ELAG 2019 Programme

ELAG 2019 takes place on four days (day 0 to day 3). Day 0 (May 7) is reserved for pre-conference Bootcamps. The main conference with talks and workshop is scheduled May 8 to May 10.

See Christinas conference protocol

 09:00 - 10:00 |   Foyer

Registration & Coffee

 13:00 - 14:00 | Potsdamer Platz

Coffee break, Lunch -on your own expense

 17:15 - 18:45 |  TBD |  Parallel Sessions


Speed Dating

The match-making concept of "speed dating" is a structured networking activity to provide a fun way of making people meet. Within one hour, you will meet 10 people and get a chance to learn about them, their professional background, interests, and expertise – and they can meet you! We invite everyone to join in, whether this is your first time at ELAG or whether you have been attending before: come and meet the community.

The session will be moderated by Dr. Christina Riesenweber, Freie Universität Berlin, and Beate Rusch, Kooperativer Bibliotheksverbund Berlin Brandenburg

Open Planning Meeting

The ELAG open planning meeting is open to each interested participant.
We discuss the future of Elag, welcome new Program Committee participants and talk about Elag 2020.
You are very welcome to come and join and help us keep Elag alive.

 19:00 - 21:00 |   Foyer

Opening Reception

 09:00 - 10:00 |  Foyer

Registration & Coffee

 10:00 - 10:15 |  Otto-Braun-Saal

Opening Ceremony

Hans-Jörg Lieder, Beate Rusch, Peter van Boheemen

 10:15 - 11:00 |  Otto-Braun-Saal | Moderation: Peter van Boheemen

Change! Change! Change! On IT-Trends, Innovation and Sustainability

Keynote by: Prof. Thorsten Koch

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Koch: Zuse Institut Berlin http://www.zib.de/koch/
 11:00 - 11:30 |  Otto-Braun-Saal | Moderation: Peter van Boheemen

What automation is from a Nigerian perspective: a challenge of sustainability

Automation has been a scary word that has haunted and is still haunting libraries in sub-Saharan Africa. With diverse disappointing experiences ranging from software complexity due to a lack of product/user fit, to libraries who are stuck with legacy systems they can’t move forward with, some with crashed systems without data backups, some who joined the technology envy bus without a right system plan and those who are scared because automation is a very costly word. Consequently, the Library Users have lost faith with Libraries because technology has not delivered a better experience to them as a result of the mentioned failings. We discuss our experience building Readable , a SaaS Library Management System over a 5 year period, with the help of Nigerian Librarians and Users, how we have helped Nigerian libraries rewrite their automation history and how to make sure they don’t make the same mistakes again.

Speech by: Babarinde Ayodeji Odewumi

Babarinde Ayodeji Odewumi is Software Architect at Abba & King Systems LLC and a builder of software. He has been involved in building Library Management Systems for over 10 years, is creator of Readable Library Management System and Institutional Repository. He has helped libraries migrate data from legacy systems to newer systems. He has also worked on integration of RFID technology with the Readable LMS.
 11:30 - 12:00 |  Foyer

Coffee break

 12:00 - 13:30 |  Otto-Braun-Saal | Moderation: Knut Bøckman

Designing new Library Systems

Libris as Linked Data - Production Experiences

The National Library of Sweden has developed a new library cataloguing system. In June 2018 this system went into production, thus transitioning Libris, the Swedish Union Catalogue, from a closed MARC21-system into an open source system based on linked data and BIBFRAME 2.0. By doing so, we are now prepared to leverage RDF vocabularies and entity linking for improved data integration and reuse.

During development, our ambitions have gone from promising visions to compromising and transitional pragmatism, weighing the risk of being stuck in old behaviours and structures with the disruptive change that a "linked entity"-based approach requires.

The dependency on MARC21 is so pervasive that everything from systems integration to cataloguing productivity has been contingent on its abundance of varying and overlapping details. Normalizing all this data and adjusting dependent behaviour by using the features of linked data is an ongoing challenge, which we've only begun to address.

This presentation will share our experience so far, including:

  • Preparing for a disruptive change where everybody in the union catalogue will be affected.
  • Balancing possibilities with current operational needs.
  • Adapting as we go, stabilizing transitional structures and establishing workflow patterns.
  • Exploring the extraction of shared works from the work and instance descriptions created from MARC bibliographic descriptions.

