Personal Digital Archiving Report from Digital Preservation

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) has recently announced the public release of a report in its Technology Watch Series on Personal Digital Archiving prepared by Gabriela Redwine of Yale University. The announcement, describing the scope and purpose of the report, can be found here:

and a direct link to the report:

Clifford Lynch Director, CNI

The CNI 2015-2016 Program Plan

Every year, in conjunction with our December member meeting, CNI releases an updated Program Plan document, which includes some background material on CNI and covers our plans for the program year. As part of my opening plenary at the member meeting, I usually cover highlights from this plan.

For those who were not able to be with us at our meeting earlier this week, the 2015-2016 Program Plan is now available on our website, linked directly from the home page. Printed copies will be sent to member representatives early in 2016.

Video of the opening plenary, the closing plenary, and a number of other sessions will be rolled out in the coming weeks as well, with announcements to this list.

Best wishes for the holiday season and the new year.
Clifford Lynch Director, CNI

EDUCAUSE ECAR-CCI Working Group Series on Big Data in the Campus Landscape

I have been part of a EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) working group on Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CCI) for a number of years. Recently, this working group completed work on a series of papers covering big data in the campus context which are now available for public access. There are four papers: Laying the Groundwork; Basic Infrastructure Support; Security and Privacy; and Curation. (Disclosure: I served as the lead author on the final paper).

These are short, high-level surveys that should be helpful for a range of audiences on campus. The series can be found at:

More information on the work of the ECAR-CCI working group is at
Clifford Lynch Director, CNI

Open Repositories 2016 Call for Proposals

Here is the call for proposals for the 2016 Open Repositories meeting. CNI is once again delighted to be a cooperating organization for this important gathering.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


Call for Proposals for Open Repositories 2016: Illuminating the World

The Eleventh International Conference on Open Repositories, OR2016, will be held on June 13th-16th, 2016in Dublin, Ireland. The organizers are pleased to issue this call for contributions to the program.

As previous Open Repositories have demonstrated, the use of digital repositories to manage research, scholarly and cultural information is well established and increasingly mature. Entering our second decade, we have an opportunity to reflect on where we’ve been and, more importantly, where we’re heading. New development continues apace, and we’ve reached the time when many organizations are exploring expansive connections with larger processes both inside and outside traditional boundaries. Open Repositories 2016 will explore how our rich collections and infrastructure are now an inherent part of contemporary scholarship and research and how they have expanded to touch many aspects of our academic and cultural enterprises.

The theme of OR2016 is “Illuminating the World.” OR2016 will provide an opportunity to explore the ways in which repositories and related infrastructure and processes:

  • bring different disciplines, collections, and people to light;
  • expose research, scholarship, and collections from developing countries;
  • increase openness of collections, software, data and workflows;
  • highlight data patterns and user pathways through collections; and
  • how we can organize to better support these – and other – infrastructures.

We welcome proposals on these ideas, but also on the theoretical, practical, technical, organizational or administrative topics related to digital repositories.  Submissions that demonstrate original and repository-related work outside of these themes will be considered, but preference will be given to submissions which address them. We are particularly interested in the following themes.

1.  Supporting Open Scholarship, Open Data, and Open Science

Papers are invited to consider how repositories can best support the needs of open science and open scholarship to make research as accessible and useful as possible, including:

  • Open access, open data and open educational resources
  • Scholarly workflows, publishing and communicating scientific knowledge
  • Exposure of research and scholarship from developing countries and under-resourced communities and disciplines
  • Compliance with funder mandates

2. Repositories and Cultural Heritage

Papers are invited to consider how repositories and their associated infrastructures best support the needs of cultural heritage collections, organizations, and researchers. Areas of interest include:

  • Impact of aggregation on repository infrastructure and management
  • Exposure of collections and cultural heritage from developing countries and under-resourced communities and disciplines
  • Special considerations in access and use of cultural heritage collections
  • Reuse and analysis of content.

