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Make Your ArchivesSpace, CollectionSpace, DSpace, Fedora or VIVO Site Count: Add your Instance to the DuraSpace Community Supported Programs Division Registry at LYRASIS

Thu, 12/09/2019 - 21:00

The DuraSpace Registry currently features more than 2,500 DSpace, Fedora and VIVO installations from around the world. With the completion of the DuraSpace and Lyrasis merger on July 1, 2019, CollectionSpace and ArchivesSpace instances will also be highlighted in the Registry to reflect the growing DuraSpace Community Supported Programs Division of Lyrasis, which encompasses ArchivesSpace, CollectionSpace, DSpace, Fedora, and VIVO. The newly merged organization creates a single dynamic organization that will drive scalable change, support new and existing community-supported open source technologies and deliver high-value services to its members and communities.

The DuraSpace Registry is created by open technology users who are interested in having their open source, open access sites registered in order to widely share information about their digital resources and institutional technical strategies. The Registry is used by individuals and institutions to learn more about how open technologies are being implemented around the world and answers the question, “Who’s Using ArchivesSpace, CollectionSpace, DSpace, Fedora, and VIVO?” 

Registering is voluntary. Please use this form to register your ArchivesSpace, CollectionSpace, DSpace, Fedora or VIVO installation: https://duraspace.org/registry/register-your-site/ Please note that questions specific to each technology will only appear if the specific technology is selected.

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About the 2019 LYRASIS Member Summit

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 17:57

Don’t miss this year’s LYRASIS Member Summit October 3-4 in Chicago. The theme is “From Local to Global” and it promises to be a fast-paced, two-day experience that pairs imagination with innovation and discussion with action. Sitting beside you in Chicago will be senior leadership from forward thinking research, public and academic libraries, museums and archives.

We need your active voice for the discussions on Day 1 – our “Innovation with Imagination” day – to critique, add value, and help set direction for the LYRASIS $1M+ FY 2020 Research and Development budget. Our Day 1 keynote will be Kaitlin Thaney, Director of Wikimedia’s Endowment, previously at Mozilla, Digital Science and Creative Commons. She will discuss the imperative to “innovate or perish” and how to create innovative programs that leverage and create community. Shift into high gear for Day 2 – our “Discussion with Action” day. Our Day 2 keynote will be Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC and recognized open access advocate. She will frame content and publishing for us with new eyes, and how to do more with less in our ever changing landscape. This year’s summit will feature another challenging keynote, to be announced here soon! Breakouts will include ScholComm 2.0, how to change the patron/user experience as it relates to content, scalable technology and platforms, and leveraging non-profit platforms.

Our first Member Summit featured a keynote by Rob Cartolano, Associate Vice President of Technology and Preservation at Columbia University, who launched a rallying cry for the importance of innovation that leads to programs and services offered by non-profits. To rise to that cry, in less than a year, LYRASIS launched our Leaders Circle and the $100,000 Catalyst Fund. Summit year two we welcomed Deanna Marcum, the previous second in command at the Library of Congress and currently working with Ithaka S+R, who talked about the importance of consolidation of smaller siloed non-profits, the benefits of scale, and how common visions develop better solutions. Her keynote was the inspiration for LYRASIS and DuraSpace’s merger, completed in June of this year. Last year’s keynote was John Bracken, Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and formerly an active change leader in the world of funding/foundations, who spoke to our members about using technologies with communities to transform libraries, both public and academic. This spawned a double – triple partnership between LYRASIS and DPLA; and between NYPL, DPLA and LYRASIS.

This year’s summit will feature another challenge put forth by two keynote speakers.

Scholarly Communications/Library Publishing

Whether you are a public library, academic library, special collection or other, locally managed, but globally linked scholarly communications is now within our grasp. Be part of creating, sharing, or consuming content. Inform and drive your patrons, researchers, or local experts to lead the way.

User/Patron Experience, whether through audio, video, text, or data

Delivering the best possible research, analysis or reading experience is at the heart of what libraries do on a daily basis. This track will dig into topics like using data to improve the experience of your users, facilitating and supporting community initiatives like literacy, and getting the most out of your collections through new technologies.

Community Supported Programs (CSP)

LYRASIS has the largest collection of CSP’s in the world with over 1,733 institutions that contribute fiscally to their operation. Learn from what works (and doesn’t work). How the It Takes a Village framework increases the chances for sustainable success and lowers the risk of setbacks.

Member Summit – Register Now

Draft agenda

Check back for more updates and speakers, to be announced soon.

