Who Owns the Data? Conference on Digital Assets, Data Philanthropy & Public Benefit, May 14, 2015, Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley is hosting an all day conference on May 14, 2015 titled “who Owns the Data? An International Conference on Digital Assets, Data Philanthropy, and Public Benefit” with an excellent slate of speakers and a keynote by Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive.

Full details can be found here


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Video: Brewster Kahle on Universal Access to Modern Materials

The Internet Archive (IA), an independent non-profit, provides access to digital materials (including books, websites, music, video, TV and software) on the Internet. In this plenary talk from CNI’s recent spring meeting, digital library pioneer and IA founder Brewster Kahle describes the particular challenge of providing open access to modern materials, particularly in light of repeated admonishments by legal advisors that, in doing so, “bad things would happen.”

Providing Universal Access to Modern Materials – and Living to Tell the Tale is now available online:

and on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/125044497

Look for more announcements soon on videos of other sessions from the spring 2015 CNI meeting. To see all videos available from CNI, visit CNI’s video channels on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni).

National Academies Study on Digital Curation Workforce Issues

The National Academies released the report “Preparing the Workforce for Digital Curation” last week. The commitee was chaired by Professor Margaret Hedstrom of the University of Michigan’s School of Information and operated under the oversight of the Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI). (Disclosure: I currently co-chair this board).

The direct link to the page for a free download is


I have included the Academies’ press release, which includes report highlights, and the full committee roster below.

For those at the recent Spring Membership meeting in Seattle, this was the report that Carole Palmer (also a committee member) mentioned in her closing keynote.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


Digital Curation Policies and Well-Trained Workforce Needed to Handle Fast-Growing Collections of Digital Information

WASHINGTON — From distant satellites to medical implants, sensors are collecting unprecedented quantities of digital data across the scientific disciplines. Other sectors — government, business, and health – are collecting huge amounts of data and information as well. If accurate and accessible, such information has the potential to speed scientific discovery, spur innovation, inform policy, and support transparency.

However, the policies, infrastructure, and workforce needed to manage this information have not kept pace with its rapid growth, says a new report from the National Research Council. The immaturity and ad hoc nature of the field of digital curation – the active management and enhancement of digital information assets for current and future use — so far has led to vulnerabilities and missed opportunities for science, business, and government.

There is an urgent need for policies, technologies, and expertise in digital curation, said the committee that conducted the study and wrote the report. It recommends that the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy lead policy development in digital curation and prioritize strategic resource investments for the field. Research communities, government agencies, commercial firms, and educational institutions should work together to speed the development and adoption of digital curation standards and good practices.

The report also offers several recommendations for strengthening the digital curation workforce. Currently there is little data available on how – and how many — digital curation professionals are being trained and the career paths they follow. Moreover, it is difficult to estimate current and future demand because digital curation takes place in many types of jobs. The primary source of statistics on employment in the federal government, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, does not track digital curation as a separate occupation. However, the committee could estimate the current demand for digital curation professionals by examining data on job openings for related occupations — enterprise architects, data stewards, librarians and archivists, among others. Openings for almost all of these professions at least doubled between 2005 and 2012, the committee found.

Government agencies, private employers, and professional associations should develop better mechanisms to track the demand for individuals in jobs where digital curation is the primary focus, the report says. The Bureau of Labor Statistics should add a digital curation occupational title to the Standard Occupational Classification when it revises the SOC system in 2018; this recognition would also help to strengthen the attention given to digital curation in workforce preparation. Tracking employment openings for digital curation professionals, enrollments in professional education programs, and the career trajectories of their graduates would help balance supply with demand on a national scale.

In addition, OSTP should convene relevant federal organizations, professional associations, and private foundations to encourage the development of model curricula, training programs, and instructional materials that advance digital curation as a recognized discipline. Educators in institutions offering professional education in digital curation should create partnerships with educators, scholars, and practitioners in data-intensive disciplines and established data centers. These partnerships could speed the definition of best practices and guiding principles as they mature and evolve.

The study was sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the National Science Foundation. The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council make up the National Academies. They are private, independent nonprofit institutions that provide science, technology, and health policy advice under a congressional charter granted to NAS in 1863. The National Research Council is the principal operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.


