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  Zuzana Bukovčiková, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava/New Age Factory

Zuzana Bukovčiková is a PhD student at The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at The Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, where she is part of the research group specializing in Machine learning. Her thesis is focused on the content-based image search with the emphasis on biometrics. In her professional life she is currently working on a software used for face recognition and subsequent metadata creation, indexing and searching over large scale video databases.

Presentation: Automatic indexing and searching over digitalized visual data using face recognition technology
In recent years computer vision has significantly moved forward, especially in terms of human and object recognition. We can find many uses of such software in digital humanities, most importantly because it gives us valuable options to shift the burden of countless manual labeling and picture handling from library and archive personnel to computers.

Face recognition and face labeling are an especially interesting task to automate because of two important notions. First, human face is usually one of the first thing that draws the viewer’s attention in a picture – in many cases, the “who” is just as important to us as the “what”. Secondly, the idea to teach an inanimate object to “see” and be able to recognize what it is seeing has been fascinating to humanity ever since the times of ancient Greeks, who left us many tales of sentient machines.

We will discuss the very basics of face recognition in images (historical ones in particular) along with a couple of demonstrations. We will also talk about the usefulness of automated face recognition for the digital library of 21st century – in particular about the help it can provide with labeling and searching through a vast amount of digitalized visual data.


  Matthew Buys, ORCID

Matthew Buys is currently the ORCID Regional Director, Africa and Middle East. Matthew builds strategic relationships with key institutions and governments across Africa and the Middle East to promote the application of ORCID in the research and innovation process. Previously, Matthew was the Account Manager at Thomson Reuters covering the Eastern and Southern Africa region; and prior to that he was the Regional Sales Manager at EBSCO Information Services. He completed a BA (Psychology) and Post-Graduate Diploma in Management at the University of the Witwatersrand. Matthew has completed various Information Systems courses covering developer skills including, Java, Flash, XML, html, Perl, and SQL.


  Rachel Frick, OCLC Research Library Partnership

Rachel Frick is the Executive Director of the OCLC Research Library Partnership – a transnational collaboration of library professionals who work together to develop network-level solutions. For more than 20 years, Rachel has worked with libraries on a wide array of systemic and strategic initiatives.

Her expertise includes improving digital library workflows, leading organizational change, building community, and creatively solving current challenges of the library field with a special interest in how libraries position themselves for the future. She honed her expertise in these and other areas throughout her career, including at notable leadership positions at the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), the Digital Library Federation (DLF), the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). She is a strong believer in the power of librarians to influence change and build stronger, knowledgeable, empowered communities, and is a passionate advocate for open culture and its potential transformative impact on the creative marketplace. Rachel earned her MSLS from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Presentation: Interoperability Frameworks
Libraries serve and diverse community of stakeholders, each with its own working environments, disciplinary norms and practices. As libraries strive to continue to add value and be a critical partner in the research workflow, we must consider how library technologies and frameworks intersect with others in the research ecology.

As one technology stack will NOT rule them all, we need to examine the critical transition points of the research workflow, and how we can establish trust, authenticate use, and preserve content to ensure reliable reuse.


  Elwin Gardeur, Figshare
United Kingdom

Presentation: State of Open Data
In 2017, Figshare released the results of its global survey of over 2000 researchers in a report that assesses the global landscape around open data and sharing practices. The report highlights the extent of awareness around open data, the incentives around its use, and perspectives researchers have about making their own research data open.

For this year’s survey, partnering with both Springer Nature and Wiley, there was a marked growth in respondents from just over 2000 to almost 2300. Key findings include:

  • Respondents have become more aware of open data sets (82% up from 73%) than in 2016
  • Age does not appear to be a major factor in this trend
  • 74% of researchers are curating their data for sharing
  • Willingness of researchers to reuse open data sets in their own research has grown, a 10% increase to 80%, with the increase replicated across age groups
  • Researchers who routinely share their data has also grown since 2016, although by a smaller amount, from 57% to 60%
  • The proportion of researchers who have never made a data set openly available has reduced in the last year
  • Looking deeper we can see further promise for the future of open data, as 70% of these researchers are now willing to reuse open data sets in their own research (up from 65%)

This presentation will give an overview of the findings from the survey and highlights from the report.


