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I’m thrilled and honored to to share the news that I’ve got a paper in the new December 2017 issue of First Monday (open access), which summarizes about a year of thinking about and studying how we might document the plethora of systems (including social media) that make heavy use of personalization and often also machine learning algorithms of various sorts. I have come to the conclusion that traditional digital preservation approaches are not likely to be helpful here and that very different approaches are needed. This raises some interesting questions about roles and responsibilities in the enterprise of stewardship of the cultural record. I suspect that some of this may be controversial, but I think it’s a conversation that we need to undertake. I would welcome any thoughts from our community on this.
I’ll have a few things to say about this in my opening plenary at the upcoming CNI member meeting in Washington DC in a few day.
Here’s the pointer to the paper:
and I’ve pasted the abstract below.
This paper explores pragmatic approaches that might be employed to document the behavior of large, complex socio-technical systems (often today shorthanded as “algorithms”) that centrally involve some mixture of personalization, opaque rules, and machine learning components. Thinking rooted in traditional archival methodology — focusing on the preservation of physical and digital objects, and perhaps the accompanying preservation of their environments to permit subsequent interpretation or performance of the objects — has been a total failure for many reasons, and we must address this problem. The approaches presented here are clearly imperfect, unproven, labor-intensive, and sensitive to the often hidden factors that the target systems use for decision-making (including personalization of results, where relevant); but they are a place to begin, and their limitations are at least outlined. Numerous research questions must be explored before we can fully understand the strengths and limitations of what is proposed here. But it represents a way forward. This is essentially the first paper I am aware of which tries to effectively make progress on the stewardship challenges facing our society in the so-called “Age of Algorithms;” the paper concludes with some discussion of the failure to address these challenges to date, and the implications for the roles of archivists as opposed to other players in the broader enterprise of stewardship — that is, the capture of a record of the present and the transmission of this record, and the records bequeathed by the past, into the future. It may well be that we see the emergence of a new group of creators of documentation, perhaps predominantly social scientists and humanists, taking the front lines in dealing with the “Age of Algorithms,” with their materials then destined for our memory organizations to be cared for into the future.
In honor of today being International Digital Preservation Day, our colleagues at the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) have produced what they call the “Bit List” of “Digitally Endangered Species.” This is actually a fascinating survey of how well we are doing at preserving various kinds of digital materials, why specific types are at greatest risk, and similar issues. The overview page can be found at
and divides the survey into Concern, Lower Risk, Vulnerable, Endangered, Critically Endangered, and Practically Extinct.
Very much worth looking at. If you are not familiar with the work of the DPC, they have produced many valuable reports, and it’s also worth spending some time exploring their site.
I wanted to share this announcement with the CNI community. The report is short (9 pages) and a good read; it includes a number of very, very helpful recommendations that I hope get very careful consideration by the US federal research funders.
From the announcement:
“The Association of American Universities (AAU) and Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today released a report that details principles and recommended actions universities and federal agencies can take to advance timely access to data from federally-sponsored research grants.
The report, produced by a working group of research university leaders that AAU and APLU convened, details steps federal agencies can take to facilitate public access to research data in a viable and sustainable manner that advances science in the public interest while minimizing the administrative burden on agencies, universities, and researchers. The report also contains actions universities should take both collectively and individually to align with the goals of research data sharing.”
The full announcement and a pointer to the report (a PDF).
Full disclosure: Along with many others, I had an opportunity to exchange ideas with the committee that prepared this report in the course of their discussions.
The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) has just issued an interesting report describing their views on technical requirements and functionality for next generation repositories. A summary and a pointer to the full report (PDF) are available at:
I’m sharing this message from the Learning Spaces Collaboratory – their next webinar addresses some important questions. Registration for a fee.
–Joan Lippincott, CNI
Join us for the 3rd in the LSC Series of Roundtable Webinars focusing on USER on Monday, December 4, 2017, 3:30 – 5:00 pm EST.
Many questions about users must be addressed in process of planning learning spaces.
This webinar focuses on two central questions about the user that planners must address. The first is about the world beyond the campus and the skills, understandings, and sensibilities that users must have to be confident, creative members of a 21st-century workforce and society. What are learners to become? How can spaces enable that becoming?
