Keynote Speakers & Registration for Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conf.

Register Now for the 2016 Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference and CONTENTdm Users Group Meeting

August 9-11, 2016, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa

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Registration (Registration deadline is July 29, 2016.)

Keynote Speakers

We're excited to bring these excellent keynote speakers to UMDCC!

Next Steps for IMLS's National Digital Platform

Trevor Owens, IMLS

Building on 20 years of investments in digital tools, services and related training and education, over the past three years IMLS has reframed and focused its investments in these areas as a funding priority called the national digital platform. In this context, the national digital platform is a way of thinking about and approaching the digital capability and capacity of libraries and archives nationwide, with a strong focus on networked, collaborative approaches. This holistic approach focuses attention on the combined impact of software applications, social and technical infrastructure, and staff expertise that enable access to library content and services for all users. This presentation will provide an update on a series of recently funded projects in this priority area and explore trends and emerging themes in this area.

OCLC Research/Linked Data

Jeff Mixter and Bruce Washburn, OCLC Research; Paul Hedges, Wisconsin Historical Society

OCLC and the Strategic Advisory Group for Digital Collections have created the Metadata Refinery Pilot Study to explore metadata enhancement and the conversion of record-based metadata from CONTENTdm and other digital repositories to entity-based linked data. The goal of the pilot study is to answer these questions:

  • What services are needed for metadata enhancement and conversion from a record-based description system to an entity-based description system?
  • What are issues encountered when record-based descriptions of unique digital content are converted to linked-data entities?

This panel will discuss the background of the pilot study, the structure of the Strategic Advisory Group, and the progress made with the Refinery tools to date. The panel will then present real-life use cases of data enhancement and conversion from the Wisconsin Historical Society using the Refinery. A plenary session will follow with moderated Q&A and time for attendees to speak further with the panelists about their questions and use cases individually or in small groups.

CONTENTdm Product Update

Shane Huddleston, CONTENTdm Product Manager

Hear about OCLC's future plans for digital services and demonstrate the progress on the upcoming release of CONTENTdm 7. This release will have a redesigned end-user web site that is mobile-friendly, meets accessibility standards, and introduces support for the national digital infrastructure.


  • $55 for Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference (August 9)
  • $35 for workshops (August 10)
  • $0 for CONTENTdm Users Group Meeting (August 10-11)

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The conference is organized by Minitex, WiLS, and RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System), along with a regional planning committee and our local host, St. Ambrose University Library. The CONTENTdm Users Group Meeting is sponsored by OCLC; their support means that this portion of the conference is free to current and potential CONTENTdm users.


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