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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.
Head of Digital Research Education & Training
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
Posting on behalf of Malcolm Brown, Director of ELI. Take a few minutes and add your opinions to the survey!
–Joan Lippincott, CNI
As you may know, each year the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) has surveyed the higher education teaching and learning community to identify the key issues for the coming year. The ELI has released its survey for 2018, and we invite all those who are associated with higher education teaching and learning to participate. We are striving for results that reflect the full diversity of teaching and learning.
The survey is short! Requires only about 5 minutes to do. The survey instrument is here:
Please circulate this link to any and all of your T&L colleagues at your campus. And we do mean “any and all:” library, center for teaching and learning, IT, faculty, students, deans, provost office, online learning centers, learning space support, and anyone else in the T&L mix at your campus.
Results from the 2017 survey are here:
Many thanks in advance for your assistance with this! M
Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative
The registration deadline for the Fall 2017 CNI member meeting is this FRIDAY, November 10. If you have not registered for the meeting or made hotel accommodations, please do so by Friday. Information about registration & accommodations is available online:
If you have questions about meeting registration, please contact Jackie Eudell at firstname.lastname@example.org. The event will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, December 11-12.
We look forward to seeing you in DC!
I was delighted to see the announcement this week that the SNAC (Social Networking and Archival Context) cooperative program had received second phase funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. I have reproduced the full announcement below; it is also available at I was delighted to see the announcement this week that the SNAC (Social Networking and Archival Context) cooperative program had received second phase funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. I have reproduced the full announcement below; it is also available at
This is a hugely important project that should lead to essential infrastructure for libraries, special collections, archives, and scholarship broadly. In the longer term, it may be important in changing the way documentary editing is done, and help to advance the development and sharing of digital factual biographies. I believe that anyone who deals with archives or special collections should be tracking this work.
We have had several reports on this effort at CNI meetings and will continue to track developments. I’ve also been serving as in an advisory role to the project.
October 21, 2017
The University of Virginia Library is pleased to announce that the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the University of Virginia $750,000 to complete the work of establishing the Social Networks and Archival Context (SNAC) Cooperative. For this final phase of establishing the Cooperative, the University of Virginia Library is collaborating with the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration and 27 other Cooperative members.
The SNAC Cooperative aspires to improve the economy and quality of archival processing and description, and, at the same time, to address the longstanding research challenge of discovering, locating, and using distributed historical records by building a global social-document network using both computational methods and human curation. SNAC began as a Research and Demonstration (R&D) project with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (2010-2012), followed by funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2012-2015). The project demonstrated the feasibility of separating the description of persons, families, and organizations—including their social-intellectual networks—from the description of the historical resources that are the primary evidence of their lives and work. SNAC also demonstrated that the biographical-historical data extracted and assembled can be used to provide researchers with convenient, integrated access to historical collections held by archives and libraries around the world. The initial results of the research made it clear that the potential power of the assembled data to transform research and improve the economy and effectiveness of archival descriptive practices required more than computational methods: it also needed human curation. With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the SNAC developers performed detailed planning from 2012–2015 on how best to transform the R&D into a sustainable international cooperative that would enable archivists, librarians, and scholars to maintain the descriptive data and to extend the scope of the people and records included.
With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the SNAC team has completed Phase I (2015–2017) of establishing the Cooperative based on the detailed planning, focusing on community building and transforming the R&D technical infrastructure into a platform that will support editorial curation of the data as well as batch ingestion of data. From 2010 to 2017, the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH) at the University of Virginia served as the lead institution for SNAC. During this period, IATH led three different endeavors: R&D (2010–2015), Cooperative planning (2011–2015), and Phase I of establishing the Cooperative (2015–2017). The California Digital Library, the School for Information Science at the University of California, Berkeley, and the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration were important collaborators in these activities.
SNAC is now moving to the University of Virginia Library, which will serve as its administrative and technological home. The move to the University Library will ensure close collaborations and partnerships with the cultural heritage and research communities. Daniel Pitti, who has led the development of SNAC since its inception, will continue to serve as its director. Ivey Glendon will join the project to provide expertise in metadata and program management, and John Hott will lead the technological development.