3. Repositories of high volume and/or complex data and collections

Papers are invited to consider how we can use tools and processes to highlight data patterns and user pathways through large corporas including:

  • Data and text mining
  • Entity recognition
  • Linked data
  • Standardized interfaces
  • Interaction with large-scale computation and simulation processes
  • Issues of scale and size beyond traditional repository contexts

4. Managing Research Data, Software, and Workflows

Papers are invited to consider how repositories can support the needs of research data and related software and workflows. Areas of interest are:

  • Curation lifecycle management, including storage, software and workflows
  • Digital preservation tools and services
  • Reuse and analysis of scientific content
  • Scholarly workflows, publishing and communicating scientific knowledge

5. Integrating with the Wider Web and External Systems

Papers are invited to explore, evaluate, or demonstrate integration with external systems, including:

  • CRIS and research management systems
  • Notification and compliance tracking systems
  • Identifier services
  • Preservation services and repositories
  • Publisher systems
  • Collection management systems and workflows

6. Exploring Metrics, Assessment, and Impact

Papers are invited to present experiences on metrics and assessment services for a range of content, including:

  • Bibliometrics
  • Downloads (e.g. COUNTER compliance)
  • Altmetrics and other alternative methods of tracking and presenting impact

7. Managing Rights

Papers are invited to examine the role of rights management in the context of open repositories, including:

  • Research and scholarly communication outputs
  • Licenses (e.g. Creative Commons, Open Data Commons)
  • Embargoes
  • Requirements of funder mandates

8. Developing and Training Staff

Papers are invited to consider the evolving role of staff who support and manage repositories across libraries, cultural heritage organizations, research offices and computer centres, especially:

  • New roles and responsibilities
  • Training needs and opportunities
  • Career path and recruitment
  • Community support


  • 01 February 2016: Deadline for submissions and Scholarship Programme applications
  • 01 February 2016: Registration opens
  • 28 March 2016: Submitters notified of acceptance to general conference
  • 11 April 2016: Submitters notified of acceptance to Interest Groups
  • 13-16 June 2016: OR2016 conference


Conference Papers and Panels

We expect that proposals for papers or panels will be two to four-pages (see below for optional Proposal Templates). Abstracts of accepted papers and panels will be made available through the conference’s web site, and later they and associated materials will be made available in an open repository. In general, sessions will have three papers; panels may take an entire session or may be combined with a paper. Relevant papers unsuccessful in the main track will be considered for inclusion, as appropriate, as an Interest Group presentation, poster or 24/7.

Interest Group Presentations

The opportunity to engage with and learn more about the work of relevant communities of interest is a key element of Open Repositories. One to two page proposals are invited for presentations or panels that focus on the work of such communities, traditionally DSpace, EPrints, Fedora, and Invenio, describing novel experiences or developments in the construction and use of repositories involving issues specific to these technical platforms. Further information about applications for additional Interest Groups and guidance on submissions will be forthcoming.

24×7 Presentations

24×7 presentations are 7 minute presentations comprising no more than 24 slides. Proposals for 24×7 presentations should be one to two-pages. 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 discussion / question and answer session involving the audience and whole block of presenters. This format will provide conference goers with a fast-paced survey of like work across many institutions, and presenters the chance to disseminate their work in more depth and context than a traditional poster.

“Repository RANTS” 24×7 Block

One block of 24×7’s will revolve around “repository rants”: brief exposés that challenge the conventional wisdom or practice, and highlight what the repository community is doing that is misguided, or perhaps just missing altogether. The top proposals will be incorporated into a track meant to provoke unconventional approaches to repository services.

“Repository RAVES” 24×7 Block

One block of 24×7’s at OR2016 will revolve around “repository raves”: brief exposés that celebrate particular practice and processes, and highlight what the repository community is doing that is right. The top proposals will be incorporated into a track meant to celebrate successful approaches to repository services.


We invite one-page proposals for posters that showcase current work. Attendees will view and discuss your work during the poster reception.

2016 Developer Track: Top Tips, Cunning Code and Illuminating Insights

Each year a significant proportion of the delegates at Open Repositories are software developers who work on repository software or related services. OR2016 will feature a Developer Track and Ideas Challenge that will provide a focus for showcasing work and exchanging ideas.

Building on the success of last year’s Developer Track, 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.  Presentations can be as informal as you like, but once again we encourage live demonstrations, tours of code repositories, examples of cool features and the unique viewpoints that so many members of our community possess.  Submissions should take the form of a title and a brief outline of what will be shared with the community.

Further details and guidance on the Ideas Challenge will be forthcoming.

Developers are also encouraged to contribute to the other tracks as papers, posters, 24×7 presentations, repository raves and rants 24×7 blocks.

Workshops and Tutorials

One to two-page proposals for workshops and tutorials addressing theoretical or practical issues around digital repositories are welcomed. Please address the following in your proposal:

  • The subject of the event and what knowledge you intend to convey
  • Length of session (e.g., 1-hour, 2-hour, half a day or a whole day)
  • A brief statement on the learning outcomes from the session
  • 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

Proposal Templates

The OR2016 proposal templates are a guideline to help you prepare an effective submission. They will be provided in both the Word document and plain-text Markdown formats and provide details around the requirements for conference papers and panels and 24/7’s and posters. These will be available from the conference website shortly.

Submission system

The conference system will be open for submissions by 15 December 2015. PDF format is preferred.


We will be publishing guidelines for conduct at OR2016. As a reference, the OR2015 Code of Conduct is available at and the 2015 Anti-Harrassment Policy is at


OR2016 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 banquet) for the conference in Dublin. The programme is open to librarians, repository managers, developers and researchers in digital libraries and related fields. Applicants submitting a paper 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.


Program Co-Chairs

  • David Minor, University of California, San Diego
  • Matthias Razum, FIZ Karlsruhe
  • Sarah Shreeves, University of Miami


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Conference Website and Social Media

Invitation to contribute to Wikipedia – #1Lib1Ref

Posting on behalf of the Wikipedia Library Team.

–Joan Lippincott, CNI


Hello from Jake and Alex at The Wikipedia Library!

Wikipedia is celebrating its 15th birthday this January 15th.  We want to invite you to help us make it a big splash with a week-long, global campaign to engage our peers in the research, library, and cultural sectors all over the world.

We’re calling it #1Lib1Ref, and it’s a global “micro-contributions drive” with a simple but awesome goal:

For every librarian in the world to add one reference to any Wikipedia article

Using this viral, collaborative, crowdsourced approach, we hope to spark a conversation that highlights and explores the rich and evolving interactions between Wikipedia and library professionals.

That sea-change is already underway. As you have probably heard from us at The Wikipedia Library, Wikipedia is the largest hand-curated collection of annotated references in the world.  Everyone starts their research on Wikipedia, from students to doctors, from casual researchers to research professionals.  Professors incorporate editing into their classroom assignments and museums have both given to and borrowed from Wikipedia to remix their digital cultural heritage presence and make their content more discoverable.  (See Understanding the Wikipedia-Library Connection for lots of stats, quotes, projects, papers, and case studies)

Wikipedia is also far from finished, and needs the contributions of experts to fill out thousands of articles and tens of thousands of references.  Fortunately, library professionals are perfectly situated to do this kind of work and impact millions with their contributions.

For this campaign to take off, we are looking to you as a leader in the community, and there are easy ways for to join in, help support Wikipedia, and spread the initiative among your networks.

Would you like to…?

  • Tweet about #1Lib1Ref from your social media accounts and encourage people to participate
  • Write a personal or organizational blog post about the campaign and your experience or perspective using Wikipedia
  • Hold a webinar or other educational activity during the week to teach people how to contribute
  • Add your own completely clever idea, run with it, and tell us how it goes

All of our Partners who participate in these activities will have their organization listed on the main campaign page and get our hugely appreciative call-outs during our social media push leading up to and during the campaign.

We are also very happy to share resources, case studies, and useful language to help you talk about the campaign, while also encouraging you to add your own unique point of view.

Full details about the #1LibRef campaign page are live on MetaWiki:

We’d love for you to help us celebrate 15 years of Wikipedia, and we can’t think of a better way to do it than telling (and showing) the world how aligned Wikipedia’s mission is with the broader work of library, knowledge, and cultural professionals.

We hope you’re enjoying this holiday season!  Please write us and let us know if you can participate 🙂

Best and cheers,

–The Wikipedia Library Team at the Wikimedia Foundation

Roadmap to the Fall 2015 CNI Membership Meeting

A Guide to the Fall 2015 Coalition for Networked Information Membership Meeting

The Fall 2015 CNI Membership Meeting, to be held at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC on December 14 and 15, offers a wide range of presentations that advance and report on CNI’s programs, showcase projects underway at member institutions, and highlight important national and international developments. Here is the “roadmap” to the meeting, which includes both plenary events and an extensive series of breakout sessions focusing on current developments in digital information. As always, we have strived to present sessions that reflect late-breaking developments and also take advantage of our venue in the Washington, DC area to provide opportunities to interact with policy makers and funders.