Day 1 – Innovation with Imagination 8:00 – 8:30 am
Registration, Breakfast for Leaders Circle

8:30 – 9:00 am
Welcome and Opening Remarks Robert Miller (possible theme – innovate or perish)

9 – 10 am
LC Opening Speaker Discussion of knowledge development, turning big ideas into real solutions

10 – 10:15 am

10:15 – 11:15 am
LC Session 1 Discussion of major opportunities given the merger, prioritization of efforts and innovation for the coming months.

11:15 – 12 noon
LC Session 2 Help us select possible topics for LYRASIS events and research for the year ahead.

12 noon – 1 pm
Registration and Lunch for Full Membership 1 pm Welcome and Opening Remarks

1 – 1:15 pm
Welcome and Opening Remarks

1:15 – 5 pm
Catalyst Fund Presentations Day 2 – Discussion with Action 8 – 8:30 am
Arrival and Breakfast

8:30 – 9 am
LYRASIS Updates and Welcome

9 – 9:30 am
Keynote Focus on building and using community to create sustainable institutions and more impactful outcomes.

9:30 – 10 am
Keynote Q/A Robert Miller

10 – 10:15 am

10:15 – 11:45 am
Session 1

11:45 am – 12:30 pm

12:30 – 2 pm
Session 2

2:15 – 3:45 pm
Session 3

4 pm
Wrap up and Closing Speaker Focus on leveraging these connections to build stronger programs. If you believe what the press says, we’re on the verge of extinction. How do we learn from each other and keep delivering vital programs, services and results. Member Summit – Register Now

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PROGRAM AND REGISTRATION—2019 DSpace North American Users Group Meeting

Wed, 07/08/2019 - 18:25

Registration and the preliminary schedule for the 2019 DSpace North American Users Group meeting, September 23 & 24, at the Elmer L. Andersen Library at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis is now available at https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/DSPACE/2019+DSpace+North+American+User+Group+Meeting.

This meeting will provide opportunities to discuss ideas, strategies, best practices, use cases, and the future development of DSpace 7 with members of the DSpace community including repository developers, technology directors, and institutional repository managers.

Questions? Contact us at dspace-user-group-meeting@umn.edu.

The 2019 DSpace North American User Group Meeting is jointly sponsored by the University of Minnesota Libraries and the Texas Digital Library. We encourage members of the wider open repository community and those interested in learning more about the open source DSpace repository platform to participate. More information about accommodations, registration, and schedule is available on the conference website.

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NOW AVAILABLE: Fedora 5.1.0 Release

Tue, 30/07/2019 - 17:43

From Jared Whiklo, Release Manager, on behalf of the Fedora Team

The 5.1.0 release of Fedora is now available. This release is backwards compatible with the 5.x releases.

Please see the Release Notes[1] for more information on the contents of this release.

You can download the release from the Downloads[2] page.

[1] https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/FF/Fedora+5.1.0+Release+Notes
[2] https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/FF/Downloads

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SAVE the Date for PASIG Madrid, May 19-21, 2020

Mon, 22/07/2019 - 17:18

Please save the date for the next Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG) meeting in Madrid, May 19-21, 2020. The Biblioteca Digital Memoria de Madrid, Centro Cultural Conde Duque is the event host. The PASIG Steering Committee is pleased to connect with colleagues in Conde Duque, which is the most important cultural center in Madrid and home to some of the city’s main libraries and archives. Like last year, this PASIG will offer bi-lingual translation services in English and Spanish.

The Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG) is dedicated to advancing the practice of digital preservation and archiving. It brings together practitioners, industry experts and researchers to share experience on how to put preservation and archiving into practice.

The website is at http://www.pasig2020memoriademadrid.es. Agenda drafts, sponsorship information, registration, and travel and hotel options in the coming months. The Program Committee is in its initial planning phase, but if you have a topic you want to be considered or would like to inquire about sponsorship email Courtney Mumma (c.mumma@austin.utexas.edu<mailto:c.mumma@austin.utexas.edu>) and the Program Committee Chairs, Gilberto Pedreira Campillo (pedreiracg@madrid.es<mailto:pedreiracg@madrid.es>) and Carlos Villarrubia Rodríguez (villarrubiarc@madrid.es<mailto:villarrubiarc@madrid.es>).

The Program Committee for Madrid and the PASIG Steering Committee are working closely together on this event. We would like to thank the members of both for all their effort and commitment! If you have an interest in digital preservation and want to be a part of a great community, make sure you save this date!