As the University of Virginia Library begins completing the work of establishing the Cooperative, the membership has expanded from 17 to 29 members, and now includes two international archives, a U.S. state archive, two documentary editing projects, an independent scholar, and several new academic research libraries. Over the course of the current project period, additional members will be added as the Cooperative builds the capacity to ingest new sets of data and train editors.
– American Institute of Physics
– American Museum of Natural History
– Archives, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute
of Fundamental Research, Bangalore, India
– Archives nationales de France
– Brigham Young University
– California Digital Library
– Cecilia Preston (independent scholar)
– George Washington University
– Getty Research Institute
– Harvard University
– Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
– Jane Addams Papers
– Library of Congress
– Mojave Desert Archives
– National Archives and Records Administration
– New York Public Library
– Princeton University
– Smith College
– Smithsonian Institution
– Tufts University
– University of California, Irvine
– University of Miami
– University of Nebraska
o Walt Whitman Archive
– University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
– University of Oregon
– University of Virginia
– Utah State Archives
– Yale University
The second and final phase of establishing the Cooperative has both social and technological objectives. The social objectives include developing a business model that will ensure long term sustainability, further developing editorial policies and standards, and being able to offer three forms of training for editors: on-site and remote as well as online self-guided. There will be many technological objectives, but chief among them will be the following: developing “cooperative ingest tools” that will enable data-contributing institutions to collaborate in refining and ingesting data into SNAC, and in return to receive persistent identifiers to enhance their descriptive data; refining and enhancing the History Research Tool for researchers; completing development of the key components of the technical infrastructure; and performing computational refinement and enrichment of existing SNAC data.
A major focus will be on expanding capacity in training editors and ingesting new batches of data. Progress in these two areas will enable the Cooperative to vastly expand membership and the global social-document network represented in SNAC.
For additional information, please contact Daniel Pitti (email@example.com) or Ivey Glendon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
OCLC has recently released a report on Research Information Management and Libraries, which can be found at:
I have reproduced the abstract of the report below. It was developed by OCLC research jointly with a team of librarians.
A second report is due in November and I’ll share details and availability when it’s released. OCLC is also running a survey jointly with EuroCRIS on worldwide library practices with regard to research information management. You can find the details on how to participate here:
I’m pleased to share this message from Educopia’s Library Publishing Coalition (LPC).
–Joan Lippincott, CNI
Announcing the new Strategic Affiliates Program
We are delighted to announce the official launch of our new Strategic Affiliates Program and our initial list of affiliates: the Association of American University Presses(AAUP), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), NASIG, the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), and the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP). See the announcement on the blog for more information about the new program.
Future strategic affiliates
To be eligible for affiliate status, an organization must be membership-based, must have a focal area in scholarly communications, and must have substantial engagement with libraries, publishers, or both. If there is an organization that meets these criteria that you would like to see LPC explore a closer relationship with, please talk to me or to an LPC Board member.
Scholarly Communications Program Leader
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Here are some opportunities to hear from CNI during the upcoming EDUCAUSE Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA:
- Supporting Digital Humanities: Does Your Institution Have Capacity? including Joan Lippincott as a co-presenter: Nov. 2, 1:30-2:20 pm, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Meeting Room 113A, 100 Level
- CNI Community Update: Nov. 2, 2:40-3:30 pm, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Meeting Room 201A, 200 Level
We hope you can join us for one or more of these events.
More information about the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2017 is at https://events.educause.edu/annual-conference.
I am very pleased to announce that videos of the sessions from the recent Designing Libraries conference at North Carolina State University (NCSU), co-sponsored by the University of Calgary, CNI, and NCSU, are available. I know many more people wished to attend the program than were able to, and you will find a rich array of presentations.
Links to the videos of the sessions have just been added to the schedule here: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/designing-libraries-conference-2017/schedule
Joan Lippincott, CNI