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VIVO Conference Update: Early Bird Registration Open; Workshops Announced; Register Online Today!

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 2:41pm

Winchester. MA  This year's VIVO Conference will be held Aug. 6-8, 2014 in Austin, Texas, and is a unique opportunity for people from across the country and around the world to come together in the spirit of promoting scholarly collaboration and research discovery.

Plan to attend conference workshops on Wednesday, August 6. Simply register for them as you register for the full VIVO/SciTS conference.

• The conference workshop schedule is now available:

• Take advantage of early bird registration pricing here:

NEW this year – VIVO is co-locating with the annual Science of Team Science Conference (SciTS). You benefit by having access to content throughout both conferences, but pay the 2013 VIVO conference rate!

VIVO ( is an open source semantic web application originally developed and implemented at Cornell. When installed and populated with researcher interests, activities, and accomplishments, it enables the discovery of research and scholarship across disciplines at that institution and beyond through an interdisciplinary network.

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REGISTER for Islandora Camp in London, May 7-9

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:54am

From the Islandora Team

Charlottetown, PEI  Islandora Camp will take place May 7 - 9, 2014 on the campus of King's College in London, England. This will be Islandora's second time in Europe and first time in the UK. Full details and registration are on the camp website:

Single-day registration is now available for those who do not want to attend the full camp. Each day of Islandora camp has a different focus, from a broad overview of our software and community, to a day of hands-on workshops, to an in-depth focus on individual modules and tools (including TEI support, institutional repositories, and novel metadata displays).

Islandora is an open-source software framework designed to help institutions and organizations and their audiences collaboratively manage, and discover digital assets using a best-practices framework. Combining Fedora and Drupal, Islandora was originally developed by the University of Prince Edward Island's Robertson Library, and is now implemented and contributed to by an ever-growing international community.

The full schedule of Islandora Camp sessions is available here:

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CALL: 14th International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications and DCMI Annual Meeting

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:12am

From Cathy N. Hartman, Associate Dean of Libraries, University of North Texas

Denton, TX  The 14th International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications and DCMI Annual Meeting focused on "Metadata Intersections: Bridging the Archipelago of Cultural Memory", will be held  October 8-11, 2014 in Austin, Texas, USA.

The complete Call for Participation may be found here:

DCMI's annual conference addresses models, technologies and applications of metadata.

Metadata is fundamental in enabling ubiquitous access to cultural and scientific resources through galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM). While fundamental, GLAM traditions in documentation and organization lead to significant differences in both their languages of description and domain practices. And yet, the push is on for "radically open cultural heritage data" that bridges these differences as well as those across the humanities and the natural sciences. DC-2014 will explore the role of metadata in spanning the archipelago of siloed cultural memory in an emerging context of linked access to data repositories as well as repositories of cultural artifacts.


• Peer-Reviewed Papers, Project Reports & Posters
Submission Deadline: 3 May 2014
Author Notification: 12 July 2014
Final Copy: 16 August 2014

• Special & Panel Sessions, Tutorials & Workshops
Submission Deadline: 3 May 2014
Author Notification: 1 June 2014

• Best Practice Posters & Demonstrations
Submission Deadline: 2 June 2014
Author Notification: 30 June 2014


(1) Peer-reviewed Papers, Project Reports & Posters
(2) Special & Panel Session, Tutorials & Workshops
(3) From the field: Best Practice Posters & Demonstrations


Conference Chairs:

• William Moen, University of North Texas - william (dot) moen (at) unt (dot) edu
• Amy Rushing, University of Texas at San Antonio - amy (dot) rushing (at)

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DSpace Workshop at Cochin U: Open Source Software for Building Digital Repositories/Libraries

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 3:51pm

Cochin, India  A two-day workshop focused on DSpace open source software for building digital repositorie and libraries will be held at Cochin University of Science and Technology located in Cochin, Kerala, India March 22-23, 2014.

"DSpace incorporates a digital asset management system and helps to create, index and retrieve various forms of digital contents. DSpace is adaptable to various needs of Libraries and Information Centres and maintains built-in interoperability programs for application between various systems. It adheres to international standards for metadata."

For more details visit

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REGISTER: Hydra Europe Symposium April 7-8; Hydra Camp Europe April 8-11

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 3:15pm

From Chris Awre, University of Hull, Dermot Frost, Trinity College Dublin, Anders Sparre Conrad, Royal Library of Denmark, Mark Bussey, Data Curation Experts

Dublin, Ireland  The Hydra Project is pleased to announce the first Hydra Europe events, taking place during April, at Trinity College, Dublin.