As usual, the CNI meeting proper is preceded by an optional orientation session for new attendees, both representatives of new member organizations and new representatives or alternate delegates from existing member organizations, at 11:30 AM; guests and presenters are also welcome. Light refreshments are available for all at 12:15 PM on Monday, December 14. The opening plenary is at 1:15 PM and will be followed by three rounds of parallel breakout sessions. Tuesday, December 15, includes three additional rounds of parallel breakout sessions, lunch and the closing plenary, concluding around 3:30 PM. Along with plenary and breakout sessions, the meeting includes generous break time for informal networking with colleagues and a reception which will run until 7:15 PM on Monday evening, December 14, after which participants can enjoy a wide range of dining opportunities in Washington.

The CNI meeting agenda is subject to last minute changes, particularly in the breakout sessions, and you can find the most current information on our website,, and on the announcements board near the registration desk at the meeting.

We will have free wireless access available throughout the meeting; those staying in the CNI hotel room block at the Hilton should also have free wireless access in their rooms. Details will be available at registration.

The Plenary Sessions

During the opening plenary, scheduled to start at 1:15 PM on Monday, I want to look at recent developments and the ways in which the landscape is changing and outline some key developments I expect or hope to see in the coming years. As part of this, I’ll discuss progress on the Coalition’s agenda, and highlight selected initiatives from the 2015-2016 Program Plan. The printed Program Plan will be distributed at the meeting (and will be available electronically on the Coalition’s website,, by December 14). I look forward to sharing the Coalition’s continually evolving strategy with you, as well as discussing recent events and current issues. The opening plenary will include time for questions and discussion, and I am eager to hear your comments.

Julie Brill will be giving the closing keynote, which will take start at 2:15PM Tuesday. Julie is a commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) who has been doing some absolutely extraordinary work on privacy and security in the digital world. I’ve had the opportunity to hear her speak on these issues several times over the past year and she has a very deep understanding of the implications of “big data” and algorithmic decision-making and classification, particularly in the consumer context. There’s more biographical information about Julie on the CNI website. One particular bit of background that I want to point out is the groundbreaking study that the FTC issued in 2014 on data brokers in consumer marketplaces (see the announcement at; I invite you to also read Commissioner Brill’s individual comments linked in the right-hand column to gain a sense of her sophisticated insights about the privacy landscape.

Julie has very graciously agreed to join us and share some of her thinking about privacy and analytics in some of the junctures between consumer and higher education contexts. She’s titled her talk “Transparency, Trust and Consumer Protection in a Complex World.” Here is her abstract:

In a world that is becoming increasingly complex and data-intensive, trust is becoming ever more important. If consumers do not trust organizations and the systems that they use to collect, analyze, and use their personal data, consumers may reject technologies that could offer significant social and individual benefits. Transparency is a key element of building and maintaining consumer trust. Providing effective transparency, however, is a challenge for companies that are developing new connected devices and apps and predictive analytics services. Using a series of illustrations based on the Internet of Things and big data analytics, Commissioner Brill will discuss strategies for providing transparency in our interconnected, complex world, with a particular focus on the roles that researchers and consumer protection agencies like the Federal Trade Commission in putting these strategies into practice.

Highlighted Breakout Sessions

I will not attempt to comprehensively summarize the wealth of breakout sessions here. However, I want to note particularly some sessions that have strong connections to the Coalition’s 2015-2016 Program Plan, as well as a few other sessions of special interest or importance, and to provide some additional context that may be helpful to attendees in making choices. We have a packed agenda of breakout sessions, and, as always, will try to put material from these sessions on our website following the meeting for those who were unable to attend. We will also be capturing both plenaries and a limited number of sessions for later distribution; some using traditional video capture and some using a voice over visuals capture system.

Research data management has been a long-standing CNI theme. Many of our member institutions are developing a range of capabilities and organizational strategies related to research data management (including strategies for dealing with big data and services addressing data curation and preservation and the support for new data intensive scholarly practices). Our meeting sessions range from multi-institutional initiatives to ethical concerns. I am very pleased that we will have a presentation by Bonnie Tijerina and Emily Keller of the Data & Society Research Institute discussing emerging ethical issues related to data collection, storage, sharing, and reuse, and the unique role that research libraries can play in working with researchers to navigate these concerns. 

Additional sessions on data and e-research include:

Organizational Implications of Data Science Environments in Education, Research, and Research Management in Libraries, discussing a new multi-campus program funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore and Alfred P. Sloan Foundations to provide resources to help universities develop collaborations between researchers, develop tools, and create new career paths for data scientists. Representatives from the three partner universities – University of California, Berkeley, New York University, and the University of Washington – will provide their perspectives.

