Brewster Kahle Public Lectures At Berkeley March 2 and 3, 2016

For CNI News readers in the Bay Area, Brewster Kahle will be giving two featured lectures next week. These should be fabulous. I don’t know whether these will be streamed.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Right to Remember
Brewster Kahle, Founder of the Internet Archive

Regents Lecture

March 2
7:30 – 9:00 PM
310 Banatao Auitorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley

Brewster Kahle is the founder of the Internet Archive, a non-profit digital library that preserves and provides free access to cultural artifacts. Through the Internet Archive, Kahle has spearheaded efforts to “copy” audio, visual, and book collections, as well as the internet itself, creating a repository of human existence. The Internet Archive is now one of the largest libraries in the world, preserving 20 petabytes of data, and working with more than 400 library and university partners, including the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress. 

As cultural materials are increasingly erased and eroded over time, the Internet Archive champions our right to remember: to investigate and learn from past human experience.

More information at


Library of the Future

March 3
4:30 – 5:30 PM
Morrison Library, UC Berkeley

Who is responsible for protecting our cultural memory? Who should pay to maintain these records? And how can we ensure that the artifacts we’ve preserved do not vanish into obscurity?

Join us as the new University Librarian Jeffrey MacKie-Mason investigates the role and future of the modern library with Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive. How should we preserve our legacy in the digital world for generations to come?

More information at

Report on Value of the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI)

I wanted to share the announcement of a recent report on the contributions and value of the European Bioinformatics Institute. (EMBL-EBI). This is a very unusual contribution to the literature, attempting to estimate economic and scholarly impact of investment in large-scale scientific infrasctructure that offers a trove of freely accessible information globally.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


In 2015, Charles Beagrie Ltd was commissioned by the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), to study and analyse its economic and social impact.

The EMBL- EBI, located on the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton, near Cambridge in the UK, manages public life science data on a very large scale, making a rich resource of genome information freely available to the global life science community.

The full report published today presents the results of the quantitative and qualitative study of the Institute, examining the value and impact of its work. The report highlights key findings, including that EMBL-EBI data and services made commercial and academic R&D significantly more efficient. This benefit to users and their funders is estimated, at a minimum, to be worth £1 billion per annum worldwide – equivalent to more than 20 times the direct operational cost of EMBL-EBI.

The report should be of interest to anyone interested in the value and impact of open data, data curation, and long-term research data management. It is the fourth report in a series of studies that have looked at the value of data sharing and curation across social sciences, archaeology, atmospheric science, and now bio-informatics and life sciences.

A full press release accompanying today’s publication is available on the EMBL-EBI website at

The Report is available online in printable format at

A short Executive Summary version of the report is available online in printable format at

Personal Digital Archiving Registration is Open (Ann Arbor, MI, May 12-14)

I wanted to share this announcement. CNI is delighted to again be a cooperating organization for this meeting.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

PDA 2016 Registration is open.   The PDA 2016 website is or

The PDA 2016 will start May 12 with a Keynote speech by Doug Boyd, from the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Special Collections Research Center, Margaret I. King Library, University of Kentucky Libraries. The rest of the day will be filled with Panels and Lighting talks and end with a reception and Poster session.  Day two will began with a Keynote speech by Gabriela Redwine of Yale University and author of Personal Digital Archiving Report.  The rest of the day is filled with more presentations. The final day May 14, 2016 will be a time for hands on workshops in the computer labs in the University of Michigan Library.

Planning a Digital Scholarship Center: Registration Update

Registration is now open to individuals or teams from any institution (it was restricted to those affiliated with ARL or CNI member institutions for the first 2 weeks.) We are near capacity for the workshop; if you are interested in participating, I encourage you to register right away. We will maintain a waiting list once we reach the maximum number of registrants.

We have seen increasing interest in the development of digital scholarship centers, often in academic libraries, in recent years. CNI has been active in featuring sessions about these centers at our membership meetings, and we have published reports and articles on the topic. Our latest initiative is this workshop, which will provide a range of models for developing a digital scholarship center and will provide information on a wide variety of issues to be taken into consideration during planning and early implementation phases. We are very pleased to partner with ARL on this workshop. We expect a lot of interest in this workshop and we do have a limit on the number of attendees.

Please see below for additional information, including a link to the workshop website.

Joan Lippincott, CNI


Planning a Digital Scholarship Center: A CNI/ARL Workshop
May 17-18, 2016
Arlington, VA

An increasing number of institutions are planning programs and spaces they call digital scholarship centers, scholars’ labs, research commons, or similar names. Often these centers are located in and administered by academic libraries, in contrast to faculty-run institutes. While some centers focus on digital humanities, many work with a broader range of disciplines, supporting e-science and digital research in the social sciences. During the planning and early implementation process for a center, there are many decisions to be made about the mission, programs, partnerships, staffing, technologies, as well as the physical space of the center. 