The second question is about the experiences students should have in what might be called spaces for becoming. How do faculty reimagine programs, pedagogies, technologies that focus on preparing learners for the future?
Be in touch with any questions.
I wanted to share this call for proposals with the CNI community. I have been to almost all of the earlier conferences in the series, and while they have varied widely in focus, they are invariably interesting and thought-provoking.
Save the Date!
Personal Digital Archiving 2018 #pda18
April 23-25 2018 in Houston, TX
Hosted by the University of Houston Libraries
PDA is the only conference focused on the personal digital archive, including projects and presentations from both individuals and organizations. Personal Digital Archiving 2018 invites proposals on a variety of relevant topics, including:
• Examples of successful projects or learning experiences related to personal digital archives
• Why personal digital archives matter to individuals, communities, and organizations
• Distinctions between personal information management and the archive
• Key threats to personal digital archives, including cost, disaster, technology change, and social threats
• Applying selection criteria or other management tools for personal digital archives
• The digital archive during a person’s life and after death
• Management tools and techniques for personal digital archives
PDA is a 2-day, single-track conference featuring shorter sessions and panel discussion, followed by a day of in-depth workshops and events. Early registration (opening soon) will be just $60 for students / $90 for non-students. More information about the conference will be posted at the event website as it becomes available.
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CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Deadline for submission of proposals: December 22, 2017
Notification of acceptance: Mid-January 2018
For PDA 2018, we seek to create a balanced mix of personal information management and personal digital archiving, in addition to a showcase for exciting and innovative projects and programs. We strongly encourage proposals from a wide-range of people and organizations. These may include but are not limited to: community organizations focused on gathering oral histories or other local collections, academia, graduate students of all levels in all related disciplines, those preserving familial material, activist groups, hobbyists, tool developers, and information professionals such as archivists, librarians, and curators. For proposals focusing on sharing practice, please note that we are not seeking “perfect” archiving solutions and strongly encourage proposals discussing “good enough” preservation and challenges or roadblocks to archiving this content.
Submit your proposal here:
Melody Condron, Chair
PDA 2018 Planning Committee
Registration is now open for IDCC 2018. Details below. CNI is very pleased to again be a collaborator in this event.
Apologies for cross-posting.
We’re delighted to announce that registration for the 13th International Digital Curation Conference is now open!
*Beyond FAIR – from principles to practice to global join up*
19 – 22 February 2018
NH Collection Barcelona Tower, Barcelona
IDCC is a leading conference on digital curation and Research Data Management, regularly attracting around 250 delegates from across Europe, the USA and Australia.
This year’s programme focuses on sharing practical lessons on the efforts made so far to curate data and pursue a digital data commons. We’ll hear from different communities on curating scientific workflows, data publication, providing and sustaining services, and the value generated for society through data sharing and reuse. Professor Sabina Leonelli from the University of Exeter will give a keynote on the philosophy of data intensive science, and the full programme confirming all papers will be released in the coming weeks.
The main conference programme will be held on 20th and 21st of February and will include keynote lectures, papers, posters and demos. Workshops will be held either side of the main programme, on the 19th and 22nd of February.
As members of the DCC Associates network you will benefit from a reduced rate, but please book by 27 January 2018.
Register at: http://www.dcc.ac.uk/events/idcc18/registration
On behalf of Kevin Ashley,
Director of Digital Curation Centre
CNI is pleased to serve once again as a partner for this important event, which provides librarians with an opportunity to learn about data science and visualization.
Save the Date! The Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians will be held June 4 – 8th, 2018 at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Applications for the Institute will be accepted beginning on Dec 12, 2017.
The Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians is a week-long course providing the opportunity for librarians passionate about research and scholarship to immerse themselves in learning about data science and visualization in collaboration with academic peers. Participants will develop knowledge, skills, and confidence to communicate effectively with faculty and student researchers about their data and be able to provide initial consultancy on the course topics. Led by expert instructors, sessions will be interactive and will focus on mastery of core concepts, with hands-on exposure to select open source and highly used commercial tools. Sharing of practices and experiences across institutions will be encouraged.
