London Trip and SCONUL

So I just got back from London to discuss more about Kuali OLE with several groups including the Bloomsbury Library Management System Consortium and SCONUL. Saw many old friends () and met many new ones(). Will add pix here soon from my new samsung 802.11 camera.

Kuali Library Project Receives New Round of Mellon Funding

The Kuali Open Library Environment received a $750,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop an open, community-based library software system. OLE was launched in 2009 in part from a $2.3 million grant from the Mellon Foundation and is designed to help libraries manage and deliver an ever-increasing amount of digital resources and collections.

For more on this grant:


Deadline Extended for JCDL 2013

The following submission deadlines for the 2013 Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) have been extended:

Full paper submissions are due 4 February 2013.

Short paper, panel, poster, demonstration submissions are due 8 February 2013.

Workshop and tutorial demonstration submissions are due 15 February 2013.

For more information, please refer to the complete CFP at

Doctoral consortium submissions will be due 15 April 2013, and details are available at

JCDL 2013 is a major international forum focusing on digital libraries and associated technical, practical and social issues. This year's conference will be held in Indianapolis, IN from July 22-26, 2013. We welcome submissions on the wide range of topics of interest in Digital Libraries worldwide.

This year's event will be hosted by Indiana University and the University of Illinois in downtown Indianapolis, IN.


HathiTrust Research Center Latest Report

For those of you following our work on the HathiTrust Research Center you may want to check our our latest report and update which is linked off of our homesite on the HathiTrust Web.

See -

Highlights concern the following:

  • All MOUs are now in place between our founding partner institutions (IU, UIUC, UM, and Google)
  • HTRC intitial cyberinfrastructure is up and running at IU
  • Release of HTRC beta version of our API 0.1
  • Developed a proof of concept search using Blacklight
  • Developed set of grand challenges for HTRC
  • Added new member to Executive Committee (J. Stephen Downie - UIUC)

Look for more coming soon.

IU DLP BrownBag Discussion on HathiTrust Research Center

Today's IU DLP Brownbag Discussion will feature as a topic the HathiTrust Research Center. Our speaker Stacy Kowalczyk from the IU Data to Insight Center will show the work that is being done now for the HTRC prototype being developed by the HTRC which is a joint project of Indiana University, the University of Illinois, and the HathiTrust.

To see the live broadcast at 12pm eastern on April 4 go to this link -

To see the archived webcast go to the IU DLP Brownbag Series Site -

D2I Seminar Series - Illinois Research Data Initiative

Today's D2I Seminar is by old friend Beth Sandore Namachchivaya (See Beth's picture below) from the University of Illinois Libraries. She is speaking about the planning going into their Illinois Research Data Initiative at 4pm eastern today (March 26, 2012). For all of you who are not in Bloomington (if you are in Bloomington head over to Innovation Center (IC) Room 105, 2719 E 10th St, Bloomington, IN and join us) you can tune in live online using our wonderful adobe connect setup at :




RDAP 2012 Meeting in New Orleans

Just went to the Research Data Access and Preservation Meeting 2012 in New Orleans, LA. Great meeting overall. I really enjoyed the size of the meeting and getting to speak with so many people working on data curation issues at institutional, national, and international levels. I really enjoyed hearing more in-depth discussion of the arXiv and @DataDryad communities and their respective plans for sustainability. I also appreciated hearing the many different pedagogical approaches from institutions like George Mason University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Wisconsin, and University of Illinois.

I could not believe that Peter Fox mentioned Charles S. Peirce in his talk, philosopher and mathematician. I was really into him back in the day and it reminded me that I need to read more besides just technical manuals.

See below for our small appetizer experience at the Praline Connection, thanks to @pemulis for photo and for Joe Hourcle for posing for this cool photo.

Tour of James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University

So yesterday, thanks to our wonderful hosts Susan Nutter and Kristin Antelman, the Kuali OLE Functional Council got a VIP tour of the still under construction James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University. This library will be impressive. It is located at the Centennial Campus Research Park and has some fantastic computing visualization options including some advanced visualization spaces designed by Christie Digital. Additionally, they have some new media areas that are part black box theater as well as part visualization cave. In addition to all of this, they can store up to 2 million volumes in their compact storage book robot setup. Lots of things to learn from this design and the eventual implementation which will happen next winter in 2013. This type of design is the first modern research library I have seen in the U.S.

Vote for 2013 DLF Fall Forum Location

Voting is now open for the location of the Digital Library Federation Forum for 2013.

The vote is between Indianapolis, IN and Austin, TX. Both are great cities and have lots to offer but I am hoping it will come to my hometown metropolis especially since Austin got to host one back in 2005.

Either way I hope if you are someone who attends or sends your personnel to DLF that you will vote see the link below: