CNI Conversations – November podcast available

The podcast of the Nov. 17 CNI Conversations session is now available at http://conversations.cni.org/ (to subscribe to the audio feed add http://conversations.cni.org/feed to iTunes, or any podcatcher). During this session, CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch previews the plenary sessions and some of the project briefings to be presented at the upcoming CNI Fall Membership Meeting, and he discusses the 2011 Personal Digital Archiving Conference, as well as LC’s recent invitational NDIIPP meeting on citizen journalism.  Associate Director Joan Lippincott reports on the PKAL Learning Spaces Collaboratory, and questions asked during the call include a recent New York Times article on digital humanities and the recent Internet2 meeting.

About CNI Conversations

CNI Conversations provides an opportunity for individuals from member institutions and organizations to talk to CNI Director Clifford Lynch and others; currently the events take place in audio-conference format. Questions and discussion are invited and encouraged. Real-time participation in CNI Conversations requires pre-registration, which is open only to those at member institutions and organizations; if you are interested in participating in CNI Conversations, please contact Jackie Eudell at jackie@cni.org. We plan to continue to make audio or other records of these exchanges generally available after the event.

For questions or comments related to CNI Conversations, please contact CNI Associate Executive Director Joan Lippincott at joan@cni.org.

Archiving 2010 Call for Papers Announced

CNI is pleased to be serving as a cooperating organization for this conference again this year.

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IS&T is pleased to announce the Archiving 2011 Call for Papers.

The deadline for submitting presentation abstracts for Archiving 2011 to be held May 16-19, 2011 in Salt Lake City, Utah, is October 17, 2010. A PDF of the Call for Papers can be found at www.imaging.org/ist/conferences/archiving

The IS&T Archiving Conference brings together a unique community of imaging novices and experts from libraries, archives, records management, and information technology institutions to discuss and explore the expanding field of digital archiving and preservation. Attendees from around the world represent industry, academia, governments, and cultural heritage institutions. The conference presents the latest research results on archiving, provides a forum to explore new strategies and policies, and reports on successful projects that can serve as benchmarks in the field. Archiving 2011 is a blend of invited focal papers, keynote talks, and refereed oral and interactive display presentations. Prospective authors are invited to submit oral and interactive presentations by the October 17th deadline.

Proposed program topics include:
· Preservation of and Access to Digital Assets
Strategies and tools for dealing with file format obsolescence
Metadata for preservation and discovery
Collaboration and cooperatives in digital preservation
Digital curation micro-services and modularity
Design, development, audio and certification of trusted repositories
· Technical Processes: Imaging, Metadata Creation, Workflow
Effective imaging methodologies & processes
Indexing items for specialized audiences
Crowd-sourcing metadata creation
Archival file formats and compression
Color management in capture and display
· Digital Curation
Prioritizing collections for digital archiving
Intellectual property rights management
Models for funding and sustaining digital collections
Digital curation education and training
Content authentication of digital assets
Please feel free to contact me with any questions. We hope to see you there.

Best regards,

Diana Gonzalez
IS&T Conference Program Manager
archiving2011
703/642-9090 x 106

Outputs from the European Union’s PARSE.insight Scientific Data Management Project

The announcement below summarizes a range of useful material on European Union level work on scientific data management and preservation that has been produced as a result of a project called PARSE.Insight.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

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After two years of research, the European project PARSE.Insight held its final symposium on 25 June 2010. The project results were received with enthusiasm by Brussels’ EC representative Carlos Morais-Pires who stated to be ‘very happy to have facts about the situation in research and to receive recommendations for the science data infrastructure in Europe’.

Ten major insights in research were presented, amongst these major gaps between European countries in how to deal with research data and researchers’ reluctance to share their data while they certainly want others’ data. These findings were enforced by the outcomes of three case studies in High-Energy Physics, Earth Observation and Social Sciences and Humanities.

In conjunction with these insights the final roadmap for a science data infrastructure in Europe has been published. Aside from technical aspects this also addresses organisational as well as social aspects such as incentives for researchers to increase their willingness to share their data. Furthermore, the gap analysis tool was presented which helps analysts to find weak spots and contradictions in stakeholder communities.

Please visit our website for downloading the PARSE.Insight reports:
http://www.parse-insight.eu/publications.php

Apart from these documents, PARSE.Insight created an online visualisation of actors putting effort in digital preservation. This Interactive Map is a first attempt to give an overview of who is playing an important role in research to digital preservation. Via this map researchers, data managers, publishers, funders and other stakeholders that would like to learn more about best practices in preservation can look for an organisation in their country or discipline.

