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DPLAfest 2017—the fourth major gathering of the Digital Public Library of America’s broad community—will take place on April 20-21, 2017 in Chicago at Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center. For more information, visit the DPLA website.
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Lightning Round [clear filter]
Thursday, April 20


Lightning Round 1
This session will feature a series of five minute presentations about interesting projects and updates from members of the DPLA Community. Presentations include:

Exposing DPLA usage stats through Google Data Studio
The DPLA aggregation model promises to provide more exposure to digital collections from a variety of institutions. But it also presents a challenge: how do we track and understand the full picture of usage of digital content, from the local repository on up through statewide aggregators, DPLA, and potentially other websites through re-use?

California Digital Library (CDL) has found one potential solution to this problem in Google Data Studio: a free tool for pulling Google Analytics and other data into a dynamic, interactive dashboard. This lightning talk will quickly introduce the concept of Google Data Studio and show the visualizations we have been able to create using the DPLA stats account.

Getting Quickly to a New Kind of Search on JSTOR
JSTOR Labs, an experimental product development group at JSTOR, has been working on a new form of search, in which users can upload their own document and search using that. Scholars can upload near-finished manuscripts as a way to complete a literature review, and students can enter the few pages of a work-in-progress paper to find scholarship they'll need to finish it. In this Lightning Round, we will demonstrate this new tool and the technology that powers it, as well as step through the "design thinking" and rapid prototyping processes that led to its development.

The Biodiversity Heritage Library Field Notes Project: digitizing archival material through institutional collaboration
The importance of field notes is well known to researchers and historians as they offer insight to expeditions, the habitats observed, and even the scientists themselves. However, since scientists may change institutional affiliation throughout their careers, their field notes aren’t always retained by a single repository. This makes it difficult for current researchers to access primary material produced by a single scientist or expedition. The Biodiversity Heritage Library Field Notes Project is a two-year collaborative effort to digitize field notes and make them freely available through the Biodiversity Heritage Library. This lightning round introduces the project, briefly explores some of the challenges we've come across, and highlights milestones we've reached so far.

Listening to War: Uncovering Wisconsin’s Wartime Oral Histories
The Recollection Wisconsin DPLA Service Hub is nearing the end of a year-long project to find and inventory oral history recordings documenting life during wartime, held by libraries, archives, and historical societies throughout Wisconsin. This statewide planning project, supported by an NEH grant, will result in a comprehensive plan to digitize, preserve and provide access to hidden, at-risk audiovisual resources. This lightning talk will report on the project's methodology, findings so far and next steps. Service Hubs and other collaborative digital library programs can take away ideas for leveraging project-based grants to expand and enhance their work.

Professional Opinion vs User Directed Digitization, Round 1
Cultural heritage institutions in the DPLA vary in their methods of digitizing one of the most unique historical objects: scrapbooks. The University of North Texas Digital Projects Unit seeks to clarify the expectations of its users by asking them how they would like to see scrapbooks represented in a digital space in digital libraries. In this lightning talk, we will share results of a web survey of DPLA partner’s methods and representation practices of scrapbooks and plans for usability studies on students, members of the public, and librarians. The final results of this study will include recommendations on how to preserve these artifacts digitally with users in mind.

Putting Principles Into Practice: Articulating DPLA's Shared Values
The DPLA team recently collaborated on a values statement that clearly articulates our principles and how they play out in practice. Recognizing that these values reflect both the current status and what we hope to achieve more effectively, we see this as a framework for our goals, our behaviors, and our day-to-day work. We'll share our process for creating the values statement, how we expect it to shape our work going forward, and how it has served to further a shared culture during a time of change in the team.

RE:VIVE Bringing together the world of archives and electronic music
RE:VIVE, an initiative by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision is using the power of electronic and progressive dance music to engage new audiences and raise the awareness of archives, their rich collections the creative inspiration they contain. RE:VIVE works with artists and record labels to produce new releases that are composed solely out of thematically curated archival material and inspired by the historical context of said curations. This lightning talk will show how the electronic music community can be an extremely valuable and insightful partner for heritage institutions world wide and can catalyze re-use of open content and contribution to the growing cultural commons.

