will be considered for presentation at the conference.

Proposed Program Topics

Prospective authors are invited to submit abstracts describing original work for presentation at the 2016 conference in technical areas related to the general fields of:

  • New developments in imaging technologies (digitization of 2D/3D materials and of audio/visual materials)
    • Digitization equipment and software
    • Imaging techniques and workflows, e.g., multispectral imaging, 3D imaging, large scale imaging, large format imaging, etc.
    • Quality assurance (targets, software, automation and integration in workflows)
    • Formats for preservation and access
    • Embedded metadata
    • Standards related to imaging practices
  • Curation/management of images, and AV materials, digital art, social media, etc.
    • Policies, strategies, plans, risk management
    • Pre-Ingest (acquisition, appraisal, digital forensics, etc.)
    • Ingest of digitized materials and born digital images, AV
    • Management of metadata
    • Archiving (preservation, curation, data management) of images and AV materials
    • Dissemination and use of images and AV materials (including rights management, crowd sourcing, data mining, etc.)
    • Business models and cost models for digitization and archiving
  • Imaging practices from around the world

All submitted proposals are peer reviewed by the program committee to assure that the program provides significant, timely, and authoritative information. All papers presented at Archiving 2016 are published in the conference proceedings, indexed with various services, filed with the US Library of Congress, and made available as downloadable PDFs through the IS&T digital library. Papers presented at the conference should be authoritative and complete in regard to advancing the state of knowledge in the area of digital preservation and archiving. The conference language is English.

The Venue: National Archives, Washington, DC

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)—home to the US Declaration of Independence and Constitution—will host Archiving 2016.

Located in the heart of Washington, DC, the National Archives borders the National Mall, home to many of the Smithsonian Museums and the National Gallery of Art. Numerous cultural heritage institutions, the US Capitol, the White House, other government departments, national monuments, restaurants, and Metro transit stations are within easy walking distance. The 2016 meeting occurs at the end of the Cherry Blossom Festival, when the city’s gardens and parks come alive with blooms.

Keep Connected

Please join the IS&T Archiving group on LinkedIn to keep up-to-date on important conference details.

Please send all submission questions to

4th Designing Libraries for the 21st Century Conference – Registration Open

I am very pleased to announce the 4th Designing Libraries for the 21st Century Conference, which will be held at the James B. Hunt Library in Raleigh, NC on September 20-22, 2015.  North Carolina State University Libraries will host the conference, and CNI is very pleased to be a co-sponsor along with the University of Calgary. We have a stimulating program planned and attendees will be able to tour the Hunt and Hill Libraries at NCSU. I encourage you to visit the conference website at for registration and additional information.

–Joan Lippincott, CNI

NCSU Announcement

Video from Berkeley DataEDGE conference now available

In early May of this year, I was fortunate to be able to attend the annual DataEDGE conference hosted by the University of California, Berkeley School of Information. This is a conference that focuses on developments in data science with some emphasis on work going on at Berkeley and more broadly in the Bay Area, and offers a range of presentations dealing with technical developments, workforce, and broader implications of data science.  There is much here that will interest various segments of the CNI community, I thnk.

The videos from the conference are now available to the public and can be found at

along with links to more information about the conference. For those interested in future meetings, DataEDGE 2016 will be held May 5-6, 2016.

Full Disclosure: I am an Adjunct Professor at the Berkeley I-school.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

OCLC Research Evolving Scholarly Record

Over the last half-year or so, OCLC Research has been running a series of symposia exploring what they are calling the “evolving scholarly record”; the final symposium in the series was held June 2 in San Francisco. CNI has been participating in these meetings as part of our efforts to understand the broader landscape of preservation challenges, as well as due to our ongoing interest in the evolution of scholarly communications practices.

With that context, I wanted to share the announcement below with the CNI community about OCLC’s latest report on this work, which has just been released.  The report is at

and if you are not familiar with the project, you may also want to look at the earlier report at

Material on the June 2, 2015 workshop (and pointers to summaries of earlier workshops) can be found at

Clifford Lynch

Director, CNI


OCLC Research published a new report today, Stewardship of the Evolving Scholarly Record: From the Invisible Hand to Conscious Coordination, written by Brian Lavoie and Constance Malpas.

This report describes the key features of future stewardship models adapted to the characteristics of a digital, networked scholarly record, and discusses some practical implications of implementing these models.

Key highlights include:

  • As the scholarly record continues to evolve, conscious coordination will become an important organizing principle for stewardship models.
  • Past stewardship models were built on an “invisible hand” approach that relied on the uncoordinated, institution-scale efforts of individual academic libraries acting autonomously to maintain local collections.
  • Future stewardship of the evolving scholarly record requires conscious coordination of context, commitments, specialization, and reciprocity.
  • With conscious coordination, local stewardship efforts leverage scale by collecting more of less.
  • Keys to conscious coordination include right-scaling consolidation, cooperation, and community mix.
  • Reducing transaction costs and building trust facilitate conscious coordination.
  • Incentives to participate in cooperative stewardship activities should be linked to broader institutional priorities.

Conscious coordination calls for stewardship strategies that incorporate a broader awareness of the system-wide stewardship context; declarations of explicit commitments around portions of the local collection; formal divisions of labor within cooperative arrangements; and robust networks for reciprocal access. Stewardship strategies based on conscious coordination involve an acceleration of an already perceptible transition away from relatively autonomous local collections to ones built on networks of cooperation across many organizations, within and outside the traditional cultural heritage community.

IDCC 2016 Feb 22-25, 2016, Amsterdam

The 11th International Digital Curation Conference will be held from Monday 22 February to Thursday 25 February 2016 at the Mövenpick Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The Call for Papers will be published shortly and further details will be added to the Conference website over the coming months.

CNI is once again delighted to act as a co-sponsor of this meeting.

Clifford Lynch

Director, CNI

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013