Michael Witt

University Title:
Head, Distributed Data Curation Center
Distributed Data Curation Center (D2C2)
Research & Assessment
Research Data
Stewart Center
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Professional Information

Faculty Rank:
Associate Professor
Liaison Areas:
Computer Science
Interdisciplinary Research
Honors and Awards:
ACRL STS Innovation in Science and Technology Award. 2013. Distributed Data Curation Center for the Data Curation Profile Toolkit. http://bit.ly/1t8ULc7
Fulbright Scholar at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. 2011. The Council for the International Exchange of Scholars and the Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt. http://bit.ly/1Ek6soO
Purdue Research Foundation International Travel Grants. 2009, 2010, 2012 & 2014.
Emerging Leader, American Library Association. 2008.
Frederick L. Hovde Outstanding Faculty Fellow, Purdue University. 2008.
Dean's Award, Purdue University Libraries. 2008.
Sun Certified Systems Administrator. 2003.
Endeavor Information Systems Voyager 300, 400, 500 Level Certifications. 2002 & 2003.
IBM AIX 4.3 Certified System Specialist. 2001.
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. 2000.
Memberships and Service:
  • Indiana University-Indianapolis, School of Informatics and Computing, Department of Library and Information Science Advisory Board. 2014-present.
  • biosharing.org, Advisory Board. 2014-present.
  • Research Data Alliance, Organizational Advisory Board. 2013-present.
  • Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), Data Storage Services Working Group. 2013-present.
  • Network for Earthquake Engineering and Simulation (NEES) Curation Advisory Board. 2012-present.
  • DMPTool Steering Committee. 2012-present.
  • Information Technology and Libraries. Editorial Board. 2010-present.
  • American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference Poster Session Committee. 2009-present.
  • CODATA (International Council for Science, Committee on Data for Science and Technology) Data Citation Standards and Practices Task Group. 2013-2015.
  • Library Information Technology Association (LITA)/Library Hi-Tech Award Committee. Chair, 2013. 2014.
  • International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST) Special Interest Group on Data Citation. Co-chair. 2010-2012.
  • Guide to Reference. Editor, Dissertations. 2009-2011.
  • LITA/OCLC Kilgour Award Committee. 2009. Chair, 2010. 2011.
  • Indiana Online User Group (IOLUG) Board of Directors. 2009-2011.
  • LITA 2010 National Forum Planning Committee.
  • LITA Online Programming Task Force. 2009-2010.
  • IOLUG Program Committee. 2008-2010.
  • LITA 2009 National Forum Planning Committee.
  • Preservation and Access Special Interest Group (PASIG) Research Data Curation Working Group. Moderator, 2007-2009.


Refereed journal and conference papers

  1. Hui Wang, Michael Witt & Tianfang Dou. 2015. Purdue University Research Repository and Scientific Data Management Services Based on PURR. New Technology of Library and Information Service, 31(1). http://bit.ly/1zMGbvz.
  2. Michael Witt & Yongyang Yu. June 12, 2012. Refactoring HUBzero for Linked Data. Proceedings of the 12th ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, Washington, DC. DOI:10.1145/2232817.2232845. http://bit.ly/1yYXVVf.
  3. Michael Witt. March 1, 2012. Co-designing, Co-developing, and Co-implementing an Institutional Data Repository Service. Journal of Library Administration, 52(2). DOI:10.1080/01930826.2012.655607. http://bit.ly/10noCXx.
  4. W. Aaron Collie & Michael Witt. 2011. A Practice and Value Proposal for Doctoral Dissertation Data Curation. International Journal of Digital Curation, 6(2). DOI:10.2218/ijdc.v6i2.194. http://bit.ly/1tIB3cv.
  5. Melissa H. Cragin, Carole L. Palmer, Jacob R. Carlson & Michael Witt. 2010. Data Sharing, Small Science, and Institutional Repositories. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, 368(1926). DOI:10.1098/rsta.2010.0165. http://bit.ly/1pm5Uvx.
  6. Dzung Hong, Luo Si, Paul Bracke, Michael Witt & Tim Juchcinski. 2010. A Joint Probabilistic Classification Model for Resource Selection. Proceedings of the 33rd Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (SIGIR) of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), Geneva, Switzerland. DOI:10.1145/1835449.1835468. http://bit.ly/1E62cHk.
  7. Michael Witt, Jacob R. Carlson, Melissa H. Cragin & D. Scott Brandt. 2009. Constructing Data Curation Profiles. International Journal of Digital Curation, 4(3). DOI:10.2218/ijdc.v4i3.117. http://bit.ly/1uw5Wmq.
  8. Catherine Fraser Riehle & Michael Witt. 2009. Librarians in the Hall: Instructional Outreach in Campus Residences. College & Undergraduate Libraries, 16(2-3). DOI:10.1080/10691310902958616. http://bit.ly/1zwsrsC.
  9. Michael Witt. 2009. Institutional Repositories and Research Data Curation in a Distributed Environment. Library Trends, 57(2). DOI:10.1353/lib.0.0029. http://bit.ly/1u0LcBd.
  10. Michael Witt. 2007. Providing an OAI-PMH Interface to the Storage Resource Broker with OAISRB. International Journal on Digital Libraries, 7(1). DOI:10.1007/s00799-007-0017-6. http://bit.ly/1uwDHmY.