A final schedule will be available in early December, including topics such as:
- Data Exploration and Analysis
- Data Visualization
- Data Cleaning and Preparation
- Web Scraping
- Parsing HTML & JSON, Orchestrating APIs, and Gathering Twitter Streams
- Bibliometric Network Analysis
- Data Description, Sharing, and Reuse
Visit our website (https://www.lib.ncsu.edu/data-science-and-visualization-institute) to stay up-to-date on program details and to apply (beginning December 12, 2017).
The Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians is offered through a collaboration between the NCSU Libraries, the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), Data Science Training for Librarians (DST4L), and Library Carpentry.
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Director of the Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians
North Carolina State University Libraries
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CNI is pleased to be a collaborating organization for the Open Repositories conference again this year. Details about the call for papers is below.
The 13th International Conference on Open Repositories, OR2018, will be held on June 4th-7th, 2018 in Bozeman, Montana, USA.
Open Repositories 2018 is now calling for proposals around the theme of Sustaining Open.
Research and Cultural Heritage communities have embraced the idea of Open; open communities, open source software, open data, scholarly communications, and open access publications and collections. These projects and communities require different modes of thinking and resourcing than purchasing vended products. While open may be the way forward, mitigating fatigue, finding sustainable funding, and building flexible digital repository platforms is something most of us are striving for. Submissions this year should focus on the how, why, and what it will take to make open sustainable.
While not limited to the below topics, we’re focusing our attention on issues around the sustainability of:
· Open source software – sustainability of software developed locally and large open source systems, legacy code
· Community – reaching out to new audiences, developing a community, governance
· Content – research data, digital preservation, persistent urls,
· Teams/People – staff and knowledge within the community, contingency planning, training and development, and succession planning
· Projects – sustainability of projects beyond the grant, maturing communities
· Infrastructure/Integrations – integrations between systems, changing technical environments
· Policy – national, international, local and community policy and decisions
· Challenges of sustainability – funding, local, technical, community
· Rights and Copyright – including Data Protection, sharing and storing of content
· Reuse, standards, and reproducibility – for example: software, data, content types
· New open technologies and standards
Accepted proposals in all categories will be made available through the conference’s web site, and later they and associated materials will be made available in an open repository. Some conference sessions may be live streamed or recorded, then made publicly available.
This year there are no separate interest groups for the different repository systems, instead if your 24×7 or presentation submission is related to a specific repository system please indicate so in your proposal.
Presentation proposals are expected to be two to four pages (see below for submission templates). Successful submissions in past years have typically described work relevant to a wide audience and applicable beyond a single software system.
Presentations are 30 minutes long including questions.
Panel proposals are expected to be two to four pages (see below for submission templates). Successful submissions in past years have typically described work relevant to a wide audience and applicable beyond a single software system. All panels are expected to include at least some degree of diversity in viewpoints and personal background of the panelists. Panel sessions are expected to include a short presentation from each panel member followed by a discussion. Panels may take an entire session or may be combined with another submission.
Panels can be 45 or 90 minutes long.
Discussion Question and Answer
Discussion Q&A proposals are expected to be two to four pages (see below for submission templates). This is your opportunity to suggest members of the community to join in a Q&A discussion on various proposed topics. This is meant to be a deep-dive into why a decision was made, how projects got started, where an idea came from, or anything else that you want to know more about. Imagine this as a 45 – 90 minute grilling at a cocktail party but on a stage in front of your peers. Q&As may take an entire session or may be combined with another submission. This session will not be video recorded.
Discussion Q&A can be 45 or 90 minutes long.
24×7 presentations are 7 minute presentations comprising no more than 24 slides. Successful 24×7 presentations have a clear focus on one or a few ideas and a narrower focus than a 25 minute presentation. Similar to Pecha Kuchas or Lightning Talks, these 24×7 presentations will be grouped into blocks based on conference themes, with each block followed by a moderated question and answer session involving the audience and all block presenters. This format will provide conference goers with a fast-paced survey of like work across many institutions. Proposals for 24×7 presentations should be one to two pages (see below for submission templates).
24×7 presentations are 7 minutes long.