Committee on Future Career Opportunities and Educational Requirements for Digital Curation

Margaret Hedstrom (chair)
Robert M. Warner Collegiate Professor
School of Information
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor

Lee Dirks (Deceased 9/4/2012)
Director of Education and Scholarly Communication
Microsoft Research
Redmond, Wash.

Peter Fox
Professor and Tetherless World Research Chair
Earth and Environmental and Computer Sciences Departments
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, N.Y.

Michael F. Goodchild*
Professor Emeritus (retired)
Department of Geography
University of California
Santa Barbara

Heather Joseph
Executive Director
Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
Washington, D.C.

Ron Larsen
Dean and Professor
School of Information Sciences
University of Pittsburgh

Carole L. Palmer
Information School
University of Washington

Steven Ruggles
Director, Minnesota Population Center
Professor, University of Minnesota

David E. Schindel
Executive Secretary
Consortium for the Barcode of Life
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, D.C.

Stephen Wandner
Visiting Scholar
Center of Labor, Human Services, and Population
The Urban Institute
Washington, D.C.


Paul F. Uhlir
Study Director

LSC Webinar – U. Arizona STEM and collaboration

I want to call your attention to the next Learning Spaces Collaboratory webinar about U. Arizona and their undergraduate STEM initiative. I understand that it is a great example of collaboration among IT, libraries, STEM faculty, senior academic leadership, and facilities staff.

–Joan Lippincott

Please join us for the LSC Webinar The Story of the University of Arizona: Transforming How and Where Learning Happens (Implementing an AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative) on May 5th at 3:30pm EDT. This webinar will focus on implementing a redesign of STEM learning, based on evidence-based practices, integrating attention to the teaching practices and to the learning spaces at the University of Arizona.

Registration and information is available at


For a snapshot of their efforts, supported through the AAU STEM initiative, please view this youtube video that tells the story of UA’s pilot Collaborative Learning Spaces Project.

Whether or not questions about “how big can a space be?” are driving your planning, the UA story is one of attention to culture change as foundational to transforming STEM learning. Whether or not you are working with RI institutions or predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUI), the process by which UA is redefining how STEM learning happens and how to shape a comprehensive, interdisciplinary institutional effort to ensure success will be of value.

· UA AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Project

· AAU STEM Education Initiative

Please also put the June 10th LSC Webinar on your schedule. The thrust of this webinar is how to reinvent the concept of the Maker Spaces, capturing the experience of the workshop orchestrated by the LSC and the Epicenter at the d.school at Stanford (sponsored by VentureWell).


Jeanne L. Narum

The Independent Colleges Office, Director

Learning Spaces Collaboratory, Principal

D: (202) 256-8872

C: (202) 528-0305



SAVE THE DATES: Trinity College Dublin to Host Open Repositories 2016

Trinity College Dublin to Host the 2016 Eleventh International Conference on Open Repositories

The Open Repositories Steering Committee and Trinity College Dublin (The University of Dublin) are pleased to announce that the Eleventh International Conference on Open Repositories will be held at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, the week of June 13th 2016.

Founded in 1592, Trinity College Dublin, whose formal name is College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth near Dublin, is recognized internationally as Ireland’s premier university.

More information will be available at Open Repositories 2015 (#OR2015) to be held in Indianapolis June 8-11.

Personal Digital Archiving, NYC, April

Wanted to share this final announcement on the Personal Digital Archiving Conference taking place in New York City April 24-26 (next week!). CNI is very pleased to be a supporting organization for this meeting, and I am looking foward to this year’s program.

Clifford Lynch

Director, CNI


The Personal Digital Archiving Conference 2015 is happy to announce our keynote speakers and scheduled workshops.

Registration is still open for this April 24-26 conference. Please register at http://personaldigitalarchiving.com/registration/.

Our #PDA15 keynote speakers:

Don Perry – Friday, April 24 @ 9:40am

Writer/producer for Chimpanzee Productions, Inc., an independent film and multimedia company dedicated to producing audio-visual experiences that illuminate the human condition and the search for identity, family and spirituality. He co-produced and co-wrote, with Thomas Allen Harris, the NAACP Image Award winner for Outstanding Documentary film, “Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People.” Mr. Perry is also an Executive Producer for Digital Diaspora Family Reunion: 1World1Family Roadshow.

