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Board Q&A: Daniel Godon, Finance & Audit Committee

March 12, 2014

Q: As a member of the Finance & Audit Committee, how would you characterize the work that is done?

A: The Finance & Audit committee operates in low profile, but carries out important work that contributes to CRKN’s transparency, accountability and overall responsibility to its members. Members are probably familiar with the work that is done on budget oversight, the foreign exchange service and the multi-year financial plan, which forecasts CRKN’s financial position through this period of deficit budgets. It also reviews and updates policies, and perhaps most interesting, it is currently working on a risk management framework that will result in more proactive management.

Q: With all the changes going on in the Quebec academic community, how does it feel to be a member of an organization with a broader reach?

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Digital Infrastructure Summit Report Available

March 12, 2014

On January 28-29, 2014, the Leadership Council hosted the 2nd Annual Digital Infrastructure Summit in Ottawa, Ontario. A draft Policy Framework articulating the desirable characteristics of a comprehensive, integrated and sustainable advanced Canadian digital infrastructure ecosystem was reviewed, as well as a Roadmap to establish short- to mid-term actions necessary to build on the already significant foundation for an advanced DI. The event drew a diverse base of over 140 participants. A post-event report is now available identifying the areas where consensus was achieved, and where roles, actions and initial steps on the roadmap were identified.

On January 28-29, 2014, the Leadership Council hosted the 2nd Annual Digital Infrastructure Summit in Ottawa, Ontario. A draft Policy Framework articulating the desirable characteristics of a comprehensive, integrated and sustainable advanced Canadian digital infrastructure ecosystem was reviewed, as well as a Roadmap to establish short- to mid-term actions necessary to build on the already significant foundation for an advanced DI. The event drew a diverse base of over 140 participants.

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CRKN Seeks Member Services & Licensing Officer

March 12, 2014

This position requires a critical thinker with a strong sense of service delivery who is a natural at building relationships for both internal and external customers. Read more.

This position requires a critical thinker with a strong sense of service delivery who is a natural at building relationships for both internal and external customers. Read more.

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Quarterly Financial Update

March 12, 2014

CRKN is pleased to provide this Quarterly Financial Update to members, dated March 9, 2014 including details on remaining FY13-14 invoicing, membership fee update, a Canadiana Heritage project update, indirect tax news and plans for extending the foreign exchange project. Read more on the LIM.

CRKN is pleased to provide this Quarterly Financial Update to members, dated March 9, 2014 including details on remaining FY13-14 invoicing, membership fee update, a Canadiana Heritage project update, indirect tax news and plans for extending the foreign exchange project. Read more on the LIM.

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Honouring female researchers on International Women's Day

March 12, 2014

International Women’s Day was held on March 8, 2014 and to mark the event, several stories of female researchers have been featured for their ground-breaking work. Canadian Geographic built on the series of podcasts created by the Canada Foundation for Innovation describing some of the challenges and changes that have taken place over the past decade and a half. Leslie Weir, University of Ottawa, Verena Tunnicliffe, University of Victoria and Julie Carrier, Université de Montréal are featured in this profile of research advancement. Read more.

International Women’s Day was held on March 8, 2014 and to mark the event, several stories of female researchers have been featured for their ground-breaking work. Canadian Geographic built on the series of podcasts created by the Canada Foundation for Innovation describing some of the challenges and changes that have taken place over the past decade and a half.

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SCOAP³ Update

March 12, 2014

The beta version of the SCOAP³ repository is now available at repo.SCOAP³.org. It contains all articles funded by SCOAP³ in several formats, including PDF, PDF/A, and XML. All articles are published under a CC-BY license and can be freely downloaded and further disseminated. The repository metadata is also available under a CC0 license. Around 500 articles per month appear in the repository, immediately upon publication in 10 journals by 11 publishers and learned societies.