(For further information, see the press release at: https://www.mynewsdesk.com/se/kungliga_biblioteket/pressreleases/kb-becomes-the-first-national-library-to-fully-transition-to-linked-data-2573975)

Speech by: Anna Berggren, Fredrik Klingwall, Niklas Lindström

Anna Berggren - Libris coordinator.

Fredrik Klingwall is a developer focusing on formats, semantics and workflows.

Niklas Lindström is a developer focusing on linked data structures, semantics, protocols and interoperability.
slides: https://tinyurl.com/elagxl19

Yet another ILS? Why and how.

RERO, the Library Network of Western Switzerland, has a long-standing tradition of cooperation between libraries at a regional level. Since 2014, some key events induced a major RERO reorientation and brought it to propose an innovative project to reshape its business and organisation. The in-house development of an ILS was decided, motivated by the need of a modern software architecture and a flexible solution independent from commercial providers.

The works began 2018 and the first versions have been published on a freely accessible demo website. The software is based on the Invenio framework and is available in open source on GitHub. A specific team was built at the network central and organised according to scrum principles. After one year of development, an initial assessment can be made. Thus far, key achievements consist of an innovative check-in/check-out interface and the MEF service (standing for Multilingual Entity File), managing authorities in different languages coming from three reference libraries. Main challenges are the multilingualism for authority data, the metadata model definition at the intersection of several standards, the consortiality and how to assess and satisfy diverse user’s needs, the choice of programming tools among ever-changing technologies and, of course, the deadlines.

This presentation describes the context and motivation of such a project and how the development process within a small team in Switzerland works. It shows the main aspects of Invenio under a functional point of view, focusing on the faced challenges and giving detailed input about the solutions found to solve them.

Speech by: Igor Milhit & Nicolas Prongué

Igor Milhit and Nicolas Prongué work as library specialists at the RERO central (Library Network of Western Switzerland) and both hold a degree in information science from the University of Applied Sciences Geneva. Igor acts as Scrum Master for the RERO ILS project and his main interests consist of exploring open IT solutions to solve or simplify information problems. Nicolas is Product Owner in the same project and is specialised in metadata standards and semantic web for libraries.
slides: https://slides.com/ignami/rero-elag-19#/

Improving FOLIO Architecture

FOLIO is a collaboration of libraries, developers and vendors building an open source library services platform. It supports traditional resource management functionality and can be extended into other institutional areas. FOLIO's development started in 2016 and has quarterly major releases since 2018.

FOLIO continuously evaluates and improves its software architecture and quality assurance processes to ensure that the open source library services platform offers a solution that scales, is secure and can adopt future needs. Key features are multi-tenancy, micro-service principles, and software-as-a-service capabilities. The presentation explains how the FOLIO community organizes the software development process and gives insight into fundamental architectural aspects.

Speech by: Julian Ladisch, Martina Tumulla

FOLIO-Team hbz/GBV

Julian Ladisch: Julian Ladisch works as senior developer at the headquarters of GBV in Göttingen and is active in the FOLIO project since its beginning in 2016. He is a member of the FOLIO platform core team and the ERM team.

Martina Tumulla: Martina Tumulla works as a systems librarian at the North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Centre (hbz) in Cologne. She supports FOLIO’s development as co-convener of ERM subgroup and is member of Resource Management SIG, Consortia SIG and Product Council.

 13:30 - 14:30 |  Foyer


 14:30 - 15:30 |  Otto-Braun-Saal | Moderation: Lukas Koster

Working with Vocabularies and Authority Files

Lessons learned while building the vocabulary mapping tool Cocoda

Five years ago we started a project (https://coli-conc.gbv.de) to facilitate creation and management of concordances between knowledge organization systems such as controlled vocabularies, classification schemes, and thesauri. Since then we have collected thousands of mappings, made them available with their diverse vocabularies, and developed the web application Cocoda to easily create and evaluate mappings (https://github.com/gbv/cocoda). The talk will focus less on the outcome of this project: the data is freely made available via Web APIs, the data formats are documented, and the software is open source both by license and by development process. Instead we will describe the paths that have been taken (we had to throw away two working prototypes), explain technical decisions that have been made (we developed a new data format to express more than SKOS in JSON), and show existing challenges (it can be hard to motivate librarians to try out new tools).

Speech by: Jakob Voß

Jakob Voß (Verbundzentrale des GBV)
slides: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2677600

How to make your cataloguers popular among researchers community? Give them – at least – a new software!