  Neil Jefferies, Oxford University Libraries
United Kingdom

Neil Jefferies is the Head of R&D at the Bodleian Libraries. He was involved with the initial setup of the Eprints and Fedora Repositories at Oxford and is now working on a long-term preservation architecture to underpin all the digital holdings of the Library. Additionally, Neil is Technical Director of the Cultures of Knowledge project and subsidiary country chair of the associated EU COST action. At Oxford, he has been involved with a number of data repository related initiatives: DISC UK Datashare, the JISC-funded BRII (Building a Research Information Infrstructure) and BID (Bridging the Interoperability Divide) projects, and was a co-PI for the DataFlow project.

Previously, Neil has worked in a broad range of technology-related fields ranging from chip design and parallel algorithm development for Nortel, writing anti-virus software for Dr Solomon’s, and developing corporate data analytics and workflow systems for companies such as Accenture, Mars Inc and Thames Water. Neil has served on the organising committees of international conferences such Open Repositories, The Preservation and Archiving SIG and Digitalna Kniznica, and runs a regular workshop on Data and Metadata Standards at the Oxford Digital Humanities Summer School. He has an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge and an MBA from Warwick Business School.

Presentation: Fedora Fourward: Current Developments and Future Plans


  William Kilbride, Digital Preservation Coalition

William Kilbride is Executive Director of the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC), a not-for-profit membership organization providing community engagement, advocacy, workforce development, capacity, good practice and standards in digital preservation. William started his career in archaeology in the 1990s when the discipline’s enthusiasm for new technology outstripped its capacity to manage the resulting data. He joined the DPC from Glasgow Museums where he was research manager for history and before that was Assistant Director of the Archaeology Data Service at the University of York. He was previously a lecturer in archaeology at the University of Glasgow where he retains an honorary position.

Presentation: Digital preservation: Certification/Validation/Sustainability


  Kamila Kokot, Gdańsk University of Technology

Kamila Kokot is a digital media librarian at Gdańsk University of Technology Library. She works in Digital Archive and Multimedia Creation Department and her main areas of interests include early printed books, digital libraries, Open Access and Open Science. Previously, Kamila worked as a librarian in the Historical Institute of the University of Wrocław. Kamila received her MA in History from University of Wrocław and then she completed post-graduade studies in Librarianship at the University of Wrocław.

Presentation: Crossing the bridge to knowledge – experiences, difficulties and challenges of developing Institutional Repository at Gdańsk University of Technology


  Piotr Krajewski, Gdańsk University of Technology

Piotr Krajewski is a librarian at the Library of Gdańsk University of Technology (GUT) and a PhD student at the Medical University of Gdańsk. His research interests focus on the standardization of the e-resources usage data and Open Access publishing, especially the role of institutional repositories in the development of the OA initiative and the phenomenon of “predatory publishers”. He works at Scientific and Technical Information Section and his duties include administration and promotion of e-resources provided by the Library. He is also involved in the project of GUT’s repository called “MOST Wiedzy”, where he is responsible for training researchers about copyright policies of academic publishers and benefits of self-archiving .

Presentation: Crossing the bridge to knowledge – experiences, difficulties and challenges of developing Institutional Repository at Gdańsk University of Technology


  Anthony Leroy, Université libre de Bruxelles Libraries

Anthony Leroy is a software developer at the Université libre de Bruxelles Libraries (Belgium) since 2011.

Anthony is in charge of the digitization technical infrastructure for the Libraries and also manages their digital preservation program. He coordinates the activities of the SAFE distributed preservation network operated by 8 international partners. He also currently leads a cross-departmental working group on research data management.

Anthony is an engineer in electronics and telecommunications, holds a PhD in microelectronics (ULB) and has been a researcher in electronics for nearly ten years in collaboration with industrial partners.

Presentation: Preservation of the Scientific Knowledge in the Digital Age
In our digital era, the production of information grows at an unbridled rate: 90% of the existing digital content in the world was produced over the last two years. Access to the information has also become easier and faster than ever. On the other hand, digital information also became much more brittle and vulnerable. A study from the University of British Columbia estimates that more than 80% of the research data at the origin of publications in zoology dating from the nineties is definitely lost.

Could our era be referred to as the “Digital Dark Age” in the future? Could our current lack of rigor regarding the preservation of digital data lead to a comparable situation, relatively speaking, with the treatment of written resources during the Middle Ages?

The preservation of academic and scientific heritage is the responsibility of university libraries. Digital objects of scientific interest that need to be shared and preserved are typically stored in our institutional repositories (theses, scientific publications and research data). Multiple dangers put those objects at risk over the long-term. It is usually thought that the main risks concern hardware breakdowns, obsolescence or natural disasters. However, in practice, it is observed that data losses find mostly their origin in human errors, external or internal computer attacks, financial or organizational problems.

To mitigate these risks, the commonsense solution consists in making multiple copies and to disseminate these copies throughout the world, in places considered safe from natural hazards.

In this talk, we will discuss the general issues related to digital preservation. We will then focus on the particularity of the academic context and briefly present how a robust distributed preservation network and community can be built around the LOCKSS technology.

Workshop: Building your own LOCKSS-based distributed preservation network
This workshop provides a deeper look on how LOCKSS technology can be used to build a robust distributed digital preservation network. After a general introduction on the requirements for an ideal digital preservation solution based on risk assessment, the key LOCKSS concepts will be exposed. For an efficient preservation solution, organizational and financial aspects are at least as important as technology.
Therefore, different types of collaboration models will also be discussed. Finally, future LOCKSS development will be presented.


  Szilvia Maróthy, University of Eötvös Loránd

Szilvia Maróthy, PhD candidate and external lecturer at University of Eötvös Loránd, Doctoral School of Literary Studies. Her research interests cover early modern literature, digital philology and history of digital humanities. She has been participating in several DH projects, such as Digital Repertoire of European Poetry, Répertoire de la poésie hongroise ancienne, Hungarian Family Database of 16–19th Century. At the moment, she is working on the catalogue of Hungarian digital scholarly editions in cooperation with the Centre for Digital Humanities (ELTE). As the managing editor of the Digitális Bölcsészet [Digital Humanities] journal, she is engaged in popularizing and connecting DH research projects, and encouraging the multilingual discourse of DH.

Presentation: Digital Scholarly Editions and Libraries
It is still a question, how digital scholarly editions, such as web based critical editions of the past 25 years can survive and will be available for the future. Though the most influential community in this field, the Text Encoding Initiative is dealing with the preservation of these editions as a collection from the beginnings, we hardly ever meet these in library environment. At the moment, libraries usually do not collect and process this kind of documents. The creators usually want to publish and service the edition by themselves, and libraries – if they do – register them as remote-access documents. But unless these are already integrated to some institutional infrastructure, nobody cares about the preservation of the editions.

As a contributor of the Digital Humanities Centre of ELTE, I collect and process Hungarian digital scholarly editions. The digital philology community uses two “catalogues” of digital scholarly editions. One is Patrick Sahle’s annotated bibliography, which has today 420 items [http://www.digitale-edition.de/], the other is Greta Franzini’s ongoing project on GitHub [https://github.com/gfranzini/digEds_cat/]. Both of them are rather bibliographies than catalogues – my aim is to prove for both philologist and librarian communities that we should work together due to make these special electronic documents visible online and help them survive.

The main topics of the talk: are the creators concerned with sharing the data and metadata they own? Are libraries concerned with collecting and processing such electronic documents? If we do, what should we preserve (source files, interfaces, applications)? By introducing the Hungarian catalogue I made, I also point out typical questions of processing and preserving electronic documents.


  Sarah Mason, Oxford University Libraries
United Kingdom

Sarah Mason is Bodleian Libraries’ Outreach and Training Fellow for the Digital Preservation at Oxford and Cambridge project. She is responsible for developing and delivering the Library’s digital preservation training programme. Sarah runs the major outreach activities from the project, from the DPOC website and Twitter to presenting at various events throughout the University of Oxford. Previously, she has worked on digitisation programmes and promoted digitised collections through outreach at the State Library Victoria. She was also part of the first Australia and New Zealand cohort of the Library of Congress’ Digital Preservation and Outreach Education trainers.

Presentation: Skills for Digital Preservation


  Sharon McMeekin, Digital Preservation Coalition

Sharon McMeekin is Head of Training and Skills with the Digital Preservation Coalition and leads their workforce development activities. This includes the successful workshop series’ ‘Getting Started with….’ and ‘Making Progress with Digital Preservation’, their annual student conference, and scholarship programme. She is also Managing Editor of the new edition of the ‘Digital Preservation Handbook’ and has previously participated in the APARSEN and E-ARK projects.

With Masters degrees in Information Technology and Information Management and Preservation, both from the University of Glasgow, Sharon is an archivist by training with a specialism in digital preservation. Before joining the DPC she spent five years as Digital Archivist with RCAHMS. She is also an Institute of Leadership and Management qualified trainer. As an invited speaker, Sharon presents on digital preservation at a wide variety of events, which have included CoSector’s Digital Preservation Training Programme, PASIG 2017, and as a guest lecturer for Information Studies at the University of Glasgow.

Presentation: Getting Started: An Introduction to Digital Preservation


  David Minor, UC San Diego Library

David Minor works at the University of California, San Diego, where he is the Director of the Research Data Curation Program in the UC San Diego Library. In this role he helps define and lead work needed for the contemporary and long-term management digital resources. His position includes significant interaction with stakeholders on the UC San Diego campus, throughout the UC System, and national initiatives. His program also includes management of Chronopolis, a national-scale digital preservation network that originated with funds from the Library of Congress’ NDIIPP Program. Chronopolis is also a founding partner in the Digital Preservation Network (DPN), helping set a new national digital preservation agenda.

Presentation: The Surprising History of Data Curation
Many people think Data Curation is a new activity. And indeed, many of the specific tools and services in use today were only created in the last decade. But the process of ingesting electronic data, creating metadata and making it available for reuse has been going on for at least 70 years. This presentation will give a short history lesson on data curation, highlighting how contemporary work is an evolution of generations of planning and action. The end result will be a richer understanding of the work many of us do.

Presentation: Next Generation Repositories, A Coalition of Open Access Repositories (COAR) working group
In April 2016, COAR launched the Next Generation Repositories Working Group to identify the core functionalities for the next generation of repositories, as well as the architectures and technologies required to implement them. The vision is to position repositories as the foundation for a distributed, globally networked infrastructure for scholarly communication, on top of which layers of value added services will be deployed, thereby transforming the system, making it more research-centric, open to and supportive of innovation, while also collectively managed by the scholarly community. In November 2017, the working group published recommendations for the next generation of repositories. The report describes 11 new behaviours and a number of new technologies for repositories to support greater discoverability of content, as well as other functionalities. COAR is now working with other stakeholders to have these technologies adopted into repository platforms.


  Pekka Olsbo, University of Jyväskylä

Mr. Pekka Olsbo MA, Head of Publishing, Manager of the Publishing Unit. Mr. Olsbo is currently working in the Open Science Centre of the University of Jyväskylä. There he has been the manager of the Publishing Unit since 1999 and he is leading the development of publishing activities of the University. He is also leading the open science development of the University and is currently working in several national working groups within the Finnish Open Science and Research Initiative. In 2014-2016, he was the chairman of the Finnish Open Access to publications working group and the project manager of the project Finland – A model country for green open access. He has been a speaker in several international conferences and has written many articles about open access and electronic publishing.

Presentation: Open Access in the humanities research in Finland and Sweden
Previous research has shown that when comparing the open access of research by fields, the disciplines in the humanities usually are not among the most open fields in science. However, a closer look at open access in the humanities in Finland and Sweden reveals that, in actuality, the humanities are one of the most open scientific fields in these countries.

In my presentation, I will focus on the anatomy of open access in the humanities in Finland and Sweden. This analysis shows that the openness of the disciplines in the humanities in Finnish and Swedish universities are at approximately the same level. Additionally, the analysis shows that the University of Jyväskylä in Finland is clearly the forerunner of the open access in the humanities research among the Nordic countries. The share of open access publications in the humanities is more than 60% at the University of Jyväskylä. In the presentation, I will explain the reasons behind the OA success of the University of Jyväskylä and offer a vision of the future development of the digital humanities services of the University.


  Mateusz Tykierko, WCNS/Wroclaw University of Science and Technology

Mateusz Tykierko (Ph.D.) is the head of the Supercomputing Department in WCNS and member of research staff at Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Department of Electronics. His research interests concern cluster and grid resource management, distributed data storage, semantic description of computational systems, network services, it security, computational method and dynamical system modeling. He has been involved and in several national and international projects as member or director. Currently he works as packet leader in two projects about developing intelligent tools to monitoring the occurrence of disease in honey bee colonies and developing tools and recommendation for enhancing accessibility for scientific data. He is also vice president of Polish Data Center Association.


