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Friday July 9th

Tools for Repositories: Microsoft Research & the Scholarly Information Ecosystem

Location: Room 2A

Lee Dirks (ldirks@microsoft.com), Microsoft Corporation – External Research

Alex Wade (awade@microsoft.com), Microsoft Corporation – External Research

Oscar Naim (onaim@microsoft.com), Microsoft Corporation – External Research

Microsoft External Research strongly supports the process of research and its role in the innovation ecosystem, including developing and supporting efforts in open access, open tools, open technology, and interoperability.

Microsoft External Research partners with universities, national libraries, publishers, and governmental organizations to help develop tools and services to evolve the scholarly information lifecycle. These projects demonstrate our ongoing work towards producing next-generation documents that increase productivity and empower authors to increase the discoverability and appropriate re-use of their work.

This workshop will provide a deep dive into several freely available tools from Microsoft External Research, and will demonstrate how these can help supplement and enhance current repository offerings.

Come learn more about how the Microsoft Research tools can help extend the reach and utility of your repository efforts. Each session during the day will include a hands-on component so that attendees can gain a deeper technical understanding of the available toolset, which includes the following resources:

• Zentity -A research-output repository platform

• Version 2.0 Technical Preview

• Introductions to Pivot from Microsoft Live Labs, the Open Data Protocol (ODATA), PowerShell, and Power Pivot.

• Programming with Zentity – Zentity SDK

• Services for Repositories

Research Information Centre Framework (RIC) – a collaboration space for researchers

• Tools for Authors

Chemistry Add-in for Word– presented by Dr. Joe Townsend, University of Cambridge

• Structured document authoring (based on the NLM-DTD)– Article Authoring Add-in (v2.0 Beta 3 Technical Preview)

Ontology integration and markup– Word Add-in for Ontology Recognition (Beta 2 Technical Preview)

• Article repository submission workflow (via SWORD interfaces)

More information on each of these tools can be found at:


14:00 – 14:15 Welcome & Overview
Lee Dirks – Director, Education & Scholarly Communication, Microsoft Research
14:15 – 15:45 Zentity –A Research Output Repository Platform
Featuring Pivot, ODATA, PowerShell, Excel/Power Pivot

Oscar Naim – Sr. Research Program Manager, Microsoft Research
15:45 – 16:00 Programming with Zentity - SDK
Oscar Naim
16:00 – 16:30 Break
16:30 – 17:00 Services for Repositories - RIC
Alex Wade
17:00 – 18:15 Tools for Authors
Alex Wade & Joe Townsend
18:15 – 18:30 Wrap-up & Futures Discussion
Lee Dirks

For workshop registration and related questions, please e-mail the workshop convener at: onaim@microsoft.com

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Installing and Working with Islandora

Location: Room Goya

Islandora is a rich and flexible Digital Asset Management System that combines Drupal, Fedora and a host of open source applications. Specific packages, known as Solution Packs, provide pre-packaged configurations and sample data to get you started. Spend some time with the Islandora Team and learn how to build a rich repository ecosystem for your institution. You will get the most out of the session if you bring a laptop to install software, but if you do not have one you will still be able to follow-on and learn how Islandora works. We will provide a cloud-based Islandora sandbox environment for workshop attendees to try during OR and after you get home.


14:00-15:00 Islandora Overview and Update
15:00-16:00 Islandora Solution Packs
17:00-18:00 Installing and Configuring Islandora
18:00-18:30 Dinner Break
18:30-19:00 Installing Islandora
19:00-20:00 Getting Involved in the Islandora Community

Please register here: http://islandora.ca/or2010workshop

For questions, please e-mail : mlegott@islandora.ca

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SWORD hands-on workshop: Adding SWORD to your repository armoury

Location: Room 9 Bis

Have you heard about SWORD but are unsure of why or how you should use it? This hands-on workshop will provide a gentle introduction to SWORD, some examples of how it can be used, and if you have a laptop you can try out some SWORD clients and have a go at making your own using an online SWORD client creation toolkit.