We invite one-page proposals for posters that showcase current work (see below for submission templates). OR2018 will feature physical posters only. Posters will be on display throughout the conference. Instructions for preparing the posters will be distributed to authors of accepted poster proposals prior to the conference. Poster
submitters will be expected to give a one-minute teaser to encourage visitors to their poster during the conference.
Posters presentations will be 1 minute.
Developer Track: Top Tips, Cunning Code and Imaginative Innovation
Each year a significant proportion of the delegates at Open Repositories are software developers who work on repository software or related services. OR2018 will feature a Developer Track that will provide a focus for showcasing work and exchanging ideas. Building on the success of previous Developer Tracks, where we
encouraged live hacking and audience participation, we invite members of the technical community to share the features, systems, tools and best practices that are important to you (see below for submission templates).
The 15 minute presentations can be as informal as you like, but we encourage live demonstrations, tours of code repositories, examples of cool features, and the unique viewpoints that so many members of our community possess. Proposals should be one to two pages, including a title, a brief outline of what will be shared with the
community, and technologies covered. Developers are also encouraged to contribute to the other tracks.
Developer Track presentations are 15 minutes including questions.
OR2018 will also again include the popular Ideas Challenge. Taking part in this competition provides an opportunity to take an active role in repository innovation, in collaboration with your peers and
in pursuit of prizes. The Ideas Challenge is open to all conference attendees. Further details and guidance on the Ideas Challenge will be forthcoming closer to the conference.
Workshops and tutorials
The first day of Open Repositories will be dedicated to workshops and tutorials.
One to two-page proposals addressing theoretical or practical issues around digital repositories are welcomed. See below for Proposal
Templates; please address the following in your proposal:
· The subject of the event and what knowledge you intend to convey
· Length of session (90 minutes, 3 hours or a whole day)
· A brief statement on the learning outcomes from the session
· The target audience for your session and how many attendees you plan to accommodate
· Technology and facility requirements
· Any other supplies or support required
· Anything else you believe is pertinent to carrying out the session
Please note, the program committee may consider submissions for other tracks and formats, as appropriate.
The submission system will be available at the start of December.
When a link will be added to this page.
All submissions will be peer reviewed and evaluated according to the criteria outlined in the call for proposals, including quality of content, significance, originality, and thematic fit.
Code of Conduct
The OR2018 Code of Conduct and Anti-Harassment Policy are available at http://or2018.net/code-of-conduct/.
OR2018 will again run a Scholarship Programme which will enable us to provide support for a small number of full registered places (including the poster reception and conference dinner) for the conference in Bozeman. The programme is open to librarians, repository managers, developers and researchers in digital libraries
and related fields. Applicants submitting a proposal for the conference will be given priority consideration for funding. Please note that the programme does not cover costs such as accommodation, travel and subsistence. It is anticipated that the applicant’s home institution will provide financial support to supplement the OR Scholarship Award. Full details and an application form will shortly be available on the conference website.
· 5 January 2018: Deadline for submissions
· 5 January 2018: Deadline for Scholarship Programme applications
· 09 February 2018: Submitters notified of acceptance to Workshops
· 12 February 2018: Registration opens
· 21 February 2018: Submitters notified of acceptance to other tracks
· 21 February 2018: Scholarship Programme winners notified
· 23 February 2018: Submitters notified of acceptance of 24×7, posters, and developer track
· 20 April 2018: All presenters are encouraged to register by the close of Early Bird
· 25 May 2018: Presenter registration deadline
· 4-7 June 2018: OR2018 conference
Claire Knowles and Evviva Weinraub
Last week we held the CNI – ARL Digital Scholarship Planning Workshop at Brown University. 100 participants attended and worked in small groups on topics including needs assessment, staffing, governance and funding, teaching and learning, and spaces and places after hearing short talks on these topics. The closing plenary was a presentation by Dan Cohen, focusing on the topic of institutionalizing digital scholarship. It was a wonderful talk, drawing on his experience at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, his time as Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), and his current position as Dean of Libraries, Vice Provost for Information Collaboration, and Professor of History at Northeastern University.
–Joan Lippincott, CNI