Co-chairs: Gilberto Pedreira Campillo (pedreiracg@madrid.es<mailto:pedreiracg@madrid.es>), Director of Digital Library Memoria de Madrid and Carlos Villarrubia Rodríguez (villarrubiarc@madrid.es<mailto:villarrubiarc@madrid.es>), Head of IT Technicians and Assistant in Digitalizing Area

Natalie Baur, El Colegio de México
Tom Cramer, Stanford University
Ben Fino-Radin, Small Data Industries
Neil Jefferies, University of Oxford
Thomas Ledoux, Bibliotheque Nationale de France
Sarah Mason, Artefactual Systems
Becky McGuinness, Open Preservation Foundation
David Minor, UC San Diego Library
Courtney Mumma, Texas Digital Library
Matthias Razum, FIZ Karlsruhe

Translated to Spanish:

Guarde la fecha de la próxima reunión del Preservation and Archives Special Interest Group (PASIG) en Madrid, del 19 al 21 de mayo de 2020. La Biblioteca Digital de Memoria de Madrid, Centro Cultural Conde Duque es el anfitrión del evento. El Comité Directivo de PASIG esta encantado en conectarse con sus colegas en Conde Duque, que es el centro cultural más importante de Madrid y alberga algunas de las principales bibliotecas y archivos de la ciudad. Como el año pasado, este PASIG ofrecerá servicios de traducción bilingüe en inglés y español.

Preservation and Archives Special Interest Group (PASIG) trabaja para avanzar la práctica de la preservación digital. Reúne a profesionales, expertos de la industria e investigadores para compartir experiencias sobre cómo poner en práctica la preservación digital.

El sitio web está en http://www.pasig2020memoriademadrid.es. Programas preliminares, información de patrocinio, inscripción, así como opciones de viaje y hoteles en los próximos meses. El Comité de Programa se encuentra en su fase inicial de planificación, pero si tiene un tema que desea ser considerado o le gustaría consultar sobre patrocinio, envíeme (c.mumma@austin.utexas.edu<mailto:c.mumma@austin.utexas.edu>) un correo electrónico así como a los Presidentes del Comité de Programa, Gilberto Pedreira Campillo (pedreiracg@madrid.es<mailto:pedreiracg@madrid.es>) y Carlos Villarrubia Rodríguez (villarrubiarc@madrid.es<mailto:villarrubiarc@madrid.es>)

El Comité de Programa para Madrid y el Comité Directivo de PASIG están trabajando juntos en este evento. ¡Me gustaría agradecer a los miembros de ambos comités por todos sus esfuerzos y compromiso! Si usted tiene un interés en la preservación digital y desea ser parte de una gran comunidad, ¡asegúrese de guardar esta fecha!

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LYRASIS 2019 Accessibility Report Now Available

Tue, 16/07/2019 - 20:39

From the LYRASIS Content and Scholarly Communication Initiatives Team

LYRASIS announces the release of a new study, Understanding the Landscape of Library Accessibility for Online Materials. The study was undertaken in an effort to map the landscape of accessibility policies and practices for online resources as managed by libraries and archives across the United States. The study can be accessed on the LYRASIS website at https://www.lyrasis.org/technology/Pages/Accessibility-Survey-Report.aspx.

Authored by Hannah Rosen, LYRASIS Scholarly Communication Specialist and Digitization Program Coordinator, and Jill Grogg, Strategist for the Content and Scholarly Communication Initiatives team, the study is based on a survey conducted in early 2019 as a mechanism to better understand how (primarily academic) libraries within the United States are handling accessibility for their online content, and more specifically, where they stand in terms of policy and implementation.

Key findings of the study include:

  • Libraries are the most progressive in terms of accessibility when they maintain the most control over their content.
  • National policies and community technical guidelines on accessibility hold more prominence than local or institutional mandates.
  • Most accessibility training is self-initiated; more infrastructure is needed to train librarians in accessibility mandates and tools.

Celeste Feather, Senior Director of Content and Scholarly Communication Initiatives at LYRASIS says of the report, “This study is an important piece of the work LYRASIS is doing to understand the needs of collections holding institutions across the country, and helps unite libraries in their efforts to make materials more accessible to their users and communities. Our goal is to leverage the reach we have at LYRASIS, with more than 1000 members, to help build conversations around these vital topics and use our research abilities to inform the wider community about these important trends and best practices.

The report and all survey materials, including original survey questions and anonymized responses are accessible on the LYRASIS webpage. Visithttps://www.lyrasis.org/technology/Pages/Accessibility-Survey-Report.aspxx for more information.

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LYRASIS Announces New Board of Trustees Members

Mon, 15/07/2019 - 17:02

Atlanta, GA – July 11, 2019  To help guide and steward the recent merger of LYRASIS and DuraSpace – four new Board of Trustees Members were elected by the combined memberships, and four new Board of Trustees were appointed. This brings LYRASIS’ FY 2020 Board to 13 members, seven elected and six appointed.

