Videos: Hydra-in-a-Box & Data Science in Info Services

New videos from CNI’s December membership meeting are now available:

As the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has advanced, one of its major challenges has been the lack of effective, widespread tools for stewarding and syndicating digital content. Recently, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded $2M to DPLA, Stanford and DuraSpace for the “Hydra-in-a-Box” project to help address this need. Hydra-in-a-Box: Building and Bundling a National Digital Platform provides an in-depth look at the project’s goals, timelines, and early progress.

The Data Science Environment (DSE) program provides resources to help universities develop collaborations between researchers, develop tools in data science (DS), and create new career paths for data scientists. In Organizational Implications of Data Science Environments in Education, Research, and Research Management in Libraries, program members from three partner universities discuss the role of DS in information science, the potential career paths for data scientists in libraries, and the potential amplification of information services (e.g. data curation, institutional repositories, scholarly publishing).

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

REMINDER: Proposals Due for CNI Spring 2016

The submission deadline for CNI’s spring 2015 membership meeting is fast approaching! The meeting will be held on April 4-5 in San Antonio, Texas.

Proposals for project briefings are due no later than Friday, February 12.
A limited number of proposals are accepted.
For details, and to submit a proposal:

Meeting and hotel registration deadline is Thursday, March 3:

Follow this meeting on Twitter: #cni16s

See you in San Antonio!

Planning a Digital Scholarship Center: Registration Open

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 issuing 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.

Registration is now open to individuals from ARL and CNI member institutions for Planning a Digital Scholarship Center: A CNI/ARL Workshop. General registration opens February 16, 2016.

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.

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.

Until Feb. 16, 2016, registration is restricted to individuals from Association of Research Libraries (ARL) or Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) member institutions. 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

Early Registration Closing for the International Digital Curation Conference

Reduced rate early registration closes January 31 for the 11th International Digital Curation Conference in Amsterdam, 22-25 February. I understand there is still good space availability for many of the workshops as well.
The full programme can now be found online at
This year’s keynotes will be delivered by Barend Mons, Professor of BioSemantics and founder of the BioSemantics group at Leiden University Medical School (LUMC) and Susan Halford, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton.

On Tuesday 23 February the programme will feature an Open Data Panel and an interactive afternoon including posters, demonstrations and birds of a feather sessions which will shortly be chosen by conference delegates.

On Wednesday 24 February the programme will include research, practice and data papers aligned in three parallel sessions.
We hope there will be something for everyone!

IDCC 2016 Workshops
Workshops will be held on Monday 22 February and Thursday 25 February and must be booked independently of the main conference. Please register at .

Workshops on Monday 22 February 2016

  • Developing Research Data Management Services
  • Fedora 4
  • A Context-driven Approach to Data Curation for Reuse
  • Customising the Costs of Curation
  • Jisc Research Data Management Shared Service Pilot
  • Data Curation and the EUDAT Collaborative Data Infrastructure (CDI)

Workshops on Thursday 25 February 2016

  • Comparing Approaches to Curriculum Development for Research Data Handling
  • Supporting and reviewing Data Management Plans
  • Appraisal, Quality Assurance and Risk Assessment in the Data Continuum
  • Metadata in Action

Find out more about the individual workshops at
We look forward to seeing you in Amsterdam!
Sent on behalf of the Co-Chairs of the IDCC16 Programme Committee
Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI (and co-sponsor and co-chair for the IDCC 2016 meeting)

UK Report on Learning Analytics: “From Bricks to Clicks”

The UK Higher Education Commission has just issued a major report on national strategy for learning analytics and underlying data collection and stewardship, including some consideration of privacy issues.

The report, plus a press release and some pointers to media coverage, can be found here:

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Jisc call for input: Visions of Education and Research

Our colleagues at the Jisc have issued a call for comments on a set
of vision documents dealing with teaching and research. They have a
deadline of February 2 for input. See

Some of the material, particularly dealing with research practices,
will be of considerable interest to some CNI-announce readers.
Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Interviews from CNI Fall Meeting

Our friends at EDUCAUSE have just released a great series of interviews with several key speakers and attendees from CNI’s December meeting. We’ve put up links to the individual recordings on the meeting homepage (, where you’ll also find slide decks and direct links to all the videos we’ve released so far (there are a few more of those to come so stay tuned).

You can also access the CNI interviews by going to, where you’ll find lots of great content by EDUCAUSE. 

Videos: BIBFRAME/Linked Data & New Tools for Image Collections

New videos from CNI’s recent membership meeting are now available:

Rob Sanderson of Stanford University presents an assessment of the current BIBFRAME best practices from the Linked Data community by methodically laying out those best practices, discussing the extent to which they are applied in BIBFRAME and describing some of the steps for remediation. The Future of Linked Data in Libraries: Assessing BIBFRAME Against Best Practices is now online at:

In New Tools for Providing Access to Digital Image Collections: Mirador and Spotlight, Stanford’s Stuart Snydman highlights two community open source software projects: one that enables librarians, curators, and others to easily build Web-based exhibits that showcase digital collections, and another that leverages the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) to support comparative and interactive uses of image-based resources across libraries, museums and archives.

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

Gaming Metrics: Innovation & Surveillance in Academic Misconduct

Posting on behalf of MacKenzie Smith, UC Davis University Librarian.


Registration in now open for


UC Davis, February 4-5, 2016

Organized by the Innovating Communication in Scholarship Project (ICIS) with support from the Center for Science and Innovation Studies (CSIS). Co-organizers: Mario Biagioli and Alexandra Lippman

Gaming Metrics: Innovating & Surveilling Academic …

GAMING METRICS: INNOVATING & SURVEILLING ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT. UC Davis, February 4-5, 2016. This conference explores a recent evolution of scholarly misconduct …


The conference is open to the public. Please register here<>.  Although attendance will be on first-come first-serve basis, we will reserve seats for out-of-town participants.