This workshop will assist institutions in the process of planning digital scholarship centers, not by offering one solution but by presenting a variety of models that will help institutions make informed choices that address institutional needs and priorities. The event will include a combination of presentations by invited speakers, group discussions and hands-on exercises.


This workshop will assist those institutions in the planning stages or early implementation stages of a digital scholarship center. Institutions are encouraged to register teams, but individual registrants are also welcome. The target audience includes deans/directors and associate directors of libraries, scholarly communications librarians, digital humanities professionals or faculty, GIS staff, information technology staff, and faculty engaged in digital scholarship.


The workshop will cover the following topics:

• Process of planning a digital scholarship center

• Funding a center

• Staffing issues, including types of staff, training, integration with other staff

• Technologies and physical space

• Models and types of centers

• Partnerships for research

• Partnerships for teaching and learning

• Dissemination and curation of products of digital scholarship

• Lessons learned

A preliminary agenda is available on the workshop website.

Preparation for the Workshop

Individuals and/or institutional teams will be asked to read background articles and to complete an assignment prior to attending the workshop. More information is available on the workshop website.


Registration is limited to 100 people. A waiting list will be maintained after the limit has been reached. Register at


The registration fee of $375 per individual will include an evening reception (May 17), continental breakfast and lunch (May 18), and several breaks with light refreshments throughout the event.

Venue & Accommodations

The workshop will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Washington DC-Crystal City, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, Virginia

Participants will be able to reserve rooms at the event group rate of $229 per night (single/double) through a direct link on the event site once the URL is available; please check the workshop website, or contact the hotel at 703-416-4100 and identify yourself as a workshop participant.

Planning Committee

Members of the workshop planning committee are:

• Rebecca Graham, Chief Information Officer and Chief Librarian, University of Guelph

• Harriette Hemmasi, Joukowsky Family University Librarian, Brown University

• Joan Lippincott, Associate Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information

• Rikk Mulligan, Program Officer for Scholarly Publishing, Association of Research Libraries, and Public Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies 

Additional Information

For more information, visit the workshop website or contact Angela Pappalardo, program coordinator, events and finance, ARL, or 202-296-2296. 

About the Coalition for Networked Information

The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of digital information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity. Some 230 institutions representing higher education, publishing, information technology, scholarly and professional organizations, foundations, and libraries and library organizations make up CNI’s members; CNI is entirely funded through membership dues. Semi-annual membership meetings bring together representatives of CNI’s constituencies to discuss ongoing and new projects, and to plan for future initiatives. Learn more about CNI at

About the Association of Research Libraries 

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at


Joan K. Lippincott, Ph.D.
Associate Executive Director
Coalition for Networked Information
21 Dupont Circle, Suite 800
Washington, DC  20036
202-872-0884 (Fax)

Invitation from UT Austin, for Spring Meeting Attendees

The University of Texas Libraries in Austin is extending a special opportunity, to CNI spring meeting attendees, to tour the newly renovated spaces in UT’s Perry-Castañeda Library. More information is below, including a link to RSVP for a tour.

Dear CNI Spring Membership Meeting Attendees,

Your colleagues at the University of Texas Libraries in Austin invite you to visit their newly renovated spaces in the Perry-Castañeda Library, including the Learning Commons with active learning classrooms and a media lab and the Scholars Commons with silent study spaces and a data lab. Tours have been organized for Sunday afternoon April 3, 2016. Please follow this link to learn more and RSVP for a tour. If you cannot make it on Sunday but are interested in visiting later in the week, please contact Catherine Hamer, Associate Director for User Services.

Catherine Hamer
Associate Director for User Services
University of Texas Libraries
The University of Texas at Austin

Last Call: CNI Proposals Due Friday!

As a final reminder, project briefing proposals for the CNI Spring 2016 Membership Meeting are due THIS FRIDAY, Feb. 12. Proposals may be submitted online:

If you have any questions about submitting a proposal, please feel free to contact Joan Lippincott ( or me (

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. The meeting will be held April 4-5, 2016 in San Antonio, TX.  

Follow this meeting on Twitter: #cni16s

Video: Emulation/Virtualization in Preservation

Preservation systems using emulation have recently been deployed for public use by the Internet Archive and the Rhizome Project, and for restricted use by the Olive Archive at Carnegie-Mellon and others. What are the advantages and limitations of current emulation technology, and what are the barriers to more general adoption? David Rosenthal of Stanford University explores these questions in Emulation and Virtualization as Preservation Strategies:


To see all videos produced by CNI, visit our video channels on YouTube ( and Vimeo (

NMC Horizon Report 2016 Higher Education Edition issued

At the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) conference today, the New Media Consortium (NMC) will launch the latest version of its Horizon Report for higher education. I have found that this report is widely read around the world and can serve as a great discussion starter among information technology professionals, librarians, faculty, and administrators. The report can be freely downloaded from a link on this page:

Disclosure: I served on this year’s advisory group for the report and I am a member of the NMC board.

