An alternative access method for the same information that is available from the CNI-ANNOUNCE listserv.
As part of its work in understanding research support services, our colleagues at Ithaka S+R have released a major report titled “Big Data Infrastructure at the Crossroads” a few days ago. See
From the Executive Summary:
Ithaka S+R’s Research Support Services program explores current trends and support needs in academic research. Our most recent project in this program, “Supporting Big Data Research,” focused specifically on the rapidly emerging use of big data in research across disciplines and fields. As part of our study, we partnered with librarians from more than 20 colleges and universities, who then conducted over 200 interviews with faculty. These interviews provided insights into the research methodologies and support needs of researchers working across a wide range of disciplines.
This report provides a detailed account of how big data research is pursued in academic contexts, focusing on identifying typical methodologies, workflows, outputs, and challenges big data researchers face. Full details and actionable recommendations for stakeholders are offered in the body of the report, which offers guidance to universities, funders, and others interested in improving institutional capacities and fostering intellectual climates to better support big data research.
See www.nitrd.gov for much more information; I particularly invite you to note the breadth of the areas where NITRD is coordinating federal agency activities. On the NCO, see https://www.nitrd.gov/about/#NITRD-NATIONAL-COORDINATION-OFFICE-NCO
Every year, NITRD publishes a supplement to the President’s budget which summarizes investments in high performance computing and communication. This year, they’ve also included an additional document covering Cybersecurity R&D investments and implementation. See
The Networking & Information Technology Research & Development Program Supplement to the President’s FY2022 Budget: https://www.nitrd.gov/pubs/FY2022-NITRD-NAIIO-Supplement.pdf
FY2022 Federal Cybersecurity R&D Strategic Plan Implementation Roadmap: https://www.nitrd.gov/pubs/FY2022-Cybersecurity-RD-Roadmap.pdf
Finally, I just want to share a note that NITRD included when announcing these materials.
“New this year, and in response to the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act (NAIIA) of 2020, this Supplement provides the status of R&D investments and activities in support of the NAIIA, including details of the National AI Research Institutes. The National AI Research Institutes, formed among multidimensional partnerships of public and private entities, address sector-specific or cross-cutting challenges (e.g., trustworthiness) and translate the research into products, applications, and services. ”
I hope you find these materials helpful, and that they’ll give the great work of NITRD a little more visibility in the CNI community.
A Guide to the Fall 2021 Coalition for Networked Information Membership Meeting
The Fall 2021 CNI Membership Meeting (https://www.cni.org/mm/fall-2021) will be comprised of both an online and (at last!) an in-person component, each independent of the other, and designed to be complementary: the virtual event (https://cnifall21mtg.sched.com) will be held online Dec. 7–9, and the in-person event (https://cnifall21inperson.sched.com) will take place the following week in Washington, DC, on Dec. 13–14. Both events offer 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 events and an extensive series of live synchronous, in-person, and pre-recorded sessions, including plenaries, invited sessions, and project briefings focusing on current issues in digital information.
Only a small number of virtual sessions will take place live; the vast majority of project briefings will be pre-recorded. Curated playlists of pre-recorded project briefings corresponding to CNI’s core program area themes will be available on-demand beginning Nov. 30, to be explored at your leisure. In addition, for the virtual event, we offer an expanded line-up of invited sessions and project briefings on topics we feel are particularly timely and/or strategic for the community as a whole; these will be live, to take place online Dec. 7–9. Unless the presenters have requested otherwise, all sessions will be recorded and subsequently available to the public; this includes the pre-recorded sessions.
The Executive Roundtable sessions (by prior application) will be online, and will take place in conjunction with the virtual event on December 6 and 10.
The in-person CNI meeting is preceded by an optional orientation session at 11:15 AM for new attendees (representatives of new member organizations and new representatives or alternate delegates from existing member organizations); guests and presenters are also welcome. There will be coffee and an opportunity to meet some long-time members of the CNI community. Refreshments are available for all at 12:00 PM on Monday, Dec. 13. The opening plenary is at 1:00 PM and will be followed by three rounds of parallel breakout sessions plus a stand-alone, invited session immediately preceding the evening reception (new this year). Tuesday, Dec. 14, includes additional rounds of parallel breakout sessions, lunch, and the closing keynote, concluding around 3:30 PM. This year, after so much time virtual, we’ve built in additional and generous break time for informal networking with colleagues, in addition to our signature reception which will run until 7:00 PM on the evening of Monday, Dec. 13, after which participants can enjoy an evening in Washington, DC. We are in a new hotel this year (the J.W. Marriott) and there are a number of nearby dining options.