Having started as a traditional cataloguing cooperative for French universities, Abes has gradually expanded to support the needs of its users –the librarians and their institutions. Nowadays, given the scientific and political importance of research visibility, librarians have a new role to play. Experts regarding questions of author identification and accurate attribution for their publications become proactive, offering services such as institutional repositories, researchers' pages and bibliometric applications. Inevitably, this shift means new working processes, most of them still to be invented.

Accepting the fact that manual unitary cataloguing is no longer enough, we need to invent new environments, both multiscale (unitary record, set of records, databases) and mixed (humans plus algorithms) for which cooperation and quality are still the pillars.

For cataloguers of this new era we offer a new software dedicated to data curation, a full web application, which can be declined in order to accept various use cases over different types of entities : people, organizations, works. Furthermore, this modular software is not bound to any data sources or targets and can be connected to intelligent APIs that facilitate human work. We hope our experience will resonate with other institutions with similar needs.

I want to present the first version of this tool dedicated to link quality between person entity types in our authority database IdRef and the Sudoc Union Catalog. How do we connect this application to existing workflows ? How do we improve its usability ? How do we follow and encourage the community growing around it ? Eventually, we want cataloguers to make this tool their new favorite game, be the best players and get crowds’ cheers !

Speech by: Aline Le Provost

Aline has been working as system librarian and metadata expert at Abes since 2013. She contributes to the management and sharing of authority data.
 15:30 - 16:00 |  Foyer

Coffee break

 18:00 - 19:00 |  Foyer

Visit Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Guided Tours)

 9:00 - 9:45 |  Otto-Braun-Saal | Moderation: Till Kinstler

If you share your authority file - what happens to your authority?
Insights into the opening process of the Gemeinsame Normdatei to realms beyond libraries.

Keynote by: Barbara Fischer

Barbara Fischer is a committed art manager bringing people together to enhance the impact of arts, culture, and heritage. She started her digital trail working in Wikimedia projects. Cocreating formats like the popular hackathon Coding da Vinci partnering GLAMs and Coders. Today she is a 100% wikified: she endorses volunteer communities and free licenses fostering visibility of digital GLAM content. She works to increase the quality of metadata through Authority Control to foster retrieval and linked data. This is why she works as Liaison Counsel at the German National Library’s Agency for Standardisation to encourage cooperation and openness in the digital transformation.

 10:00 - 10:30 |  Otto-Braun-Saal | Moderation: Till Kinstler

Lightning Talks

6 Lightning Talks, 5 minutes each

Felix Ostrowski: SKOHUB

Stefan Weil: Tesseract OCR News

Jokob Voß: Avram Schema Language

Christina Harlow: Terraform & Atlantis

 10:30 - 11:00 |  Foyer

Coffee break

 11:00 - 12:30 |  Otto-Braun-Saal | Moderation: Jordi Pallarès

Presenting Cultural Heritage

Linked Digital Collection "Rainis and Aspazija"

This talk presents the linked digital collection "Rainis and Aspazija" developed at the National Library of Latvia (NLL). The collection contains a wide variety of digital objects related to two famous Latvian poets and politicians Rainis and Aspazija. It is a result of a pilot project for exploring the use of Linked Data in cultural heritage collections.

The collection is different from "flat" digital object catalogues in that (1) its objects are interlinked and (2) information about objects and links between them is available as Linked Open Data.

The digital collection contains various types of content such as photos, archive documents and digitised first editions of poets' literary works. An important part of the collection is the correspondence between the two poets. It has been scanned, transcribed and enriched with experts' comments.

The interlinked nature of the collection comes from text annotation (performed manually by domain experts): textual content of a subset of objects is annotated with mentions of important entities (such as people, organisations and literary works). Information about these entities is added to the collection along with links between the digital objects and entities. These links provide users with richer options for exploring the collection.

In this talk I will share our experience in developing the collection and will cover the different parts of it: text annotation, the collection system itself and its Linked Data component. I will also cover the limitations of our initial text annotation approach and describe the new, custom semantic annotation system being integrated into the next revision of the digital collection.


