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The conference announcement and call for papers should be of interest to the CNI community. I particularly appreciate the conference theme.
Disclosure: I am a member of the program committee for this meeting.
The Sussex Humanities Lab and the Digital Repository of Ireland are pleased to announce that the second Digital Preservation for the Arts, Social Science, and Humanities conference will take place 14-15 June 2017 at the University of Sussex, Brighton.
The CFP has now been released, the submission deadline is midnight Sunday 11 December 2016 (GMT).
The conference theme is: ‘Preserving Abundance: The Challenge of Saving Everything’. Submissions are particularly sought from researchers, practitioners, and scholars in the fields of digital history, digital humanities, digital materiality, digital performance, digital arts and music, cultural heritage and research institutions, as well as libraries, archives and industry. We also invite submissions for papers that critically reflect on any area relating to digital preservation in the humanities and social sciences, arts, and cultural heritage domains.
The first international conference took place in June 2015, hosted by the Digital Repository of Ireland, in Dublin. The website for that conference is here: http://dpassh.dri.ie/. The conference papers produced a special double issue of New Review of Networking. Open Access Preprints of articles are available on DRI at https://repository.dri.ie/catalog/qf85nc184.
For more information, visit http://dri.ie/dri-and-sussex-humanities-lab-collaborate-dpassh-2017 or http://dpassh.org/
CNI is very pleased to continue our long-standing relationship with this important event again this year.
1st Call for Papers
17th ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL ‘17)
#TOScale #TOAnalyze #TODiscover
June 19-23, 2017
Toronto, Ontario CA
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January 15, 2017 – Tutorial and Workshop proposal submissions
January 29, 2017 – Full paper and short paper submissions
February 1, 2017 – Notification of acceptance for tutorials and workshops
February 12, 2017 – Panel submissions
February 12, 2017 – Poster and demonstration submissions
March 20, 2017 – Notification of acceptance for full papers, short papers, panels, posters, and demonstrations
April 16, 2017 – Doctoral Consortium abstract submissions
April 16, 2017 – Final camera-ready deadline for full papers, short papers
April 26, 2017 – Final camera-ready deadline for posters, demonstrations, panels
May 1, 2017 – Notification of acceptance for Doctoral Consortium
June 19, 2017 – Tutorials and Doctoral Consortium
June 19 – 23, 2017 – Main Conference
June 22 – 23, 2017 – Workshops
The field of digital libraries has undergone dramatic changes as digital collections grow in scale and diversity. These changes call for novel analytical tools and methodologies for making sense of large amounts of heterogeneous data, for deriving diverse kinds of knowledge, and for linking across different collections and research disciplines. Thus the theme of the 2017 conference is #TOScale #TOAnalyze #TODiscover. Digital libraries must improve outreach efforts, engage diverse communities, and provide scholars and users with effective and flexible access to materials which will in turn empower them to make new observations and discoveries. This year, we particularly invite papers, panels, workshops, and tutorials that present new discovery methods for diverse kinds of collections and datasets (e.g., documents, images, sounds, videos), that apply recent technologies in related fields like machine learning and data mining, and that report on innovative digital library applications that engage diverse communities, facilitate user access, and enable discovery and exploration in all domains including science, art, and the humanities.
This year, in addition to the research-oriented program, we are organizing a practitioners’ day so experts and practitioners can share their experiences and report on major projects. Practitioner contributions will take the form of posters and demos.
Participation is sought from all parts of the world and from the full range of established and emerging disciplines and professions including computer science, information science, web science, data science, digital humanities, librarianship, data management, archival science and practice, museum studies and practice, information technology, medicine, social sciences, education and the humanities. Representatives from academe, government, industry, and others are invited to participate.
JCDL welcomes submissions from researchers and practitioners interested in all aspects of digital libraries such as: collection discovery and development, hybrid physical/digital collections; knowledge discovery; applications of machine learning and AI; services; digital preservation; system design; scientific data management; infrastructure and service design; implementation; interface design; human-computer interaction; performance evaluation; user research; crowdsourcing and human computation; intellectual property; privacy; electronic publishing; document genres; multimedia; user communities; and associated theoretical topics. Submissions that resonate with JCDL 2017 theme are especially welcome, although we will give equal consideration to all topics in digital libraries.
