Project – SWORD

Programme Name: Simple Web service Offering Repository Deposit

Strand: Repositories and Preservation Programme, Tools and Innovations, 10/06

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Start Date: 01/03/2007

End Date: 31/08/2007

Governance: Repositories and Preservation Advisory Group

Contact Name and Role: Julie Allinson and Adrian Stevenson, Project Managers

Brief project description:

“SWORD (Simple Web-service Offering Repository Deposit) takes forward the Deposit protocol developed by a small working group as part of the JISC Digital Repositories Programme by implementing it as a lightweight web-service in four major repository software platforms: EPrints, DSpace, Fedora and IntraLibrary. The existing protocol documentation will be finalised by project partners and a prototype ‘smart deposit’ tool will be developed to facilitate easier and more effective population of repositories. The project intends to take an iterative approach to developing and revising the protocol, web-services and client implementation through evaluative testing and feedback mechanisms. Community acceptance and take-up will be sought through dissemination activities. The project is led by UKOLN, University of Bath, with partners at the Aberystwyth University, the University of Southampton and Intrallect Ltd. The project aims to improve the efficiency and quality of repository deposit and to diversity and expedite the options for timely population of repositories with content whilst promoting a common deposit interface and supporting the Information Environment principles of interoperability.

SWORD is continuing the activities of the the JISC Digital Repository Programme Deposit API working group.”


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