Speech by: Uldis Bojārs

Dr. Uldis Bojārs is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Computing, University of Latvia and a Semantic Web Expert at the National Library of Latvia. His areas of interest include Linked Data, Open Data and Social Semantic Web. Uldis has a PhD in Computer Science from the National University of Ireland, Galway and is a co-founder of the SIOC Project aimed at applying Semantic Web technologies to Social Web sites.

slides: https://hbz.github.io/elag2019-bootcamp/ and repo: https://bit.ly/elag2019-lv-collection

Bauhaus Open Archive

The Bauhaus-Archive / Museum für Gestaltung carries out research on and presents the history and influence of the Bauhaus, the twentieth century’s most important college of architecture, design and art. Over the course of the decades the Bauhaus-Archive has built up the world’s largest collection of materials on the subject. To be able to present the collection more comprehensively, the Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin will receive a new building on the occasion of the centenary of the Bauhaus's founding.

Due to this, the museum itself will be closed in it’s 100th anniversary year, 2019. Although various events and exhibitions are planned in cooperation with colleagues in Weimar and Dessau, among others, public access to the collections and holdings is restricted. In this context, the expansion of the online presence of the collections and holdings of the Bauhaus-Archive is a great opportunity.

The particular strength of the institution lies in its double function as archive and museum - of course, it also has a library. This leads to a heterogeneous software landscape; MuseumPlus is used for Collection objects, Kalliope for the document archive and AllegroC for the library. In recent years, the ERDF-funded Open Archive Walter Gropius project has provided a basis for driving forward the museum's future digital strategy over the next few years. Within the scope of this project, a very specific online view of the collections was implemented, limited to documents from the archive.

The long term challenge of the Bauhaus-Archive’s digital strategy is to integrate data from the various sources into a coherent online presence. Currently, work is being carried out on the digitalisation of museum exhibits, the introduction of controlled vocabularies and the provisioning of LIDO metadata, amongst others. In order to overcome shortcomings of eMuseumPlus, a prototypical alternative based on Elasticsearch is being explored.

This presentation will give an overview of the current state of affairs, of lessons learned and obstacles encountered, as well as an outlook of what is to come

Speech by: Dr. Esther Cleven, Felix Ostrowski

Esther is art historian and curator, and recently embarked on a new and valuable project: the Bauhaus-Archive in Berlin. She has been working in Germany and the Netherlands and held, among others, a professorship of typographic history at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. Esther is a specialist for museums in transition and, with regards to digital tools, curious to transgress traditional limitations of museums, archives and libraries.

Felix does web research & development. He helps cultural heritage institutions with anything digital. Before founding graphthinking GmbH, he worked as a research assistant at the Berlin School of Library and Information Science and as a software developer and repository manager at the North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Centre. Intended audience: People interested in pragmatic solutions for 0-IT cultural heritage institutions

Data processing of legacy ILS data to facilitate a new discovery layer for the German Literature Archive

Kallías, the OPAC of the German Literature Archive in Marbach, is used by scholars worldwide as an information system and for access to literary sources. It provides five entry points to the collections:
Manuscripts, library objects, images and objects, holdings and names; thus representing the high-quality cataloging in different divisions of the institution. Since 2017 a new discovery layer has been developed to integrate all sources into a cross-media, tailor-made online catalog. Although using a classic Solr based (non linked data) approach the new catalog makes productive use of authority data and relationships between works and special collections.

The new catalog is still in closed beta and is going to be released at the end of 2019. The presentation will focus on the custom data processing pipeline which is based on the Open Source tools Pandas (a Python library) and OpenRefine. 4 Million records are extracted from the local ILS, transformed into a tabular format, manipulated with custom rulesets, enriched with external data sources and loaded into a Solr index every day. The pipeline is orchestrated with simple Bash shell scripts that makes it easy to extend the workflow with other command line tools. By making legacy ILS data available in OpenRefine, library staff is enabled to use their data in other contexts (e.g. for digitization projects) and to publish their data in different formats (e.g. EAD-XML for the Kalliope union catalog).

Speech by: Thomas Meyer, Felix Lohmeier

Thomas has been working in the IT department at the German Literature Archive since 1993. He is responsible for the development environment of the project and for interfaces to the local ILS.

Felix participates in the project as a data engineer. Before founding Open Culture Consulting, he worked at the Sax on State and University Library, Dresden.

slides: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2678112

 12:30 - 13:30 |  Foyer


 13:30 - 15:00 |  Otto-Braun-Saal | Moderation: Aline le Provost

Improving Delivery

Technical filtering of relevant articles and enrichment of data - a new service of KOBV

Specialized information services – but also many libraries for their own data collections – face the problem that they lack the data sources to link magazines to related articles. As a result, scientists and students depend on databases or mega indices (such as Primo Central) to find relevant (technical) articles. Especially with the integration of mega indices in a (library) portal, it is more than complicated to offer an appropriate subject based filtering of articles.