DuraSpace brings 175 members and 3 Community Supported Programs to LYRASIS’ 1,000 members and 7 Community Supported Programs. As of July 1st, 2019, the Board will work with the operations team on strategies to increase the value for these 10 programs along with accelerating the impact of the $1.2 million investment the Board approved for new product development and innovation.

Joe Lucia, the current LYRASIS Chair, says, “This powerful Board brings the right vision and experience to LYRASIS at a time of great opportunity. It will be an exciting year!”

Robert Miller, CEO of LYRASIS, says, “Working together with the LYRASIS and DuraSpace Board members throughout the merger discussions clearly showed the potential that this new organization can deliver to the combined memberships. We are thrilled with what FY 2020 will bring for our members.”

The newly elected Board of Trustees Members are:

Member State Library Agencies or Group Agents:

  • Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer – Deputy State Librarian for Library Support Services at the New Jersey State Library
  • Wolfram Horstmann – Director of the Göttingen State and University Library and University Librarian of the University of Göttingen (Germany)

Member Academic Library:

  • Alexia Hudson-Ward – Azariah Smith Root Director of Libraries for Oberlin College and Conservatory

Member Special Library:

  • Lee Ceperich – Director of the Margaret R. and Robert M. Freeman Library at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Additionally, the following are the newly Appointed Board of Trustees Members:
  • Heather Joseph – SPARC, Executive Director
  • Kaitlin Thaney – Endowment Director for Wikimedia Foundation
  • Tyler Walters – Dean of University Libraries, Virginia Tech
  • Evviva Weinraub – Vice Provost for University Libraries, University at Buffalo
Current Board of Trustees Members:
  • Joe Lucia – Board Chair, Dean of Libraries, Temple University – Paley Library
  • Gina Millsap – Vice-Chair; Chief Executive Officer, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
  • Derick Dreher, Ph.D. – Treasurer; The John C. Haas Director, Rosenbach Museum and Library; VP of Special Collections, The Free Library of Philadelphia
  • Kate Pugh – Faculty, Columbia University
  • Kevin Guthrie – President, ITHAKA
Board of Trustees Members who have served and completed their terms are:


  • Elizabeth Gail McClenney – Immediate Past Chair; Director, Roanoke College – Fintel Library
  • Rob Spindler – former Secretary; Head of Archives & Special Collections, Arizona State University Libraries
  • Tom Rosko – Institute Archivist, Head Institute Archives and Special Collections, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries
  • Gregor Trinkaus-Randall – Preservation Specialist, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
  • Cory Nimer – University Archivist, Brigham Young University, Harold B. Lee Library
  • Julie Walker – State Librarian of Georgia, Georgia Public Library Services
  • Eric Miller – CFO, Atlanta University Center – Robert Woodruff Library


  • Tom Cramer – former Vice President; Chief Technology Strategist and Associate Director of Digital Library Systems & Services at Stanford University
  • Rob Cartolano – former Treasurer; Vice President for Technology and Preservation for Columbia University Libraries
  • Dan Cohen – Vice Provost for Information Collaboration; Dean of the Libraries; and Professor of History at Northeastern University
  • Mike Conlon – Emeritus Faculty member of the University of Florida\
  • Laura Wood – Associate University Librarian for Research and Education at Harvard Library

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VIVO Updates July 14, 2019 — New leadership group, early bird conference rates, technical initiatives

Mon, 15/07/2019 - 01:51

Congratulations to the new Leadership Group  The VIVO Leadership has been formed for the coming year.

The Leadership Group (LG) is the “board” of VIVO – the LG sets strategic direction, appoints the LG chair and the Steering Group, and develops and approves the MOU with LYRASIS and the project budget. After member and community elections, the project has a new Leadership group.  See  VIVO Leadership Group

Continuing members include: Julia Trimmer, Duke University, Ann Beynon, Clarivate, Mike Conlon, University of Florida, Federico Ferrario, Cineca, Robert Cartolano, Columbia University, Tom Cramer, Stanford University, Hannah Sommers, George Washington University, Anna Guillaumet, Sigma, Doug Hahn, Texas A&M University, Ginny Pannabecker, Virginia Tech University, Alex Viggio, University of Colorado, Violeta Ilik, Columbia University, Christian Hauschke, TIB Hannover, and Terrie Wheeler of Weill Cornell Medicine.

The new LG member is Steven McCauley, Brown University.  Welcome Steven!

And a special thanks to LG/SG members whose terms are ending this year: Paul Albert, Weill Cornell Medicine, Mark Newton, Columbia University, Joe Zucca of the University of Pennsylvania, and Jean Rainwater of Brown University.

Thank you all for your service to a truly open and innovative open project in support of scholarship around the world!  We are looking forward to another outstanding year!

Early bird registration available for VIVO19  It’s not too late to be an early bird and save some money on registration for VIVO 19 in Podgorica Montenegro, September 4-6.

Second Early Bird Registration ends on July 29, 2019. Register at these rates by the deadline and save $50.  Register here: http://bit.ly/2FWcRRt

Second Early Bird Academic / Non-Profit / Govt – $250

Second Early Bird Industry / For-Profit – $300

Students – $99

Local Attendees – $50

Follow conference news on Twitter at @vivocollab hashtag #vivo19

Technical initiatives  VIVO currently has three technical initiatives in progress:

  1. The Development Interest Group is working toward a release of VIVO 1.11.  The new release continues the separation of components, improves deployment options, and fixes bugs.
  2. The VIVO Scholar Task Force is developing a new front end for VIVO based on ElasticsearchReact JavaScript library, and GraphQL.
  3. The Ontology Interest Group is developing new ontology for VIVO, based on Basic Formal Ontology, expanding VIVO’s ability to represent scholarship and improving alignment with ontological best practices.

All initiatives are open for all to participate.  We look forward to seeing you involved in one or more of these efforts to improve VIVO.



Mike Conlon
VIVO Project Director

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LYRASIS and DuraSpace Complete Merger–Members and Community Benefit

Tue, 09/07/2019 - 15:03

CONTACT Meg McCroskey Blum, Director of Marketing & Communications, meg.blum@lyrasis.org800.999.8558 x2951, Skype: meg.lyrasis

LYRASIS and DuraSpace are pleased to announce the merger of their two leading 501 C3 not-for-profits was completed on July 1, 2019, Members will participate in developing new scalable technologies, shared innovation opportunities, and high value – fairly priced services across the global landscape of academic and public libraries, scholarly research, archives, museums, and galleries. 

LYRASIS will remain the parent organization and legal entity. It’s governance model will continue to be a Board that is 50% member elected 50% appointed. The merger will accelerate collaboration, development and implementation of platforms that will benefit our 1,700+ members.

Robert Miller, CEO of LYRASIS, says of the merger, “Our Boards, our memberships, and our teams are thrilled with this merger. In addition to the existing programs and services LYRASIS has for its members, this merger brings 3 respected community supported projects to the 7 programs that LYRASIS is organizationally invested in. We firmly believe that by having 10 such programs under one roof, the combined 1,700+ members and 5,000+ institutional users will see the benefits of scale, experience lower risk, see higher returns on innovation, and see an acceleration of implemented ideas. As part of this, LYRASIS is putting $1.2M of development monies into 5 key areas to support related to the merger.”

Joe Lucia, LYRASIS Board Chair says, “LYRASIS and DuraSpace are enterprises that each embody a rare combination of idealism and pragmatism for the ways they engage their professional communities in collaboration to support the scientific and cultural memory commitments of archives, libraries, and museums. This merger will establish LYRASIS as a clear leader in convening those communities around shared open source solutions to address their common challenges.” 

The DuraSpace brand, staff of DSpace, Fedora, and VIVO have transitioned to the new DuraSpace Community Supported Programs (DCSP) Division of LYRASIS. DuraSpace hosted services (DuraCloud, DSpaceDirect, and ArchivesDirect) will now be part of the LYRASIS Digital Technologies Division.


LYRASIS (www.lyrasis.org), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization whose mission is to support enduring access to the world’s shared academic, scientific and cultural heritage through leadership in open technologies, content services, digital solutions and collaboration with archives, libraries, museums and knowledge communities worldwide. LYRASIS organizational and staff values are: communication, respect, collaboration, impact, and service. 

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4Science at Open Repositories 2019: Thank You!

Wed, 26/06/2019 - 18:51

We just got back from Open Repositories 2019 . Thank you to all who came to attend our many presentations and visited our stand, enjoying the Lavazza coffee prepared by our staff to the cry of: “Our repositories are as good as our coffee!”

VIVO Updates, June 23, 2019 — Conference poster deadline 7/19, Christian Hauschke on Leadership Group, Nominations for community members, Freya Project

Mon, 24/06/2019 - 02:06

Conference poster deadline July 19  Did you miss a deadline to submit work to the conference?  It’s not too late to submit a poster.  Poster submission is open now at  https://forms.gle/xLGyGsdT58jJBmMc7 through July 19.  Posters can be on any topics related to VIVO – implementation, development, ontology, adoption, representation, data curation, persistent identifiers, and much more.  All our sites are doing interesting work.  Please consider submitting a poster for the conference.

Christian Hauschke on LG  Congratulations to Christian Hauschke of TIB, Hannover who was elected to represent the bronze members of the VIVO Project.  Each year, the bronze members elect a representative to serve on the VIVO Leadership Group.  Welcome Christian!

