Featured creators and stories: a facemeeting on open source for libraries

Today’s innovative search tools allow libraries to re-qualify and extend their holdings by offering patrons  a single search interface to all library resources including scholarly material, catalog holdings, electronic databases and much more.

On Tuesday October 1, 2013, in collaboration with the Pontificia Università della Santa Croce, AUR will host a one day conference to examine new trends in the evolving domain of discovery and search tools. We will bring together a panel of experts in the field, including Demian Katz and Eoghan Ó Carragáin, main developers of VuFind; Paul Poulain, developer of Koha; and Andrea Bollini, DSpace committer. Moderator will be Paola Gargiulo.

The event will include three parallel workshops in the afternoon, including a live video conference link with Demian Katz of Villanova University.

Read the full program.

For further information, application and registration for workshop, please contact f [dot] wallner [at] aur [dot] edu (Franziska Wallner).

Bios & Abstracts


Brief Bio
Project Manager, IT Architect & System Integrator @ CINECA
Responsible for software design and development of IT solutions for e-publishing and digital repositories services for research since 2004. He has achieved an extensive experience in setting up publications repositories and systems for research dissemination. Since 2007 he has been a committer of DSpace, the most widely adopted open-source software for digital repositories, and responsible for the open-source version of SURplus platform. He is also involved in the design and implementation of management systems for research evaluation and reporting. Education: Master Degree in Applied Mathematics at the University of Rome La Sapienza, Postgraduate Master, II level, in Information & Communication Technology Management at the University of Milan Bicocca, Oracle Certified Professional: Java SE 6 Programmer, Java EE 5 Web Component Developer and Business Component Developer.

An introduction to DSpace: Features, Developments & Community model
DSpace is the leading open source platform adopted in more than 1,000 institutions to build digital repositories and specifically Institutional Repository for publications.
It helps institutions to share their research outputs and comply with Open Access deposition mandates, that are more and more required by Governments and Funding Agencies.
This introduction will highlight the platform key functionalities in terms of self-archiving, content curation, powerful retrieval tools (search & browse), and will show how to accomplish the most commons use case (Information Retrieval, Subject Repository, Data Repository, etc.)
The main aspects of the DSpace Community (Governance, Services, Advocacy) & the Technology used will be analyzed in order to allow the audience to full evaluate the sustainability of digital library projects based on DSpace.
Finally, a fast introduction to the DSpace-CRIS open source addon will show further use cases and benefits to work with an active open source community


Brief Bio
Eoghan Ó Carragáin is Systems Librarian at the National Library of Ireland. Reporting to the Head of Information Systems, Eoghan oversees the running and development of the NLI's core digital library applications and is a coordinator for the NLI's ICT Strategy.
The NLI was among the first European adopters of VuFind and has been an active member of the international VuFind community since 2009, contributing to project planning efforts and community support. Eoghan was responsible for the initial VuFind implementations at the NLI and was elected to VuFind's (now superseded) Administrator Group in 2009. From the outset, the NLI has contributed code enhancements to the public VuFind codebase including leading the development effort in relation to display of hierarchical archival collections, and the integration of VuFind with third-party services such as Google Books, the Hathi Trust, the Open Library, Flickr and the Europeana API.

An introduction to VuFind: Community & Code
Since its release by Villanova University in 2007, VuFind has emerged as a best-of-breed example of the “next generation” library discovery interfaces. It has a rapidly growing community of developers and adopters having been adapted for use by several large consortia as well as academic, public, national, and special libraries in twenty-six countries on five continents.
This presentation will provide an introduction to VuFind, including an overview of its principal features and core technologies, and a discussion of development practices and support structures within the VuFind community. The speaker will discuss the experience of the National Library of Ireland in adopting and contributing to the VuFind project, highlight some interesting implementations and use cases from the VuFind community, and relate VuFind to other open source and proprietary library products.


Brief Bio
As a developer, Paul contributes to Open Source software projects since 1998.
He first got involved with Koha in 2001, and has been working full time with OSS in libraries since 2002. He is one of the core developers of Koha since that time, and founded BibLibre in 2007.
He served as Release Manager for version 2.0, 2.2 (2003-2005), 3.8 and 3.10 (nov 2011-nov 2012).

Koha: An open source ILS for small and large libraries, public and academic
Koha is an Open Source ILS developed by the international community and is currently used by more than 5,000 libraries  of varying sizes worldwide.
Some of them are tiny libraries: less than 500 items; while other are very large: 10 French universities, from 200,000 to 1,500,000 items, very large public libraries (New Delhi -India-, Nîmes -France-, Nelsonville Public Library -USA-, and many more). Some are single/isolated libraries, some are very large networks (50+ branches).
The presentation will focus on explaining the features provided by Koha as well as its versatility and scalability.