Virtual OR2020 meetings

Monday, June 1st

Virtual workshop: How repositories can contribute their FAIR share

Findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR) data are an increasingly important aspect of open scholarship. Increasing the production and use of FAIR data requires a wide range of stakeholders across the research ecosystem to actively play their parts. FAIRsFAIR – Fostering Fair Data Practices in Europe – aims to supply practical solutions for applying the FAIR data principles throughout the research data life cycle, which can be included in the strategies that research organisations and implemented to enable a FAIR data culture.

This 90 minute virtual workshop will focus on the work FAIRsFAIR carries out in collaboration with repositories  to enable them to play their role in helping to make and keep data FAIR over time. We will present an early draft of a transition support programme for repositories wishing to improve their capacity to support FAIR data production and use. Following an overview of the draft programme, attendees will participate in group discussions and activities to review and discuss the draft support programme, consider how it might be applied within their own repositories, and how they can support and promote relevant aspects of the programme within their institutions and the wider community.

1:00pm – 2:30pm UTC

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Keynote, presentations and discussion: Equity and democratization of knowledge

3:00pm – 4:30pm UTC

  • Welcome from Sarah L. Shreeves (Chair, Open Repositories Steering Committee) and Claire Knowles (Vice Chair, Open Repositories Steering Committee)
  • Keynote “Reframing the conversation: applying the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion to scholarly communications – Kathleen Shearer, Executive Director, Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) – and discussion
  • – Joseph McArthur, Open Access Button 4:00PM
  • A pilot on usage data exchange between LA Referencia (Latin America) and OpenAIRE (EU) networks – Washington Luís Ribeiro de Carvalho Segundo, Instituto Brasileiro de Informação em Ciência e Tecnologia 4:15PM

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Tuesday, June 2nd

11:00am – 12:45pm UTC

  • The National Academic Digital Repository of Ethiopia – Technical, Policy and Governance Aspects – Roberto Barbera, Department of Physics and Astronomy “E. Majorana” of the University of Catania 11:05AM
  • Overcoming Language Barrier in Open Repositories: A case of Sokoine University of Agriculture – Gilbert Mushi 11:20AM
  • Skills needs assessment for South African open access repository practitioners – Ansie van der Westhuizen, UNISA 11:35AM
  • The NREN and Open Repositories (an ORCID use case in South Africa) – Wesley Barry, TENET | Tertiary Education & Research Network of South Africa 11:50AM
  • Documenting the Ephemeral: Performance Archive and the Showcase Repository – Sanjin Muftic and Jayne Batzofin, The Reimagining Tragedy in Africa and the Global South (RETAGS) project at the University of Cape Town 12:05PM
  • Evaluation of institutional digital repository contents by postgraduate students of some selected tertiary institutions in Nigeria – Dr. Michael Esew, Kashim Ibrahim Library, Ahmadu Bello University 12:20PM
  • Institutional repository adoption among Nigerian private universities: Institutional factors and willingness to use – Adetomiwa Basiru, Tekena Tamuno Library, Redeemer’s University 12:35PM

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Software day, developer track, presentations and posters

3:00pm – 5:30pm UTC

Repository Rodeo: 

  • Dataverse: Danny Brooke, Harvard University
  • DSpace: Maureen Walsh, The Ohio State University
  • EPrints: John Salter,  University of Leeds
  • Fedora: David Wilcox, LYRASIS
  • Haplo: Tom Renner, Haplo
  • Invenio: Lars Holm Nielsen, CERN
  • Islandora: Mark Jordan, Simon Fraser University
  • Samvera: Jon Dunn, Indiana University

Developer track:

  • Developing COrDa: The COmmunity Orcid Dashboard; The powerful chamber: an institutional overview of the ORCID registry – Adam Vials Moore, JISC 4:10PM
  • API driven applications with GraphQL; Building a modern repository UI with Elasticsearch, React and IIIF – Adam J. Arling, Northwestern University Libraries 4:20PM
  • Virtual posters session 4:30PM

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Wikidata virtual workshop 

Since Wikidata’s launch in 2012 as an open, collaboratively edited knowledge base, it’s held great promise for the library and scholarly communications community more broadly. Institutions and individual information professionals turned Wikidatans are using Wikidata to build a community-owned infrastructure for the bibliographic ecosystem, including open source tools that generate profiles of scholars, organizations, and publications. This workshop will introduce participants to Wikidata and its linked data infrastructure, including an overview of tools that facilitate data contribution and use. Participants will leave prepared to connect with existing Wikidata initiatives, and with entry points to launch their own.

6:00pm – 8:00pm UTC

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Wednesday, June 3rd 

Virtual workshop: Co-designing policies, repository infrastructures and services and strengthening open science communities in Africa

This LIBSENSE workshop co-organized by WACREN, UbuntuNet Alliance, ASREN, EIFL, COAR, AfricaConnect 3, OpenAIRE and GÉANT, will convene the African community of repository managers and other open access services and advocates and cover three topics: 1) Open Access, Open Science policies and repositories: what works and what doesn’t; 2) repository infrastructure and services: how to build cohesiveness across layers of local, national and regional services; and 3) communities of practice: how to strengthen open science communities in Africa. African participants will share experiences, lessons learned and discuss how to best design effective Open Access and Research Data Management policies and how to progress their adoption and implementation. They will also co-design the guiding principles for institutional repositories to follow in order to build services on top of repositories and cohesiveness across local, national and regional repository services. And together we will develop a roadmap for strengthening open science communities in Africa. With breakout groups in Arabic, English, French and Portuguese.

11:00am – 2pm UTC

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Current issues

3:00pm – 4:30pm UTC

  • Panel: “Aligning repository networks to support international sharing of COVID-19 resources”, organized by COAR. This panel will present several national approaches to managing and sharing COVID-19 resources from around the world (Africa, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Asia), followed by a discussion about how we can work more closely across countries and regions to ensure that content can be integrated internationally.
  • Organization Identifiers and Open Repositories: ROR-ing Together – Maria Gould, California Digital Library, University of California Office of the President 3:50PM
  • Research Data Management: a Stellenbosch University Journey – Samuel Simango, Stellenbosch University Library 4:00PM
  • Towards Open Data Metrics: enabling data repositories to demonstrate reuse – Kristian Garza, DataCite 4:15PM
  • DSpace-CRIS 7: What is Coming? – Susanna Mornati, 4Science 4:30PM

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Thursday, June 4th 

3:00pm – 4:30pm UTC

  • Investing in Open Science infrastructure and repositories: How IOI and SCOSS can help – Vanessa Proudman, SPARC Europe 3:08PM
  • Shared repositories: building a multi-tenancy repository service at the British Library – Sara Gould, the British Library 3:20PM
  • A year long Ideas Challenge: the new beginning. An online social gathering to kick-off Ideas Challenge 2020-2021 – presentation and discussion with breakout sessions. For more information, please visit the Ideas Challenge page.
  • Thank you and closing.

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