Full papers report on mature work, or efforts that have reached an important milestone, and must not exceed 10 pages. Accepted full papers will typically be presented in 20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions and discussion.
Short papers may highlight preliminary results to bring them to the community’s attention. They may also present theories or systems that can be described concisely in the limited space. Short papers must not exceed 4 pages in the conference format. Accepted short papers will typically be presented in 10 minutes with 5 minutes for questions and discussion.
Posters permit presentation of late-breaking results in an informal, interactive manner. Demonstrations showcase innovative digital library technologies and applications, allowing you to share your work directly with your colleagues in a high-visibility setting. Proposals for posters or demonstrations should consist of a title, extended abstract, and contact information for the authors, and should not exceed 2 pages in the conference format. Accepted posters and demonstrations will be displayed at the conference.
All paper submissions (full/short papers, posters and demos) should use the ACM Proceedings template and are to be submitted in electronic format via the conference’s EasyChair submission page [forthcoming-see website for link http://2017.jcdl.org/call-for-papers]. All accepted papers will be published by the ACM as conference proceedings and electronic versions will be included in both the ACM and IEEE digital libraries.
* Robert H. McDonald, Indiana University Bloomington
* Nicholas Worby, University of Toronto Libraries
* Cathy Marshall, Texas A&M University
* Ian Milligan, Department of History, University of Waterloo
* Adam Jatowt, School of Informatics, Kyoto University
* Leanne Trimble, University of Toronto Libraries
DOCTORAL CONSORTIUM CO-CHAIRS
* Jiangping Chen, College of Information, University of North Texas
* Martin Klein, University of California Los Angeles Library
* Periklis Andritsos, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
* Michele C. Weigle, Department of Computer Science, Old Dominion University
* Xiaozhong Liu, School of Informatics & Computing, Indiana University – Bloomington
* Glen Newton, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
* Kim Pham, University of Toronto – Scarborough Libraries
POSTER & DEMO CHAIRS
* Justin Brunelle, MITRE
* Emily Maemura, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
* Jim Hahn, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library
* Michael Nelson, Department of Computer Science, Old Dominion University
LOCAL ORGANIZATION CHAIRS
* Christina Tooulias-Santolin, University of Toronto Libraries
* Jesse Carliner, University of Toronto Libraries
* Nattiya Kanhabua, Department of Computer Science, Aalborg University
* Kyla Everall, University of Toronto Libraries
* University of Toronto Libraries
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The National Academies Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) is hosting a public symposium titled Semantic Interoperability at Scale on the morning of October 28, 2016 in Washington DC with a great speaker list. Attendance is free but pre-registration is required. There’s more information and a link to register at
I am delighted to share this announcement and call for papers for the 2017 Personal Digital Archiving Conference with the CNI community; once again, CNI will be a collaborating organization for this important conference.
Please note that the deadline for submissions has been recently extended to 24 November 2017.
The program committee now seeks proposals for Personal Digital Archiving (PDA) 2017, which will be hosted by Stanford University Libraries in Palo Alto, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley and a short commuter train ride to San Francisco, from 29-31 March, 2017.
The proposal deadline has been extended to 24 November 2016.
PDA 2017 will showcase current and emerging scholarship on personal digital archiving and personal information management, as well as exciting and innovative projects and programs. More information about PDA 2017 can be found here: https://library.stanford.edu/projects/personal-digital-archiving-2017
The program committee seeks proposals for presentations, panels, lightning talks, posters (including demos), and workshops.
There will be several opportunities to hear from CNI during the upcoming EDUCAUSE Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA:
- Big Data for Research In the Campus Landscape, panel including Clifford Lynch to discuss challenges & opportunities for research big data on campuses: Wed. Oct. 26, 11:40am-12:30pm, Meeting Room 204C, Level Two
- Future Trends Forum – Live/ONLINE, interactive interviews with thought leaders including Cliff Lynch: Wed. Oct. 26, 1:20pm. Register at http://events.shindig.com/event/ftf-educause1
- CNI Community Update: Wed. Oct. 26, 3:40-4:30pm, Meeting Room 202A/B, Level Two
We hope you can join us for one or more of these events.