  Anna Wałek, Gdańsk University of Technology

Anna Wałek is an experienced library manager, Open Access and digital libraries expert. Her most important achievement was to create and organize a new university-wide unit at Wrocław University of Technology, responsible for the collection and sharing of scientific and technical information, intellectual property management, technology transfer and cooperation between science and economy – the Center for Scientific and Technical Information. She was also the first director of the Center for two years, the originator of the cutting-edge concept of the university repository of research results and Open Access policy creator.

Since January 2017 she is a director of Gdańsk University of Technology Library, where she is resposible for the reorganisation of the library, maintaining an institutional repository and implementing an Open Access policy. She is also Open Access expert in MOST Wiedzy Project and Representative of the Rector for Open Science. Anna is also an author of over 20 scientific publications especially about digital libraries and Open Access. A graduate of the Institute of Information and Library Science at the University of Wroclaw, where she obtained a PhD in the field of Library and Information Science in 2013. Since 2018 SPARC Europe Board Member and Member of IATUL (International Association of University Libraries) Board of Directors.


  Dr. Charlotte Wien, The University Library of Southern Denmark

Dr. Charlotte Wien holds a Ph.D. in Library and Information Science and is Head of Research and Analysis, Head of Research Services and Head of Library, Campus Copenhagen at The University Library of Southern Denmark. Dr. Wien is also a member of the National Danish steering committee for Open Access. She is currently working on a number of projects related the international rankings of universities, to bibliometrics, to research registration, to responsible conduct of resaerch and to open science. Before her current position Dr. Wien was a full professor of Communication and Media Science: Her research area was scholarly communication. Dr. Wien has published in high ranked international journals in several different disciplines including political science, media science, sociology and bibliometrics. She is a frequent speaker at international conferences and also a very active participant in media debates about open science.

Presentation: Openness in science seen from the researcher perspective


  Pip Willcox, Oxford University

Pip Willcox is the Head of the Centre for Digital Scholarship at the Bodleian Libraries, a Senior Researcher at the Oxford e-Research Centre, and Director of the Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School. With a background in editing and book history, her current work explores experimental humanities.

Presentation: Serendipity By Design: empowering digital scholarship in the library
In the area of digital scholarship, we engage generatively with digital technologies for critical scholarship. We collaborate to enable digital scholarship in our local contexts, and to build broader scholarly infrastructures. These multidisciplinary activities embrace research, teaching, training, and development of theories, tools, and methods.

This talk reflects on the findings of a workshop, ‘Enabling Digital Scholarship’ (December 2017, Wolfson College, Oxford), which described digital scholarship in this way. It situates these reflections in the library context, and discusses the opportunities and challenges of collaborating to amplify existing research, enable and catalyze new multidisciplinary work, and to bring new readers, people and machines, into the library.


  Elena Zudilova-Seinstra, Elsevier
The Netherlands

Elena Zudilova-Seinstra is Senior Product Manager for Research Data Management at Elsevier. In her current role she is responsible for delivering tools for sharing and reuse of research data. In the past, she was managing the Elsevier’s Research Elements Program focusing on innovative article formats for publishing data, software and other elements of the research cycle. Before joining Elsevier, she worked at the University of Amsterdam, SARA Computing and Networking Services and Corning Inc. Elena holds an MSc degree in Technical Engineering and a PhD degree in Computer Science from the St. Petersburg State Technical University. She co-authored more than 60 research articles and book chapters.

Presentation: Research Data Management: challenges and opportunities
Science has become more collaborative, more computational, and more data intensive compared with previous experimental, theoretical and computational paradigms. Therefore, data sharing and curation are currently among the hottest topics as they help making research more controllable and easier to replicate.

In this talk, I will zoom in the current data sharing practices in Eastern Europe and demonstrate how the adoption of research data sharing tools can be improved.

I will then discuss a suite of tools and services developed to assist researchers and institutions in their data management needs, covering the entire spectrum which starts with data preservation and ends with making data comprehensible and trusted, hence enabling researchers to get a proper recognition and institutions to improve their overall ranking by going “beyond the mandates”.

And, finally, I will share some examples of how universities have being already using this suite.