To solve this problem, the Cooperative Network of Berlin and Brandenburg Libraries (KOBV) offer a new service: the holdings of specialized information services or other library portals can now be enriched with own data. To realize the data enrichment, a unique identifier is necessary. In the simplest case, there is a DOI through which information can be merged. Another possibility is the direct research in previously selected tray sets (via set search queries on external data sources). Here, KOBV prototypically accesses freely available article data stocks (e.g., Crossref). Using ISSN matching, suitable articles from the article data sets can be assigned to corresponding journals. Licenses and technical information from the Electronic Journals Library (EZB) can be added, allowing both - a subject based view on the institutions holdings and/or an excerpt of all licensed titles by the library itself. In addition, there is the possibility of using the EZB Linking Service by enriching the EZB ID. That means that users are offered links to journal content, taking locally available access rights into account. A cost-neutral offer is planned, which combines magazines and related articles. With this service related articles are quickly findable and the user is provided with license and subject based information at the same time. The reusability of the data is ensured by the use of MARC- XML format, and if necessary by a web-based export function.

The presentation will illustrate the different implementation approaches and illustrate the special benefits of this service for specialist information services.

Speech by: Nicole Heidingsfelder, Oliver Kant

Nicole Heidingsfelder is librarian and research assistant at KOBV, one of the six German library consortia. Her subject focus at work is user experience, Open Access/Science and project management for the discovery software ALBERT.

Oliver Kant is software developer and project manager in the development of the software ALBERT – an in-house development of KOBV.

Library Logistics Optimization System

The daily operation in a typical library requires the trafficking of a great number of items. The storage, pickup and delivery of items from shelving locations to service locations, is a labor-intensive activity for almost any library that is done manually by library staff. The runways aren't always perfect, there are many empty runs.

We present a system that has been implemented using exclusively open source tools and software, to optimize the process of items trafficking in the library and increase the efficiency, speed and quality of service.

Given a list of books that have been selected from patrons using the Koha OPAC, that have to be delivered at different service locations, the system calculates and indicates to the library staff the optimal routes to collect them, according to hard (time, staff, capacity etc) and soft constraints.

We model the process as a classic pickup and delivery logistics problem. A Capacitated Vehicle Routing Problem (CVRP) approach is used to solve the optimum trafficking of items in the library. The Vehicle Routing Problem (VRP) is a combinatorial optimization and integer programming problem which asks "What is the optimal set of routes for a fleet of vehicles to traverse in order to deliver to a given set of customers?"". The objective of the VRP is to minimize the total route cost.

The system is web based and can be fully and seamlessly integrated to the Koha Integrated Library System (ILS). It can be used from desktop computers (workstations) and mobile devices. It has a modular “open architecture”, i.e. it is independent of a particular supplier and is extensible.

A short demo of the system as applied to the new National Library of Greece (NLG) building will be made during the presentation.

Speech by: Petros-Alexis Kofakis, Katerina Marinagi, Michalis Gerolimos, Eftichia Vraimaki

Petros-Alexis Kofakis is a principal investigator and developer in ICT projects for the private and public sector and a part-time adjunct lecturer at the Department of Logistics Management, Technological Educational Institution of Central Greece, Greece. He holds a BSc degree in Physics from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, a D.E.A. (Master’s degree) in Electronics and Doctorat in Computer Science from the University of Paris-Sud, France. His research interests include Industrial Automation, Robotics, Systems Engineering, Inventory Control and Logistics Management Systems.

Katerina Marinagi is a Professor of Informatics at the Department of Logistics Management, Technological Educational Institution of Central Greece, Greece. She has graduated from the Mathematics Department of the University of Patras and got her Ph.D. from the Department of Informatics of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her research interests include Software Engineering, Databases and Logistics Management Systems.

Michalis Gerolimos is the e-resources and systems librarian at the National Library of Greece and a part-time adjunct lecturer at Department of Archival, Library & Information Studies, University of West Attica, Greece. Michalis holds a BA in Archives, Library and Museum Science and a PhD in Library and Information Science from the Ionian University at Corfu. Michalis' research focuses on LIS professional development and skills, social media and libraries, library technology and library management.