Presentations (Invited)

  1. Judith Coffey Russell, Alicia Wise, Michael Witt & James Toon. February 26, 2015. Institutional and Research Repositories: Characteristics, Relationships, and Roles. Library Connect. http://bit.ly/1wuw96m.
  2. Michael Witt, Heinz Pampel, Xiaolin Zhang & Hui Wang. November 5, 2014. re3data: A Global Registry of Research Data Repositories. 2014 Chinese Institutional Repository Conference, China Knowledge Symposium Agency, Xiamen City, China. http://bit.ly/1Aihooo.
  3. Michael Witt. October 15, 2014. One Example of Assessment of a Data Service in the Real World. Digital Library Federation E-Research Peer Network and Mentoring Group, Webinar.
  4. Laura Paglione & Michael Witt. September 30, 2014. Who Are We Talking About? The Role of Person Identifiers in Scholarly Communication. HUBbub 2014, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://hubzero.org/resources/1249.
  5. Michael Witt. September 23, 2014. Purdue University Research Repository. 4th Plenary Meeting of the Research Data Alliance, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. http://bit.ly/1yYxNcZ.
  6. Amy Nurnberger, Michael Witt, Simon Hodson, Laure Haak & Tony Hey. September 22, 2014. RDA Organizational Assembly Panel. 4th Plenary Meeting of the Research Data Alliance, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. http://bit.ly/1y3Cpxr.
  7. Maxi Kindling & Michael Witt. August 25, 2014. Joining Forces: the Databib-re3data.org Collaboration. DataCite Annual Conference 2014, Institute for Scientific and Technical Information, Nancy, France. http://slidesha.re/1AiIhIH.
  8. Robin Haw, Rick Johnson, Ann Campion Riley, Sarah L. Shreeves & Michael Witt. May 21, 2014. ORCID Identifiers in Repositories. ORCID Outreach Meeting and Codefest, Chicago, Illinois. http://bit.ly/10vbT5g.
  9. Michael Witt. April 23, 2014. Purdue University Research Repository (PURR): A Commitment to Supporting Researchers. NISO Virtual Conference: Dealing with the Data Deluge: Successful Techniques for Scientific Data Management. http://bit.ly/10vb38y.
  10. Michael Witt. February 5, 2014. Defining and Deploying an Institutional Data Repository Service at Purdue (PURR). Research Data Canada, Webinar. http://bit.ly/1uwF30U.
  11. Michael Witt. September 19, 2013. Purdue University Research Repository. 2013 DataCite Summer Meeting, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. http://bit.ly/1AihfRR.
  12. Michael Witt. March 22, 2013. Databib: Cataloging the World's Data Repositories. CALIBER 2013, Gandhinagar, India. http://bit.ly/1yYqO3Y.
  13. Michael Witt. March 19, 2013. Databib: Cataloging the World's Data Repositories. 11th Library Lecture Series, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. http://bit.ly/1x3P72D.
  14. Michael Witt. June 23, 2012. Databib: An Online Bibliography of Research Data Repositories. ACRL Digital Curation Interest Group, ALA Annual Conference, Anaheim, California. http://bit.ly/10nCoZW.
  15. Michael Witt. March 23, 2012. Curation Service Models: Purdue University Research Repository (PURR). ASIS&T Research Data Access & Preservation Summit, New Orleans, Louisiana. http://bit.ly/1uwFAQK.
  16. Michael Witt. August 23, 2011. Roles for Librarians in Data Citation. Developing Data Attribution and Citation Practices and Standards: An International Symposium, National Academy of Sciences, Berkeley, California. http://bit.ly/1y4Niz9.
  17. Emily Gore & Michael Witt. June 25, 2011. The Open Parks Grid. ASCLA-ICAN Collaborative Digitization Group, American Library Association 2011 Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana. http://bit.ly/1Gqh07D.
  18. Marianne Stowell Bracke, Bruce Fouke, Lura Joseph, Michelle Wander, Scott Wilson & Michael Witt. June 3, 2008. Librarians and Scientists Working Together for Data Curation. Summer Institute on Data Curation, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. http://bit.ly/1y4Oend.
  19. Marianne Stowell Bracke, Sylvie Brouder & Michael Witt. May 12, 2008. Purdue Scientist/Librarian Collaborations. Librarians & e-Science: Focusing Towards 20/20, Committee on Institutional Cooperation, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. http://bit.ly/1GqioY9.
  20. Michael Witt & Sayeed Choudhury. February 25, 2008. Coping with the Data Deluge. The Chronicle of Higher Education Technology Forum, Tampa, Florida.
  21. Michael Witt, Matthias Razum, Richard Boulderstone & J. Schaeffer. November 16, 2007. eResearch Archiving. Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG), Paris, France. http://stanford.io/1s5Dnoz.


