Continuity of the Research Enterprise During the Pandemic
Since April 2020, the Coalition for Networked Information (the organization I lead) has been trying to understand the effects of the pandemic on the research enterprise in the US, and what needs to be done to strengthen research resilience in future. While questions of instructional continuity have received a tremendous amount of media attention (including plans for fall 2020 semesters at various institutions), equally important questions about the research enterprise have gotten much less consideration. CNI convened a series of roundtables in April 2020 to discuss developments with representatives from our member institutions. Download the report of these conversations here.
An additional series of roundtables are scheduled for mid-September and a report on those will also be placed on the CNI web site.
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Clifford Lynch is the director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) and an adjunct professor at the School of Information. Prior to joining CNI in 1997, Lynch spent eighteen years at the University of California Office of the President, the last ten as director of Library Automation. Lynch is a past president of ASIS&T and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Information Standards Organization.