This workshop will cover: (2.15 pm-4.30 pm)

• An overview of SWORD

• What it does

• How it works

• Use cases for SWORD

• How you could use SWORD

• Have a go at making some deposits to different repositories using some SWORD clients

• Deposit to multiple repository platforms

• Try a few different clients

• Build your own custom deposit interface using SWORD and the EasyDeposit SWORD client toolkit

• Customise your own installation of EasyDeposit

• Explore the possibilities of EasyDeposit by trying different options, and optionally by creating new steps

Please email us at swordapp@gmail.com to book a place on the workshop and let us know if you have any ideas for subjects you'd like us to look at. You can also twitter us at http://www.twitter.com/swordapp with your suggestions.

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Policies and Interoperability of Digital Repositories (PIDR)

Location: Room 2B

Organisers: Andreas Aschenbrenner, Tobias Blanke, Holger Brocks, Adil Hasan, Mark Hedges, Gerald Jaschke, Jens Ludwig, Richard Marciano, Dave Pcolar

In CACM (Communications of the ACM) 2008, Fran Berman makes the case for repositories and policies as follows: “Cyberinfrastructure (CI) ... will need to incorporate mechanisms to enforce community policies and procedures like auditing, authentication, monitoring, and association of affiliated metadata. Emerging data CI and management environments and systems, including iRODS, LOCKSS, the Fedora Commons, and DSpace are beginning to develop and incorporate mechanisms that implement relevant policies and procedures. Over the next decade, the ability to automatically address the requirements of policy and regulation will be needed to ensure that our data CI empowers rather than limits us.

This workshop will examine a range of issues related to interoperability and digital repositories. Some of the topics we will explore include: (1) What level of repository interoperability is desired and necessary? (e.g. at the object level or the collection level); (2) What restrictions on access and management of data and metadata need to be considered? (e.g. access for a limited period, priority given to a certain class of users, etc.); (3) How can an integrated repository environment support policy management? The workshop will also explore the categorisation and management of policies related to data curation and preservation.


The workshop will be divided into two sessions.

14:00–16:45 Issues around interoperability
17:15–20:00 Categorisation of policies.

For workshop registration and related questions, please e-mail mark.hedges@kcl.ac.uk; adilhasan2@googlemail.com

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Architecting Complete Open Repository Solutions - Oracle

Location: Room Portugal

This workshop presents standards implementations and best practices for developing and implementing complete open repository and archive solutions from software to hardware for content management, retention and preservation. Private and community Cloud Computing Architectures will also be discussed.

The digital repository provides a mechanism by which the digital objects can be stored, accessed, and managed. While the objective of the digital repository is typically related to collecting and disseminating digital objects, we will discuss the various aspects and goals of the digital repository and the impact this has on the software and hardware decisions to ensure these goals are achieved. We will review best practices to ensure your repository solution provides the capability to store, manage, re-use, share, and curate digital objects. We will also review various repository solution approaches from internally developed to commercially supported that support a multitude of functions.

In addition to examining the software components of the digital repository, we will address the equally important decisions to be made regarding the server and storage architectures in relationship to the repository. Building a complete open repository solution requires equally open storage in order to ensure future compatibility. The open storage systems approach allows the deployment of an open repository built with an open architecture using commodity industry-standard hardware and open software. The open architecture allows the most flexible selection of the hardware and software components to best meet the repository storage requirements. An open storage infrastructure also provides for long-term scalability in the independent dimensions of bandwidth and/or capacity as the repository evolves.

Attendees will have time to discuss their specific architectural needs with Oracle topical experts.

For questions, please e-mail the workshop presenter at: art.pasquinelli@oracle.com


14:00 – 14:30 Welcome, Overview of Oracle Preservation Archiving Special Interest Community, Attendee Introductions Art Pasquinelli – Director, Content Management & Preservation Archiving, Oracle
14:30 – 15:30 Assessing your Repository Architecture Requirements - Storage Architectures for Repository Performance & Preservation Archiving Dan Ferber – Director, Research Solutions, Education & Research, Oracle
15:30 – 15:45 Break
15:45 – 16:30 Tape Developments for Tiered Architectures David Hostetter, Senior Manager, Tape Software Development, Oracle
16:30 – 17:15 Private and Community Cloud Computing and Research Cyberinfrastructures Dr. Simon See, Chief Technologist, Technical and Cloud Computing, Oracle
17:15 – 18:00 Wrap-up and Discussion
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