Eftichia Vraimaki is an administrative coordinator at the National Library of Greece and a part-time adjunct lecturer at Department of Archival, Library & Information Studies, University of West Attica, Greece. Eftichia holds a BA in Librarianship an MSc in Financial Information Systems from the University of Greenwich, London, UK and a PhD in Knowledge Management and Organisational Behavior from the Department of Production and Management Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, Xanthi, Greece. Her research interests include organisational behavior, information technology acceptance, and knowledge and library management.
slides: https://elag2019.de/talks/ELAG2019_kofakis.pdf

Overcoming document delivery issues in WorldCat discovery

Early 2018 our library implemented WMS and WorldCat discovery, following a national move of all Dutch universities from a national shared cataloging system to WorldCat. In February 2019 all Dutch universities changed their ILL system from a national system to WorldShare ILL and Tipasa. Because of the move we replaced a local document delivery system with Tipasa.

To make proper use of Tipasa we developed several missing features, but the better handling of ILL workflow compensates for this investment.

Introducing end user ILL features in WorldCat discovery was a more painful experience. We provide fulfillment services like full text services, place a hold or reservation of books, photocopying from a book or journal and in the case of titles we do not own we provide ILL for lending or copying. However we do not provide all these services to all our users. In WorldCat discovery there was no way to deal with these workflows and the user experience for fulfillment is rather poor.
Furthermore we know that our users are not just using WorldCat discovery to find their information, but are using many other databases and bibliographies.

We had already implemented Umlaut as a link resolver and we now are using it for general fulfillment options in all Open URL enabled bibliographies, including WorldCat discovery. We built plugins to make use of the various API's in WMS and our local API's to impose a better workflow and consistent user experience for every bibliography for which we configure our link resolver for.

This presentation will give an overview of what we had to do to enable this.

Speech by: Peter van Boheemen

Peter is working as a IT consultant/Software developer within the "Multi Disciplinary Team Library' of Wageningen University and Research. A team of library staff and IT staff located at the library to support installed and develop new library services.

 15:00 - 15:30 |  Foyer

Coffee break

 15:30 - 17:30 |  TBD |  Parallel Sessions

Workshops (see day 1)

 19:00 - 22:00 |  Silent Green

Social Event

Please bring your name tag to the social event!
 9:00 - 9:30 |  Otto-Braun-Saal | Moderation: Johann Rolschewski

Lightning Talks

6 Lightning Talks, 5 minutes each

Günter Hipler: 20th Century Press Archives goes Wikidata

Svantje Lilienthal: ROSI

Joachim Neubert: 20th Century Press Archives goes Wikidata

Stefan Weil: Robot driven library maintenance and also the video

Johann Rolschewski: MARC::Schema & Catmandu::Validator

Jana Henschke: Publishing Metadata Provenance

 9:30 - 10:30 |  Otto-Braun-Saal | Moderation: Johann Rolschewski

Workshop Report

 10:30 - 11:00 |  Foyer

Coffee break

 11:00 - 12:30 |  Otto-Braun-Saal | Moderation: Patrick Hochstenbach

Cherishing Data

Using COUNTER 5 to track usage of IIIF resources

This talk will dive into the details of Release 5 of the COUNTER code of practice for reporting usage of library resources. As more and more publishers are adopting the new format, many research librarians will be or have been confronted with COUNTER 5. The position is taken that libraries shouldn't only consume reports from the databases that they subscribe to. COUNTER 5 is also a great tool to report usage of libraries' own online offerings, e.g. online image banks. By demonstrating usage of COUNTER 5 for IIIF publishing at UGent, the presentation does also appeal to library technologists.

Libraries typically use COUNTER to collect usage data for their collection through publishers' online platforms. Release 5 of the COUNTER Code of Practice contains a number of important changes: there are fewer types of reports, but there are more metric types and related attributes, which introduces more flexibility. Also, the formating requirements for reports are more consistent.

Ghent University Library has been experimenting with COUNTER-like reports for the library's own services, like on demand scanning of articles from periodicals, generating useful insights in usage of print journal issues. With the specification of COUNTER 5, even more activities can be mapped to these familiar reports.

As a case study, reporting on usage of images through the IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework) API's will be discussed in detail. How to map the definitions of COUNTER (item, title, etc.) to the reality of the API? How to account for users versus robots etc.

