From the RDA 3rd Plenary Organising Committee
The Research Data Alliance invites you to join the 3rd RDA Plenary Meeting, at Croke Park Conference Centre, 26 - 28 March 2014, Dublin, Ireland.
The 3rd Plenary focuses on the theme ‘The Data Sharing Community: Playing YOUR Part’ and is about exploiting RDA’s work to date to its full potential. The program contains a mixture of keynotes, panels, networking, Working and Interest Groups as well as ‘Birds of a Feather’ sessions on topics ranging from agriculture to particle physics, and from humanities to bioinformatics. All parts of the data lifecycle are addressed, from foundational data terminology to data publication and re-use.
More details will be available soon. In the meantime, please save the date and visit https://rd-alliance.org/rda-third-plenary-meeting.html for more news and information.
Also consider tweeting this to your followers: RDA invites you to our next #RDAPlenary meeting in Dublin, Ireland. Learn more at: https://rd-alliance.org/rda-third-plenary-meeting.html.
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From From Stacie Lemick, SPARC
Washington, DC The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) is pleased to announce panel topics and to invite participants to register for the Spring event set to take place in Kansas City, Kansas on March 3-4, 2014.
The past year has seen growing momentum on many fronts of the movement towards "open". Advances in the areas of open access, open data, and open educational resources have grown exponentially since the last SPARC Open Access Meeting was convened in 2012. As this push for greater openness continues, these three fronts are converging in interesting and potentially transformative ways. Join us as leaders from the library community, academia, industry, student community, and other research avenues discuss how open access, open data, and open educational resources are intersecting, and the impact this convergence will have on research and discovery. The meeting is designed to emphasize collaborative actions that stakeholders can take to positively impact publishing, policy, digital repositories, author rights, and licensing.
The Committee is working to finalize a program that will cover:
• Advocacy and Policy
• Practical Information
• Professional Development
• Blue Sky and Big Picture
Registration for the SPARC Open Access Meeting is now open. Early bird rates start at $279 for SPARC members. Hotel reservations at the event venue, the Intercontinental Hotel, are also available for the conference rate of $144 per night.
To Register and to see more information on the event, visit the meeting website at http://www.sparc.arl.org/events/oa14.
The SPARC 2014 Open Access Meeting is Program Committee includes: Bev Acreman (BioMed Central), Rich Baraniuk (Rice University), Raym Crow (SPARC), Kathleen Fitzpatrick (Modern Language Association), Diane Graves (Trinity University), Melissa Hagemann (Open Science Foundation), Heather Joseph (SPARC), Rick Luce (University of Oklahoma), Bram Luyten (@mire), Liz Lyon (UKOLN), Catherine Mitchell (CDL), Peter Murray-Rust (Cambridge University), Meredith Niles (NAGPS), Paul Peters (Hindawi Publishing Group), David Porter (BCCampus), Nick Shockey (The Right to Research Coalition), Greg Tananbaum (SPARC), Andrew Waller (University of Calgary), John Wilbanks (Sage Bionetworks), and Darlene Yaplee (PLOS).
SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) is a library membership organization that promotes expanded sharing of scholarship. SPARC believes that faster and wider sharing of outputs of the research process increases the impact of research, fuels the advancement of knowledge, and increases the return on research investments. SPARC is supported by a membership of over 800 academic and research libraries worldwide. SPARC is on the Web at http://www.sparc.arl.org
Winchester, MA The next offering of the E-Science will run December 2013 through April 2014. Registration is now available at http://duraspace.org/e-science-institute.
The E-Science Institute is designed to help academic and research libraries develop a strategic agenda for e-research support, with a particular focus on the sciences. The Institute consists of a series of interactive modules that take small teams of individuals from your institution through a dynamic learning process to strengthen and advance their strategy for supporting computational scientific research. The coursework begins with a series of exercises for teams to complete at their institutions, and culminates with an in-person workshop. Local institution assignments help staff establish a high level understanding of research support background needs and issues.
Originally funded and developed by the sponsors and supporting institutions of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) / Digital Library Federation (DLF) and it was previously only available to their members. Going forward the E-Science Institute will be managed by the DuraSpace organization in partnership with CLIR/DLF, and will be open to all institutions. The current offering of the Institute includes improvements based on participant and faculty feedback as well as content updates as e-research services continue to mature individually and collectively.
The E-Science Institute is limited to 25 institutions. Visit http://duraspace.org/e-science-institute for more details and to register.
From Art Pasquinelli, Digital Libraries, Repositories, and Preservation, Oracle
Mountain View, CA The next PASIG monthly webinar will be held on Tuesday, October 22 at 11:30am EST. Join presenter Neil Grindley, Jisc, UK (http://www.jisc.ac.uk/), a noted global expert on digital preservation. Neil is a program lead on the upcoming Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation (ANADP) conference, November 18-20 in Barcelona, and can discuss the goals and agenda for this event with webinar participants.