Hydra Symposium, April 7-8
A non-technical lunchtime to lunchtime event for collection managers and owners to learn about Hydra and how it can support a wide range of digital content management needs.

• Bookings -
• Further details -

Hydra Camp, April 8-11
A technical training event that enables developers to learn about Hydra and how to get up and running with a local solution.

• Bookings -
• Further details -

Hydra offers a core repository solution which can be adapted to meet different needs.  It is open source software released under the Apache 2.0 licence, originally developed by the Hydra Project.  The Project now has 21 Partners and a wide range of users internationally working together as a community to add to Hydra's capability.  The events will showcase European work with Hydra and how the community can support local implementation.  For more information on Hydra, please visit


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GET READY: Register for the DSpace User Group Meeting on Mar. 5

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 11:28am

From Val Hollister, DuraSpace Director of Community Programs

Winchester, MA  There is still time to register for the DSpace User Group Meeting on March 5. The session will be held following the SPARC Open Access Meeting in Kansas City. Please register here by March 1.

Below is an outline of two presentations that have been added since the last announcement:

"Secrets of the Submission Form"
Presented by Bram Luyten, @mire

Learn how your DSpace repository submissions can be easier for you and your content contributors. By modifying your submission configuration you can use these not-so-obvious hints to improve the quality of information in your repository as well as minimizing the time it takes to complete a submission. Topics to include:

• Collection templates: pre-filling certain metadata fields on a per collection basis.
• Reviewer only fields: option to qualify fields in input forms to have them only visible for reviewers in the workflow
• Type based submission: inclusion of certain metadata fields in the form, based on a selected submission type
• Modifying your lists of dropdown values (the lists that are included at the bottom of input-forms.xml)
• Working with hierarchical controlled vocabularies (the XML based subject categories)
• Enabling LC Name authority control for author values
• Collection based Input forms: duplicating an input-forms configuration & showing the match between an input-forms config and a collection
• Simple embargo and private item state

"Breaking down barriers: This is your community, here's how to participate!"
Presented by Hardy Pottinger, University of Missouri

If you are new to community-driven open source software development, you may experience barriers to participation. This spirited and opinionated talk will provide an overview of how community-driven open source software projects work. You will be challenged to participate in the community in ways you may have thought were not available to you. Traditional development tools and practices will be faced off against more modern approaches.

For more information please visit the meeting wiki page here:

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CALL: Digital Preservation 2014

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 5:17pm

From Erin Engle, Digital Archivist, Library of Congress

Washington, DC  Digital Preservation 2014 will be held July 22-24 in the Washington, DC area.  The annual summer meeting brings together the broad, diverse digital preservation and stewardship community represented by the National Digital Stewarship Alliance (NDSA) to share achievements in the areas of technical infrastructure, innovation, content collection, standardization, and outreach and education efforts.

We are looking for your ideas, accomplishments, and project updates that highlight, contribute to, and advance the community dialog.  Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

• Scientific data and other content at risk of obsolescence, and what methods, techniques, and tools are being deployed to mitigate risk

• Innovative methods of digital preservation, especially regarding sustainable practices, community approaches, and software solutions

• Collaboration successes and lessons learned highlighting a wide-range of digital preservation activities, such as best practices, open source solutions, project management techniques, and emerging tools

• Practical examples of research and scholarly use of stewarded data or content

• Educational trends for emerging and practicing professionals

You are invited to express your interest in any of the following ways:

• Panels or presentations

• 5-minute lightning talks

• Demonstrations

• Posters

To be considered, please send 300 words or less describing what you would like to present to by March 14. Accepted proposals will be notified on or around April 3.

The last day of the meeting, July 24, will be a CURATEcamp, which will take place off-site from the main meeting venue (TBD in the DC area). The focus of this camp remains to be determined, so stay tuned for more information about the camp in the coming weeks.

We look forward to your contributions.

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Open Repositories Conference Update: OR2014 Proposal Deadline Extended

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 11:39am

A message from the Open Repositories 2014 Conference organizers

Helsinki, Finland The final deadline for submitting proposals for the Ninth International Conference on Open Repositories (#or2014) has been extended until Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. The conference is scheduled to take place June 9-13 in Helsinki and is being hosted by University of Helsinki‘s twin libraries: Helsinki University Library and the National Library of Finland.