Speech by: Dries Moreels

Dries Moreels is engaged with Ghent University Library since 2013, coordinating the library’s innovation and development efforts. Before, he oversaw work packages in the academic research projects Archipel and BOM-Vlaanderen funded by IWT, where collaboration and exchange models for digital archives where studied closely, building demonstrators. He collaborated on very diverse books and journals on the crossroads of information science, cultural studies and arts policy and management. https://be.linkedin.com/pub/dries-moreels/2a/181/224

GOKb - Cooperative Management of e-Collections for Automated Services

The Global Open Knowledgebase (GOKb) is a community-managed open data platform that holds information about electronic resources. GOKb’s metadata includes core components such as titles, packages, platforms, and organizations. It also supports recording changes to these resources over time and provides transparency regarding data provenance and currency. All resource information in GOKb is licensed under CC0 and can be freely accessed via open APIs. Thus GOKb’s data can be easily used for different automated library services such as link resolvers and electronic resource management systems.

This presentation explores possible usage scenarios and highlights the process of ingesting, enriching and exposing resource data via different APIs.

Speech by: Moritz Horn, Daniel A. Rupp

Daniel A. Rupp holds a Master degree in Medieval history, Information Science and Prehistoric Archaeology from Saarland University, Saarbrücken. Since 2013 he has been working as project manager of the LAS:eR project in the "Digital Content" department of the North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Centre (hbz) in Cologne. In 2017 he was appointed as member of the Steering Committee of the Global Open Knowledge Base (GOKb).

Moritz Horn holds a BA in Information Management from the University of Applied Sciences and Art in Hanover. He is working for the Head Office of the Common Library Network (VZG) in the department “Discovery Systems” in Göttingen. He is a member of the GOKb Steering Committee since 2017, and leads its Technical Group.

 12:30 - 13:30 |  Foyer


 13:30 - 14:30 |  Otto-Braun-Saal | Moderation: Christina Harlow

Thinking about Data Systems Future

Microservices based on the Kafka Event Hub

In this presentation we will present in more detail our developing ecosystem of (micro-)services on Apache Kafka. This comprises services for
  • data ingestion
  • general data transformation with Kafka Streams
  • linking and enrichment of RDF data with data sources like DBPedia, Viaf and GND by using Kafka Streams and Elasticsearch.

In addition, we should like to shed light on how we distribute and operate these services leveraging the powerful CI/CD features of Gitlab and the flexibility of Docker containers.

Eventually we aim to expand the services to not only handling bibliographic metadata, but research data in general. Accordingly we want to conclude our presentation by hinting at a few possible use cases and potential extensions for our Kafka cluster.

Speech by: Sebastian Schüpbach, Jonas Waeber

Sebastian joined the swissbib team in 2015 as part of the linked swissbib project. Since 2018, he has been part of the swissbib team and is mainly responsible for the Linked Open Data part of swissbib as well as the infrastructure.

Jonas joined the swissbib team in 2017 as an intern. He now continues his work there, in parallel with his studies in Documentary Information at the University of Chur. Its focus is on usage statistics, data modeling and Linked Open Data.

Building Library Information Systems in Times of Vanishing Developer Resources

Although many libraries have acknowledged the fact that digitization will not disappear, development staff remains a rare resource. In order to cope with this challenge, the Berlin State Library has evaluated different repositories with respect to aspects such as their integratability into the Java-based microservice core architecture of the library, their data model flexibility and - most important - their support of parameterizable front-ends to decrease development effort.

Consequently, the Berlin State Library has implemented Fedora 4 in various productive usage scenarios as a repository solution for common library use cases that has proven a perfect fit for existing microservices of the library such as the identity management domain or a SRU gateway.

The presentation will give an overview of the current usage areas of Fedora 4, its positioning in the existent microservice-based infrastructure and the current project business of the Berlin State Library, and outline limitations and caveats of Fedora 4 from a technical and management perspective. The presentation concludes with an outlook on future usage scenarios such as linked data applications.

Speech by: David Zellhöfer, Oliver Schöner, Gerrit Gragert

The presenters are working in the department of information and data management at the Berlin State Library in roles ranging from administration, development to management. Berlin State Library is one of the first German libraries that has introduced Fedora 4 as their main productive repository solution.

slides: http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2685501
 14:30 - 15:00 |  Otto-Braun-Saal | Moderation: Peter van Bohemen

Closing Ceremony

Bye Bye Berlin; Hello Riga 2020, Evaluation

 15:00 - 16:00 |  Foyer

Guided Tour of Berlin