Repurposing the API for Public Interfaces
Service hubs like the Empire State Digital Network, the service hub for NY State, represent a second generation of DPLA service hubs - hubs that act as a metadata conduit between providers and DPLA, but offer no public-facing interface or reporting capabilities for adminstrative partners. This has proved to be a problem for some of these hubs. Many new hubs coming online now face similar problems. ESDN has been thinking about how to put DPLA API data to use as a solution. We'll go over some of the solutions we tried and what our thinking is now.

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Franky Abbott

Curation and Education Strategist, DPLA


Sherri Berger

Product Manager for Special Collections, California Digital Library
Sherri Berger is Product Manager for Special Collections at the California Digital Library. She leads and participates in collaborative projects that provide greater access to digital collections throughout California.
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Alex Humphreys

Director, JSTOR Labs, JSTOR
Alex Humphreys (twitter: @abhumphreys) is Director, JSTOR Labs at ITHAKA. The JSTOR Labs team works with partner publishers, libraries and scholars to create experimental tools for research and teaching. Alex has twenty years of experience creating digital tools, products and businesses... Read More →

Gregory Markus

EuropeanaTech Community Manager, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

Adriana Marroquin

Project Manager, Biodiversity Heritage Library Field Notes Project, Smithsonian Libraries

Marcia McIntosh

Digital Production Librarian, University of North Texas
University of North Texas
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John Mignault

ESDN Technology Specialist, METRO NY
Something about myself.
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Emily Pfotenhauer

Recollection Wisconsin Program Manager, WiLS
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Kelcy Shepherd

Associate Deputy Director for Discretionary Programs, IMLS
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Scott Williams

Developer, DPLA
Developer, DPLA

Thursday April 20, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Pritzker Auditorium 400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605
Friday, April 21


Lightning Round 2

This session will feature a handful of short 5-minute presentations about interesting projects and updates from members of the DPLA Community. Presentations include:

What You Told Us About Analytics
There is growing interest among GLAM institutions to improve the collection, analysis, and use of analytics data. Understanding current practices of peer institutions can help improve local practices and move our communities toward development and adoption of interoperable standards and shared tools. The DPLA recently surveyed Hubs about current practices and needs surrounding metadata quality analysis and usage analytics. We'll share preliminary results and next steps.

REPOX Redux: A Plan for Improvement
Many DPLA members use REPOX to aggregate content for harvesting. The program is finicky, out-of-date (the last update was October 2013), unsupported, and lacks important basic features. To resolve these problems, members of the Big Sky Country Digital Network (BSCDN) and the Empire State Digital Network (ESDN) propose making some much-needed improvements and updates to REPOX. The team will develop more robust logging and integrate the NCDHC DPLA OAI Aggregation Tools into REPOX, for example. In addition to presenting modifications and a features list, the team will be putting out a call to the DPLA community for other requests for other features and code contributions. The project will exist in a public space on GitHub and use the existing REPOX code base (also on GitHub) as a starting point. The team will begin the project in January 2017 and demonstrate their progress in this lightning talk.

IIIF Implementation
This talk will provide a brief introduction to IIIF and highlight the experiences of IIIF implementers. 

Seeing the Scene
Local community networks are the basis for what become "scenes". Music scenes, arts scenes and literary scenes among others are important parts of community identity, and foster a feeling of belonging and distinction. In previous decades, communication within a scene was based on locally produced print information sources such as newsletters, zines, pamphlets, handbills etc. These sources are now found in various archives, and are an important record of a scene's life. In today's age, communication is enabled via the Internet and social media. The open access Chicago Music Scene Web archive at Northwestern U is an experiment to discover if a scene can be represented in online archives with information gained via web harvesting. Attendees will see how important and easy it is to "see the scene" using web harvesting techniques. 


TagTeam - Social Tagging in an Open Infrastructure
TagTeam is an open-source tagging platform with the power to move a tagging project from a folksonomy to an ontology. It’s an open infrastructure that supports interoperability and resource aggregation, developed by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. This session will provide an overview of TagTeam and how it supports social tagging, controlled vocabularies, open infrastructures, and interoperability. To demonstrate how TagTeam works in practice, the session will briefly review the Open Access Tracking Project (OATP) as an ongoing use case. The presentation will also touch on TagTeam’s future goals.