You’ll see several important changes in the in-person meeting this year. Along with a more leisurely pacing, we’ve greatly reduced the number of in-person parallel sessions, and are professionally recording all sessions (unless otherwise requested by presenters) for subsequent public availability.
The CNI meeting program is subject to last minute changes, particularly in the in-person breakout sessions – don’t rule out a late-breaking addition to the line-up! You can find the most current information, including schedule details, on the two event Scheds:
- Virtual Event Sched: https://cnifall21mtg.sched.com
- In-Person Event Sched: https://cnifall21inperson.sched.com
We are making both event schedules available via Sched, and while a Sched account is not required to view meeting information, you may find some of the tool’s personalization features helpful. Virtual event registrants will be able to access meeting sessions via Sched when logged into their Sched account; alternatively, they can access the meeting using the Zoom link sent by email in early December. If you have not received an invitation from Sched, or if you have questions about its use, please contact Paige Pope (email@example.com). For registration inquiries, please contact Jackie Eudell (firstname.lastname@example.org).
As is now traditional, I have reserved the opening plenary of our in-person fall member meeting for an update. During this session, scheduled to start at 1:00 PM on Monday, Dec. 13, I want to look at recent developments and the ways in which the landscape is changing, and to identify some key developments I expect to see in the coming years. As part of this, I’ll discuss progress on the Coalition’s agenda, and thoughts on CNI’s future program. I look forward to sharing CNI’s continually evolving strategy with you, as well as discussing recent events and current issues. There’s so much to talk about. The opening plenary will include time for questions and discussion, and I am eager to hear your comments.
I’m really thrilled that, for the in-person closing plenary, a team from Carnegie Mellon University and Emerald Cloud Lab will share their experiences exploring new strategic approaches to supporting scientific research through highly automated, network-based shared instrumentation facilities, including consideration of the implications for research data management and reproducibility. I first learned about this work as part of CNI’s exploration of pandemic implications for the research enterprise and have been following it closely ever since; it seems quite unique and I believe it’s enormously important. You can find more information about the project on the meeting website.
- Along Came Google (virtual, live)
Roger Schonfeld & Deanna Marcum (Ithaka S+R)
Roger and Deanna will discuss their wonderful new book looking at the history of book digitization at scale, tracing this work through the Google Books program and the creation of HathiTrust.
- CLIR Fellows Panel (virtual, live)
Petrouchka Moïse (Grinnell College), Francena Turner (U. of Maryland), Laura Wilson (Fisk U.), Kevin Winstead (Pennsylvania State U.)
CLIR Postdoctoral Fellows work on projects that forge and strengthen connections among collections, educational and information technologies, and current research and scholarship, and they are a key source of future leaders for our community and beyond. CNI has historically enjoyed a close and fruitful relationship with this program. The pandemic-driven move to virtual meetings has jeopardized this historical engagement between the CNI community and the most recent cadres of CLIR Fellows. These panels are CNI’s effort to address this challenge. We’ve hosted CLIR Fellows Panels at our last two virtual events, and now I invite you to meet another outstanding cadre of Fellows as they describe their work and share their perspectives on the current landscape.
- Octopus: The New Primary Research Record for Science (virtual, live)
Alexandra Freeman (Octopus Publishing CIC)
Octopus is a new platform, launching in spring 2022, and is being developed in partnership with Jisc, UK Research and Innovation, and the UK Reproducibility Network. It is designed to be the new primary research record for science: instead of being a platform for the publication of papers, it is designed for easy and rapid sharing and assessing of work, in smaller units. The platform’s creator will explain more about how its unique structure will work, and why it was designed the way it was.
- COVID-19 and the Future of Scholarly Meetings (virtual, live)
Dylan Ruediger, Danielle Cooper, & Laura Brown (Ithaka S+R)
Ithaka S+R and JSTOR Labs, with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, are organizing a cohort of scholarly societies to explore and develop the future of the scholarly meeting in light of the many challenges brought to the fore by the COVID-19 pandemic. A team from Ithaka S+R will share with us some of the preliminary thinking on this issue and plans for the project.
- LEADING to Data Science in Libraries Panel (in-person)
We’ve reserved a session (immediately preceding the Monday reception) to highlight an excellent IMLS-funded program that aims to prepare a diverse cohort of LIS doctoral students and mid-career librarians for data science endeavours: the Library and Information Sciences (LIS) Education and Data Science Integrated Network Group (LEADING). We will hear directly from several of the fellows in the current cohort, as well as from some of the project’s principal investigators.
