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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Repository Fringe 2010

Man sitting on the edge of a pool cooling his feetI’ve just returned to the office following a few days at the successful Repository Fringe 2010 event held in the very interesting e-Science institute building in Edinburgh.

For the RSP team this began with our RoMEO API workshop pre-event organised in conjunction with the SHERPA team.  This gave the attendees an opportunity to find out about the planned changes to the RoMEO service and how they might affect the API.  The workshop also invited feedback from participants on how they want to make use of the API and how they would like to see it change. Given the scale of the upcoming changes this was a great opportunity to influence the development and make the API an even better resource for the community in future. The invitation was taken up with great enthusiasm and provided a wealth of useful feedback for the SHERPA team to consider.

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RSP Software Survey

In March 2009 RSP ran a successful Software Day at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. To accompany this event we ran a survey of the major repository applications, the results of which can be seen on the RSP site. The survey was very well received and remains one of the most popular pages on the site.

We’re planning another Software Day next year (watch the RSP site for details) but think that the survey itself is overdue for an update given how the repository landscape has developed over the last 18 months.

The survey targets repository software (realistically we’re talking about OAI-PMH compliant applications) capable of storing digital objects, e.g. article full text. If you would like to be included in the survey drop us a line.

RoMEO API Workshop, Edinburgh, 1st September

A row of men typing at mail processing machinery

I’m sure that most readers are already very familiar with the SHERPA RoMEO service that is maintained by the CRC to provide details of publisher copyright and self-archiving policies. The service is in the middle of a major improvement programme as described in the RoMEO team’s poster at Open Repositories 2010.

RoMEO also provides an API for machine-to-machine access to the service and SHERPA and RSP are teaming up to provide a workshop on the interface as a pre-event to Repository Fringe 2010. The workshop will introduce the API and the experiences of some of its users before moving on to a discussion of how the improvements to the service may affect the API. This will be an opportunity for interested parties to influence the development of the API and so is essential for anyone who is currently or is considering programatically accessing the service.

The workshop takes place on 1st September at the e-Science Institute, Edinburgh and places can be booked via the RSP web site.

Installing DSpace on CentOS 5

Section of an image of a display of scientific photography by Thomas Smillie

Installing DSpace is a reatively long and involved process due to the requirement to build the software using Maven and Ant. The installation is additionally complicated if you want to proxy DSpace through Apache, which will be probably the case if you wish to run any other web software on the server and don’t want to have to enter port numbers to access DSpace. This article will step through the installation process on CentOS 5.5 although some elements with be relevant to other linux distributions and Unix-like OSes.

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