Becoming a member of the VIVO Project means your institution supports VIVO financially.  This support makes it possible for us to have a project, develop software, and make it available as open source to the community.  Please consider supporting the VIVO project as a member.  You can become a member here:  http://bit.ly/dura-join And if your institution is already a member, thank you!

Community nominations  Each year, the VIVO community elects three members of the community to serve on the VIVO Leadership Group.  Community members at member institutions nominate members of the community who are eager and able to serve to help develop and execute strategy for the project.  Anyone may be nominated.  Nominations are open through June 28 (this Friday).  See http://bit.ly/2ZKGhYt . Self nominations are welcome.

Freya PID graph The Freya Project is a large scale EU project to assemble identified data about scholarship.  They are building an open knowledge graph that they called a “PID graph” for persistent identifier (PID).  The VIVO community has significant experience with building knowledge graphs at the institutional level, curating and identifying data.  Learn more about Freya, and their approach here:  https://www.project-freya.eu/en/blogs/blogs/the-pid-graph



Mike Conlon
VIVO Project Director

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Fedora Workshop, Staatsarchiv Bern, Switzerland, Aug 22

Tue, 18/06/2019 - 21:47

On August 22,2019 the State Archives Basel-Stadt and St. Gallen will host a Fedora Workshop with high-caliber speakers from Lyrasis/DuraSpace/Fedora: Product Manager David Wilcox and Technical Lead Andrew Wood will discuss Fedora 4 (currently 5.0.2) which replaces the Fedora 3.8 version currently running on many archives. Unlike Fedora 3.8 (XML and Relational Database), Fedora 4 builds on RDF and Triplestore.

This is a far-reaching change, presenting new opportunities that need to be examined in depth and discussed by the community to make sustainable use of them possible. Since many members of KOST use Fedora open source repository software, but the resources for building knowledge are scarce, a coordinated approach is appropriate.

The workshop will  be held in English .


August 22

  • 9:00 – 9:30
    Welcome, introductions, VM setup
    Presenter: All
  • 9:30 – 10:30
    Introduction to Fedora: Resource Management, Versioning
  • 10:30 – 11:00
  • 11:00 – 12:00
    Introduction to Fedora: Authorization, Fixity, Messaging
  • 12:00 – 13:00
  • 13:00 – 14:30
    Introduction to the OCFL and Fedora 6.0
  • 14:30 – 14:45
  • 14:45 – 15:45
    Migrating to Fedora
  • 15:45 – 16:00
  • 16:00 – 16:30
    External Integrations
  • 16:30 – 17:00
    Wrap-up and discussion
    Presenter: All


The number of participants is limited to 30 people.

The workshop will take place in the State Archives Bern, Falkenplatz 4, 3001 Bern.

Registration is required and will be open until August 16,.2019.

Please send your binding registration fee to markus.loch@bs.ch. The workshop fee (CHF 150) must be paid by August 16,.20199 to IBAN CH73 0900 0000 9000 0644 5, recipient: Staatsbuchhaltung, 9000 St. Gallen. Please note the payment message “KAKU 101210 / 3E.VS.039” and the name of the participant.

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Valorie Hollister: Leadership and Versatility Marked Tenure at DuraSpace

Mon, 17/06/2019 - 22:28

DuraSpace’s Chief Financial Officer, Valorie Hollister, will be ending her 12-year tenure with DuraSpace this month. The transition marks a tenure of significant improvement in the financial transparency of the organization.

Since the early days at one of DuraSpace’s predecessor organizations, the DSpace Foundation, Ms. Hollister has shown leadership, versatility, and fiscal savviness. Focused on community building and outreach, she launched and led several community groups, organized user group meetings, played a key role in developing community project governance and elections. She also coordinated professional development offerings, like the DLF/CLIR E-Science Institute.

For the last 5 years, Ms. Hollister has been at the helm of DuraSpace’s financial strategy and management and a key business partner to both the DuraSpace Executive Director and DuraSpace Board of Directors. Tyler Walters, President of the DuraSpace Board of Directors and Dean of University Libraries at Virginia Tech, says, “As a direct result of Valorie’s effort and skill DuraSpace is in the strongest fiscal position in its history, with both the net income and cash flow improved significantly. She provided financial clarity and transparency to the Board of Directors and the broader community. I appreciate and highly value her versatility, dedication, and willingness to take on whatever the organization has needed over the years.”