I will not attempt to comprehensively cover breakout sessions here; we offer a great abundance and diversity of material. I do want to note, however, some sessions that have particularly strong connections to CNI’s program, as well as a number of other sessions of special interest or importance, and to provide some additional context that may be helpful. We’ve requested that presenters share their slide-decks with us, to put on our website following the meeting, and we expect to make recordings of almost all sessions publicly available on our YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/cnivideo) and Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/channels/cni) channels after the meeting; we hope you will share these resources widely with your communities.
- “Creating a Single Point of Entry Tool for Data Needs Assessment and Support”
- “Developing a Research Data Management Service in a Regional Comprehensive University: Needs Assessment”
- “DRAS-TIC Linked Data Platforms for Digital Asset Management”
- “New NISO Projects to Support Trust and Transparency in the Research Ecosystem”
- “Obstacles and Opportunities in Research Information Management in the United States”
- “Supporting University Resilience During the Pandemic through VIVO, the Open Source Research Information Management System”
Our community continues to focus considerable attention on the publishing industry and on issues related to intellectual property, and we will have several sessions that deal with related issues. Live, virtual sessions will include a team from Harvard to discuss an intriguing and potentially high-impact project designed to automate rights determination for orphan works, as well as a panel from the Boston Library Consortium that will discuss consortial controlled digital lending. In-person, the University of Michigan will provide a progress report on the “Fund to Mission” open access monograph model, and we’ll have a pre-recorded session from MIT Press on their Direct to Open monograph publishing model; both of these presentations explore new futures for university press monographs. Other pre-recorded sessions on these themes include a session on understanding the APC waiver process, a report on the Open Access eBook Usage Data Trust, values-driven models for scholarly communication, and using interinstitutional infrastructure to establish an open educational resources (OER) imprint.
There are a number of presentations dealing with workforce and skills issues at scale. There will be an in-person update on a large-scale effort to assist professionals working in libraries and cultural heritage institutions evaluate and address a range of key copyright matters (the Virtual Copyright Education Center). Several pre-recorded sessions will touch on related themes: a presentation on the library technology career jumpstart program, a team from Skilltype will speak on identifying global expertise in the library economy, and we’ll hear about the Scholarly Communication Notebook to help support the teaching of library students and professionals about scholarly communication librarianship.
Relatedly, we will also have a number of sessions on spaces and services: CNI Associate Executive Director Emerita Joan Lippincott will moderate a live, virtual session on high-tech work in physical and virtual spaces, and pre-recorded sessions will cover a student-centric technology ecosystem, a collaborative research and education tool at the Naval Postgraduate School, and an analysis of usage of library services and collections during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- “Assessing the Preservation Systems Landscape”
- “Building a Path Forward to Sustainable Digital Preservation: The Genesis of Digital Preservation Leadership Across the UC System”
- “Connecticut Digital Archive in Context: Addressing Systemic Bias in Cultural Heritage Repository Programs”
- “Digital Preservation & Access: Exposing Workflows and Governance”
- “Endangered But Not Too Late: The State of Digital News Preservation”
- “Preserving Digital Architecture: A Progress Report on the Building for Tomorrow Project”
- Two sessions on email preservation: “The Mailbag Project and Building Digital Preservation Tools Around Filesystems” and “Moving Email Archives from Theory to Practice”
Research impact will be explored during this meeting in various contexts. An in-person session will describe the Publication Activity Collection Environment (PACE) system at Notre Dame University that provides high-confidence publication data for university centers, institutes, and departments. A pre-recorded session from Weill Cornell Medical College will discuss using the National Institutes of Health’s iCite service to gauge the influence of scholarly output. Another pre-recorded session, on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), will explore emerging models for society-driven research agendas that can be integrated with academic culture to strengthen US research linkages with the SDGs and how that progress can be monitored.
A cluster of briefings will focus on information access and retrieval; in-person sessions will feature panelists from five university libraries that have adopted a community-developed, app-based, open-source library services platform, The Future of Libraries is Open (FOLIO), and a team from UIUC will discuss using machine learning for topic modelling and identification on bibliographic datasets. Jefferson Baily of the Internet Archive will present a live, synchronous update on a project to support perpetual access to open scholarship. Pre-recorded briefings on these themes will include: a session on the Digital Public Library of America’s work with Wikimedia; improving access to electronic theses and dissertations; using Wikidata for improved access to library data.
