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

Virtual Conference

About the Virtual Conference

The objective of this program is to make clear 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 high-profile research institutions, but what about the needs of other institution of higher educations? What might be emerging expectations for such institutional platforms? What collaborative approaches might make sense for various constituencies? To what extent is content housed in the institutional repository made discoverable?

This program brings together views from a variety of players actively engaged in building and maintaining institutional repositories as key information environments. There is a follow-up session, a NISO Training Thursday on Thursday, February 23, Metadata and the IR.  Access to that Training Thursday is bundled in with your registration fee for this event.


11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. – Introduction
Jill O'NeillEducational Programs Manager, NISO

11:10 am - 11:45 pm Opening Interview & Conversation
Confirmed Speaker: Cliff Lynch, Executive Director, CNI

11:45 am – 12:15 pm  Open Source Repositories and the Future of Fedora
Confirmed Speaker: David Wilcox, Product Manager, Duraspace

12:15pm – 12:45pm Specific Needs and Concerns Associated with Data Repositories 
Confirmed Speaker: Sandi CaldroneData Repository Outreach Specialist, Purdue University Research Repository, Purdue University

12:45pm -1:45pm  Lunch

1:45pm – 2:15pm Repository Integrations: Connecting technologies and communities
Confirmed Speaker:  Kate Byrne, Repository Tools Product Manager, Symplectic

2:15pm – 2:45pm: Enhancing the Institutional Repository through Publisher Partnerships to Increase Indexing, Linking, and Displaying of Faculty Published Materials
Confirmed Speakers: Todd DigbyChair, Library Information Technology, University of Florida, and Robert Phillips, Digital Collections Applications ProgrammerUniversity of Florida

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

3:15pm – 3:30pm Break

3:30pm – 4:00pm Promoting Discovery in the Institutional Repository
Confirmed Speaker: Christine StohnSenior Product Manager, Discovery & Delivery, Ex Libris/Proquest

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

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion 
Moderated by: Jill O'Neill, Educational Programs Manager, NISO

Event Sessions

Opening Interview & Conversation


An interview with 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. Attendees may also find his January 2017 College & Research Libraries guest editorial, Updating The Agenda for Academic Libraries and Scholarly Communications, to be of interest.

Open Source Repositories and the Future of Fedora


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.

Specific Needs and Concerns Associated with Data Repositories


Sandi Caldrone

Data Repository Outreach Specialist, Purdue University Research Repository
Purdue University

The Purdue University Research Repository (PURR, is a research collaboration and data management solution for Purdue researchers and their collaborators. PURR supports researchers throughout the data management process with data management planning resources, project management tools, data publication and archiving, and publication impact metrics. Although it is an integral part of the Libraries Research Data Unit, PURR is also a collaboration between libraries, IT, and the research office. This presentation will provide an overview of PURR’s current services and future plans as well as a peek behind the scenes at the collaborative efforts that make PURR’s services possible.

Repository Integrations: Connecting technologies and communities


Symplectic has been integrating with a range of repository platforms for a number of years. Predating the wide adoption of APIs for repositories, the first generation of repository tools requires a custom connector to allow the repository to integrate with Symplectic Elements. However, the growth in API development over the past few years has opened up exciting opportunities for integrations between repositories and research information management systems or CRISs.

The team at Symplectic have been building on these opportunities to create their next generation of repository integrations. Based on client feedback from previous integrations, they have been working with a new philosophy for repository integration. This centres on maximising data reuse and is based on a core principle that a repository must first be available as a data source. Working with clients around the world across an array of repository platforms, the development of repository integrations continues to be an iterative process, working with the repository communities and the available repository APIs.

This presentation will explore some of the challenges we have encountered as we have worked to achieve repository integrations across numerous repository platforms and will discuss how we work with the respective repository communities to overcome them. It will also consider future opportunities for repository integrations and data reuse.

Enhancing the Institutional Repository through Publisher Partnerships to Increase Indexing, Linking, and Displaying of Faculty Published Materials


Todd Digby

Chair, Library Information Technology
University of Florida

This presentation will give an overview of the progress of an institutional repository (IR) pilot project as it expands into an initiative that promotes innovative, community-wide approaches that facilitate diverse access to publicly funded research. Phase I of the pilot included a collaboration between the University of Florida (UF) Institutional Repository (IR@UF) and Elsevier that can deliver published versions of UF-authored articles to IR@UF users. Building on this project, UF and the Clearinghouse for Open Research of the United States (CHORUS) have engaged additional universities, research institutions, government labs and publisher members to increase participation in the project. Phase I began with comprehensive identification of articles by UF authors using API-delivery of Science Direct metadata; Phase II deploys full-text searching with links to published articles or full text view options for users with diverse access status. The Phase II CHORUS project expands these efforts, engaging a wide range of institutions and publishers, all with the shared delivery of real-time compliance dashboards, enhanced metadata deposition, full text indexing and linking and streaming content within an institution's IR.

Beyond the manuscript: Using IRs for alternative content types


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.  NOTE: The DOI for this presentation is:

Promoting Discovery in the Institutional Repository


Institutional repositories (IR) contain a wealth of information. Discovery systems, from Google Scholar to library discovery systems such as Summon and Primo, provide an opportunity to increase the visibility of such data if indexed. However, IR metadata often lacks standards or is insufficient to make the material truly discoverable. In this presentation, Christine Stohn will discuss the issues involved in indexing this type of data. She will also examine possible solutions for the future, as well as opportunities to promote IR data beyond searching in exploration paths by providing a serendipitous discovery experience.

Responding to the Challenges: Moving Forward and a Wish List


Additional Information

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