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Session Overview
24x7 session 3
Wednesday, 09/June/2021:
4:00pm - 4:55pm

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Navigating OA eBook usage data stakeholder interests to facilitate cross-platform data exchange

Christina Drummond

Educopia Institute, United States of America

Originating in 2015, the OA eBook Usage (OAeBU) Data Trust effort has brought over 100 individuals across five continents together to surface and address the issues that complicate the analysis and use of book usage metrics for decision making and open access advocacy worldwide. In its current pilot phase supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the project has documented the complex OAeBU data supply chain, piloted open-source infrastructure for a data trust, and facilitated stakeholder led design thinking workshops to create detailed OAeBU personas and use cases. As it prepares for its operational launch, the project is developing governance and sustainability models to support the community infrastructure while meeting diverse public/private stakeholder needs and managing nuanced international data sharing regulations involving privacy, security and ethical third-party data use.

After a brief project introduction, Christina Drummond, the OAeBU Data Trust Program Officer, will note tensions that may complicate the ability for neutral, core community infrastructure to facilitate cross-platform public/private data exchange while providing data visualizations to target audiences. She will also note how the effort is navigating standards and process related opportunities that surfaced during the pilot. In closing, repository managers will learn how to join the effort.

DataCite Service Providers program: Bringing the power of DOIs to a system near you

Liz Krznarich

DataCite, United States of America

In order for repositories to leverage the power of DOIs, it’s essential that DOI registration is well-integrated into popular repository software platforms. After a series of community focus groups, DataCite launched its registered Service Providers program in July 2020 ( with the goals of ensuring best practice adoption, enabling 2-way communication between DataCite and system developers, and providing repositories with resources about DataCite integrations. This presentation will provide an overview of the DataCite Service Providers program, including information about how to become a registered service provider and how to find resources related to DataCite integrations in repository systems.

Reopening the Repository: Redeveloping ScholarSphere to support Open Access

Daniel Coughlin, Seth Erickson, Adam Wead

Penn State University, United States of America

Penn State released its institutional repository in 2012. After many years in production, we decided the only way to meet our new challenges was to completely rewrite the software. With the new version of ScholarSphere, we aimed to implement new features, use more sustainable frameworks, improve application architecture, modernize our infrastructure, and create opportunities to support open access. We spent just over one year in development and this presentation will focus on what we did, why we made the decisions we made, what went well and not-so well, and where we are heading in 2021 and beyond.

Sustaining Open Infrastructure Communities: Evaluating Fiscal and Administrative Service Options

Heather Greer Klein1, Rosalyn Metz2

1Samvera, United States of America; 2Emory University, United States of America

Over the past two years, the Samvera Community has implemented structures meant to ensure sustainability of the Community, these include: an elected governing body; a contribution model; and the hiring of a Community Manager. The Community’s existing fiscal sponsorship agreement was set to expire in mid-2021, and could not be renewed without a change to both the terms of the agreement and the rate charged for services. The Samvera Community recognized an opportunity to critically evaluate the Community’s fiscal and organizational needs and to explore the options available in both the library open infrastructure community as well as the wider open source software landscape.

This presentation will review the critical role of fiscal sustainability in open infrastructure communities; common models for this relationship; and the process Samvera used to evaluate fiscal and administrative needs against the options available in the open market.

We will also present how the newly selected fiscal sponsor for Samvera represents an innovative model that is becoming more common in the wider free and open source software ecosystem. This model could help other open infrastructure projects seeking to ensure the best fit for financial, legal, and community leadership sustainability.

An Engaged Campus Repository in Practice: The University of Minnesota’s Institutional Repository and the Pandemic Response

Erik A. Moore, Valerie M. Collins, Lisa R. Johnston

University of Minnesota, United States of America

Institutional repositories (IRs) provide more than open access to scholarly materials; they also provide timely and persistent access to community-focused resources serving as a “common good” for a publicly-engaged university promoting scholarship and research on their campus. This presentation will explore the fundamentals of what it means to provide repository services for public engagement and highlight strategies to incorporate the repository as a key component in community-engaged work. It will then provide an example based on the public engagement work at the University of Minnesota demonstrating how the institutional repository became a central tool for publicly-engaged offices to reach their communities in the COVID-19 pandemic response.

Taking (small) steps towards accessible repository content

Mariya Maistrovskaya

University of Toronto Libraries, Canada

In this brief overview we will share the steps and strategies the University of Toronto Libraries is taking towards improving content accessibility in its IR. The University of Toronto is the largest institution in Canada with a well established IR of 90,000+items, primarily in PDF format. Our strategies include an addition of the accessibility provision to the submission policy, accessibility check and remediation for mediated deposit submissions, and training for content creators. We hope that the resources, policies and procedures we have developed will help other repository managers along this path.

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