SAVE the Date Sept 18 for a Preservation Quality Tool workshop at RDA Plenary Montreal

17 Jul 2017


Members of RDA Preservaton e-Infrastructure Interest Group  and other interested parties are welcome to register for the PresQT Workshop, a free pre-conference event focused on Preservation Quality Tool development collocated at Research Data Alliance 10th Plenary in Montreal. The session is scheduled for Monday, Sept 18, from 2-6 PM.

PresQT aims to complement existing repository infrastructure and more deeply integrate workflow and software preservation tools with an aim toward data preservation that facilitates scientific reuse and experimental reproducibility.

Workshop participants will explore system architecture alternatives, discuss user experience opportunities, and prioritize functional requirements for the proposed tool.  

Workshop Format:

  • Welcome and short introductory talk about aims of PresQT

  • Update on PresQT Needs Analysis early survey results

  • Lightning Talks* (5-10 min each, See deadlines below, Submit an Abstract!)

  • Break for coffee and tea

  • Roundtable Breakouts: Potential groups may include Needs Analysis/Survey, Tech Recommendation Report Team, Implementation Funding, Features Brainstorming

  • Panel Discussion

  • Short summary of next steps for PresQT

Target Audience: We seek input from domain researchers, data curators, repository managers, librarians, software developers, workflow tool developers, data scientists and editors/publishers.

Important Dates:

  • July 18 RDA Discounted Hotel rates begin expiring 7/18**

  • August 14 Early RDA Plenary Registration (340.31 $CAD) deadline***

  • August 18 RDA Discounted Hotel rates all expire by 8/18**

  • August 28 PresQT Workshop II Lightning Talk submission deadline*

  • August 31 Accepted Lightning talks announced

  • Sept 17 Regular RDA Plenary Registration (382.78 $ CAD) deadline

  • Sept 18 PresQT Workshop II

  • Sept 19-21 RDA 10th Plenary Meeting

Express your interest in speaking or co-leading a breakout session by sending a brief email to and submitting a short (250 words/maximum single page) abstract of your lightning talk or session concept by August 28th.

This Preservation Quality Tool (PresQT) workshop is designed to  expand on Workshop One, gather additional stakeholder input, and gauge community interest to inform technical and administrative implementation plans for open source Data and Software Preservation Quality Tools that can be jointly developed by interested parties.  There is potential for workshop participants to take the project’s resultant technical and administrative project plans forward and work together to jointly in future to develop the planned tool(s) as  funded implementation projects, and/or  RDA working group activities.

For more information on the PresQT project visit the PresQT website ( or email the PresQT Team ( 

For more information on RDA P10 please visit Depending on your nationality, obtaining a Visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) might be necessary in order to travel to Canada. You can get more info on visas and Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) at: RDA 10th Plenary - Visa Information.

We hope to see you in Montreal,

John Wang, Rick Johnson, Sandra Gesing and Natalie Meyers

PresQT Team, University of Notre Dame



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*Lightning Talks send a brief email to & submit a short (~250 words/no more than single page) abstract of your session concept by August 28th.

**This year is Montréal's 375th anniversary and celebrations will bring many visitors in the city. You are encouraged to book your room as soon as possible. Blocks of guest rooms at discounted RDA rates are available. The discounted rates expire between July 18-Aug 18 depending on hotel.

***There is no PresQT workshop registration fee. The PresQT Workshop event is free to attend. However participants attending the collocated plenary mtg can save on attendance at that event by registering early.


The Preservation Quality Tool (PresQT) project has been funded in whole or in part with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), award number LG-72-16-0122-16.