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NISO Virtual Conference: Using Open Source in Your Institution

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
11:00 - 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

System Requirements:

  • NISO has developed a quick tutorial, How to Participate in a NISO Web Event. Please view the recording, which is an overview of the web conferencing system and will help to answer the most commonly asked questions regarding participating in an online Webex event.
  • You will need a computer for the presentation and Q&A.
  • Audio is available through the computer (broadcast) and by telephone. We recommend you have a set-up for telephone audio as back-up even if you plan to use the broadcast audio as the voice over Internet isn't always 100% reliable.
  • Please check your system in advance to make sure it meets the Cisco WebEx requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that your system is properly set up before each webinar begins. 

About the Virtual Conference

Open Source technology is broadly adopted in a variety of contexts and has long-since proven its value in many technology environments.  With its significant advantages, open source technologies can allow for community priorities to be addressed, flexibility for implementers, community interactions and support, as well as potential cost savings.  There are challenges, costs, and potential pitfalls posed by an open source approach as well.  Understanding the benefits, risks, costs and opportunities is vital to determining the best option to choose in selecting a solution to large-scale software management. 

During this virtual conference, we will explore the variety of decision points regarding an open sources investment to ensure a successful implementation.  The session will cover investments necessary both at a staffing, technology resources, as well as legal issues to consider.  We will cover integration issues, collaboration and support networks that can either hinder or propel a project’s realization. Case studies of open source successes and disappointments will be covered.

NEW! All registrants to this virtual conference will receive a login to the associated Training Thursday on GitHub - How to Use it to Greatest Effect to be held on February 25. (Separate registration to the training event only is also available.)  If you are unable to attend the Training Thursday in person, you can view the recording of the session.


11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. – Introduction
Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO

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11:10 p.m. - 12:00 p.m. The Open Source Landscape

Beth Camden, Director, Information Processing Division, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, University of Pennsylvania

This session will provide a broad overview of the current status of open source software (OSS), with a focus on usage in academic institutions and libraries. The strengths and benefits of open source will be addressed, as well as drawbacks and issues with the OSS approach. Additionally, we will explore working with open source software communities and how institutions and individuals are partnering to produce OSS.

Beth Picknally Camden is the Director of Information Processing at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. Previously, she held positions at University of Virginia and University of Notre Dame. Beth holds a MSLS from the Catholic University of America. She is involved in organizations including ALA, ALCTS and PCC. Beth is active in the Kuali OLE (Open Library Environment) project, where she currently chairs the Functional Council. 


12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Working On Open Source Projects In Academic Environments

Maureen P. Walsh, Associate Professor and Institutional Repository Services Librarian, The Ohio State University

This session will focus on supporting research services in an academic environment with open source software. Key considerations in project planning will be addressed including the right questions to ask regarding resources, skill sets and expertise, and technical support and maintenance.

Maureen Walsh is the Interim Co-Head of Digital Content Services and the Institutional Repository Services Librarian at The Ohio State University Libraries. She is actively involved in the DuraSpace open source community as a member of the DSpace Steering and Leadership Groups and the Co-Chair of the DSpace Community Advisory Team. 

12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. The Real Costs of Free Software

Demian Katz, Library Technology Development Specialist, Villanova University

Open source software offers many benefits, but the freedom from licensing fees does not mean it is free from other costs. This talk examines some of the challenges associated with open source implementation and the resources that will be needed to participate effectively in open source communities and achieve successful outcomes.

Demian Katz is a Library Technology Development Specialist at Villanova University’s Falvey Library, primarily responsible for maintaining the open source VuFind discovery project. He holds a B. S. in Computer Science from West Chester University and an M. L. I. S. from the University of Pittsburgh.

1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Lunch

1:45p.m. - 2:45p.m. Supporting Services and Care: A Roundtable Discussion

Lori, Bowen Ayre, Library Technology Consultant, The Galecia Group;


Galen Charlton, Vice President, Data Services, Equinox;


Nicole Engard, Vice President, Community Outreach, Bywater Solutions

Institutions have the option of contracting with third-party vendors for on-going support and care following deployment of OSS. When is doing so advisable? In what ways can partnering with such services ultimately add value for patrons within the library? How can you assure the best outcomes when working with these vendors? 

