Clifford Lynch has been the Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) since July 1997.
Prior to joining CNI, Lynch spent 18 years at the University of California Office of the President, the last ten as Director of Library Automation. Lynch, who holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, is an adjunct professor at Berkeley's School of Information Management and Systems. He is a past president of the American Society for Information Science and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Information Standards Organization.
Lynch currently serves on the National Digital Preservation Strategy Advisory Board of the Library of Congress; he was a member of the National Research Council committees that published The Digital Dilemma: Intellectual Property in the Information Infrastructure and Broadband: Bringing Home the Bits, and now serves on the NRC's committee on digital archiving and the National Archives and Records Administration.
The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is an organization designed to advance the transformative promise of networked information technology for the improvement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity. Since its founding in 1990 CNI has addressed a broad array of issues related to the development and use of networked information in the research and education communities.
The Coalition is a program of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and EDUCAUSE, which provide oversight and appoint the Steering Committee that guides CNI's activities. Membership in CNI is by institution. Some 200 higher education and library institutions, professional and scholarly organizations, and publishing and information technology companies comprise the Coalition. CNI's semi-annual Task Force Meetings bring together representatives of these consituencies to discuss ongoing and new projects and plan for future initiatives. CNI also hosts a variety of networked information projects.
CNI's Program is structured around three central themes:
The Projects seek to: