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2024 LOCKSS Community Meeting

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Saturday, September 21, 2024
Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium

The LOCKSS community invites current LOCKSS network representatives and those interested in community-based digital preservation networks to their meeting to be held at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Brussels, following the iPRES 2024 conference on Saturday, September 21, 2024. ULB is a short train ride from Ghent, and convenient for those with return travel out of Brussels, Amsterdam, and Paris.

This will be the first LOCKSS community meeting since 2019, and a welcome opportunity for many colleagues to connect in person. For those new to LOCKSS, this will be a unique venue for you to discover a rich and vibrant digital preservation community, as well as the major transformations underway within it. 

Thanks to generous sponsorship from ULB, there is no fee for participating, but advance registration by August 1 is requested for those wishing to attend in person or online.


Our tentative agenda is below. Please note that the afternoon breakout session is timed to encourage remote participation from colleagues who are not able to attend the event in person.

9:00 - 9:30 Coffee and social hour
9:30 - 9:45 Introductory remarks
9:45 - 10:45 Updates from the LOCKSS networks community (live and pre-recorded)
10:45 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:30 LOCKSS Program updates
11:30 - 12:00 Unconference agenda planning - ideas from the group, selection of breakout topics
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch (provided)
13:30 - 14:30 Breakout groups (in person)
14:30 - 15:00 Break
15:00 - 16:30 Breakout groups (in person and remote)
16:30 - 17:00 Wrap-up


The meeting will be held at the Humanities Libraries “Bibliothèque des Sciences Humaines- Simone Veil” located on the Solbosch Campus  - Building NB - level 5. The meeting room is located at the end of the library space (NB5.PA).

Building NB is circled on this map of the Solbosch Campus (Yellow District) : COMING SOON!


ULB is located in a prestigious neighborhood in the South of Brussels. For those traveling from Ghent via train, the closest station accessible from Ghent is Brussels Centraal. The trip takes 35 - 40 min and costs around €11-17. Tickets and schedule information are available online from the SNCB train planner.  

ULB is also conveniently located for those traveling by air to or from Brussels, Paris or Amsterdam. 

Brussels airport (BRU - Zaventem): Just 17 minutes by train from Centraal station, BRU is a major European hub for airlines including Lufthansa, with daily flights to over 200 destinations. Use the SNCB train planner to check schedules and book tickets online for your airport connection. 

Paris (Orly): COMING SOON

Paris (Charles de Gaulle): COMING SOON

Amsterdam (Schiphol): Use Schiphol's excellent travel planning site to figure out your ideal route to or from Amsterdam's busiest airport. Bus, train, car, rideshare, bike, and taxi options are all available.


We do not have a room block reserved, but the following hotels are recommended for their proximity to our meeting spaces at ULB. Both hotels have a range of amenities, including restaurant, fitness center, and on-site parking, and both can accommodate small pets for an additional charge. Availability is limited; we recommend booking soon as possible if you plan to attend the meeting in person!

The Hotel Brussels 

The Hotel provides stunning views on Brussels city center and is steps away from the vibrant city center and iconic landmarks, including the Grand Place, a 15-minute walk away.

The ULB campus can be reached in 20 min.  by taking tram 8 from Louise tram stop to ULB stop. 

More info on The Hotel Brussels website

Price : €215-235/night 

Hotel Barsey by Warwick

Hotel Barsey is 1.5km from the campus in the upscale Avenue Louise district, and just a 20min walk from the Bois de la Cambre. Upper-floor rooms include private balconies with views of the city.

More info on the Barsey hotel website

Price : €130-150/night