The Open Science Framework, in which representatives from the Center for Open Science and the University of Notre Dame will describe a campus implementation of the Open Science Framework (OSF).

Establishing a Shared Research Data Service in the UK, where Rachael Bruce, Deputy Chief Innovation Officer at Jisc, will describe how Jisc is working to help universities manage research data through the development of some shared solutions for national infrastructure services.

Evolving a Community Digital Repository, which will feature Bill Michener discussing the Dryad Digital Repository, a resource that makes the data underlying scientific publications discoverable, freely reusable, and citable.

Libraries Will Be an Asset for Us, which will describe an aspect of big data that we at CNI are closely monitoring as an important trend – partnerships between universities and their local government jurisdictions to assist with gathering, facilitating access to, and encouraging use of civic data; this partnership is hosted at University of Pittsburgh.

Between a Microscope and a Museum, a thought-provoking consideration of whether the institution should treat a born-digital collection (in this case Saudi desert microbes) as a data collection or a museum/library special collection.

A session from Johns Hopkins University and University College London will highlight the Archaeology of Reading project and the tools being developed for transcription of digital manuscripts and for understanding the interventions readers made in their books.

Another core area of CNI’s program has highlighted innovations in institutional repositories and we will feature repository platforms as well as tools. We will have a multi-institutional update on the deployment and capabilities of the new Fedora 4 platform.

Additional sessions on repositories and tools include:

Hydra-in-a-Box, which describes a project to make the Hydra repository software into a turnkey solution (or cloud-based service) that can be easily be adopted; this was prompted in large part by needs expressed by the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) regarding their data providers.

New Tools for Providing Access to Digital Image Collections, which will describe Mirador and Spotlight, new tools based on the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF); we’ll also have a session on the underlying framework itself (see below).

ePADD, which highlights a new tool that uses natural language processing to appraise, process, discover and deliver e-mail from archives; this is becoming an increasingly important form of content in many types of digital archives (including personal digital archiving), and an area where more effective approaches are badly needed. ePADD is also, as I understand it, doing some very interesting work developing integration with the emerging archival name infrastructure project (see below for a session on this infrastructure project).

Hybrid Online/Offline Scholarly Information Resources, which will discuss an approach to building scholarly infrastructure that provides constant availability and speed of working with resources locally while providing the user-friendliness and provenance tracking of a centralized remote repository.

A variety of sessions will discuss topics related to scholarly communication and digital libraries. Producing a dissertation serves as the training ground for new scholars, and in many cases, graduate students still produce documents that do not take much advantage of the digital environment. In Digital Dissertations in an Increasingly Welcome Landscape, we will learn from one author about a humanities dissertation that incorporated a social reading interface and blogging.

Additional sessions on scholarly communication and digital libraries include:

Documenting Ferguson, which describes the building of a repository to gather digital media related to recent events; this is hosted at Washington University in St. Louis.

3D Scanning for Small Budgets, which discusses a library’s exploration of workflows and processes as they work with 3D artifacts and the applications for smaller memory institutions.

Archivportal-D, a central and comprehensive portal for access to records of all kinds held by German archives, financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

New Partnerships in the Scholarly Communication System, which describes how the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) at Columbia University Libraries has worked with the Modern Language Association to produce a society-supported, disciplinary-focused community hub and has also worked with Columbia University Press to refresh the interface for the Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) database., which will discuss an important ongoing international collaboration among the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), Europeana, and the Creative Commons community to develop a list of standardized internationally interoperable rights statements, an important aspect of digital library infrastructure.

An area that has been of long-standing interest to CNI is the challenge of managing names, biography, and bibliography to support the attribution of scholarship and the management of the scholarly record. We will have a presentation on a program that will be launched as an international archival description cooperative hosted at the US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); members will work on curating a corpus of reliable biographical descriptions of people linked to and providing contextual understanding of historical records. This updates related earlier work funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation developing prototype archival name databases (the Social Networks and Archival Context [SNAC] project) and reported at an earlier CNI meeting, moving towards the long-term goal of creating a sustainable and robust critical infrastructure component. 

We know our members are always interested in understanding funding opportunities for digital projects, and we will have a session with panelists from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Historic Records and Publications Commission, and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) describing their latest grant programs.

