Preservation Quality Tool (PresQT) Workshop II - RDA 10th Plenary Collocated event

Preservation Quality Tool (PresQT) Workshop II - RDA 10th Plenary Collocated event
18 Sep 2017

Preservation Quality Tool (PresQT) Workshop II - RDA 10th Plenary Collocated event


Date: 18 September 2017

Time: 14:00 - 18:00

Venue: Centre Mont-Royal 

Register for the PresQT workshop, a free pre-conference collocated event at RDA Plenary 10. 

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

  • Thank you and short summary of next steps, meetings, and outputs 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:

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

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

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

  • 28 August PresQT Workshop II Lightning Talk submission deadline*

  • 31 August Accepted Lightning talks announced

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

  • 18 September PresQT Workshop II

  • 19-21 September 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 abstract (250 words/maximum single page)  of your lightning talk or session concept by August 28th 12 midnight EDT/UTC-4.

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.

Community Building Goals: The project promises to strengthen opportunities for collaborative software development, help like-minded organizations jointly develop solutions across national and disciplinary borders, and to help strengthen the research data repository community by providing a forum for discussion and action related to software preservation and reuse. There is potential for project participants to become more deeply engaged in Research Data Alliance Activities and vice versa, as well as for Scientific Research Information systems and tool developers to strengthen ties with academic library-grown repositories and approaches. 

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

Contact:  John Wang, Natalie Meyers, Rick Johnson, and Sandra Gesing  - University of Notre Dame

*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 12 midnight EDT/UTC-4

**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.

imls_logo_2c.jpgThe 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.