Running DSpace on a Root URL

Roadside Eating on Hylan Boulevard in Staten Island 06/1973

By default a DSpace installation will be set up to run on a URL something like http://mydomain.com/xmlui/ or http://mydomain.com/jspui/ depending on which interface you prefer. In a comment on my past post regarding installing DSpace on Debian 5 I was asked how to run DSpace on the root of the URL, e.g. http://mydomain.com/. I had done this in the past but didn’t have a reference to hand so I tried it out on a fresh installation of DSpace 1.7. Here is what I did to get it working.
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RSP EPrints Training Day

# Two women employees of North American Aviation, Incorporated, assembling a section of a wing for a P-51 fighter plane

On 19th January RSP in association with EPrints ran a training event on the EPrints repository software. We were deliberately aiming the training at institutions that already had a repository up and running so that the focus could be on managing and customising the repository rather than the installation process.

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Open Access Week Dates Announced

The dates for Open Access Week from 2011 onwards have been announced. From next year OA week will be the last full week of October, so the dates for the next 5 years are:

  • 2011: October 24 – 30
  • 2012: October 22 – 28
  • 2013: October 21 – 27
  • 2014: October 20 – 26
  • 2015: October 19 – 25

With this advance notice there is no excuse for not planning a full programme of events for future OA weeks. :)

New RSP Web Site Launched

Screenshot of the brand new RSP web site

The RSP is proud to announce the launch of its new web site featuring a cleaner design and navigation structure. The aim is to make it easier than ever to find the information you need from RSP and to get in touch with us if you would like more direct help with any repository related issues.

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Legal Issues in Web 2.0 and Cloud Computing

Wax seal of Nathaniel Wells, a Monmouthshire Justice of the Peace

On 24th November I attended a training course organised by UKeIG on the legal issues related to Web 2.0 and cloud computing and presented by Charles Oppenheim. This was a useful reminder that while these technologies present the same legal challenges as other forms of on-line publication, such as including articles in institutional repositories, they also add their own specific complications.

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RSP EPrints Training Day

The Repositories Support Project has teamed up with ECS at The University of Southampton to offer a free one-day training course on EPrints in London on 19th January 2011.

Dave Tarrant and Patrick McSweeney from EPrints will be the trainers and the course will be aimed at technicians managing established repositories. This will mean that the course content will focus on maintaining and customising the software rather than installation and setup.

For more details and booking information see the RSP web site.

Installing DSpace on Debian 5

Lathe operator machining parts for transport planes (LOC)

This post is very similar to my recent post covering installation on CentOS but some of the processes are slightly different for the Debian flavour of Linux. This post should cover everything Debian users need to get up and running with DSpace, although it does not cover configuration of the Handle server.  This is described adequately by the official documentation.

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Software Survey 2010

Some officers studying a map of newly captured ground

Today we have made public the results of our 2010 survey of repository sofware.  We first carried out this survey in March 2009 so this November 2010 version shows the changes that the software vendors have made over the last 18 months or so.

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RCS Project Blog

The JISC Research Communications Strategy (RCS) project is one of our sister projects based at the University of Nottingham. They have just announced the release of their new blog. It is designed to be a place for RCS news and updates as well as a place for discussion regarding research communications. They encourage readers to add comments and make suggestions.

Please do have a look and let them know what you think.

The RCS is working to investigate and coordinate many of the emerging themes, ideas and developments in the field or research communications at the strategic level, and looking at advocacy to academics as one of the key issues in the adoption of open access.

You can see the blog at http://rcsproject.wordpress.com.

ISKO-UK Conference on Linked Data

Group of elderly congregants dancing outside Tifereth B'nai Jacob Synagogue in North Minneapolis

Yesterday I attended the ISKO-UK one-day conference on Linked Data. I have to admit to attending with an interest (what will be the impact of Linked Data on institutional repositories?) but also a degree of scepticism. The Semantic Web/Linked Data movement is about ten years old now – ten years that I spent in commercial web companies with some high profile clients but never once had a query regarding Linked Data. We all know about the growth of the web in its first ten years but Linked Data seems to be finding it harder to catch on. Perhaps this is because there doesn’t yet seem to be a compelling commercial application. It was telling that the commercial companies on the attendees list were generally Linked Data service providers, not commercial companies looking to find out what Linked Data can do for their company. I think one of the main drivers of growth for the web was that companies realised that they could use it to make money and it isn’t clear, to me at least, how this applies to Linked Data at the moment.

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