The economics of scholarly publishing has been a mainstay of CNI’s program from the earliest years, and this meeting features a particularly rich group of sessions that present in-depth studies on this topic. Librarians at the University of California, Los Angeles, are seeking to understand the value of articles published by commercial publishers versus their open access preprint versions. In their session How Much Does $1.7 Billion Buy You? they will describe their comparative study of pre-print and post-print counterparts. In Is Gold Open Access Sustainable? we will hear about the University of California’s study of article processing charges and associated costs in the context of library journal budgets and publishing costs. Can Cooperatives Provide a More Sustainable and Effective Path for Open Access? will describe a MacArthur Foundation-funded study that will examine viable financial models for transitioning from subscription to open access models for scholarly publication. Financial models for monograph publication have been the topic of several important recent studies, which will be summarized and synthesized in Findings from a Suite of Studies on Open Access Monograph Publishing

An issue gaining increased emphasis in CNI’s program is privacy, focusing on how institutions and broader community collaborations are addressing privacy issues related to research, education, publications, and communications at both technical and policy levels. As well as coverage in the plenary sessions, we will have an update on a National Information Standards Organization (NISO) project that is working to develop a consensus framework around patron privacy in library systems.

Support of digital scholarship from various perspectives will be featured in several sessions. An increasing number of our member institutions are involved in providing infrastructure, tools, and services for faculty and students working on innovative digital projects. Some develop physical facilities, often located in libraries, where faculty and students can have access to specialized equipment, tools, and expertise. These spaces also often serve as a mechanism for developing informal communities of practice. CNI has hosted two workshops and an executive roundtable on this topic and will be offering (in collaboration with the Association of Research Libraries [ARL]) a 2016 workshop for those interested in developing digital scholarship centers. CNI’s Joan Lippincott will give a brief update on those activities in a session where representatives from evolving programs at University of California Santa Cruz and North Carolina State University will present their activities in this area.

Additional sessions on approaches to supporting digital scholarship are:

Digital Scholarship Centers: Two Models, describing programs at the libraries of the University of Iowa and Case Western Reserve University.

Preparing for New Roles and Transformed Libraries, where Deanna Marcum from Ithaka S+R and Greg Raschke from North Carolina State University will discuss the need for transformation of library subject specialists and technologists to support deeper collaboration around emerging services. They will be joined by a new team of “informationists” and specialists in research data services at University of Cincinnati, which will provide a model of new types of roles for library professionals.

Experiences with High Resolution Display Walls in Academic Libraries, which will feature case studies from three libraries; these screens, and the staff who work with them, support a variety of research and learning through data visualization and digital scholarship.

Design Labs at the Intersection of Engaged Learning and Digital Scholarship, which will feature a creative learning environment at the University of Michigan library, and describe the way they are focusing on engaged learning, knowledge creation, and bridging research and learning.

A number of sessions will address digital preservation and stewardship of the cultural record, a central part of CNI’s program. As always, I am delighted to have David Rosenthal of Stanford University return to CNI; he will share the findings of his recent Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded study on the capabilities and potential roles of the newly emerging emulation environments in the preservation of various kinds of digital content. We will also welcome Peter Burnhill of the EDINA project in the UK, who will discuss the Keeper’s Registry, which monitors what materials are being preserved by key institutions or major shared digital preservation infrastructure like LOCKSS or Portico; the registry is an essential (and largely unrecognized) piece of the overall preservation infrastructure, particularly for scholarly journals. Peter will also share some recent data analyzing trends in preservation coverage derived from Keeper’s data. 

We will also learn about the transition of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) from its former home at Library of Congress to its new home in the Digital Library Federation (DLF) at CLIR. Cal Lee from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will describe the BitCurator project, which has now grown into a mature collection of open-source digital forensic tools for preservation, and share plans for its next phase, focused on supporting the provision of access to disk images.

Discovery, interoperability, and linked data are topics of interest to many in the CNI community, and we have come to value the insights of Herbert Van de Sompel and Michael Nelson, who will describe the evolution of their perspectives on information interoperability problems for Web-based scholarship, tying together work on a range of interconnected efforts. 

Additional sessions on discovery, interoperability, and linked data include:

Portland Common Data Model, a recent initiative from representatives from a wide range of developers from Hydra, Islandora, Fedora, and the Digital Public Library of America, to develop a common understanding of representation of digital objects to encourage their reuse.