In her tenure Ms. Hollister developed and managed $1.3M annual fundraising campaign with 198 members from around the world. She was also in charge of  the human resources and business management functions, ensuring the DuraSpace team and supporting infrastructure could operate at peak efficiency. Over the past year she led the fiscal and human resources due diligence work for the merger with LYRASIS. Erin Tripp, DuraSpace Executive Director, says “Valorie’s efforts provided the DuraSpace Board of Directors with a comprehensive review of key financial and human resource information. Her efforts were a critical component of the merger process, equipping the Board with in-depth analysis and lines of inquiry that were essential for our Board discussions and decisions.”

In parting Ms. Hollister says, “I have relished my years collaborating with an amazing team of colleagues, the DuraSpace members, the DuraSpace Board of Directors, and the broader user community. I look forward to seeing the DSpace, Fedora, and VIVO projects thrive in the newly combined organization at LYRASIS.”   

The DuraSpace team and Board of Directors extend their extend heartfelt thanks to Ms. Hollister for her leadership and wish her the best as she begins the next phase of her career.

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SAVE THE DATE for the LYRASIS Member Summit Oct. 1 – 2 Chicago, Illinois

Tue, 11/06/2019 - 21:27

We are thrilled to be planning our 4th annual Member Summit. This year’s in-person event will be at the Big 10 Conference Center in Chicago. Our theme this year is Local to Global. This  will be our first meeting after the LYRASIS + DuraSpace merger, and we will be welcoming DuraSpace Members and staff. The summit will include high level discussions for your senior and executive staff as well as the Leaders Circle pre-conference event.

The LYRASIS Member Summit is a members-only meeting for senior strategists and staff who are looking for new ways to collaborate and serve their users, researchers and communities. It is designed to help our members and their institutions seize both sustainable and disruptive innovations to deliver new, better, and tried and tested approaches for increasing and sustaining access to knowledge. The Member Summit creates a unique space for learning, networking, collaboration and designing action on the most important issues facing archives, libraries, museums and galleries today. As a LYRASIS member, you are invited to this annual conference at no charge.

Registration for both our Summit and hotel block will be open in the next few weeks! We hope to see you there!

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VIVO Updates, June 9, 2019 — Upcoming sprint, Open Repositories, LYRASIS, Leadership Group Elections coming up

Mon, 10/06/2019 - 01:39

Sprint coming up June 17-26  Interested in development?  Ready to sprint?  The VIVO developers will be holding a sprint June 17-26 to work on externalizing the search indexes of VIVO in support of VIVO Scholar and other applications.  Developer calls are held every Tuesday at 11 AM US Eastern Time.  See Development Interest Group for call agendas and sprint planning.

Open Repositories  VIVO community members will be attending Open Repositories at the University of Hamburg this week. We hope those attending have a chance to catch up, discuss VIVO, and how best to move forward.  https://or2019.blogs.uni-hamburg.de/

Three weeks to LYRASIS  As many of you know, Duraspace is merging with LYRASIS, another US non-profit, to improve support of community open source for academics.  The merger is expected to become official July 1, 2019.  LYRASIS and Duraspace staff have been diligently meeting, learning each other’s work, and preparing for becoming a single organization.

I have served as a board member of Duraspace since 2014 and participated in the decision to merge with LYRASIS.  I will not be a board member of the new organization.  You may hear of other changes – in personnel, and in business practices.  The VIVO Project remains autonomous.  It is governed by its Leadership Group.  Its relationship with LYRASIS is defined by the MOU VIVO has in place with Duraspace, which LYRASIS will honor.

Leadership Group Community elections coming up  Speaking of the Leadership Group, watch for an announcement of nominations for community members to serve on the Leadership Group.  This is an outstanding opportunity for motivated community leaders to step forward and join in the governance of the project.  There are fascinating, important, and perhaps challenging issues facing the Leadership Group this year.  We hope you will consider being nominated to serve!



Mike Conlon
VIVO Project Director

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Invitation: Please Come to a DuraSpace Reception In Hamburg, Germany

Wed, 05/06/2019 - 16:19

Are you traveling to Hamburg, Germany for the Open Repositories Conference (OR2019)? Please join your DuraSpace colleagues Tim Donohue, Michele Mennielli, Andrew Woods and David Wilcox for a reception celebrating open community, collaboration and innovation on Monday June 10 from 7-9 PM. Conference participants are welcome for light appetizers and drinks at The Pony Bar located within walking distance from the University of Hamburg at Allende-Platz 1, 20146 Hamburg, Germany (directions: https://goo.gl/maps/gDnVkvKr65PZAkeF7).

Please join us to celebrate what we have accomplished together and what we look forward to in the future. DuraSpace and Lyrasis announced that they would join their organizations earlier this year. They will complete the merger by July 1, 2019. Together they will create new models for collaboration, innovation and development in the landscape of academic, research, and public libraries, galleries, archives, and museums. The merged organization will leverage expertise, reach, and capacity to create and build new programs, services and technologies that enable durable, persistent access to data and services. The LYRASIS and DuraSpace communities will have a strong voice in the development and governance of programs, projects, and services that are already market leaders.