The pre-recorded sessions “Addressing the 7% Problem: The FRAME Project and the ARL-CARL Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Project” and “Accessibility Does Not Imply Usability for Students with Visual Disabilities” will center on accessibility matters.
- Live, Synchronous: “Implementing Artificial Intelligence Technology at a Major Library”
- In-person: “University of Miami’s Esploro Journey: Leveraging Human Eco-systems & Intelligence to Train AI Models”
- Pre-recorded: “Machine Learning for Geographic Information Systems: Striving for Scalable Processing of Scanned Map Images” and “Using Machine Learning to Extract WWII Japanese American Incarceree Data”
- “The United Rainbow Colors of Bots”
- “Re-Investing in the Institutional Repository: Redesigning Infrastructure, Re-Architecting the Platform, and Reviewing Policies”
- “Repository Migration Pilot Debrief”
- In-person: “University-based Open Sources Programs Offices” will describe a very interesting emerging role within our higher education institutions
- Live, synchronous: “Implementation and Assessment of an End-to-end Open Science and Data Collaborations Program”
- “Link It, Find It, Count It: LYRASIS and Research Infrastructure Communities”
- “Challenges and Opportunities in Open Source Software: A Review of the LYRASIS 2021 Research Survey Report”
Other sessions will focus on privacy and identity management: there will be an in-person presentation on the Licensing Privacy initiative, that aims to improve how academic libraries leverage licensing terms to advocate for reader privacy, as well as a session to report on a multi-institute undergraduate focus group study on learning analytic scenarios, which involve delicate privacy issues. A pre-recorded presentation from Duke University Libraries will report on a project to develop a new statement of priorities and guiding principles related to data privacy. Additional pre-recorded sessions include a presentation by Ken Klingenstein of Internet2 focusing on the value and use of attributes, Loyola University Chicago’s experience with federated authentication, and a presentation on the researcher profiles system at the University of California, Davis.
We will offer an in-person session, organized and moderated by Cynthia Hudson Vitale of the Association of Research Libraries, where representatives from federal agencies and non-profits will discuss funding priorities and trends, and a pre-recorded session on the Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS) and funding support for open science infrastructure.
Finally, Kenning Arlitsch of Montana State University and Michael Della Bitta of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) will explore the issue of obtaining broader contributions of digital objects to the DPLA from our community during an in-person breakout session.
On behalf of the CNI team, I look forward to welcoming you to what promises to be another extremely worthwhile meeting. Please contact me (email@example.com) or Diane Goldenberg-Hart, CNI’s Assistant Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org), if we can provide you with any additional information on the meeting.
Coalition for Networked Information
I wanted to (somewhat belatedly) share information about the availability of a substantial OCLC Research study on Research Information Management practices in the US. It documents a fascinating picture: while in much of Europe, for example, these practices are fairly mature and fairly centralized at a national level, the US has taken a very different and highly decentralized path. The report is in two volumes. The first provides a broad overview of findings and recommendations, while the second includes five in-depth case studies. See
My thanks to OCLC for taking a much-needed and timely systematic look at this area. I also note that Rebecca Bryant, the lead author on the study, has told me that she’ll be highlighting elements of the report as well as some additional material that couldn’t be included in the published report in her postings on the OCLC Research Blog at www.hangingtogether.org over the next few months.
The National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) has issued a broad call for input on eight emerging technologies as part of the work on a study called for by the 2020 COMPETE Act. Full information here:
My thanks to the indispensable Gary Price for bringing this call to my attention.
FORCE11 is holding its annual conference virtually this year, focusing on the future of scholarly communication. There is no fee (donations requested) but registration is required. For more information see
This meeting is normally highly international and it starts very early in North American timezones. I do not know if the sessions are being recorded, or what arrangements will be made to provide access to them.
Today, November 4, is World Digital Preservation Day. One of the wonderful things that the Digital Preservation Coalition does to mark this day every year is to release their list of “Digitally Endangered Species”. Here’s their latest announcement. Well worth reading — and well worth your time to think about contributions to future lists!
Today the DPC has released The BitList: the Global List of Digitally Endangered Species 2021:
The BitList offers an accessible snapshot of the concerns expressed by the global digital preservation community with respect to the risks faced by digital content. It is based on the practical experience of professionals with the responsibility to maintain access to content over time. It is not a theoretical exercise, nor does it serve a political or commercial interest.
In an important development, ‘Adobe Flash Animations and Interactive Applets’ has joined the small set of digital materials designated the highest classification of Practically Extinct. Flash joins a small group of other Practically Extinct entries in this year’s list, which have been assigned this classification because they have become inaccessible by most practical means and methods and where immediate action is required to avoid loss. These include material where recovery is possible in very small samples but is impractical at scale.
