Global Research Data Infrastructures Web Site

There’s a web site at which aggregates a wealth of interesting reports, and other materials dealing with the development of research data management in Europe and beyond. Of particular interest will be the Strategy Report on Research Infrastructures and Roadmap, which is really a broader survey that covers much more than data management, and the Preliminary Roadmap Report Global Scientific Data Infrastructures: The Big Data Challenges, which is input to a workshop being held in October 2011. The site also has information about this workshop.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

German Information Infrastucture for Research Program

Earlier this week I was fortunate to be able to attend a briefing on a series of awards that the German DFG has made to support information Infrastructure for Research. These are discipline-specific and span the sciences, the social sciences, engineering and the humanities, since the DFG funding scope covers all of these disciplines. This is a very impressive program and I think it will be of interest to many CNI-announce readers, both as an example of a national approach to the challenges of data intensive scholarship, but also as a possible source of future collaborations. The announcement, which links to a number of other documents, can be found at

I am hoping that we may be able to have a session exploring some of these activities at the fall CNI member meeting.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

New Video: Data Management Plans Online

A new video from the Spring 2011 CNI Membership Meeting has been added to CNI’s channels on YouTube ( and Vimeo (

Data Management Plans Online, a project briefing session presented by UCLA’s Todd Grappone and Patricia Cruse from the California Digital Library:

More information about this presentation is available from the meeting Web site,

Workshop on German Scientific Research Data Access, June 21, Washington DC

There’s a nice informational workshop organized by the German Research Foundation (DFG) on the morning of June 21 in Washington DC; I’ll be providing some very brief comparative commentary on the situation in the United States as a reactor to the presentations. I’ve reproduced the invitation below.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

You are cordially invited to attend the informational workshop on Making Scientific Research Data Accessible: Current Trends and Perspectives in Germany. The event is being organized by the North America Office of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG). This workshop will be held on June 21st, 2011, at the DFG North America Office located in Suite 1000 in the building at 1776 I St., NW, Washington, DC, 20006.

Making Scientific Research Data Accessible: Current Trends and Perspectives in Germany

An informational workshop

June 21st, 2011, 10 am – 12 pm

Welcome and Introduction: Dr. Max Voegler, Director, DFG North America Office

Promoting Accessibility to Research Data in Germany: Funding Initiatives, Projects and Perspectives: Dr. Stefan Winkler-Nees, Program Officer, Research Data, DFG Bonn

Scientific Data Management in Large University Research Projects. A Status Report: Dr. Eva Effertz, Program Officer, Research Centers Division, DFG Bonn

Response and U.S. Perspective: Dr. Clifford Lynch, Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)

Refreshments will be served.

Please feel free to forward this invitation to others who you think may be interested.

RSVP by June 17th, 2011 to or 202-729-6350
Registrations will be honored on a first-come-first-served basis.

Red line: Farragut North, Blue/orange line: Farragut West, 18th Street exit

McKinsey Global Institute Big Data Report

The McKinsey Global Institute, the business and economics research arm of the McKinsey & Co. consulting firm, has recently issued a report that will be of interest to some readers of CNI-Announce titled “Big Data: The Next Frontier for Innovation, Competition and Productivity”, which reviews some of the techniques used in data-intensive scholarship, as well as other data-intensive analytic methods, and explores their applications to areas like government, healthcare, consumer retail, and manufacturing. The report includes a discussion of estimated payoffs from these new approaches, as well as some consideration of policy issues.

The report can be found at

Download information is at the bottom of the page. Note that it’s available in several e-book formats as well as in the standard PDF download.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI