Virtual OR2020 meetings on June 1-4, 2020

Although OR2020 is postponed until May 31 – June 3rd 2021, we are happy to invite you to join a series of free virtual meetings on June 1-4, 2020 that will offer a brief update from the repository community and highlight current discussions, innovations and recent advancements. We aim to create space for learning and connection during the week that OR2020 would have run. This will include one or two sessions per day over Zoom for a duration of ~2 hours. Presentations will be recorded and uploaded to Zenodo Open Repositories community and YouTube. Registration is free!  And we will also have a series of conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #OpenRepos2020.

Participants are asked to register for each day and for each workshop they wish to attend. See https://or2020.sun.ac.za/conference-programme for virtual conference programme.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT – CONFERENCE POSTPONED

The Open Repositories Steering Committee in consultation with the OR2020 and OR2021 hosts have made a decision to postpone OR2020 until May 31 – June 3rd 2021.

This was not a decision made lightly – we looked carefully at our options (keeping the current dates, cancelling, or postponing) and decided postponing a full year was the best option for both logistical and financial reasons. We chose Stellenbosch as a host location because we very much wanted to bring Open Repositories to the African continent and to create a space to listen and discuss the current state of repositories across Africa and the world. Postponing the conference a year allows us to meet that goal and, hopefully, a resolution of the current COVID19 pandemic.

If you have registered for the conference already or are a sponsor, the hosts at Stellenbosch will be contacting you with options. If you have submitted a proposal, the program committee will be in touch shortly with options. We are exploring the possibility of a virtual conference in order to allow some accepted proposals that are time sensitive to be presented. More information soon!

I also want to announce that our OR2022 location will be Denver, CO. The Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries in collaboration with six of its member institutions (University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, University of Denver Libraries, Colorado State University Libraries, Colorado School of Mines Library, University of Colorado Anschutz Library, and the University of Wyoming Libraries) were selected by the Steering Committee to host OR2021, but have graciously offered to move the dates to OR2022. We very much appreciate their willingness and flexibility to shift a full year in conference planning.

Again, if you have registered, sponsored, have been awarded a fellowship, or have a proposal in, you will be hearing from us shortly.

Sarah and Claire

Sarah L. Shreeves (Chair, Open Repositories Steering Committee)

Claire Knowles (Vice Chair, Open Repositories Steering Committee)

Stellenbosch University’s ORCID integration: The highs and the lows

This poster is part of the OR2020 Virtual Poster Session which takes place in the week of June 1-5. We encourage you to ask questions and engage in discussion on this poster by using the comments feature. Authors will respond to comments during this week.

Author:

Marié Roux

Poster description:

Stellenbosch University has implemented an integration with ORCID in 2016. By connecting clients’ ORCID IDs to their Stellenbosch University identities also store access to clients’ ORCID IDs, for the University to use in future integrations with ORCID, such as the institutional repository, SUNScholar.

The poster gives an overview of how the integration was set up. It will also give an overview of the numbers of clients who have connected their ORCID IDs to the integration, sorted by faculty and client category. A comparison between how many ORCID IDs exist at the different institutions of the South African ORCID Consortium is also included. Marketing holds a key to the success of the integration and therefore a summary and examples of marketing activities are listed. Lastly the poster addresses all the challenges which come with this project, for example effective communication across campus, software developments and other marketing strategies.

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About the presenter:

Marié Roux is a Manager for Research Impact Services at Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service. She is also responsible for the coordination of the research related workshops for researchers and postgraduate students as part of the #SmartResearcher workshops series. Research Impact services at Stellenbosch University include bibliometrics, unique author identifiers and to make researchers aware of how to increase their impact.

Building an Open Access repository in Eritrea with limited resources

This poster is part of the OR2020 Virtual Poster Session which takes place in the week of June 1-5. We encourage you to ask questions and engage in discussion on this poster by using the comments feature. Authors will respond to comments during this week.

Authors:

Kiflom Michael Kahsay

Poster description:

A huge part of Eritrean Archival collections date back to the colonial time and armed struggle. All research outputs, records, reports, theses and other work is still not automated and captured. Instead, a huge amount is produced in  physical paper and forgotten in shelves far from the reach for scholars. Hence, this poster is expected to share the know-hows on how such complex data production can become a reality as an Open Repository and contribute to the democratization of knowledge to the citizens of the country.

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About the presenter:

Kiflom Michael Kahsay is the President of LIAE and Director of Rora-DL.

