JISCrte at Repository Fringe 2011

The JISC Repositories: take-up and embedding projects (JISCrte) will be presenting at the Repository Fringe 2011 in Edinburgh next week.

All six JISCrte projects will be providing an overview of their project progress and activities thus far.

JISCrte aims  to build on the investments already made in repository developments and improve repository services (consolidate and embed repositories with other institutional services and processes) and spread good practice more widely.

The six projects involved in this strand of work (projects run from February through December 2011) are:

  • Bringing a Buzz to Nectar – University of Northampton
  • EXPLORER – De Montfort University
  • eNova – led by the Visual Arts Data Service
  • Hydrangea in Hull – University of Hull
  • MIRAGE 2011 – Middlesex University
  • Enhancing a research repository – Glasgow School of Art

Further details of each project (including project plans) are available from here.

We look forward to seeing you and our session is on day 2 of the RepoFringe at 09.30 on Thursday 04th August.

JISCrte and De Montfort University Open Research Archive (DORA)

My second JISCrte visit was to the project partners at De Montfort University (DMU) where I met Beth and Alan who are working on the EXPLORER (Embedding eXisting & Propriatary Learning in an Open-source Repository to Evolve new Resources) project. It is hoped that EXPLORER will enable the enhancement and embedding of the DORA repository within the DMU research environment.

DORA uses DSpace open source software and two key areas of this project are:

  • Development and implementation of workflows and processes in order to embed DORA within the DMU research environment
  • Adaptation and integration of tools from other JISC projects – they are looking at an appropriate CERIF4REF tool and will investigate outputs from the KULTUR project to see if they are appropriate for DORA and displaying non-text items

You can follow project progress via the EXPLORER blog and twitter channel, all accessible from here.

JISCrte and a subject-based repository

As the newest member of the RSP team I have been spending some time visiting the six projects involved with the JISC Repositories: take-up and embedding strand of the JISC Information Environment 09-11 Programme.

Jackie blogged about these projects earlier in the year and I thought it would be useful if I provided some detail about each project visited and progress made thus far.

My first visit was to Middlesex University where I met Sharon and Jade, members of the project team working on MIRAGE (2011) – a subject-based repository of more than 100,000 medical images.

MIRAGE (Middlesex medical Image Repository with a CBIR ArchivinG Environment) aims to enrich the current repository with two key features:

  • a 3D viewer
  • a plug-in for uploading image queries

Feedback from their users indicated that the visualization of 3D images and uploading queries were essential for their needs and MIRAGE (2011) aims to integrate various types of textual metadata and ontology in addition to image data.

Further information on MIRAGE (2011) can be found here, this includes presentations, conference papers, and details of the open source software and tools used.

The project hashtag is #jiscrte and the MIRAGE project runs from February through November 2011.

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.

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