Digital Repositories: Interoperability and Common Services

The Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH), Heraklion, Crete

11-13 May, 2005


Introduction | Programme | Booking Form | Venue

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3

Wednesday 11 May

1230-1400 Workshop Welcome and Lunch
1400-1530 Welcome session
Keynote Address followed by discussion
Sandy Payette, Co-director, Fedora Project, Cornell University

Beyond Storage: Rethinking the role of repositories in scholarly communication [abstract]
Presentation: [Powerpoint]
1530-1600 Afternoon Tea

Session 2 - Repository workflow and design

Optimising Metadata Workflows in a Distributed Environment
R. John Robertson, Jane Barton
Presentation: [Powerpoint] [HTML]

Automated Metadata Enrichment in the Open Language Archives Community
Baden Hughes (paper withdrawn)

Information design for cultural documentation
Chryssoula Bekiari, Panos Constantopoulos, Martin Doerr
Presentation: [Powerpoint] [HTML]

1730/1800 Evening reception at FORTH

Thursday 12 May


Session 3 - Breakout groups Part I

1. Identifying priority research areas

Current research activities

  • Roundtable on current research activities
  • Research activity by country, repository type, underlying purpose (e.g., open-access, institutional asset management, re-use of learning objects)

How does repository research fit with the wider digital library research agenda? Or with the development of institutional management systems?

Identifying priority areas for research and development (brainstorming)

  • Identify gaps
  • What are the most important repository topics that require more research and development?

Collaborative research activities

  • What potential is there for collaboration in research? Does the 'national' funding of repository research and development limit the scope for sharing experiences or working together? What should be the role of the DELOS Network of Excellence?

2. Developing a repository reference model

What do we mean by ‘repositories’? Defining scope, exploring a typology of repositories.

Where do repositories fit in relation to other services? Is a repository typically a component of other services?

Identifying common services for a repository reference model

  • are there typical use cases
  • can we identify common functionality across repositories

Can these be characterised as ‘services’?

How far are common services being addressed?

What are the gaps in available service provision?

3. Cultural and organisational issues for federated repositories

Barriers to interoperability

Service provider problems (e.g.,

  • How do service providers find new repositories? How do they know whether a repository is up-to-date and is still being maintained? How can they avoid duplication when harvesting from other aggregator services?
  • How can service providers build good quality services with incomplete or indifferent metadata? Would the use of richer metadata schemas help? How does a service provider ensure some level of metadata consistency at the repository (data provider) level?

Quality assurance and certification

  • Preservation repositories may need some form of certification, e.g. based on the basic criteria proposed by the OAIS Reference Model, enhanced by the attributes of 'trusted repositories' identified in by an OCLC/RLG report published in 2002. Current RLG/NARA working group trying to produce certification criteria and process. Would a certification (or quality assurance) process be useful for other types of repository or aggregator service? If so what would be the most important criteria?
1100-1130 Coffee Break

Session 3 - Breakout groups Part II

1230-1330 Lunch

Session 4 - Institutional Repositories

DEPTAL: A Framework for Institutional Repositories
José Borbinha, Jorge Machado
Presentation: [Powerpoint] [HTML]

Experiences of building an Open Access Institutional Repository in a UK Scientific Research Organisation
Catherine Jones, Matthew Mascord
Presentation: [Powerpoint] [HTML]

SHERPA DP: Establishing a persistent preservation environment for institutional repositories
G.Knight, A. Wilson
Presentation: [Powerpoint] [HTML]

1500-1530 Afternoon Tea

Session 5 - Evaluation of preservation strategies and services

Reliability modelling for long-term digital preservation
Panos Constantopoulos, Martin Doerr, Meropi Petraki
Presentation: [Powerpoint] [HTML]

Evaluating preservation strategies for audio and video files
Carl Rauch, Franz Pavuza, Stephan Strodl, Andreas Rauber
Presentation: [Powerpoint] [HTML]

Signal Ingest in Uncompromising Linear Video Archiving: Pitfalls, Loopholes and Solutions
Franz Pavuza
Presentation: [Powerpoint] [HTML]

1930 Workshop dinner in Heraklion City

Friday 13 May


Invited speaker - Leona Carpenter, JISC Programme Director, Development Group, JISC

Repositories in Context: Digital Repositories as components of an integrated infrastructure for education
Presentation: [Powerpoint] [HTML]


Session 6a - Providing Services

Extending the Open Journals OAI repository with RDF aggregation and querying (African Journals Online)
Ed Crewe

METALIS, an OAI Service Provider
Zeno Tajoli (short paper)
Presentation: [Powerpoint] [HTML]

1100-1130 Coffee Break
1130-1215 Session 6B – Providing Services

Searching Heterogenoeous e-Learning Resources
Boon Low, John MacColl Presentation: [Powerpoint]

Digital Object Lifecycle in dLibra Digital Library Framework
Cezary Mazurek, Marcin Werla (short paper)
Presentation: [Powerpoint]


Closing address
Presentation: [Powerpoint] [HTML]

1230 Lunch and depart

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