Presentations (Refereed)

  1. Sarah L. Shreeves, Michael Witt, Bram Luyten & Urban Andersson. June 10, 2014. ORCIDs in the Wild: Implementing ORCIDs into Research Support and Repository Systems. 10th International Conference on Open Repositories, Helsinki, Finland. http://bit.ly/10v1yGG.
  2. Laure Haak, Ann Campion Riley, & Michael Witt. April 1, 2014. Integrating ORCID Researcher Identifiers Into Repository Workflows. Coalition for Networked Information 2014 Spring Meeting, Saint Louis, Missouri. http://bit.ly/1wxoWjh.
  3. Heather Coates, Stacy Konkiel, & Michael Witt. April 12, 2013. Data Services: Making It Happen. ACRL 2013, Indianapolis, Indiana. http://bit.ly/1E5RQr8.
  4. Tao Zhang & Michael Witt. September 6, 2013. DMPTool: Expert Resources and Support for Data Management Planning. HUBbub 2013, Indianapolis, Indiana. http://bit.ly/1x6nQtK.
  5. Spencer D.C. Kaeralis, Ardys Kozbial, Deb Morley, Sarah C. Williams & Michael Witt. November 8, 2012. Meeting the Challenge of Data-Management Support in Academic Libraries. EDUCAUSE 2012, Denver, Colorado. http://bit.ly/1td6WVn.
  6. Matthew Kroll, David Minor, Bernie Reilly & Michael Witt. July 12, 2012. ISO 16363: Trustworthy Digital Repository Certification in Practice. 7th International Conference on Open Repositories, Edinburgh, Scotland. http://bit.ly/1sgTCjr.
  7. Michael Witt, & Aswathy Sivaram. April 6, 2011. Exposing HUB Objects for Aggregation Using OAI-ORE and Linked Data. HUBbub 2011, Indianapolis, Indiana. http://bit.ly/1pmplnL.
  8. Siddharth K. Singh, Michael Witt & Dorothea Salo. July 6, 2010. A Comparative Analysis of Institutional Repository Software. The 5th International Conference on Open Repositories, Madrid, Spain. http://bit.ly/13IDnGE.
  9. Jacob R. Carlson & Michael Witt. June 2, 2010. Learning By Doing: Cases of Librarians Working With Faculty Research Data for the First Time. IASSIST 2010, Ithaca, New York. http://bit.ly/1ol8ocK.
  10. Michael Witt. May 18, 2009. Eliciting Faculty Requirements for Research Data Repositories. 4th International Conference on Open Repositories. Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Georgia. http://b.gatech.edu/1x8H9DD.
  11. Michael Witt & Sayeed Choudhury. October 25, 2007. A Role for Librarians in Curating Scientific Data. EDUCAUSE 2007, Seattle, Washington.
  12. D. Scott Brandt & Michael Witt. December 5, 2005. Research Data and the Distributed Institutional Repository. Coalition for Networked Information 2005 Fall Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona.


Reports, book chapters, and other publications

  1. Vierkant, P., Spier, S., Ruecknagel, J., Pampel, H., Fritze, F., Gundlach, J., Fichtmüller, D., Kindling, M., Kirchhoff, A., Göbelbecker, H.-J., Klump, J., Kloska, G., Reuter, E., Semrau, A., Schnepf, E., Skarupianski, M., Bertelmann, R., Schirmbacher, P., Scholze, F., Kramer, C., Witt, M., Fuchs, C., Ulrich, R. 2014. Schema For the Description of Research Data Repositories. http://doi.org/10.2312/re3.006.
  2. Michael Witt. 2012. Roles for Libraries in Data Citation. For Attribution: Developing Data Attribution and Citation Practices and Standards. National Academies Press. http://bit.ly/13IQw2j.
  3. Michael Witt. 2010. Object Reuse and Exchange (OAI-ORE). ALA Techsource, Library Technology Reports, 46(4). http://bit.ly/13IRGuT.
  4. Michael Witt. June/July 2010. Aggregating Web Resources. American Libraries, 41(6&7). http://bit.ly/1ol4P6e.
  5. Michael Witt. 2009. Electronic Dissertation Mashups Using SRU. Library Mashups: Exploring New Ways to Deliver Library Data. Ed. by Nicole C. Engard. New York: Information Today, Inc. http://bit.ly/1x8Si7w.
  6. D. Scott Brandt, James L. Mullins & Michael Witt. 2006. Enabling Interaction and Quality in a Distributed Data DRIS. Enabling Interaction and Quality: Beyond the Hanseatic League, 8th International Conference on Current Research Information Systems (pp. 55-62). The Netherlands: Leuven University Press. http://bit.ly/1pmmwTM.



