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NISO Virtual Conference

Institutional Repositories: Ensuring Your IR is Populated, Useful and Thriving 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
11:00 - 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

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About the Virtual Conference

The objective of this program is to make clear to attendees what may have changed in the IR space over the course of the past five to ten years. Repositories may have become almost commonplace at the level of Carnegie I institutions, but what about the needs of the Carnegie II institutions? What might be emerging expectations for those platforms? What collaborative approaches would make sense for various constituencies? To what extent is content housed in the institutional repository made discoverable?

Preliminary Agenda

11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. – Introduction
Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO

11:10 - 11:45 Opening Keynote / Overview
Confirmed Speaker: Cliff Lynch, Executive Director, CNI

Lynch will lay the foundation of where we are now -- current roles for IRs in context of the academic institution and the academic library offering access to varied set of materials as well as areas of unfolding concern. Some of his current thinking appears in this 2016 interview with Rich Poynder on topic of institutional repositories.

12:00 – 12:30  Open Source Repositories and the Future of Fedora
Confirmed Speaker: David Wilcox, Product Manager, Duraspace

Open source repositories preserve and provide access to the world's intellectual, cultural and scientific heritage. Fedora is a flexible, extensible, open source repository platform used in a wide variety of institutions including libraries, museums, archives, and government organizations. Fedora 4 introduces native linked data capabilities and a modular architecture based on well-documented APIs and ease of integration with existing applications. Fedora is not just open source; it is community source software. New features and functionality are implemented using a community-driven design and development process where stakeholders contribute use cases, development effort, testing, and validation. In order to keep the community engaged with the project, we host a variety of workshops, training camps, and user group meetings throughout the year and around the world. Over the next year, the Fedora community is focused on several major objectives, including support for Fedora 3 to 4 migrations and aligning with modern web standards.

David is the Product Manager for Fedora. He sets the project vision and serves as strategic liaison to the steering committee, leadership group, members, and other stakeholders. David works together with the Fedora Technical Lead to oversee key project processes, and performs international outreach to institutions, funding agencies, and others.

12:30pm – 1:00pm Specific Needs and Concerns Associated with Data Repositories
Peter S. Cooper, Ph.D., Public Services, The National Center for Biotechnology Information

This segment will feature a speaker well-equipped to address the following:
• Key Differences between Data Repositories and Other Types of Institutional or Subject-Specific Repositories
• Technical Infrastructure Development
• Policy Framework
• User Experience & Interface Design
• Future Vision

1:00pm -1:45pm  Lunch

1:45pm – 2:15pm Partnering With The Commercial Sector For Services, Content & Access
Confirmed Speaker:  Kate Byrne, Repository Tools Product Manager, Symplectic 

• What "pain points" do institutional repositories present?
• What other input does the vendor receive from their clients regarding IRs?
• Brief overview of vendor offering and repository integration module
• Examples of this integration and how sites have used it (ex: confirm publications, associated funding, depositing files, managing embargoes, etc.)
• Future vision

2:15pm – 2:45pm: Partnering with a Vendor to Build a Repository
Confirmed Speakers: Todd Digby, Chair, Library Information Technology, University of Florida and Robert Phillips, Digital Collections Applications Programmer,University of Florida

• Landscape analysis of vendors/vendor participation in the scholarly ecosystem
• Evolution of the institution’s requirements and approach
• Challenges encountered, both technical and cultural
• Short- and long-term benefits of this partnership
• On the horizon

2:45pm – 3:15pm Beyond the manuscript: Using IRs for alternative content types
Confirmed Speaker: Violeta Ilik, Head, Digital Systems & Collection Services, Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern University

The goals of the Northwestern Medicine digital repository, DigitalHub, are to preserve all of the intellectual works created by the Northwestern Medicine scholarly community, to enhance the visibility of Northwestern Medicine scholarship, and to promote its authors by enabling discovery and accessibility of these works by the international scientific community. With DigitalHub researchers can open up their scholarship to the greater community, create collections to organize their scholarship, track the use of their scholarship over time, store their scholarship for the long term, and maximize visibility of their scholarship.

As the Head of the Digital Systems and Collection Services (DSCS) Department, Violeta Ilik oversees the creation, development, and maintenance of the library's website, evaluation and implementation of technologies that support the goals and mission of the library, acquisitions, licensing, collection development, cataloging, and electronic and print resources management in support of the library's goal to have a robust collection that serves the library's users. She manages the institutional repository, DigitalHub, based on open source architecture – Fedora/Hydra stack with IIIF server and OpenSeadragon image viewer.

3:15pm – 3:30pm Break

3:30pm – 4:00pm Promoting Discovery in the Institutional Repository
This segment will feature a speaker well-equipped to address the following:
• Discovery Services and the IR
• Google Scholar and Crawling the Institutional Repository
• Optimizing Discoverability (Metadata)
• Faculty Role (advocacy)
• On the horizon

4:00pm – 4:30pm Responding to the Challenges: Moving Forward and a Wish List
Confirmed Speaker: Sarah L. Shreeves, Associate Dean for Digital Strategies, University of Miami Libraries

This segment will feature a speaker well-equipped to address the following:
• The role of the repository in today’s scholarly ecosystem
• Repository philosophy (subject repository versus institutional repository)
• Content types and strategies for engagement (incl. collection management decisions)
• Wishlist and “on the horizon”


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4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion 
Moderated by: Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO


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Registration closes on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern.

2017 Registration Costs

  • NISO LSA & Voting Members; NASIG Members 
    • $190.00 (US and Canada)
    • $230.00 (International)
  • Non-Member
    • $255.00 (US and Canada)
    • $295.00 (International)
  • Student
    • $85.00

Additional Information

  • Cancellations made by Wednesday, February 8, 2017 will receive a refund, less a $35 cancellation. After that date, there are no refunds.
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