Output – Lirolem -‘a few post project thoughts…’:software and tools

Title:’a few post project thoughts…’ from lirolem project blog

Section: blog posting

Page: blog entry

Summary of contents:
stepping into a discussion of software selection:
repository for Lincoln
” However, the Open Source products [ePrints, Fedora, DSpace], as of Autumn 2007, offered a thriving academic community of users and developers but little to no multimedia functionality. Coming from working with commercial DAMs, I was pretty surprised by how non-text ‘assets’ seemed to have been neglected for so long in the academic world. Things are now clearly changing thanks to the JISC funding that’s supporting projects like LIROLEM, Kultur and SNEEP, but it does feel like a step back in time when I use repository software, which still suffers from the legacy of a ‘text publishing’ workflow process.”

repository related workspace for architecture faculty
“When it became clear that the Virtual Studio [the tool to support the architectural faculty] had more in common with a wiki than a repository (as understood within the academic world), I set up a Virtual Studio on Blackboard using the Campus Pack modules. Within the tight confines that a Blackboard System Administrator has, we had a Virtual Studio space that third year students were invited to test. It wasn’t everything that the Virtual Studio is anticipated to be, but it did allow students and staff to upload materials, create galleries of designs, discuss their work and blog. In principle, this seemed closer to what the Architects wanted. Visually, it still looks like Blackboard and although provided a useful test-case, does not meet the ‘designerly’ UI requirements that the Architects want. In other words, it’s not like using Flickr, YouTube or other rapidly evolving cutting-edge web 2.0 applications. Just as I found user expectations running away from our potential to develop the DAM at Amnesty, the same has always been evident in the LIROLEM/Virtual Studio Project. ”

this offers a useful commnetary on the current nature of the three key pieces of repository software and their fit with non- textual assets, user expectations, and desired functionality.

i suggest it has implications for the role of repositories in relation to digital workspaces, and trying to use single systems. it is also of note that Blackboard ended up being the tool they wanted to build in…

Date Released: 29th April 2008

URI for Output:http://pebblepad.lincoln.ac.uk/viewasset.aspx?oid=10236&type=thought

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