All for One and One for All, where Stanford’s Tom Cramer will describe a global approach to image interoperability via the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF). It’s notable how quickly IIIF seems to be gaining traction as a way to gain interoperability and deploy common tools across disparate and distributed image collection. 

The Future of Linked Data in Libraries discusses a Library of Congress/Stanford University initiative to assess the BIBFRAME ontology to inform future developments in new bibliographic control strategies.

Linked Data for Libraries and Archives, highlighting a multi-institutional project to use linked open data to leverage the intellectual value of resource descriptions, and a University of Chicago lightweight approach to processing university archives employing linked data.

Explorations of how organizations are developing new services and engaging communities are also key components of CNI’s program. We will have a session with presenters from Union College, in which they will describe their unique, college-wide approach to MakerSpaces. Gardner Campbell from Virginia Commonwealth University will provide insight into an innovative set of short courses where students published their work to the Web, and also developed a book, as the result of unusual circumstances requiring the suspension of the normal “reading days.” Carl Grant will tell us about a wide-ranging exhibit called “Galileo’s World” that included 20 exhibitions in a variety of locations; all exhibits were digitized and loaded into the institutional repository. Some interactive features and events engaged users and encouraged use of library special collections and new technologies.

An increasingly important issue for institutions is providing accessible resources for the community. At University of Texas at Austin, a collaboration between the libraries and campus disability services is resulting in a large-scale video captioning program; the briefing will describe infrastructure, funding, and expertise.

Since the initial founding of the Coalition, we’ve been interested in the ever-evolving thinking about how best to structure relationships between library and information technology (IT) organizations in academic institutions. At this meeting, a session involving representatives of three institutions will discuss the pros and cons of merging and un-merging library and IT organizations.

As part of CNI’s strategy to support leadership development within our community, we have had long-standing engagements with fellows programs sponsored by both CLIR and ARL. Recently, CLIR has conducted a very careful and welcome assessment and analysis of its fellows program and prospects going forward and several of the fellows will describe a new report they have created to document this work. 

There is much more, and I invite you to browse the complete list of breakout sessions and their full abstracts on the CNI website. In many cases you will find these abstracts include pointers to reference material that you may find useful to explore prior to the session, and after the meeting we will add material from the actual presentations, including selected video recordings, when they become available to us. You can also follow the meeting via Twitter, using the hashtag #cni15f.

I look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC for what promises to be another extremely worthwhile meeting. Please contact me (, or Joan Lippincott, CNI’s Associate Director (, if we can provide you with any additional information on the meeting.

Clifford Lynch
Executive Director
Coalition for Networked Information

BitCurator User Forum 2016

Dear CNI News subscribers:

Posting on behalf of the organizers at UNC-Chapel Hill.

–Joan Lippincott, CNI


The BitCurator Consortium is pleased to announce that the BitCurator User Forum 2016 program is now online ( On this website, you’ll find session descriptions and suggested accommodations, as well as registration info.

Overview: Join BitCurator users from around the globe as we discuss how we are using the BitCurator software environment. Hosted by the BitCurator Consortium (BCC), this event will be grounded in the practical, real-world experiences of digital archivists and digital curation experts. Come prepared to discuss your current challenges, share emerging BitCurator integrations and workflows, and address the “now what” of handling your digital forensics outputs.

Date: January 15, 2016

Location: Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

A complimentary event, CurateGear: Enabling the Curation of Digital Collections ( will be held on January 14th, the day before the users forum. This is an annual one-day conference sponsored by UNC-Chapel Hill. 

Library Publishing Forum 2016 Call for Proposals

The annual Library Publishing Forum Call for Proposals is out. This is an excellent way to get up to speed on an important trend in academic libraries and to contribute your own innovative work.

–Joan Lippincott, CNI


LPForum 2016

Amplifying Scholarship: More Choices, More Voices

May 17 – 19, 2016

University of North Texas Libraries

The Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) is accepting proposals for the 2016 Library Publishing Forum, to be held May 17 – 19 in Denton, Texas. An international, community-led organization with over 60 member libraries, the LPC promotes the development of innovative, sustainable publishing services in academic and research libraries to support content creators as they generate, advance, and disseminate knowledge.


We are very pleased to announce that our opening keynote speaker is Cheryl Ball, associate professor of digital publishing at West Virginia University and editor ofKairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. Her research on multimodal composition, digital media publishing and editing, and university writing pedagogy can be found on her website:


Libraries as publishers have the means to expand access to publishing, creating opportunities for diverse voices to be heard. We want to hear your stories and visions of how library publishing can and does amplify scholarship by curating, disseminating, promoting, and preserving scholarly and community voices. 