Howard Besser & Rick Prelinger – Saturday, April 25 @ 9:40am

Besser is a Professor of Cinema Studies and Associate Director of New York University’s Moving Image Archiving & Preservation Program (MIAP), as well as Senior Scientist for Digital Library Initiatives for NYU’s Library. He teaches Cinema Studies courses on New Media, Installation Art, and the Future of Cinema, and Free Culture & Open Access. In 2009 he was named to the Library of Congress’s select list of “Pioneers of Digital Preservation”.

Prelinger is an archivist, associate professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, writer and filmmaker, and founder of the Prelinger Archives. He partnered with the Internet Archive to make over 6,000 films from Prelinger Archives available online for free viewing, downloading and reuse. Rick is also co-founder (with Megan Prelinger) of the Prelinger Library, a robust mix of eclectic paper-based “orphan” material. With the Voyager Company, a pioneer new media publisher, he produced fourteen LaserDiscs and CD-ROMs with material from his archives.

 The following workshops have been set for Sunday, April 26th:

v  Peter Chan, Appraise, Process, Discover & Deliver Email

v  Courtney C. Mumma, Archivematica and AtoM: End-to-end digital curation for diverse collections

v  Cal Lee and Kam Woods, Curating Personal Digital Archives using BitCurator and BitCurator Access Tools

v  Yvonne Ng, Marie Lascu and Maggie Schreiner, Do-It-Yourself Personal Digital Archiving

Those who have already registered and indicated interest in workshops will receive further information regarding participation by next week.

For further information, keep checking the PDA15 site: www.personaldigitalarchiving.com

JCDL 2015: Doctoral Consortium & Registration

CNI is pleased to serve as a cooperating organization for JCDL again this year. Note that early registration closes May 15th (details below), and the submission deadline for the Doctoral Consortium (a workshop for Ph.D. students in the early phases of their dissertation work) has been extended to April 24 (more at https://sites.google.com/site/jcdl2015/doctoral-consortium).


Registrations for the JCDL 2015 conference are now live. Details at: http://www.jcdl2015.org/registration
The conference will be held from June 21-25 in Knoxville, TN. More information about the conference theme and the location is below.

Early registrations close on May 15th.

Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2015
Large, Dynamic and Ubiquitous – The Era of the Digital Library

University of Tennessee Conference Center
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
June 21-25, 2015

Theme Big Data is everywhere – from Computational Science to Digital Humanities, from Web Analytics to traditional libraries. While there do exist significant challenges in other areas, for many the biggest issue of all is a digital libraries one – How do we preserve big data collections? How do we provide access to big data collections? What new questions can we pose against our big data collections? These are all digital libraries questions. How can we, the digital libraries community, stand up in the face of these challenges and inform collection builders, curators, and interface developers how to best solve their challenges? What assumptions have we been working under that no longer hold in light of Big Data? These are some of the timely questions we hope to address at JCDL 2015.

IMLS Hosts April 28 Convening on the National Digital Platform

IMLS Hosts April 28 Convening on the National Digital Platform

First of Three Library Meetings will Revisit Digital Priorities

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) will hold a stakeholder convening to engage with library and archives professionals on Tuesday, April 28, from 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. at the District of Columbia Public Library. The meeting, which will be the first of three IMLS Focus convenings in 2015, will focus on the national digital platform. It will address the state of digital services in libraries and archives, as well as barriers to broader access to digital resources for all Americans.

IMLS invites broad participation in the event itself and the Twitter chat leading up to it.

Consult the full press release for details: http://www.imls.gov/imls_hosts_april_28_convening_on_the_national_digital_platform.aspx

IMLS Press Contact
Giuliana Bullard gbullard

Research Data Alliance US Fellowship Program — April 16 Deadline

This is a wonderful opportunity for graduate students, postdocs, or early career researchers interested in research data management. Note that the application deadline is April 16.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


Are you (or know of) a graduate student or a postdoctoral researchers at a higher education institution in the United States (US), or an early career researchers at a US-based research institutions who graduated in the last three years with a relevant master’s or PhD degree, with an interest and commitment to data sharing and open access?