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OCFL (Oxford Common File Layout) 0.3 Beta Specification Released: Your Feedback Requested

Tue, 04/06/2019 - 21:45

From Andrew Woods, on behalf of the Oxford Common File Layout (OCFL) editorial group

The Oxford Common File Layout (OCFL) specification describes an application-independent approach to the storage of digital information in a structured, transparent, and predictable manner. It is designed to promote standardized long-term object management practices within digital repositories.

Illustration by Sam Mitchell, Lyrasis

For those following the OCFL initiative or those generally interested in current community practice related to preservation persistence, you will be pleased to know that the OCFL 0.3 beta specification has been released and is now ready for your detailed review and feedback!
– https://ocfl.io/0.3/spec/

Twenty four issues [1] have been addressed since the 0.2 alpha release (February, 2019). Beyond editorial/clarifying updates, the more substantive changes in this beta release include:
– Flexibility of directory name within version directories for holding content payload [2]
– Optional “deposit” directory at top of Storage Root as draft workspace [3]
– Expectation of case sensitivity of file paths and file names [4]

Within the 90 day review period until September 2nd, please review the specification and implementation notes and provide your feedback either as discussion on the ocfl-community [5] mailing list or as GitHub issues [6].

The monthly OCFL community meetings [7] are open to all (second Wednesday of every month @11am ET). Please join the conversation, or simply keep your finger on OCFL’s pulse by lurking!

More detail and implementation notes can be found at https://ocfl.io.

[1] https://github.com/OCFL/spec/issues?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=is%3Aissue+closed%3A2019-02-18..2019-06-03+
[2] https://github.com/OCFL/spec/issues/341
[3] https://github.com/OCFL/spec/issues/320
[4] https://github.com/OCFL/spec/issues/285
[5] ocfl-co…@googlegroups.com
[6] https://github.com/ocfl/spec/issues
[7] https://github.com/OCFL/spec/wiki/Community-Meetings

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News from 4Science

Thu, 30/05/2019 - 17:30

DSpace 7 Preview Release is available: 4Science is a major contributor to the creation of this new version, together with other contributors from the community.

4Science has been awarded for the implementation of the OpenAIRE-CRIS-CERIF Guidelines in DSpace-CRIS. The main objectives of this implementation are to:

  • realize the implementation of the latest OpenAIRE Guidelines for CRIS Managers in DSpace-CRIS
  • enable DSpace-CRIS platforms to expose research information to OpenAIRE.

This month, 4Science participated in the following events, with multiple roles, as speaker, partner, and sponsor:

  • COAR 2019 Annual Meeting, May 21-23, Lyon (France)
  • euroCRIS Membership Meeting Spring 2019, May 27-29, Helsinki (Finland)

Here’s where we’ll be next month:

  • GARR conference 2019, June 4-6, Turin (Italy)
  • Open Repositories 2019 (OR2019), June 10-13, Hamburg (Germany)
  • OAI11, June 19-21, Geneva (Switzerland)

Let’s meet there and talk about FAIR Open Science!


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VIVO Updates for May 26, 2019 — Conference reviews, conference registration, EuroCRIS membership meeting

Mon, 27/05/2019 - 16:54

Conference reviews  This year, the VIVO Conference is breaking new ground.  As you likely know this is the 10th annual conference, and the first to be held in Europe.  VIVO has many strong members and partners and implementations in Europe and we thought it was about time to make it easier for our European community to attend.  The conference will be held at the Hilton Hotel in lovely Podgorica, Montenegro, well served by major airlines, train, and even cruise ships (well, you might need car to get from the coast).

Proposals for presentations at the conference have been receive and are currently under review.  For the first time, the VIVO Conference is using Open Review (http://openreview.net) Reviewers are assigned to the proposals as in traditional review, but all reviews are open, and reviewers other than the assigned reviewers can comment on proposals.

Comments and reviews are a great way to improve presentations.  As a commenter, you can suggest additional content, make presenters aware of related work, and ask questions.

Open Review is a great addition to the conference.  We hope you will participate – either as an assigned reviewer or as a commenter.  To see the proposals and comment on them, visit Open Review and select the VIVO Conference.

Conference registration  Speaking of the conference, why not go ahead and register here:  http://vivoconference.org

EuroCRIS membership meeting  This week, several VIVO people will be attending the EuroCRIS members meeting Helsinki.  See https://www.csc.fi/web/eurocris2019/  If you are attending, please let us know.  We hope to see you there!



Mike Conlon
VIVO Project Director

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