Misconduct has traditionally been tied to the pressures of “publish or perish” and, more recently, to the new opportunities offered by electronic publishing. The conference takes the next step to asks whether the modalities of misconduct are now evolving to adapt themselves to modern metrics-based regimes of academic evaluation. Have we moved from “publish or perish” to “impact or perish”?  If so, are metrics of evaluation now creating new incentives for misconduct?  And can we still reliably draw a clear separation between gaming the metrics game and engaging in misconduct?  Traditional discourses and policies of misconduct were rooted in oppositions between truth and falsehood, right and wrong, honest mistake and fabrication, but new metrics-based misconduct seems to be defined by the extent of the gaming involved.  In sum, are new metrics-based forms of misconduct asking us to rethink and redefine misconduct?

Topics include:

How different communities and professions construe the line between acceptable and unacceptable gaming.

When do university rankings cross over into institutional misconduct?

“Collaborative” misconduct, such as citation rings among journals to maximize their impact factors.

Gaming that involves the construction or adoption of metrics

Does Goodhart’s law, that the introduction of any metric creates a market for gaming it, apply in academic contexts?

Does the rise of “watchdog” organizations indicate something about the specific nature of modern academic misconduct?

The appearance of “fake” journals whose titles (and the look and feel of their websites) resemble those of well-known and respectable journals

Have humor and absurdity become a mode of critique and unmasking?

Speakers include:

Sally Engle Merry (NYU, Anthropology)

Alex Csiszar (Harvard University, History of Science)

Paul Wouters (Leiden University, Science and Technology Studies)

Karen Levy (NYU, Media, Culture, and Communication)

Barbara Kehm (University of Glasgow, School of Education)

Lior Pachter (UC Berkeley, Mathematics)

Daniele Fanelli (Stanford, METRICS)

Finn Brunton (NYU, Media, Culture, and Communication)

Sarah de Rijcke (Leiden University, Science and Technology Studies)

Jeffrey Beall (University of Colorado, Denver, Information Science)

Dan Morgan (University of California Press, Collabra Project)

Johan Bollen (Indiana University, Informatics and Computing)

Carl T. Bergstrom (University of Washington, Biology)

Jennifer Lin (Crossref)

Michael Power (London School of Economics, Accounting)

James Griesemer (UC Davis, Philosophy)

Ivan Oransky (Retraction Watch & NYU)

John Bohannon (Science Magazine)

Elizabeth Wager (Sideview)

Darren Taichman (Editor, Annals of Internal Medicine)

Debora Weber-Wulff (University of Applied Sciences Berlin, HTW, Media and Computing)

Brandon Stell (The PubPeer Foundation & CNRS)

Emmanuel Didier and Catherine Guaspare (EPiDaPo, UCLA)

Marie-Andree Jacob (Keele University, Law)

Alessandro Delfanti (University of Toronto, Communication, Culture, Information and Technology)

Sergio Sismondo (Queen’s University, Philosophy)

Cyril Labbé (Joseph Fourier University – Grenoble I)

Burkhard Morgenstern (Universität Göttingen, Bioinformatics)

Paul Brookes (University of Rochester, Medicine)

Preservation & Archiving SIG meeting in Prague

For those interested in digital preservation issues, please consider attending this event in Prague.

Posting on behalf of PASIG.

-Joan Lippincott, CNI


Registration is open for the next PASIG event, March 9-11, at the Czech National Library of Technology in Prague. Note that the attendee cost is 200€ until the end of January and 250€ February 1 on. To view the agenda and register, go to A list of local hotels is available on the website.

This is a great opportunity for organizations setting up preservation repositories to collaborate and work directly with leaders in the field. The PASIG is focused on 1) addressing practical preservation questions, 2) hearing about best practices and new technologies from global experts, 3) investigating the convergence of on-premise architectures and the Cloud, 4) how to set up, initiate, and audit the metrics of a preservation project, 5) key global project updates, and 6) solution provider and end customer collaboration. PASIG is a highly collaborative and interactive forum and generally attracts a large contingent of new participants.

Session Overviews include:

– Digital Preservation Bootcamp

Training in concepts, issues, tools, strategies & approaches for Digital Preservation and Archiving.

– Open Preservation Foundation Workshop: veraPDF – definitive, open source PDF/A validation for digital preservationists

– PKX / Practitioners Knowledge Exchange: Case Studies in Preservation & Archiving Architectures and Operations

– Lightning Talks

– The Frontiers of Preservation 

Discussions on the recent developments and challenges facing those who are tackling digital preservation.

– Industry Collaboration and Solution Vendor Presentations

– Project Updates and Digital Preservation Community Developments

– Hardening Existing Systems with Preservation Capabilities

We would like to thank the sponsors: Arkivum, Cray, The Digital Preservation Network, Ex Libris, Oracle, Preservica, P&A Consult, and T-Systems. 

Current participating/attending organizations include: 



Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Bibliotheque nationale de France

Charles U., Prague

CSC Finland

Czech Library of the Academy of Sciences

Czech National Library of Technology

Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC)

Digital Preservation Network (DPN)

Ex Libris

FIZ Karlsruhe

Freiburg U.

King’s College London


Masaryk U.

Moravska Zemska Knihovna

Moravian Library

Museum of Modern Art 

Open Preservation Foundation


Oxford U. 

P&A Consult


Princeton U. 

Qatar National Library

Slovak Chemistry Library

Stanford U.



UC San Diego

U. Hagen

U. Hull

U. Oklahoma

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013