2:45p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Yes, It Can Be Done!:  VIVO, an Open Source Research Networking System: A Case Study at the Scripps Research Institute

Brian Lowe, Ontocale SRL

VIVO, an open source research networking system: a case study at The Scripps Research InstituteVIVO is a Research Networking System (RNS) based on open -source software originally developed at Cornell. The Scripps Research Institute's Kresge Library staff created the Scripps VIVO Scientific Profiles RNS with NIH grant support in 2009-2011. VIVO is now an incubated project based at Duraspace. With support from contract programmers, including Ontocale SRL, Library staff have continued to enhance this Linked Open Data resource and to participate in the VIVO open source community.

Brian Lowe has been a developer of VIVO and related Semantic Web projects since 2006, when he worked as a software developer at Cornell University’s Albert R. Mann Library. Brian now lives in Bucharest, Romania, and, through the firm Ontocale SRL, provides customized programming and related consulting and support services for VIVO implementers. 

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Yes, It Can Be Done! Open Source Based Web Sites at the National Agricutural Library

Ursula Pieper, National Agricultural Library, U.S. Department of Agriculture 

Web-sites at the National Agricultural Library (NAL/ARS/USDA) are built using a variety of open source technologies. This presentation will provide an overview of the technologies used, and the rational for technology choice, followed by a detailed discussion of sites that use Drupal for subject-specific web-applications: The DKAN open data platform for the scientific data catalog Ag Data Commons (http://data.nal.usda.gov), the Tripal suite of modules for genomic datasets for the i5K@NAL workspace (http://i5k.nal.usda.gov), and Islandora, which provides a Drupal frontend to a Fedora Commons repository (internal use only).

Ursula Pieper, IT Specialist at the National Agricultural Library (ARS/USDA) in Beltville, MD, leads a small team of Drupal developers in the applications branch of the library, and is the technical lead of the Ag Data Commons, a catalog and repository for scientific data. Her previous positions have been researcher and scientific programmer in a computational biology lab at the University of California, San Francisco, and at Rockefeller University, New York (Development of ModBase, a database of protein structure models); and post-doctoral researcher at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute (crystallography). Ursula Pieper hold a Ph. D. in Chemistry from the University of Göttingen, Germany.

4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Yes It Can Be Done! Libraries and the Long Now: Practices of the Project Hydra Digital Library Community 

Bess Sadler, Stanford University Library Manager for Application Development, Stanford University

How do we build digital libraries that will last? How do we ensure that today’s digital artifacts will be available for researchers a century from now? This talk will discuss Project Hydra, an ecosystem of interoperable open source digital repository tools. We'll cover the software engineering and community building practices of the Hydra digital library project, and how we plan to sustain digital libraries in the long term. 

Bess Sadler is the Manger for Application Development for the Digital Library Systems and Services department of Stanford University Library. She has been building open source software for libraries for over a decade, and is a co-founder of Project Blacklight and Project Hydra, two large and successful open source projects now in use around the world. 

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion 
Moderated by: Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO


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Registration closes on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern.

Registration Costs

  • NISO Member
    • $185.00 (US and Canada)
    • $225.00 (International)
  • Non-Member
    • $245.00 (US and Canada)
    • $285.00 (International)
  • Student
    • $80.00

Additional Information

  • Cancellations made by Wednesday, February 10, 2016 will receive a refund, less a $35 cancellation. After that date, there are no refunds.
  • Registrants will receive detailed instructions about accessing the virtual conference via e-mail the Friday prior to the event. (Anyone registering between Monday and the close of registration will receive the message shortly after the registration is received, within normal business hours.) Due to the widespread use of spam blockers, filters, out of office messages, etc., it is your responsibility to contact the NISO office if you do not receive login instructions before the start of the webinar.
  • If you have not received your Login Instruction e-mail by 10 a.m. (ET) on the Tuesday before the virtual conference, please contact the NISO office at nisohq@niso.org for immediate assistance.
  • Registration is per site (access for one computer) and includes access to the online recorded archive of the conference. You may have as many people as you like from the registrant's organization view the conference from that one connection. If you need additional connections, you will need to enter a separate registration for each connection needed.
  • If you are registering someone else from your organization, either use that person's e-mail address when registering or contact nisohq@niso.org to provide alternate contact information.
  • Conference presentation slides and Q&A will be posted to this event webpage following the live conference.
  • Registrants will receive an e-mail message containing access information to the archived conference recording within 48 hours after the event. This recording access is only to be used by the registrant's organization.