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The Coalition for Networked Information Fall Meeting will be attended by two members of the Research IT team:
  • David Greenbaum (Director, Research IT; presenting at CNI on Collaborations to Improve Collections Management and Access with CollectionSpace, an Open Sourced Software Solution); and,
  • Quinn Dombrowski (Manager, Research IT's Digital Humanities Service; presenting at CNI on Supporting Digital Humanities: Report of an ECAR/CNI Working Group).

David and Quinn will report back on the panels which they are participating and on other notable sessions and panels.

When: Thursday, Dec 15, 2016 from 12 - 1pm
Where: 200C Warren Hall, 2195 Hearst St (see building access instructions below).
What: Reportback from the CNI (Coalition for Networked Information) Conference
Presenting: David Greenbaum, Quinn Dombrowski

Please review the following in advance of the meeting


Presenting: David Greenbaum, Quinn Dombrowski (Research IT)


Aaron Culich, Research IT
Andrew Doran, JEPS Herbarium
Barbara Gilson, SAIT
Bill Allison, IST-API & Campus CTO
Chris Hoffman, Research IT
John Lowe, Research IT
Jason Christopher, Research IT
Maurice Manning, Research IT
Patrick Schmitz, Research IT
Ray Lee, Research IT
Rick Jaffe, Research IT
Steve Masover, Research IT


Quinn (see slides):
ECAR/CNI white paper on building DH capacity on campus to come out soon (still undergoing revision); may have reading group specifically on that topic in the future.

Defining governance for DH -- some good ideas brought to table by participants in ECAR/CNI DH session

Cliff's Plenary:

* Lots of uptake for preprint servers
* Discipline oriented repositories are more effective for community building than institutional repositories
* Museum collections -> teaching and research
* Recording and archiving algorithms

Research IT @ Illinois: establishing service responsive to researcher needs. Built a plan, didn't get funding, had to cut back significantly from their ambitions.

Expanding Research Data Services: U Virginia & Georgia State. Prioritizing communications, visually-arresting handouts -- from early on. Handouts are visually strong, describe "success stories."

Documenting the Now: research on social media content; ethics of. Journalistic vs. library perspective: if it happened it's public vs. individual privacy considerations.

Disciplinary repositories. Lots on CESSDA, bottom line it looks like easier data to European data sets may be coming down the pike.

David (no slides):

Trends identified by Cliff (not duplicating Quinn's notes, above):

* Expansion of RDM programs
* Libraries exploring role in digital information more fully
* Libraries - Museums - Archives - IT --- cooperation

Cliff's personal interests:

* How to document algorithms
* Keeper's Declaration
* Name authorities
* 3D reproductions of cultural spaces and artifacts (New Yorker article:

Lyrasis / CollectionSpace Session, Library / Museum partnerships -- several sessions:

* Lyrasis is interested in encouraging University Librarians to engage in museum collection management, and in CollectionSpace's potential role in that

On evolving partnership:

* At inflection point. People beginning to talk to each other who haven't very much before. A tentative, awkward dance between stiff partners. These are likely to develop slowly, David thinks. OTOH, the fact that the conversations are happening raises the profile of CSpace utility
* People who fund museums and libraries think it's important that these organizations collaborate (or at least talk with each other)
* Not all schools have a sufficiently developed Research IT function to see where the partnership could include a common infrastructure
* GLAMS - Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums. (At Oxford, G = Gardens...)

Importance of digitization (e.g., images of collection objects) and integrating them into collection management and public access.




Andrew: Described interest in photo of 5985 Telegraph Ave in 1901, where an important botanist and civil war veteran lived (Lemmon). So the image of Telegraph Ave surrounded by fields is interested; the image of a house that is still in place (though it has been made into a duplex now) is of interest; and then of course there's the connection to the specimens in the JEPS collection.

Andrew: Interest in being able to represent JEPS materials that include not only specimens, but materials from the JEPS library, etc.


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