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From Giuseppina Vullo, Preservation Research Fellow,

London, UK A few places are still available for the Workshop on “Digital Libraries and Open Access. Interoperability strategies”, organised by the European project (Digital Library Interoperability, Best Practices and Modeling Foundations). The Workshop takes place at the British Academy in London (UK), February 4, 2011.

Theme and objectives
The Workshop in London will gather international experts on Digital Libraries and Open Access Repositories (OARs), providing a forum in which to:

1) trigger the multi-disciplinary debate about research on Digital Libraries and Open Access

2) discuss the project results, and existing frameworks and best practices for interoperability within the communities of practice

3) propose common strategies for interoperability: start discussing how to implement a mechanism for exchanging, sharing and integrating results between DLs and OARs communities

4) create new connections and partnerships, and explore ways for a closer cooperation between researchers and the communities of practice

08.45 – 09:15    Registration and Welcome Coffee & Tea
09:15 – 09:30    Introduction, Prof. Seamus Ross, University of Toronto (CA)
09:30 – 10:00    The Reference Model, Vittore Casarosa, CNR-ISTI, Pisa (IT)
10:00 – 10:30    Interoperability best practices and solutions: the Cookbook, Leonardo Candela, CNR-ISTI, Pisa (IT)
10:30 – 11:00    The Policy & Quality Interoperability Surveys. Lessons learned from the OAR community, Giuseppina Vullo, HATII - University of Glasgow (UK)
11:00 – 11:30    Networking Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:00    Data Libraries: A matter of trust, reliability, quality, Hans Pfeiffenberger, Alfred Wegener Institute (DE)
12:00 – 12:30    The Sonex Workgroup on Interoperability, Pablo De Castro, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (ES)
12:30 – 13:45    Lunch break
13:45 – 14:15    Open Repositories and interoperability challenges in UK, Peter Burnhill, EDINA - University of Edinburgh (UK)
14:15 – 14:45    The “many ways” to interoperability. Outcomes and challenges within DRIVER and OpenAIRE, Wolfram Horstmann, University of Bielefeld (DE)
14:45 – 15:15    Future scenarios on Open Access, Heather Joseph, SPARC (US)
15:15 – 15:45    Networking Coffee break
15:45 – 16:45    Round Table - Common strategies for interoperability. Chair: Prof. Seamus Ross, University of Toronto (CA)
16:45 – 17:00    Conclusions and Future opportunities

The Workshop ( will address the interoperability challenges within the context of digital libraries and open access repositories, along the perspectives of content, user, functionality, policy, quality and architecture, the six core domains captured in the Reference Model.

The workshop is addressed to Library and Information Science researchers and professionals, and to the Open Access community. It should be of interest to those involved in developing interoperability frameworks or models, and those involved in the implementation of digital libraries, institutional, subject or learning object repositories, and associated services across a broad range of communities of practice.

This full day workshop will be held at the British Academy in London (UK), 10 Carlton House Terrace, SW1Y 5AH, England.

Registration and fees
Registration fees are GBP 75.
Registration fees for students (doctoral, masters) are GBP 50.
Registration fees include: Workshop lectures and notes, lunch and coffee breaks at the British Academy.
To register to the Workshop please fill in the online form at
Upon registration, you will receive an email confirmation message and course fee payment instructions.
Registration for the workshop is limited by the venue capacity. For further information please contact