Repositories in Science & Technology: Preserving Access to the Record of Science

A One-Day Workshop Co-sponsored by CENDI and NFAIS
Hosted by FLICC at the Library of Congress

The Mumford Room, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue, SE,  Washington, DC 20540
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 
*  9:00 am - 4:30 pm  *


Click here to view the agenda and presentations, along with any supplemental information regarding this conference.


The over-arching nature of this one-day workshop will appeal to a broad array of communities, including librarians, scientists/researchers, technologists, information professionals, both managerial and content providers, publishers, and futurists – anyone who is concerned with ensuring access to the record of science, both today and in the future! Registration is now open for all who need to pay before the new fiscal year begins.


Clifford Lynch, Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information, will open the day with a thoughtful and high-level perspective of the current repository landscape - the various types that have emerged and the different, yet synergistic missions served by libraries, archives and repositories. He will explore the role of government, academia and industry in the development of repositories and how interoperability across sectors will be important in the development of the future knowledge infrastructure for science and technology. Following his perspective will be a series of case studies given by established repositories from around the globe, including PubMed Central, the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, Dryad, NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS), and DSpace@MIT. These studies will discuss and provide real-life examples on:

The Library of Congress will also present the results of the requirement-gathering phase in preparation for the implementation of their new digital content repository.

A tools session will take a look at two initiatives that directly support the mission of repositories through the development of unique identifiers - DataCite and ORCID. These identifiers will play a major role in ensuring ease of access to the record of science.

The day will close with a proposal by Chris Greer, Associate Director, Information Technology Laboratory, NIST for the development of interoperability standards and then a summary by Judith Russell, Dean of University Libraries at the University of Florida. Ms. Russell will then facilitate a discussion on such key challenges as interoperability, information sharing, and collaboration across repositories. What action is required now to build a secure foundation for the preservation and ease of access to the growing mass of scientific output?

All speakers were chosen for their significant expertise and experience in the subject matter being addressed. We believe that at the end of the day, all attendees will leave with a much broader perspective on the essential role that repositories play in preserving the record of science and the diverse challenges and issues that they face in fulfilling their missions. Watch for future communiqués on this timely and informative event, but for NOW - make sure your calendars are marked for November30th!!!!



Jill O'Neill
Director, Communication and Planning

1518 Walnut Street, Suite 1004
Philadelphia, PA  19102-3403
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Kathryn Simon

Administrative Coordinator
CENDI Secretariat
c/o Information International Associates, Inc.

104 Union Valley Road
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
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(865) 481-0390  Fax

CENDI, the Federal STI Managers Group, was formally created in 1985 when a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by four charter U.S. government agencies (Commerce, Energy, NASA, and Defense). From this small core of STI managers, CENDI has grown to its current membership of 12 major science agencies involved in the dissemination and long-term management of scientific and technical information.

Founded in 1958, the National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS™)  is a global, non-profit membership organization serving all those who create, aggregate, organize, and otherwise provide ease of access to and effective navigation and use of authoritative, credible information. To improve member capabilities and contribute to their ongoing success, NFAIS provides opportunities for education, advocacy, and a forum in which to address common interests.

The mission of the Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) is to foster excellence in federal library and information services through interagency cooperation and to provide guidance and direction for the Federal Library and Information network (FEDLINK).