The theme this year is "Towards Repository Ecosystems" emphasizing the interconnected nature of repositories, institutions, technologies, data and the people who make it all work together. You may review the call for proposals here:

This year the Open Repositories team will be operating a pilot programme to offer a small number of 'registration fee only' scholarships for this conference. Details will be announced on the conference website when registration opens.

Submit your proposal here: by Feb. 10, 2014.

We look forward to seeing you at OR2014!

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WORKSHOP: Join Open Repository on Jan. 26 at ALA Midwinter, "Repositories: Big Impact–Small Budget"

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 11:40am

From James Evans, Product Manager, Open Repository

London, UK  A reminder that Open Repository, along with colleagues from BioMed Central and Papers, will be exhibiting at the upcoming ALA Midwinter meeting (booth #668), which takes in Philadelphia from January 24-28 2014.

Open Repository will also be hosting a workshop at ALA Midwinter, entitled ‘Repositories: Big Impact – Small Budget!!’ on 26th Jan from 10:30 to 12:00. During this workshop we will share our knowledge of the challenges faced by libraries, open access and repository communities during the present economic climate. If you are interested in attending, please email: to secure your place.

Open Repository builds, hosts and customizes enhanced, DSpace repositories for institutions, enabling the institution to focus on managing and developing content within their repository. Through Open Repository and Open Repository Lite, clients can choose a package to suit their needs. Open Repository offers clients the full services required to successfully run a repository, while Open Repository Lite offers is aimed at small clients & those from emerging or developing countries, requiring a simple install at a cost effective price. Open Repository is a DuraSpace Registered Service Provider and is offered by BioMed Central, the Open Access specialist.

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Planning for a "Fedora House" at Code4Lib

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 3:05pm

Winchester, MA  Code4Lib 2014, hosted by North Carolina State University Libraries, will take place March 24-27 in downtown Raleigh, NC. Strong Fedora 4 developer representation is expected where at least six Fedora 4 developers present. Better yet, there are rumors of a potential "Fedora 4 Hack House". If the Hack House materializes, a community Open House will be planned to socialize and take Fedora 4 out for a drive. Stay tuned.

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Call: DSpace Interest/User Group Meeting at Open Repositories 2014

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 11:40am

Winchester, MA The DSpace community will hold its next major user group meeting in conjunction with the 9th International Conference on Open Repositories June 9 to 13, 2014 in Helsinki,  Finland. The call for proposals from Leif Longva, the DSpace Interest Group Chair is below.

General Conference Theme: Towards Repository Ecosystems
Conference dates: 9-13 June 2014
Conference location: Helsinki, Finland
Conference website:

Important dates
3 February 2014: Deadline for proposal submissions
17 April 2013: Submitters notified of acceptance to interest groups
12-13 June 2013: DSpace Interest Group program

Some specific areas of interest for OR2014
The DSpace Interest Group program committee invites your contributions to OR2014, whether you’re a developer, researcher, repository manager, administrator or practitioner. We invite one to two-page proposals that focus on the use of the DSpace platform and that describe novel experiences or developments in the construction and use of DSpace repositories. Presentation formats could include panels, tutorials, facilitated round table discussions, stories, or presentations of varying length. Please indicate the preferred format in you proposal.
The following list of topics is in accordance with the OR 2014 call for proposals:

  • Unconventional approaches to repository-like services
  • Interconnection between publishers and repositories
  • Researcher-centered design for scholarly workflows
  • Adaptations to support curation lifecycle management, e.g., for research data
  • Real-world scalability and performance stories: working at web-scale, with big data for global usage
  • Requirements for holding restricted or classified data in repositories
  • Infrastructure to accommodate national and international mandates for data management and open access
  • Positioning repositories closer to (local, consortial, or cloud-based) cyberinfrastructure for data processing
  • Leveraging connections to external services including:
    • Remote identifier services (e.g., DOI, ORCID)
    • (Re-)using repository data/metadata in new and unexpected ways, including integrated discovery
    • Scholarly social media services, such as for annotation, review, comment, reputation, citation, and altmetrics
    • CRIS and research management systems
    • Digital preservation tools, services & infrastructure
  • Community and sustainability in an open world

How to submit
Visit the Open Repositories 2014 conference website to submit your proposal online at

Also check out the conference blog

For enquiries, please contact the DSpace Interest Group Chair, Leif Longva at

We look forward to receiving your proposals!

MuninRepository Manager
UiT The Arctic University of Norway


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