Coalition of Networked Information (CNI) Task Force Meeting

Published date01 July 2004
Date01 July 2004
AuthorColby Riggs
Coalition of Networked Information (CNI)
Task Force Meeting
Colby Riggs
LIBRARY HITECH NEWS Number 6 2004, pp. 3-4, #Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 0741-9058, DOI 10.1108/07419050410554825 3
Twice each year representatives of
CNI's member organizations gather for
Task Force meetings. Each meeting
covers a broad array of topics. The
meetings are designed to explore new
technologies, content, and applications;
to further collaboration; to analyze
technology policy issues; and to
catalyze the development and
deployment of new projects. This is a
summary report of the spring 2004 Task
Force Meeting held April 15-16, 2004
in Alexandria, Virginia.
Each Task Force meeting includes:
.Project briefings, which are one-
hour breakout sessions that address
issues of current interest to the
membership, including architec-
tures and standards, economic chal-
lenges, and innovations in teaching
and learning. Briefings include at
least 20 minutes of general discus-
sion and are attended by IT and
library administrators, publishing
executives, government officials,
and others with a high level of
interest in and understanding of
networked information issues.
.Plenary sessions, which offer pre-
sentations of CNI's latest initiatives
and insights from national and
international leaders in the net-
worked information community.
The project briefings covered a wide
variety of interests this year. One of the
session themes was related to
institutional repositories and the
management of locally produced
scholarship. A report on the progress of
DSpace, a digital repository project
initially developed by MIT and HP, and
the DSpace Federation, were presented
in the session, ``D-Space Federation at
the end of year one: a status report''.
There was also a session on Fedora,
called ``A `tip' of our Fedora: an under
the cap look at Northwestern
University, VTLS and the Fedora
team'', which talked about the selection
of FEDORA as the basis for projects,
products and services and the future
directions for FEDORA.
Sessions on repositories in the
context of instructional support systems
were discussed in a session by an ad hoc
group of experts from Harvard, the
University of California, Berkeley and
University of Virginia, in CMS, digital
libraries and electronic publishing in a
session called the ``Digital Library
Repositories and Instructional Support
Systems'' where they described their
efforts of looking at some aspects of
There was a report from Herbert van
de Sompel on his work in federating
repositories using OAI technology,
where he described a DSpace plug-in
that allows harvesting of complex
objects compliant with the MPEG-21
DIDK specification from a DSpace
repository called ``Federation of
Institutional Repositories and OAI-
PMH harvesting: beyond Dublin
A report on a study underway at the
University of California, Santa Barbara
was discussed which looked at faculty
practices and needs in information
management called ``UCSB campus
informatics: collaboration for
knowledge management''. The main
objective of the study is to explore the
data management and analysis needs
that have led to the systems developed
by various technologically innovative
faculty members.
There was a presentation by Warlick
Cathro of the National Library of
Australia on the Australian Research
Information Infrastructure Projects,
called ``Australian research information
infrastructure projects: the perspective
of the National Library of Australia''
which described a national strategy for
the deployment and integration of
institutional repositories and supporting
infrastructure. Related to this theme,
Reagan Moore from the San Diego
Supercomputer Center spoke about
what he has done in analyzing the
relationships among data management
and archiving and data grid computing
in the session, ``Integration of data
grids, digital libraries, and persistent
In the theme of learning
management systems there was a
project briefing presented by Brad
Wheeler and Suzanne Thorin from
Indiana University on the Sakai Project,
which is a multi-million dollar
collaboration to develop an open source
learning management system
environment. The session ``Sakai
project update: connecting libraries and
CMS/LMS'' provided a general update
on the project and also described the
interconnections and interfaces
between Sakai and various library
systems and services.
Another session relating to learning
management systems was a
presentation by Liz Lyon from UKLON
called ``Realizing the scholarly
knowledge cycle: the experience of
eBank UK''. This program dealt with
the integration and linkage of datasets,
scholarly publishing and learning
materials. The discussion included an
assessment of the scholarly knowledge
cycle and the role of digital repositories
and aggregator services in linking data-
sets from grid-enabled projects to
e-prints through peer-reviewed articles
as resources in portals and learning
management systems.
Preservation is a major theme at CNI
and at this meeting such relevant topics
were addressed. There was a session
``Moving image collections project''
which discussed an NSF-funded portal

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