Opening Keynote Panel: Building Trust

Sonia Barbosa

Photograph of Sonia Barbosa, keynote panelistSonia Barbosa is the Manager of Data Curation for the Harvard Dataverse, and Manager of the Murray Research Archive. Her responsibilities include initiating outreach and acquisitions of data for Harvard Dataverse, and promoting the use and benefits of the Dataverse tool and the Harvard Repository. Sonia leads training on using Dataverse, consults with users on organizing, cleaning, and preparing data for sharing and preservation, and provides curation support and guidance for users of  the tool.

Sonia also manages the data housed at the Murray Archive, a human  subjects social science data archive housing longitudinal data on the lives of women. She is responsible for curation of the collection, preservation of data related to the archive, and data processing and dissemination.

Sonia works closely with the Dataverse development team to increase awareness of the needs of the research community and provides usability feedback on the Dataverse features. She has over 23 years of data curation and management experience in the social sciences. She holds a BA in Psychology with a concentration in African American Studies from the College of the Holy Cross, 1995, and a BSN from Simmons College, 2009.



John Chodacki

Photograph of John Chodacki Keynote panelist

John Chodacki is Director of the University of California Curation Center (UC3) at California Digital Library (CDL). As UC3 Director, John works across the UC campuses and the broader community to ensure that CDL’s digital curation services meet the emerging needs of the scholarly community – including digital preservation, persistent identifiers, data management, and data publishing. Prior to CDL, John oversaw product development activities at O’Reilly Media, Safari Books Online, and PLOS. He currently serves on the board and/or steering committees of DataCite, FORCE11, ROR (Research Organization Registry), COUNTER, Collaborative Knowledge (Coko) Foundation, Open Citations, and Metadata 2020.




Torsten Reimer

Photograph of Torsten Reimer, keynote panelistTorsten Reimer is University Librarian and Dean of the University Library at the University of Chicago. He is leading the process of developing and implementing a comprehensive strategic vision to redefine the library’s role within the global knowledge ecosystem. Torsten recently joined the University of Chicago from the British Library, where he was responsible for the BL’s content and research services, including management of the digital collections, repository services, core library systems and the UK DataCite consortium. In previous roles, he was responsible for developing open access and research data services at Imperial College London and for the research infrastructure program at Jisc. Torsten’s background is in history and digital humanities, working at King’s College London and the University of Munich (LMU). He holds a PhD in history from LMU, and is currently Vice Chair of Open Repositories, Chair of the advisory board for the university library system at the University of Cologne and a board member at DataCite.


Sarah Shreeves (moderator)

Photograph of Sarah Shreeves, keynote panelistSarah Shreeves is the Vice Dean of the University of Arizona Libraries. She serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the Libraries and has four departments reporting to her: Access and Information Services, Research Engagement, Special Collections, and IT. Prior to her position at Arizona, Sarah served as the Associate Dean for Digital Strategies at the University of Miami and was the manager for the institutional repository, IDEALS, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has spoken and published on scholarly communication issues, data management services in libraries, and institutional repositories, and her past research was on the social and technical barriers to metadata interoperability. Sarah is the past-chair of the Open Repositories Steering Committee and a long time member. She will be stepping down in September of this year.






Closing Keynote: Kyle K. Courtney

Photograph of Kyle Courtney, Keynote speakerKyle K. Courtney is a lawyer and librarian, serving as the Copyright Advisor and Program Manager at Harvard University, working out of the Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication. He works closely with the Harvard community to establish a culture of shared understanding of copyright and related legal issues among Harvard staff, faculty, and students. His “Copyright First Responders” initiative is in its ninth year, and has spread beyond Harvard to reach libraries, archives, and cultural institutions in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Oregon, Washington, and Rhode Island. He holds a J.D. with distinction in Intellectual Property Law and an MSLIS. He serves on boards and legal advisory committees for various law, library, and open access institutions including the Buddhist Digital Resource Center, the American Law Institute’s Restatement of Copyright project, and @EveryLibrary. Most recently, he co-founded Library Futures, a non-profit dedicated to empowering libraries to take control of their digital futures. He is a published author and nationally recognized speaker on the topics of copyright, libraries, and the law. His blog is at and you can follow him on Twitter @KyleKCourtney