On behalf of the project team,

David Giaretta

About PARSE.insight
PARSE.Insight was a two-year project co-funded by the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme. It is concerned with the preservation of digital information in science, from primary data through analysis to the final publications resulting from the research. The problem is how to safeguard this valuable digital material over time, to ensure that it is accessible, usable and understandable in future. The rapid pace of change in information technology threatens media, file formats and software with obsolescence, and changing concepts and terminology also mean that, even if data can be read, it might not be correctly interpreted by future generations.
Many initiatives are already under way in this area. Therefore, PARSE.Insight aimed to develop a roadmap and recommendations for developing the science data infrastructure in order to maintain the long-term accessibility and usability of scientific digital information in Europe. The project conducted surveys and in-depth case studies of different scientific disciplines and stakeholders and based its results on these findings, as well as knowledge of ongoing developments.
The consortium consists of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC, coordination), National Library of the Netherlands (KB), German National Library (DNB), Max Planck Gesellschaft (MPG), International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM), European Space Agency ESRIN (ESA), FernUniversitat in Hagen (FUH), European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and Georg-August-Universitat Gottingen Stiftung Oeffentlichen Rechts (UGOE).
PARSE.Insight is closely linked to the Alliance for Permanent Access to the Records of Science (http://www.alliancepermanentaccess.eu/). The output from the project is intended to guide the European Commission’s strategy about research infrastructure.

Outputs from the European Union's PARSE.insight Scientific Data Management Project

The announcement below summarizes a range of useful material on European Union level work on scientific data management and preservation that has been produced as a result of a project called PARSE.Insight.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

*****************

After two years of research, the European project PARSE.Insight held its final symposium on 25 June 2010. The project results were received with enthusiasm by Brussels’ EC representative Carlos Morais-Pires who stated to be ‘very happy to have facts about the situation in research and to receive recommendations for the science data infrastructure in Europe’.

Ten major insights in research were presented, amongst these major gaps between European countries in how to deal with research data and researchers’ reluctance to share their data while they certainly want others’ data. These findings were enforced by the outcomes of three case studies in High-Energy Physics, Earth Observation and Social Sciences and Humanities.

In conjunction with these insights the final roadmap for a science data infrastructure in Europe has been published. Aside from technical aspects this also addresses organisational as well as social aspects such as incentives for researchers to increase their willingness to share their data. Furthermore, the gap analysis tool was presented which helps analysts to find weak spots and contradictions in stakeholder communities.

Please visit our website for downloading the PARSE.Insight reports:
http://www.parse-insight.eu/publications.php

Apart from these documents, PARSE.Insight created an online visualisation of actors putting effort in digital preservation. This Interactive Map is a first attempt to give an overview of who is playing an important role in research to digital preservation. Via this map researchers, data managers, publishers, funders and other stakeholders that would like to learn more about best practices in preservation can look for an organisation in their country or discipline.

On behalf of the project team,

David Giaretta

About PARSE.insight
PARSE.Insight was a two-year project co-funded by the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme. It is concerned with the preservation of digital information in science, from primary data through analysis to the final publications resulting from the research. The problem is how to safeguard this valuable digital material over time, to ensure that it is accessible, usable and understandable in future. The rapid pace of change in information technology threatens media, file formats and software with obsolescence, and changing concepts and terminology also mean that, even if data can be read, it might not be correctly interpreted by future generations.
Many initiatives are already under way in this area. Therefore, PARSE.Insight aimed to develop a roadmap and recommendations for developing the science data infrastructure in order to maintain the long-term accessibility and usability of scientific digital information in Europe. The project conducted surveys and in-depth case studies of different scientific disciplines and stakeholders and based its results on these findings, as well as knowledge of ongoing developments.
The consortium consists of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC, coordination), National Library of the Netherlands (KB), German National Library (DNB), Max Planck Gesellschaft (MPG), International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM), European Space Agency ESRIN (ESA), FernUniversitat in Hagen (FUH), European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and Georg-August-Universitat Gottingen Stiftung Oeffentlichen Rechts (UGOE).
PARSE.Insight is closely linked to the Alliance for Permanent Access to the Records of Science (http://www.alliancepermanentaccess.eu/). The output from the project is intended to guide the European Commission’s strategy about research infrastructure.

New CNI Videos: Lives Documented Digitally & DuraCloud

New videos from CNI’s spring meeting are available on the CNI YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo) and Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/channels/cni) channels:

  • As Lives are Documented Digitally: Strategies for Cultural Memory Organizations, by CNI director Clifford Lynch
  • DuraCloud: Preservation Infrastructure in the Cloud, by Andrew Woods of DuraSpace

More videos from CNI’s April membership meeting will be announced soon. Subscribe to either channel feed to receive automatic updates when new material is available.