–Joan Lippincott, CNI



Samantha Becker, Senior Director, Publications & Communications, NMC

512.445.4200 |

Kristi DePaul, Marketing Manager, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative

412.608.7402 |

NMC and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Release the

NMC Horizon Report > 2016 Higher Ed Edition

San Antonio, TX (February 4) — The New Media Consortium (NMC) and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) are jointly releasing the NMC Horizon Report > 2016 Higher Education Edition at the 2016 ELI Annual Meeting. This 13th edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in higher education.  

The report identifies six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology across three adoption horizons spanning over the next one to five years, giving campus leaders, educational technologists, and faculty a valuable guide for strategic technology planning. The report provides higher education leaders with in-depth insight into how trends and challenges are accelerating and impeding the adoption of educational technology, along with their implications for policy, leadership, and practice.


“The release of this report kicks off the 15th year of the NMC Horizon Project, which has sparked crucial conversations and progressive strategies in institutions all over the world,”says Larry Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of the NMC. “We are so appreciative of ELI’s continued support and collaboration. Together we have been able to regularly provide timely analysis to universities and colleges.”


“This year’s report addresses a number of positive trends that are taking root in higher education,” notes ELI Director Malcolm Brown. “More institutions are developing programs that enable students and faculty to create and contribute innovations that advance national economies, and they are also reimagining the spaces and resources accessible to them to spur this kind of creativity.”


Key Trends Accelerating Higher Education Technology Adoption

The NMC Horizon Report > 2016 Higher Education Edition identifies “Advancing Cultures of Innovation” and “Rethinking How Institutions Work” as long-term impact trends that for years affected decision-making and will continue to accelerate the adoption of educational technology in higher education over the next five years. “Redesigning Learning Spaces” and the “Shift to Deeper Learning Approaches” are mid-term impact trends expected to drive technology use in the next three to five years; meanwhile, “Growing Focus on Measuring Learning” and “Increasing Use of Blended Learning” are short-term impact trends, anticipated to impact institutions for the next one to two years before becoming commonplace.


Significant Challenges Impeding Higher Education Technology Adoption

A number of challenges are acknowledged as barriers to the mainstream use of technology in higher education. “Blending Formal and Informal Learning” and “Improving Digital Literacy” are perceived as solvable challenges, meaning they are well-understood and solutions have been identified. “Competing Models of Education” and “Personalizing Learning” are considered difficult challenges, which are defined and well understood but with solutions that are elusive. Described as wicked challenges are “Balancing Our Connected and Unconnected Lives” and “Keeping Education Relevant.” Challenges in this category are complex to define, making them more difficult to address.


Important Developments in Educational Technology for Higher Education

Additionally, the report identifies bring your own device (BYOD) and learning analytics and adaptive learning as digital strategies and technologies expected to enter mainstream use in the near-term horizon of one year or less. Augmented and virtual reality technologies and makerspaces are seen in the mid-term horizon of two to three years; affective computing and robotics are seen emerging in the far-term horizon of four to five years.

UK Higher Education Learning Space Toolkit

A group of associations in the UK have issued The UK Higher Education Learning Space Toolkit

I have taken a quick look at most of the sections and believe that many in North America and other regions will find the advice contained here useful. Sections include working in partnership, effective learning by design, evaluation, and many others. Note that the final item on the menu allows you to download the full PDF, and the resource is freely available. The authors state that one of their inspirations was the FLEXspace repository, which I have described in posts and in presentations (  You need an account, which is free, to access FLEXspace.) In addition, the Learning Space Toolkit, hosted at North Carolina State University, is an excellent resource  and it also has been very interesting to see some implementations of the Learning Space Rating System at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative(ELI) annual conference.

If you are working on a building or renovation project, you’ll want to check out this new resource from the UK.

–Joan Lippincott, CNI


Dear colleagues 

I am writing to announce the publication of the UK Higher Education Learning Space Toolkit: a SCHOMS, AUDE and UCISA collaboration

The UK Higher Education Learning Space Toolkit provides guidance for Audiovisual, IT and Estates teams, and demonstrates why the provision of excellent learning spaces should be a strategic, institution-wide concern. 

Constructed from interviews from eleven experienced professionals, the Toolkit explores pedagogical principles and their place in learning space design, and gives an honest insight in to the realities of cross-professional working in universities and colleges. 

The Toolkit includes advice on: managing a learning space project, working with professional advisors, considerations for particular types of learning space, using learning technologies, the evaluation of learning spaces and changing working practices. 

The Toolkit was authored by Dr Gill Ferrell, with guidance from Caroline Pepper, Learning and Teaching Space Manager, Loughborough University and Simon Birkett, IT and Learning Manager, University of Staffordshire (for SCHOMS);  Eleanor Magennis, Head of Space Planning, University of Glasgow (for AUDE); and Anna Mathews, Head of Policy and Projects (for UCISA).  We have been overwhelmed with the support we have received from colleagues across the sector in the drafting process – publishing the Toolkit truly has been a community effort. 

Best wishes


Anna Mathews
Head of Policy and Projects
University of Oxford
13 Banbury Road

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013