More information about the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2016 is at https://events.educause.edu/annual-conference.
I’m delighted to announce the plenary talks for the upcoming CNI Member Meeting, to be held in Washington DC December 12-13.
Due to the special presentation that will be part of the closing plenary, the length of our meeting has been extended slightly, and our closing time on Tuesday will be about 3:45 PM rather that the usual 3:30 PM. Please note this in your travel planning; I hope it will not inconvenience attendees too greatly.
Our closing plenary speaker on Tuesday afternoon will the renowned computer and information scientist Ben Shneiderman, a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland. Ben has published many important books over the years; a particular favorite of mine is the 2002 book “Leonardo’s Laptop: Human Needs and the New Computing Technologies.” Most recently, Ben has been focusing on the changing nature of the research process itself, and what will be needed to meet the challenges of the present century. Last year he produced an absolutely wonderful book titled “The New ABCs of Research: Achieving Breakthrough Collaborations” which I’ll simply say should be required reading for anyone engaged in any aspect of the research enterprise. He will speak to these issues in his presentation.
Ben has also generously agreed to autograph copies of his book if you bring them with you.
In addition to our closing plenary, we will have a special shorter briefing from Dr. Robert Kahn, the long-time president of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI). For most of the CNI community, Bob needs no introduction; he is known throughout the world for his central role in the creation of the Internet and as co-creator, with Vint Cerf, of the TCP/IP protocol. But he has made a vast number of other high-impact and often prescient contributions; one that has proved quite vital to the CNI community is his work in creating the Digital Object Identifier System (DOI). In fact, the DOI is only one part of a much broader Digital Object Architecture that Bob has been developing over the past several decades. In his presentation, which will precede Ben’s plenary, he will review these developments and bring us up to date on this important work. Bob has been a friend of CNI since it’s founding, and I look forward to welcoming him back to our meeting.
More extensive biographies and abstracts will be available shortly on the CNI website.
Also, as traditional, I will use the opening plenary in Washington to survey developments and emerging issues, and to highlight elements of our work for the 2016-2017 program year. Please bring your questions!
I look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC. We are just now working through the schedule of breakout sessions, but closer to the meeting I’ll of course share the usual meeting roadmap with the list.
I wanted to share this recent announcement from our friend Rachel Bruce, the Deputy Chief Innovation Officer at Jisc.
Members of this list might be interested in the report published by the EC today on the European Open Science Cloud. While earlier versions of the report were used to inform various meetings this is now the final version endorsed by Commissioner Carlos Moedas.
11 October 2016 – first report from the High Level Expert Group The Commission has published today the first report of the Commission High Level Expert Group on the European Open Science Cloud (HLEG EOSC). The Report recommends to close discussions about the ‘perceived need’ of a science cloud and to take immediate action on the EOSC in close concert with Member States, building on existing capacity and expertise. They also recommend writing clear Rules of Engagement for access to the EOSC and for the provision of services based on research data (e.g. TDM, data analytics, etc.). But the implications of the report reach further in several aspects of Open Science policy more broadly. They recommend framing the EOSC as the EU contribution to a future, global Internet of FAIR Data and Services underpinned by open protocols. They recommend to set-up and fund a concerted effort to develop core data expertise in Europe. They estimate that half a million ‘core data scientists’ are needed to make the most of open research data in Europe. Finally, they recommend changing radically the funding model for research data, from traditional and rigid funding schemes of the past – e.g. small and unaccounted part of a time-limited and space-bound grants to an overall co-funded national / EC funding scheme. They estimate that on average about 5% of total research expenditure should be spent on properly managing and ‘stewarding’ data in an integrated fashion.
The Recommendations of the HLEG EOSC provide a solid starting point for further reflection and engagement of scientific user communities, research funders and Member States in the making of the initiative.