  1. Information Technology and Libraries. 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015.
  2. IEEE/ACM Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) Program Committee. 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015.
  3. International Conference on Open Repositories Program Committee. 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015.
  4. Library & Information Science Research. January 2015.
  5. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grant, Field Review. 2014.
  6. EDUCAUSE Annual Conference. Information Access, Digital Content, and Libraries Track. 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2012.
  7. Journal of Web Librarianship. February 2012.
  8. IMLS National Leadership Grant, Research and Demonstration Panel Review. 2010.
  9. Collection Management. June 2008.


Workshops and Symposia

  1. DDI Lifecycle: Moving Forward, Data Citation. Dagstuhl Seminar #14432. October 19-24, 2014. Schloss Dagstuhl, Wadern, Germany. http://bit.ly/13IbZZ9.
  2. Data and Software Preservation for Open Science: Survey of Commonality With Other Disciplines. July 25, 2013. 13th ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, Indianapolis, Indiana. http://ntrda.me/1tAg3CZ.
  3. Institutional Repositories Dealing with Data. 8th International Conference on Open Repositories. July 8, 2013. Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Co-chair. http://bit.ly/1x6lQBH.
  4. International Workshop on Data Curation in the University: Libraries, Research, and Learning. March 25, 2013. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. Chair. http://bit.ly/1x64EfM.
  5. Research Data Management as a New Form of Scholarly Communication. May 29, 2013. University of North Texas, Dallas, Texas. http://bit.ly/10VoL5z.
  6. Introduction to Institutional Data Repositories Workshop. March 4, 2008. Metropolitan Library System, Chicago, Illinois. Chair. http://bit.ly/1xeigov.
  7. Creating and Managing Institutional Data Repositories. Special Libraries Association 2007. June 2, 2007. Denver, Colorado. Chair.


Conference Posters

  1. Dong Joon Lee, Michael Witt, Richard Urban, & Beth Plale. September 22, 2014. A Metadata Application Profile for ORCID. 4th Plenary Meeting of the Research Data Alliance, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. http://bit.ly/1x3USNJ.
  2. Courtney Earl Matthews & Michael Witt. June 10, 2014. The Purdue University Research Repository (PURR): An Institutional Data Management Service With a Virtual Research Environment, Data Publication, and Archiving. 10th International Conference on Open Repositories, Helsinki, Finland. http://bit.ly/1vIOQwa.
  3. Ahmed Abdel-Gawad, Alicia Lim, & Michael Witt. May 22, 2014. Integrating ORCID and HUBzero. ORCID Outreach Meeting and Codefest, Chicago, Illinois.
  4. Sylvie Brouder et al. March 5, 2014. The Water Quality Field Station and the Purdue University Research Repository: Managing, Disseminating, and Preserving Big Agriculture Data at Purdue. Big Data in Agriculture, West Lafayette, Indiana.
  5. Mark P. Newton, Hailey Mooney & Michael Witt. December 1, 2010. A Description of Data Citation Instructions in Style Guides. The 6th International Digital Curation Conference, Chicago, Illinois. http://bit.ly/1wxkVeP.
  6. Michael Witt & Patricia Cruse. June 28, 2010. DataCite: An International Initiative to Facilitate the Citation of Research Data. ALA Annual Conference, General Poster Session and ACRL STS Poster Session, Washington, D.C. http://bit.ly/13Jbk9O.
  7. D. Scott Brandt, Jacob R. Carlson, Melissa H. Cragin, Bryan Heidorn, Sarah L. Shreeves, Carole L. Palmer & Michael Witt. December 2, 2008. Investigating Data Curation Profiles Across Multiple Research Disciplines. 4th International Digital Curation Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland. http://bit.ly/1uyal8m.
  8. Marianne Stowell Bracke & Michael Witt. April 29, 2008. Partnering with Agronomy Faculty to Create a Framework for Data Sharing. United States Agricultural Information Network (USAIN) Annual Conference, Wooster, Ohio. http://bit.ly/1uytF4F.
  9. Michael Witt & Jacob R. Carlson. December 13, 2007. Conducting a Data Interview. 3rd International Digital Curation Conference, Washington D.C. http://bit.ly/10pH0yQ.
  10. Marianne Stowell Bracke & Michael Witt. June 25, 2007. A Watershed Moment: Preserving and Improving Access to Water Quality Data. ACRL Science and Technology Section, ALA Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. http://bit.ly/1uyu4El.