JISC Repositories: takeup and embedding projects

Yesterday, I attended the start up meeting for this new tranche of JISC projects (more details below). The RSP will be coordinating the communication both between the projects and to the external community. The basic premise is that they will all “enable lessons and benefits from the most successful repository applications, tools and good practice” 

In the morning each project gave a brief introduction outlining their proposed areas of work. In the afternoon, William Nixon, described the work at the University of Glasgow and how far they have come over the last few years in integrating the repository into the culture and systems of the university. He listed criteria which might be used to judge whether you are embedded. He asked the question “Do you have an institutional repository or do you have a repository at your institution” (credited to Steve Hitchcock of Southampton University). I then led a group session to explore the best ways the projects could comminicate with the RSP and each other and also ideas for dissemination of the learning outcomes.

The projects are (in their own words):

Bringing a buzz to Nectar at the University of Northampton will implement a number of the best existing repository tools and services to gain efficiencies in research workflows, improve the repository interface, meet obligations for sharing theses via EThOS and contribute to the institution‟s preparation for the forthcoming REF. Promotion, training and advocacy focused on the new services will encourage researchers to engage further with NECTAR, resulting in increasing numbers of deposits and a newly invigorated repository service – one with plenty of buzz!

Explorer at De Montfort University will draw upon the expertise and tools developed by a number of previous JISC projects. This work will be combined to create processes and workflows to enable the embedding of DORA (De Montfort Open Research Archive) within the DMU research systems and processes. The adaptation of specific tools will enlarge and enhance the capabilities of DORA to serve the needs of DMU researchers. (It will aim to adapt some tools for a DSpace environment).

Enhanced interface design at the Glasgow School of Art – proposes making significant improvements to the user interface and aesthetics of the Glasgow School of Art’s (GSA) existing repository in order to address challenges in embedding the system and encouraging take-up.

ENova at the University of the Creative Arts seeks to extend the functionality of the EPrints open source MePrint profile tool to ensure it meets the highly specialised requirements of researchers and others in the visual and creative arts.

Hydrangea at the University of Hull will take the open/community source software outputs from the Hydra project and implement them over the Fedora institutional repository at the University of Hull. The Hydra project is a multi-institutional collaboration working towards a reusable framework and model for multipurpose, multifunction, multi-institutional repository-enabled solutions.

MIRAGE – 2011 at Middlesex University aims to enrich MIRAGE (a medical images repository) in two ways. One is visualization of higher dimensional images (e.g. 3D) and the other is the ability to upload a query dataset provided by a user, aiming at enriching MIRAGE with more functionalities.

About Jackie Wickham
I am based at the Centre for Research Communications at the University of Nottingham. I work on the JISC funded Repositories Support Project which supports the development and growth of the UK repositories network.

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