Technology Selection for Texas - Beyond the Portal
The Texas State Libraries and Archives Commission has provided Texas Digital Library with a grant to partner with Houston Public Libraries and the University of North Texas' Portal to Texas History (the current hub for Texas) to develop a DPLA Service Hub. TDL surveyed a number of existing hubs across the country to learn about their experiences. Based upon peer feedback, the Texas Digital Library is currently implementing the Supplejack application from Digital New Zealand. This tool provides a GUI-based metadata aggregation and mapping service to visualize and simplify workflows for metadata managers. 

In this lightning talk, we will discuss our review of technologies and our selection of Supplejack as well as additional plans for development of a local discovery layer.

Improving Regional Metadata with the Western Name Authority File Project
In April 2016, the University of Utah received funding from IMLS for the Western Name Authority File project, a two-year planning grant designed to explore ways regional digital libraries can work together on issues of name authority control. This lightning talk will provide a brief overview of progress, which centered on collecting and evaluating baseline data from digital libraries in western states, collaboration with partner institutions, selecting a data model for the project, and testing tools and software to support shared creation and maintenance of a regional name authority file for personal names and corporate bodies. The talk will also explore how name authority control can improve discoverability for DPLA content providers in both local and regional aggregated digital library indexes.

The Indiana Memory DPLA Service Hub Approach: Metadata Aggregation on a Shoestring
Metadata mapping for a service hub is a complicated process. Learning about and negotiating the systems represented across a service hub to allow for aggregation can involve a wide variety of starting points and levels of expertise. In Indiana, a statewide service hub through the Indiana State Library has worked to create an approach to metadata aggregation for systems using CONTENTdm. For organizations not using CONTENTdm, Indiana University has also created a Metadata Mapping Tool that allows for spreadsheet-style data input that can be mapped to produce the XML feed that the IMDPLA needs to do its aggregating up to DPLA. Join us for a quick look at our approach to metadata aggregation as well as training for IMDPLA participants. We hope these comments will be helpful to existing or future DPLA Service Hubs.

Reaching Out to Potential DPLA Hub contributors: PA Digital's Communication Strategy and Plan 
As a hub, how do you develop a communication plan to reach out to potential new contributors in your community? And how do you keep current contributors engaged and up to date? Successful communication across different types of institutions and sectors requires some strategizing. PA Digital developed a plan to manage communication to the Pennsylvania community systematically, including social media, blog posts, email lists, webinars and in-person workshops. In this lightning talk we will give an overview of the development process of such a plan and some lessons learned from the implementation. The talk will include a URL to a template that we created based on our own spreadsheet. Attendees can use this resource as the basis for their own planning. 


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Franky Abbott

Curation and Education Strategist, DPLA

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Laura Alagna

Northwestern University
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Audrey Altman

Developer, DPLA
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Rachel Appel

Digital Projects and Services Librarian, Temple University
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Michael Della Bitta

Director of Technology, DPLA

Susan Borda

Montana State University
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L. Kelly Fitzpatrick

Project Coordinator, Harvard Open Access Project (HOAP), Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University
I'm Kelly - Project Coordinator for the Harvard Open Access Project (HOAP) at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Talk to me about open digital scholarship and open digital collections!
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Emily Gore

Director of Content, Digital Public Library of America

Janice Gustaferro

Metadata Librarian, Butler University
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Juliet L. Hardesty

Metadata Analyst, Indiana University Libraries
Indiana University
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Delphine Khanna

Head of Digital Library Initiatives, Temple University
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Greg MacAyeal

Curator of the Music Library, Northwestern University
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Anna Neatrour

Digital Initiatives Librarian, University of Utah
Marriott Library, University of Utah
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Kelcy Shepherd

Associate Deputy Director for Discretionary Programs, IMLS

Nicholas Woodward

Software Engineer, Texas Digital Library

Friday April 21, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Pritzker Auditorium 400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605