If yes, we invite you and/or your colleagues to apply for the Research Data Alliance’s (RDA) US Fellowship Program by Thursday, April 16, 2015. Accepted applicants/Fellows will engage in the RDA through a 12-18 month project under the guidance of a mentor from the RDA community. The project is carried out within the context of an RDA Working Group (WG), Interest Group (IG), or Coordination Group (i.e., Technical Advisory Board), and is expected to have mutual benefit to both Fellow and the group’s goals. Fellows receive a stipend and travel support and must be currently employed or appointed at a US institution.

Fellows have a chance to work on real-world challenges of high importance to RDA, for instance:

  • Engage with social sciences experts to study the human and organizational barriers to technology sharing
  • Apply a WG product to a need in the Fellow’s discipline
  • Develop plan and disseminate RDA research data sharing practices
  • Develop and test adoption strategies
  • Study and recommend strategies to facilitate adoption of outputs from WGs into the broader RDA membership and other organizations
  • Engage with potential adopting organizations and study their practices and needs
  • Develop outreach materials to disseminate information about RDA and its products
  • Adapt and transfer outputs from WGs into the broader RDA membership and other organizations

The program involves one or two summer internships and travel to RDA plenaries during the duration of the fellowship (international and domestic travel). Fellows will receive a $5000 stipend for each summer of the fellowship. Fellows will be paired with a mentor from the RDA community.

Through the RDA Data Share program, fellows will participate in a cohort building orientation workshop offering training in RDA and data sciences. This workshop is held at the beginning of the fellowship. RDA Data Share program coordinators will work with Fellows and mentors to clarify roles and responsibilities at the start of the fellowship.

Criteria for selection: The Fellows engaging in the RDA Data Share program are sought from a variety of backgrounds: communications, social, natural and physical sciences, business, informatics, and computer science. The RDA Data Share program will look for a T-shaped skill set, where early signs of cross discipline competency are combined with evidence of teamwork and communication skills, and a deep competency in one discipline.

Additional criteria include: interest in and commitment to data sharing and open access; demonstrated ability to work in teams and within a limited time framework; and benefit to the applicant’s career trajectory.

Eligibility: Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers at institutions of higher education in the United States, and early career researchers at U.S.-based research institutions who graduated with a relevant master’s or PhD and are no more than three years beyond receipt of their degree. Applications from traditionally underserved populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply: Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume/curriculum vitae and a 300-500 word statement that briefly describes their education, interests in data issues, and career goals to datashare-inquiry-l@list.indiana.edu. Candidates are encouraged to browse the RDA website https://rd-alliance.org/ and pages of interest and working groups to identify relevant topics and mutual interests.

Important dates:

  • April 16, 2015 – Fellowship applications are due
  • May 1, 2015 – Award notifications
  • June 18-19, 2015 – Fellowship begins with the orientation workshop in Bloomington, IN

For more information, visit https://sites.google.com/a/umail.iu.edu/research-data-alliance-2/data-share-program.

Authors Alliance Guide to Rights Reversion

Yesterday I was fortunate to be able to attend a session offered by the Authors Alliance that was hosted by the University of California, Berkeley. As part of this session the Alliance announced the availability of a new guide that covers issues around rights reversion for authors who have published books.

The presentation placed this firmly in the context of being able to “preserve intellectual legacy in the digital age”, and sought to help monograph authors to manage ongoing access to their work, encouraging them to think about where and how they want to make their work available, particularly books that are now out of print or perhaps approaching the end of their commerical life.

I think this will be a very helpful resource for authors who have previously published books, but also those considering how they want to approach publication of new monographic works.

With so much coverage in recent years on the move to open up the scholarly journal literature and how scholars can engage and advance this, I think this will be a very welcome complement for monograph authors, where the history, economics, norms and current developments (such as efforts from some university presses to open up backlists, or the evolution of Hathi Trust) are so different.

There’s a blog post on the guide here:


The guide can be directly downloaded from


Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Last updated:  Friday, February 1st, 2013