The beta version of the SCOAP³ repository is now available at repo.SCOAP³.org. It contains all articles funded by SCOAP³ in several formats, including PDF, PDF/A, and XML. All articles are published under a CC-BY license and can be freely downloaded and further disseminated. The repository metadata is also available under a CC0 license. Around 500 articles per month appear in the repository, immediately upon publication in 10 journals by 11 publishers and learned societies.

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IDSE Update

March 12, 2014

On February 25, CRKN hosted the CRKN IDSE OpenLine, a combination teleconference and webinar on the recently-launched IDSE Project. The session was designed to share progress to date, gather member feedback on the IDSE information gathering/priority-setting process, and gather information on member priorities and potential obstacles regarding digital scholarship. It drew 62 participants. A summary and a copy of the slides are available on the IDSE website.  This event was presented using Adobe Connect software and a recording is available on the members-only LIM. Members are invited to continue to engage with the discussion questions, pose new questions, or share ideas and concerns about the IDSE project on the IDSE discussion forum, on Twitter using the #CdnIDSE hashtag, on the website or by emailing the project team, Michael Ridley (mridley@uoguelph.ca) and Sabina Pagotto (spagotto@crkn.ca).

The Integrated Digital Scholarship Ecosystem (IDSE) project is well underway and will move through three phases in 2014-2015: Information gathering and mapping (January-June); Member consultations, making recommendations, writing funding proposals (July-November); and Implementation (into 2015). The next step in the process is to present a preliminary report to the Board. This will be released in April. 

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IDSE Project takes flight

February 13, 2014

This project aims to advance research in Canada by understanding the complexity of the digital landscape and by seeking opportunities to align key stakeholders and providers around a series of shared objectives. The ecosystem combines capabilities and infrastructure beyond content to seamlessly harness the work of diverse organizations that contribute to digital scholarship. CRKN is launching a project website to keep members informed. Please visit to learn more about current plans for the project, news and updates about our progress, or to engage in the discussion forum.

CRKN’s 2013-2016 Strategic Plan proposes an extension of CRKN activities to “Collaborate to Advance Digital Scholarship”. In response to this and positive member reaction to the discussion on this topic at the 2013 AGM, CRKN is launching the Integrated Digital Scholarship Ecosystem (IDSE) project: the next generation of academic library collaboration to further seamless access, diversity of content, and linked infrastructures. 

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CRKN and University of Alberta invest in preserving our past

February 12, 2014

A significant collection of more than 77,000 volumes of pre-1920 Canadian publications is now freely available online for anyone anywhere in the world to access thanks to a partnership between The University of Alberta Libraries, the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), Canadiana.org and the Internet Archive. The CIHM Monograph Collection represents an important part of our national story. It is a collection of publications dating back to the early 17th century that are about Canada, or written and published by Canadians. Read more.

A significant collection of more than 77,000 volumes of pre-1920 Canadian publications is now freely available online for anyone anywhere in the world to access thanks to a partnership between The University of Alberta Libraries, the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), Canadiana.org and the Internet Archive. The CIHM Monograph Collection represents an important part of our national story. It is a collection of publications dating back to the early 17th century that are about Canada, or written and published by Canadians.

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Journal Value Analytics Pilot Project

February 12, 2014

In response to calls from members for CRKN to play a greater role in assessing the value of licensed resources, our member services and licensing team has developed a Journal Value Analytics Tool. Modeled on work done by the California Digital Library, this tool offers title-level journal value metrics, as well as high-level overview dashboards. CRKN is currently rolling out the tool as a pilot project, analyzing the content provided by a small number of vendors, in order to assess the value this kind of tool provides to members. Sample reports were sent to library directors and collections contacts last week with a request to provide feedback by March 3rd.  For questions, comments, or feedback, please contact Sabina Pagotto (spagotto@crkn.ca).

In response to calls from members for CRKN to play a greater role in assessing the value of licensed resources, our member services and licensing team has developed a Journal Value Analytics Tool.

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