Mobile Computing: 

Delivering Content to the Research Community 

November 18, 2010         9:00 am – 4:30 pm


A One-Day Workshop Co-sponsored by CENDI and NFAIS and hosted by NARA at the

National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20408


Cell phones, smart phones, netbooks and other hand-held computing devices are becoming essential conduits to information by an increasingly mobile and collaborative global research community. Today’s top-end smart phones are as powerful by the computational calculation speeds of their processors as were the world’s fastest supercomputer of only two-decades ago.  Mobile computing is not only a rapidly growing content delivery channel, but it is also shaping the future of scientific and technical communication! 




The over-arching nature of this one-day workshop will appeal to anyone involved in the delivery of content to researchers and scholars around the world, including content providers, librarians, publishers, information professionals, scientists/researchers, technologists, and educators.  


THE FOCUS OF THE DAY – The program will begin with an overview of the current landscape for the mobile delivery of content, including the level of adoption by content providers and users as well as the types of devices that are most popular.  This will be followed by a look at the technology challenges in delivering content to mobile devices.  In the afternoon, a panel of publishers will present case studies on how they delivering content to mobile devices and discuss new opportunities offered by this unique delivery channel.  Next will be a look at newly developed applications to facilitate the use of mobile computing within scientific communication and workflow.  The meeting will close with a discussion on open government and policies on the future of mobile computing.


Welcome from the U.S. Archivist, David S. Ferriero

Among our Speakers . . .

  Brian O'Leary, Magellan Media
Loren Frant, National Library of Medicine
Melvin Greer, Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technologies Office

Nancy Proctor, Smithsonian Institution
Randy Waddell, CAS
Nathan Clevenger, ITR Group







Information regarding local hotels and other logistics



Jill O’Neill, NFAIS     215-893-1561 or

Kathryn Holloway,CENDI Secretariat     865-298-1234 or




Founded in 1958, NFAIS is a premier membership organization of more than 60 of the worlds leading producers of databases, information services, and information technology in the sciences, engineering, social sciences, business, and the arts and humanities.


CENDI, the Federal STI Managers Group, was formally created in 1985 when a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by four charter U.S. government agencies (Commerce, Energy, NASA, and Defense).  From this small core of STI managers, CENDI has grown to its current membership of 14 major science agencies involved in the dissemination and long-term management of scientific and technical information.