This webinar is free to ASIS&T members and $20 for non-members. The event will be archived. The registration website is:
PASIG Webinar: Implementing Sustainable Digital Preservation
Webinar Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 11:30am-12:30pm (EDT)
There has been a lot of investment and activity in digital preservation over the last decade and a lot of it has been supported by grant funded activity and research projects. The 'learn by doing' approach and the prodigious number of beta systems and project reports have all played their part in helping to mature the digital preservation field - and judging by the changing tone of conferences over the years, the community has come a long way. So far–in fact–that a lot of organizations are now at the stage when theory is less important than action. They need to work out the best implementation paths and make procurement choices.
So the economic landscape for digital preservation has shifted and the onus is now on many organizations to look closely at their needs and their objectives and to make investment choices that are sustainable as part of the business needs of their organisation rather than as an adjunct activity that is supported by ?soft? research money. Work being taken forward by the 4C Project is looking at providing resources to support organisations to make sustainable digital preservation investment choices and this webinar will describe some of that work.
But budgets are hard to secure and digital preservation remains a difficult case to argue so collaboration with like-minded organisations and the establishment of shared services should support the arguments and drive down the cost. This is one of the core messages that underpins the Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation (ANADP) initiative and this will also be described and explained during the webinar.
Biography: Neil Grindley
Neil is the Digital Preservation Programme Manager at Jisc, an organization that funds and supports technology-related projects and services for the UK Higher and Further Education sector. Jisc is influential within the UK as an innovative agent of change and maintains an international reputation for the quality and range of its funded programmes. He is currently also a board member of the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC), the Alliance for Permanent Access (APA) and the Open Planets Foundation (OPF). Previously, Neil was a Senior Project Officer for the Methods Network which supported UK researchers in using advanced ICT methods. Prior to that he was the IT Manager (and member of the Governing Board) at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Neil has an MA in Computer Applications and the History of Art from Birkbeck College, London, and is also the Chair of the Computers and History
of Art Group (CHArt).
From the Code4Lib 2014 Program Committee
Raleigh, NC Code4lib 2014 is a loosely-structured conference that provides people working at the intersection of libraries/archives/museums and technology with a chance to share ideas, be inspired, and forge collaborations.
The conference will be held at the *Sheraton Raleigh Hotel in downtown Raleigh, NC from March 24 - 27, 2014*. For more information about the hotel, visit http://www.sheratonraleigh.com/.
The Program Committee is currently accepting proposals for prepared talks and pre-conferences. While only a limited number of these can be selected,
multiple lightning talk and breakout sessions will provide additional opportunities for you to make your voice heard at the conference.
Proposals for Prepared Talks:
Prepared talks are 20 minutes (including setup and questions), and should focus on one or more of the following areas:
• Projects you've worked on which incorporate innovative implementation of existing technologies and/or development of new software
• Tools and technologies – How to get the most out of existing tools, standards and protocols (and ideas on how to make them better)
• Technical issues – Big issues in library technology that should be addressed or better understood
• Relevant non-technical issues – Concerns of interest to the Code4Lib community which are not strictly technical in nature, e.g. collaboration, diversity, organizational challenges, etc.
To submit a proposal:
• Log in to the wiki in order to submit a proposal. If you are not already registered, follow the instructions to do so.
• Provide a title and brief (500 words or fewer) description of your proposed talk.
• If you so choose, you may also indicate when, if ever, you have presented at a prior Code4Lib conference. This information is completely optional, but it may assist us in opening the conference to new presenters.
As in past years, the Code4Lib community will vote on proposals that they would like to see included in the program. This year, however, only the top 10 proposals will be guaranteed a slot at the conference. Additional presentations will be selected by the Program Committee in an effort to ensure diversity in program content. Community votes will, of course, still weigh heavily in these decisions.
Presenters whose proposals are selected for inclusion in the program will be guaranteed an opportunity to register for the conference. The standard conference registration fee will still apply.
Proposals can be submitted through Friday, November 8, 2013, at 5pm PST. Voting will commence on November 18, 2013 and continue through December 6, 2013. The final line-up of presentations will be announced in early January, 2014.
Pre-conferences are full- or half-day sessions that will be held on Monday, March 24th, 2014 and can cover just about any topic you can think of .
If you are interested in hosting a pre-conference session, please create a pitch at http://wiki.code4lib.org/index.php/2014_preconference_proposals. Pitches should be added to the wiki by December 6.
Please indicate the topic of your session and your preference for full-day or half-day. This is expected to be a fluid process, as our venue provides some flexibility in determining space.
If you are interested in attending a pre-conference, please list your name underneath the pre-conference description on the wiki; this does not incur any obligation on your part, but will help planners. You might want to visit the page occasionally as new session pitches are added. Actual, less-revocable registration for pre-conferences will be handled as part of the overall conference registration, and will involve a very small fee.
We look forward to reading your proposals, and seeing you at the conference!
From Diane Goldenberg-Hart, Communications Coordinator, CNI
Washington, DC CNI executive director Clifford Lynch will kick off Loyola's Open Access Week 2013 in a keynote address entited, The Move to Openness: An Intellectual Shift for Our Time. Cliff will address open access, its impact on academic institutions and how the broader intellectual shift is affecting not only academic institutions, but all areas of research. What will the future of research look like?
The talk will take place Monday, October 21, 10 a.m. (coffee at 9:30am), Klarchek Information Commons, 4th floor, Lake Shore Campus.
This event is open to the public.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org is appreciated.
More information about Loyola University Chicago's Open Access Week 2013 is at http://libguides.luc.edu/openaccess.
From Traci Husse, Program Director, Community Events Internet2
Washington, DC The Call for Participation for the 2014 Internet2 Global Summit is now open! This includes calls for Proposals and Working Meetings.
In 2013, Internet2 made a change from a twice yearly Member Meeting to an Annual Meeting. Building on the success of this event, we are pleased to announce the 2014 Internet2 Global Summit. We believe Global Summit most accurately reflects the international nature of our community's work, and the character of the challenges we are rising to meet, together.
The theme for the 2014 Internet2 Global Summit is "Welcome to the New Era!" We are entering a new era of innovation, community and transformation by the research and education (R&E) community. Together, we are building a new unified, global platform of advanced network, cloud, and trust solutions to transform university operations and harness big data, catalyze team science, and propel a new era of R&E–driven invention and innovation around the globe. Internet2's Global Summit in 2014 will feature keynotes from top R&E leaders, presentations from noted experts, and sessions focused on partnerships and advanced technologies, all designed to unleash new waves of potential.
Meeting registration will open in January! Register early to get the best rates and start making your travel plans now.
REGISTRATION OPEN for UCosmic Conference–Collaborative Software Development for Higher Ed Challenges–Kuali, VIVO and UCosmic
New York, NY Registration is open for the first annual UCosmic Conference (http://www.ucosmic.org/Conference.aspx) to be held on October 31st, in New York City. The theme this year is “Collaborative Software Development to Address Strategic Challenges in Higher Education: Kuali, VIVO and UCosmic.” This one-day conference will focus on an institutional ecosystem of inexpensive, open-source technology solutions to enable global strategy. This conference will share best practices among three cutting-edge, open-source, higher education consortia: UCosmic® Consortium, VIVO, and Kuali. This conference will be highly relevant to SIOs and other administrators who are looking for affordable solutions for tracking and management of global activity, as well as achieving other administrative and research objectives.
Speakers include: Hao Wang, Chief Information Officer, State University of New York, Eric Denna, Chief Information Officer, The University of Utah, Randy Ozden, President and Chief Executive Officer, VivanTech, Michelle Kimpton, Chief Executive Officer, DuraSpace, Tracy Beth Mitrano, Director of Information Technology Policy, Cornell University, Kiki Caruson, Associate Professor, and Assistant Vice President for Research, Innovation and Global Affairs, University of South Florida, William Barnett, Co-Director, Translational Informatics, Indiana CTSI (Clinical and Translational Science Institute) and others.
Please note that this conference builds upon the 2013 SUNY Critical Issues in Higher Education Conference: Building a Smarter University to be held on October 29-30th in Manhattan. We hope you will consider attending both conferences. We have reserved rooms for the duration of both conferences at three NY hotels at really great rates. The rates expire in September, so make your reservations soon!
Check out the UCosmic conference website to learn more about the conference and the room reservations: http://www.ucosmic.org/Conference.aspx.
The call for proposals for NERCOMP 2014 is open. The conference will be held in Providence, Rhode Island March 24-26, 2014. Submit a proposal to showcase solutions and strategies at the NERCOMP Annual Conference 2014, 'Designed by You.'
We invite you, the people who use information technology in higher education, to share your success stories and strategies for staying ahead of the challenges facing campuses today.
Submit a proposal on any of these topics:
- IT Services: Support Models and Practice
- Leadership and Organizational Development
- Libraries and Scholarship in the 21st Century
- Policy, Regulations, and Security
- Systems and Solutions
- Teaching and Learning
More information is available here: http://www.educause.edu/events/nercomp-annual-conference?utm_source=Informz&utm_medium=Email+marketing&utm_campaign=EDUCAUSE
Hollywood, CA In association with the AMIA annual conference (http://www.amiaconference.com), the Association of Moving Image Archivists and DLF (Digital Library Federation) will host its first ever hack day on November 6, 2013 in Richmond, VA. The event will be a unique opportunity for practitioners and managers of digital audiovisual collections to join with developers and engineers for an intense day of collaboration to develop solutions for digital audiovisual preservation and access. It will be fun and practical…and there will be prizes!
This year's hack day is a partnership between AMIA and the Digital Library Federation. A robust and diverse community of practitioners who advance research, teaching and learning through the application of digital library research, technology and services, DLF brings years of experience creating and hosting events designed to foster collaboration and develop shared solutions for common challenges.
What is a hack day?
A hack day or hackathon is an event that brings together computer technologists and practitioners for an intense period of problem solving through computer programming. Within digital preservation and curation communities, hack days provide an opportunity for archivists, collection managers, and others to work together with technologists to develop software solutions for digital collections management needs. Hack days have been held independently by groups such as the Open Planets Foundation, as well as in association with preservation and access oriented conferences including Open Repositories and Museums and the Web.
The manifesto of a recent event at the Open Repositories conference framed the benefits this way: “Transparent, fun, open collaboration in diversely constituted teams...The creation of new professional networks over the ossification of old ones. Effective engagement of non-developers (researchers, repository managers) in development...Work done at the conference over presentation of something prepared earlier.”
What if I’m not a developer/technologist/engineer?
Content managers and preservation practitioners will be as central to the success of the event as keen developers. YOU will be responsible for setting the agenda and the outcomes. The goal is to foster collaboration between audiovisual preservation specialists and technologists, to solve problems together and share expertise.
Why an AMIA hack day?
An audiovisual preservation-themed CURATEcamp was held in April 2013, drawing over 120 registrants from at least 3 continents for a day of great conversations and lightning talks. CURATEcamp is as series of unconference-style events focused on connecting practitioners and technologists interested in digital curation. The event generated a lot of documentation and articulated many shared concerns. Topics covered included digitization of video, film scanning, digital storage strategies, proprietary digital video files in collections, and technical metadata for preservation. The participants of the event agreed that more work needed to be done and action taken, so the idea for an AMIA hack day was born. Discussions between managers of audiovisual collections and solutions developers provided a fruitful starting point for a hack day project ideas, including:
- Simple fixity tools to use when transferring files from one storage medium to another
- Technical metadata extraction and making use of these reports (MediaInfo, ffprobe)
- Simple cataloging tools for AV, with eye towards contemporary frameworks/schema
- Discovery tools/UX for audiovisual collections, access at scale
What will be the format of the event?
In advance of the hack day, project ideas will be collected through the registration form and the event wiki. On the morning of the event, participants will review and discuss submitted project ideas. We’ll then break into groups consisting of technologists and practitioners, selecting an idea to work on together for the day and (if desired) throughout the duration of the AMIA conference in the developers lounge.
Projects will be presented during the conference closing plenary, Saturday November 9 at 8:30am. Projects will be judged by a panel as well as by conference attendees.
How can I participate?
Sign up! As this will be a highly participatory event, registration is limited to those willing to get their hands dirty, so no onlookers please.
If you are unsure whether you can or want to participate in the hack day itself, you can still see the results by attending the AMIA closing plenary, where hack day projects will be presented, and the audience will have an opportunity to vote on their favorites.
Ready to sign up and join the fun? REGISTER HERE. It’s free.
Want more information? Interested in sponsoring by supporting the space or providing prizes? Interested in being a judge? Contact the organizers:
Lauren Sorensen: laurens [at] bavc [dot] org
Steven Villereal: villereal [at] gmail [dot] com
Kara Van Malssen: kara [at] avpreserve [dot] com
The Digital Library Federation, a program of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) , is a robust and diverse community of practitioners who advance research, teaching and learning through the application of digital library research, technology and services. DLF serves as a resource and catalyst for collaboration among digital library developers, project managers, and all who are invested in digital library issues.
The Association of Moving Image Archivists is a non-profit professional association established to advance the field of moving image archiving by fostering cooperation among individuals and organizations concerned with the acquisition, description, preservation, exhibition and use of moving image materials.
From Diane Goldenberg-Hart, Communications Coordinator, CNI
Washington, DC Registration is open for the ARL Fall Forum 2013, Mobilizing the Research Enterprise, to be held in Arlington, Virginia, October 10–11. The program will explore the response to the White House memorandum “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research.” An opening keynote address will be presented by Richard McCarty, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Vanderbilt University; CNI director Clifford Lynch, will moderate the panel discussion "Facilitating New Forms of Discovery." Sessions at this year's Fall Forum will cover a range of topics including infrastructure, discovery, policy issues, and data management/data sharing.
For details, and to register, see http://www.arl.org/news/arl-news/2888-register-now-for-arl-fall-forum-mobilizing-the-research-enterprise
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