Held on Friday, November 6, 2015 in association with the 13th International Conference on Digital Preservation (iPRES) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, offered a space to talk about open-source software for digital preservation, and the particular challenges of developing systems and integrating them into local environments and workflows. Topics will include current efforts and grant-funded initiatives to integrate different open source archival software tools; the development of workflows involving multiple open source tools for digital preservation, forensics, discovery and access; and the identification of gaps which may need filled by these or other tools.

The past decade has seen the development of numerous open-source tools that can support the curation of digital collections. Many professionals are looking for further guidance on how and when to adopt particular tools, in order to support their institutions specific needs, constraints and workflows.

This workshop (1) helped to raise aware of the features and capabilities of these tools, (2) highlighted cases in which the tools are being used (in isolation or together) in specific settings, and (3) facilitated focused discussions on how to best adopt and integrate such tools.

The preferred hashtag for the workshop is #oss4pres.


See the collaboratively-edited notes associated with this workshop.

Contributed talks (submitted in advance in response to a public call for participation) will take the form of tool demonstrations and case studies (discussion of workflows at specific institutions, including gaps in tools and how those are being addressed or could be addressed)

Participants can also sign up on the day of the workshop to give short lightning talks that discuss other open-source tools or feature activities of other institutions/projects.

9:00-9:15 Introductions and Overview
9:15-9:30 Goals and Aspirations: OSSArcFlow
9:30-10:30 Contributed Talks
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-12:00 Contributed Talks
12:00-1:15 Lunch
1:15-2:00 Lightning Talks
2:00-3:00 Breakout Discussions:

  • What are the greatest opportunities for incorporating open-source tools (those you’ve heard about here or elsewhere) into your institution’s digital curation workflows?
  • What are the greatest challenges for incorporating the open-source tools into your institution’s digital curation workflows?
  • What gaps do you see in current offerings?
3:00-3:30 Reporting out from Breakout Discussions
3:30-4:00 Break
3:30-4:00 Discussion as Whole:

  • What can we do for each other?
  • What can we do collectively?
  • What should we do in the coming year?

Workshop Organizers:

  • Christine Di Bella, Community Outreach and Support Manager, ArchivesSpace
  • Max Eckard, Assistant Archivist for Digital Curation, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan
  • Christopher A. Lee, Associate Professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of Michigan
  • Sam Meister, Educopia Institute
  • Courtney Mumma, Consultant, US and International Community Development, Artefactual Systems
  • Michael Shallcross, Lead Archivist for Curation, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan
  • Bradley Westbrook, Program Manager, ArchivesSpace