We invite proposals from Library Publishing Coalition members and nonmembers, including librarians, university press staff, publishing service providers (vendors), scholars, students, and other scholarly communications and publishing professionals. We especially encourage first-time presenters and representatives of small and emerging publishing programs to submit proposals.

For more information on the event, session formats, and topics of interest, and to submit a proposal, please visit

Proposal Submission Deadline: January 15, 2016

Acceptance Notification: February 15, 2016

ETD2016 Call for papers and posters

Dear CNI News readers:

The annual electronic theses and dissertations conference ETD2016 will be in Europe this summer and there will be some a theme that is very relevant to many in the CNI community — handling research data produced by PhD students. There will be sessions on a broader set of topics, too.

I encourage you to submit a session proposal – see below. Note: I am on the board of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) which co-sponsors the conference.

–Joan Lippincott, CNI


ETD2016, the 19th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations, will take place from July 11 to July 13, 2016, at Lille. The conference will be hosted by the University of Lille 3 and co-organized with the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), an international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination, and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs).

In 2016, the ETD International Symposium series comes for the first time to France. The theme of the conference is “Data and Dissertations”, with a focus on the handling of research data produced by PhD students. As the former events of the series, ETD2016 will again provide delegates the unique opportunity to learn from each other, discuss new projects and initiatives, share experiences and good practices from around the world, and provide perspectives for further research and development. ETD2016 is open for university librarians and other information professionals interested in ETD and research data, scientists and scholars in library and information sciences, and LIS students. The conference language is English.

Proposals for papers and posters are invited on all relevant topics in the field of electronic theses and dissertations, in particular

Advanced technologies and infrastructures

Second generation ETD programs

Open science, open access, open repositories

Initiatives for better introducing PhD students to new ETD technologies

Long-term preservation


ETD publishing and embargoes

Other papers and posters on ETDs can deal with text and data mining, research evaluation (ETDs and CRIS),  legal and ethical aspects, semantic enrichment, special collections, digitization programs and national ETD policies.

The main topic of ETD2016 will be “Data and Dissertations”, with a focus on initiatives, projects and experiences in the field of research data related to ETDs. Some questions for papers and posters:

How should such research data be handled?

How do PhD students manage their own datasets?

What should be done to improve their data skills?

And there are many other questions, e.g. legal and ethical issues, formats, identifiers, storage and long term preservation, workflows, best practices etc.

ETD2016 will be a forum to discuss new developments and infrastructures and to provide insights and perspectives for further progress, in the global framework of open data and open science.

We invite participants who want to present a paper or a poster at ETD2016 to submit an English abstract between 400 and 500 words. The abstract should clearly deal with the problem/goal, the applied methodology, and anticipated results. The abstract should also include the title of the paper or poster, name(s) of the author(s), and full address information. Each submitted abstract will be reviewed in double-blind by at least two members of the program committee.

Abstracts for full papers and posters must be submitted on the conference website. Authors will be notified of the program committee’s decision by end of February 2016. This notice will be accompanied by further guidelines and recommendations.

The deadline for full papers is January 15, 2016.

The deadline for posters is April 15, 2016.

All information are on the conference website

Archiving 2016 Preliminary Program Released and Registration Open

CNI is pleased to be a cooperating organization for the IS&T Archiving Conference once again.


The Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T) is pleased to announce the release of the Archiving 2016 Preliminary Program.

The program provides an overview of the conference, as well as information on the Short Course Program and Behind-the-Scenes Tours. A number of new courses are offered this year, including Computational Photography Techniques for Cultural Heritage Documentation and Archiving, Spectral Imaging—Spectral Capture and Processing, and Assessing Formats for Preservation.

Conference Keynotes:

  • Spectral Imaging of Manuscripts: Recovery of the Past and Preservation for the Future, Roger Easton (RIT) and Keith Knox (consultant)
  • Implementing Practices that Lead to Use or Reuse of your Collections, Emily Gore (Digital Public Library of America)

Register early for Archiving 2016 to secure conference savings. The Early Registration Deadline is March 21, 2016. 

And don’t forget to reserve your hotel: Sheraton Silver Spring Hotel (Group rate available until March 7, 2016).

We look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC.

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013