Crafting an OER network in Ghana using IndieWeb building blocks

This poster is part of the OR2020 Virtual Poster Session which takes place in the week of June 1-5. We encourage you to ask questions and engage in discussion on this poster by using the comments feature. Authors will respond to comments during this week.

Authors:

Sadik Shahadu, Greg Mcverry 

Poster description:

Many students are unable to finish their first degrees due to the high cost of higher education in Ghana. Many universities in Ghana lacks access to rich online educational materials to provide an alternative learning module for students who can not afford the standard university education.

This poster focuses on how we are using IndieWeb building blocks to help students and educators to create Open Educational resources. Our program provides free personal websites to students and educators to curate and create OERs on their own websites, the community then write or remix these resources to develop collections of community-approved OER.

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About the presenter:

Sadik Shahadu is an inspiring open leader who works to build open educational practices in Ghana. He is the co-founder of Global Open Initiative, a Ghanaian non-profit organization working to promote open data, open access, and the use of open educational resources (OER) across Africa. He is a researcher, a Wikipedian, and a Mozilla Open Leaders X fellow.

Evolving the PID Landscape

This poster is part of the OR2020 Virtual Poster Session which takes place in the week of June 1-5. We encourage you to ask questions and engage in discussion on this poster by using the comments feature. Authors will respond to comments during this week.

Authors:

Adam Vials Moore, Hilda Muchando, Monica Duke, Balviar Notay,  Christopher Brown, Alice Meadows, Josh Brown

Poster description:

The information landscape for infrastructure that captures and exposes scholarly communications and the associated individuals, organisations and connected entities has developed over the last several years. A set of persistent identifiers (PIDs) allow participants and their interactions and connections to be consistently captured and passed around within the infrastructure. In this paper we look at some of the recent identifiers, policies and communities that are working to bring about a connected web of open and accessible scholarly information to enable high quality science.

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About the presenter:

Dr Adam Vials Moore currently works for Jisc as the UK ORCID senior community engagement and technical lead, as part of the team supporting the personal persistent identifier and broader work across PIDs. His background ranges from research into bioinformatics, affective adaptive e-learning and hypertext to supporting institutional infrastructure including Open Access outputs via CRIS and repositories.

Towards ethical data management, distribution, and use for artificial intelligence (AI) applications

This poster is part of the OR2020 Virtual Poster Session which takes place in the week of June 1-5. We encourage you to ask questions and engage in discussion on this poster by using the comments feature. Authors will respond to comments during this week.

Authors:

Maria Esteva, Sharon Strover, Soyoung Park, Christopher Rossbach, John Thywissen

Poster description:

Open datasets are at the core of countless AI applications. However, the complexities involved in large data aggregations, transformations, distribution and reuse, and the limited capacity to validate ethical implications embedded in routine data practices, make it difficult to track and prevent breaches. Recognizing that data and the systems that manage it are not neutral but entangled in a chain of decisions, organizational priorities, technical conditions, and social norms, we investigate how ethical data management can be a point of departure for designing and evaluating AI applications. Our research suggests an array of issues and decision-making instances that touch ethics data management at each lifecycle stage. The findings can inform open repositories’ policies and curation practices towards ethical open data for use in responsible AI. In this poster we describe our research methods using the case of natural hazards data.

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About the presenter:

Sharon Strover is a Professor at the School of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin.  She also direct the Technology & Information Policy Center.  Her research and teaching focus on communication technologies and their policy implications.

Measuring the impact of institutional repositories in selected Zimbabwean State Universities

This poster is part of the OR2020 Virtual Poster Session which takes place in the week of June 1-5. We encourage you to ask questions and engage in discussion on this poster by using the comments feature. Authors will respond to comments during this week.

Authors:

Philip Ndhlovu, Notice Pasipamire

Poster description:

There is a dearth of empirical evidence in Africa to support the assertion that IRs have made research output easily accessible, visible and citable as acknowledged by some scholars. The study assessed the extent to which archived content is cited by publications indexed in Scopus. Five IRs in Zimbabwean state universities were analysed. Scopus cited references search facility was used to mine for documents citing IR content from 2014 to 2018. Results from Scopus searches were exported into text files then transported to excel workbooks for filtering and analysis. The impact of an IR was analysed from two perspectives; cited and citing documents characteristics. Results show that on average 8.6 documents per year were cited for all IRs combined within the 5 year period selected for the study. The most cited document types were thesis and dissertations followed by research articles. The University of Zimbabwe IR was found to be the most influential, with 34 citers affiliated in 12 countries. A new measure of IR research impact based on Scopus was put forward.

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About the presenter:

Phillip Ndhlovu is the Institutional Repository Librarian as well as the Liaison Librarian for the Faculty of Commerce at the National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe. He holds B.Sc (HONS) and M.Sc. degrees in Library and Information Science.

Brazilian DSpace community: The experience to unleash collaboration

This poster is part of the OR2020 Virtual Poster Session which takes place in the week of June 1-5. We encourage you to ask questions and engage in discussion on this poster by using the comments feature. Authors will respond to comments during this week.

Authors:

Tiago Martins da Costa Ferreira, Washington Luís Carvalho-Segundo

Poster description:

This poster presents the results of some statistics with regarding to DSpace community in Brazil, its evolution through time and future strategies. Brazil occupies, until this date, the third position on the number of DSpace repository installations worldwide and the user community has recently improved collaboration through forums and promotion of a series of webinars.

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About the presenter:

Tiago Martins da Costa Ferreira is currently the Director of NEKI IT. He  graduated in Computer Systems, working in the market as a specialist and tech consultant in digital repositories for more than 15 years and since 2018 occupies the role of Coordinator of the Braziilian DSpace User Group.

Methodology for building digital thematic libraries

This poster is part of the OR2020 Virtual Poster Session which takes place in the week of June 1-5. We encourage you to ask questions and engage in discussion on this poster by using the comments feature. Authors will respond to comments during this week.

Authors:

Lucca de Farias Ramalho, Washington Luís Carvalho-Segundo

Poster description:

This poster shows a methodology on how to select and filter documents from open-access digital repositories. Using search expressions, queries were made inside oasisbr, using the terms selected in two different languages. The number of documents recovered by each term is listed. After that, a saturation curve is generated, so one can see how much each terms recovers of ‘noise’ or ‘silence’, with regard to its generic nature or rather a specific one. After the documents are selected, a csv file is generated to be uploaded to a thematic digital library, that may use DSpace as a platform.

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About the presenter:

Lucca de Farias Ramalho is a Junior Researcher at IBICT.

Discovering trending topics in open digital repositories

This poster is part of the OR2020 Virtual Poster Session which takes place in the week of June 1-5. We encourage you to ask questions and engage in discussion on this poster by using the comments feature. Authors will respond to comments during this week.

Author:

Lucca de Farias Ramalho, Washington Luís Carvalho-Segundo

Poster description:

This poster presents a method to extract trending topics from searches performed on Institutional Repositories, Digital Libraries and Scientific Journals. It used the data collected from Google Analytics running over two Brazilian open science research portals: oasisbr and BDTD. The data were analyzed using the R language operating over the set of most viewed records in the months in 2018 and 2019, resulting in interesting visualizations about tendencies and hot topics on oasisbr and BDTD, in the searches performed in these two years.

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About the Presenter:

Washington Luís Carvalho-Segundo is the Coordinator of the Laboratory of Methodologies of Treatment and Dissemination of Information (COLAB), at IBICT.

Feasibility of applying off-the-shelf Artificial Intelligence tools on digital library images collections

This poster is part of the OR2020 Virtual Poster Session which takes place in the week of June 1-5. We encourage you to ask questions and engage in discussion on this poster by using the comments feature. Authors will respond to comments during this week.

Author:

Harish Maringanti

Poster description:

Digital Libraries rely on keywords to make their collections discoverable, and not having keywords is less of an issue for textual collections because of Optical Character Recognition (OCR) capabilities. With visual collections, if item level information is not available, then discovering relevant items becomes a big issue. Creating item level information for visual collections is still a manual process in most cultural heritage institutions. Coupled with collection processing backlog issues, this presents a huge problem for humanities scholars – most of cultural heritage material is still either not available online or difficult to find in online environment. Leveraging existing machine learning tools is one way to address this issue.

Marriott Library received one year funding (July 2018 – June 2019) to explore the feasibility of using machine learning algorithms to generate descriptive metadata for archival images. I will share results of our year-long project along with lessons learned.

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About the presenter:

Harish Maringanti is the Associate Dean for IT & Digital Library Services at the J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah. He is responsible for advancing Library’s technology initiatives; he was the lead PI on several grant funded projects including the recently concluded Lyrasis Catalyst Fund grant, “Machine Learning meets Library Archives”, to explore feasibility of applying machine learning tools on digital library data. His primary research interests include applications of emerging technologies in digital libraries.