I have the pleasure of being a member of the group that wrote the report. The discussions in the group and the resulting recommendations will help to provide the basis of a framework for an open science infrastructure. The Expert Group are now working on developing some of the recommendations, for example the basis of a set of rules of engagement for the European Open Science Cloud.
I should say that many do point out ‘cloud’ is a bit misleading – it might be better expressed as an open science commons!
The National Institutes of Health is offering a wonderful day-long symposium in Bethesda Maryland on December 1, 2016. It is free and open to the public, but registration is required. The speakers include Dr. Francis Collins (NIH Director) and Dr. Harold Varmus (former NIH director), and John Wilbanks. The link to register and for more information is
For the many campuses that have or are starting ETD programs, I encourage you to take a look at this new resource produced by experts from a number of institutions under the auspices of the Educopia
–Joan Lippincott, CNI
The ETDplus project (https://educopia.org/research/grants/etdplus) has published a set of six Guidance Briefs about the curation and preservation of ETD research data and complex digital objects.
These open documents are ready to be adopted and adapted for local use by universities/colleges to help students understand how to prepare, manage, and store the research files associated with their ETDs.
The ETDplus project is generously funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and led by the Educopia Institute, in collaboration with the NDLTD, HBCU Alliance, bepress, ProQuest, and the
libraries of Carnegie Mellon, Indiana State, Morehouse, Oregon State, Penn State, Purdue, University of Louisville, University of Tennessee, the University of North Texas, and Virginia Tech.
About the ETD Guidance Briefs The Guidance Briefs are short (3-4 page) “how-to” oriented briefs designed to help ETD programs build and nurture supportive relationships with student researchers. These briefs are written for a student audience. They are designed to assist student researchers in understanding how their approaches to data and content
management impact credibility, replicable research, and general long-term accessibility: knowledge and skills that will impact the health of their careers for years to come.
In addition to providing actionable, easy-to-follow advice about how to organize, store, and protect their research files, these Guidance Briefs help students recognize how their own content management practices will impact the credibility, replicability, and long-term accessibility of their findings. This knowledge and skills will impact the health of
their careers for years to come.
Anyone can download, edit, and use the Guidance Briefs using the links on this page. A forthcoming workshop series featuring these Briefs and geared toward student audiences will also be available to ETD programs in early 2017.
Use the Guidance Briefs Interested ETD stakeholders can download copies of the Guidance Briefs (as Word or RTF documents) at the following website, https://educopia.org/deliverables/etdplus-guidance-briefs. The Guidance Briefs cover the following topics:
2. Data Structures
3. File Formats
6. Version Control
We are releasing these Briefs as openly editable documents under a CC BY 4.0 license. We want institutions to use and reuse these in whatever ways work best for their local audiences. Each Brief includes generally applicable information about its topic, and also includes a “Local Practices” section that an institution should use to call attention to
what’s happening on its own campus.
If you have any further questions about the Guidance Briefs or about the ETDplus project, don’t hesitate to reach out to us:
Katherine Skinner, Principal Investigator Sam Meister, Co-Principal
Investigator Courtney Vukasinovic, Administrative Coordinator
About the ETDplus Project The ETDplus project is helping institutions ensure the longevity and availability of ETD research data and complex digital objects (e.g., software, multimedia files) that comprise an integral component of student theses and dissertations. The project is generously funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
and led by the Educopia Institute, in collaboration with the NDLTD, HBCU Alliance, bepress, ProQuest, and the libraries of Carnegie Mellon, Indiana State, Morehouse, Oregon State, Penn State, Purdue, University of Louisville, University of Tennessee, the University of North Texas, and Virginia Tech.
The submission deadline for CNI’s fall 2016 membership meeting is fast approaching! The meeting will be held on December 12-13 in Washington, DC.
Proposals for project briefings are due no later than next Monday, October 10.
A limited number of proposals are accepted.
For details, and to submit a proposal: https://www.cni.org/mm/fall-2016/project-briefing-proposals-f16
Meeting and hotel registration deadline is Thursday, November 10: https://www.cni.org/mm/fall-2016/registration-accommodations-f16
Follow this meeting on Twitter: #cni16f
See you in DC!