Six other items have been identified at materially greater risk than in 2019, changing to a higher BitList classification, and twenty-nine entries have an identified trend towards greater risk.
Two new items have been added to the 2021 BitList: ‘Virtual Reality Materials and Experiences’ has been added as a new Endangered entry, and ‘Smart Phone Gaming’ as Critically Endangered.
‘New items appear on the list because an established and experienced professional within the digital preservation community has struggled to preserve access to this content and has called for it to be included,’ explained William Kilbride of the DPC. ‘The categories and classifications of content are broad so that the list can be digested quickly. It is a reference set against which any digital object can be compared.’
I wanted to share the list of speakers and presentations for CNI’s upcoming December 2021 Virtual and In-Person meetings. There may be a small number of last minute changes but this should provide a very good sense of how rich and diverse the programs are. I expect that we will be making available a schedule for the two events around the end of this week or the beginning of next week.
The virtual meeting will run December 7-9; on December 7 and 8 it will run from about 1-530pm Eastern, and on December 9 we’ll have a closing session from about 1-2pm Eastern.
The in-person meeting will take place in Washington DC from about noon Eastern on December 13 to 330pm on December 14. Let me remind you yet again the for the in-person meeting, you MUST register in advance so that we can verify attendees are fully vaccinated as part of the registration process; we will NOT be able to accommodate walk-up or last minute registrations.
You can find a list of contributed project briefings here
The virtual meeting includes a large number of pre-recorded briefings, and a smaller number of synchronous project briefings. In addition to these contributed sessions, I’ll open the virtual meeting, and then moderate an invited conversation session with Roger Schonfeld and Deanna Marcum to discuss their new book “Along Came Google”, which charts the progress of large scale book digitization. As we’ve done in recent virtual meetings, we’ve invited another cadre of CLIR fellows to introduce themselves and talk about their important work. We’ll have an invited session describing the new UK Octopus scholarly communication platform and initiative. And on December 9, we’ll close the meeting with a session led by Laura Brown, Danielle Cooper and Dylan Ruediger of Ithaka S+R on the future of scholarly meetings and the tradeoffs between virtual and in-person events, after which I’ll make a few closing remarks.
The in-person meeting will open with my traditional December keynote, surveying recent events and future prospects. The sessions are primarily a very carefully chosen set of project briefings, plus an invited session to introduce a number of the fellows from the Library and Information Sciences Education and Data Science Integrated Network Group (LEADING) project and their work. The meeting will conclude with what should be an amazing plenary session: a team from Carnegie Mellon University and Emerald Cloud Lab — Dean Rebecca Doerge, University Librarian Keith Webster, and Emerald co-founder Brian Frezza — exploring new strategic approaches to supporting scientific research through highly automated network-based shared instrumentation facilities, including consideration of the implications for research data management and reproducibility. For those not attending the in-person meeting, note that we intend to capture video of all sessions, and make that video broadly available as soon as possible after the in-person meeting.
We’ll be putting out a roadmap spanning both the virtual and in person meetings in very early December to help you navigate the wealth of material. I think we can look forward to a pair of outstanding events in December.
Yesterday (November 1, 2021) Roger Schonfeld of Ithaka S+R published a valuable piece titled “Is Scientific Communication Fit for Purpose?” on the Scholarly Kitchen site. See
There is a lot to consider here, against the backdrop of various polls and surveys reflecting erosion in public trust in science, and the way that innovations in scientific communication (such as broad adoption of unrefereed preprints for distribution in biomedicine and public health, which were long resisted) have co-existed uneasily with journalism intended for the general public, and indeed with decision-making by public officials during the pandemic. One almost wonders if we are going to see a split in public opinion or scientific communication processes between low-stakes (things that don’t really have much impact on the public, at least in the near term, such as most physics, mathematics, astrophysics, etc) and high-stakes (public health, climate change, some kinds of environmental science, biomedicine) that can reshape public policy going forward.
In any event, I think Roger has done a real service in summarizing the issues here in a succinct, high level survey, and I hope it can serve as the basis for some badly needed discussions.
Last week EDUCAUSE Vice President Susan Grajek did a fantastic presentation at the EDUCAUSE annual meeting to roll out the 2022 edition of the top 10 IT issues report. Today the report proper has been released, and can be found at
As always, it’s interesting reading, and this year’s version is particularly striking in that the focus is on organizational transformation and institutional communities; technology is framed very much in service and support of these broader contexts.