Project – Overlay journal infrastructure for Meteorological Sciences (OJIMS)

Project Name:

Overlay journal infrastructure for Meteorological Sciences

Short Project Name:OJIMS

Programme Name:Repositories and Preservation

Strand: SUE

JISC Project URI:

Project URI

Start Date: 1 March 2007

End Date:28 February 2008

Governance: JISC IEEE

Contact Name and Role: Sam Pepler (Project Manager)

Brief project description:

The main aim is to develop the mechanisms which could support both a new Journal of Meteorological Data and an Open-Access Repository for documents related to the meteorological sciences.

Name of Trawler: Mahendra Mahey

Outputs: (just link to individual output postings) as a bulleted list:

  • An operational metrological document repository
  • Overlay journal software
  • A business concept description for the ‘Journal of Meteorological Data’ and the ‘RMetS kite-marking journal’
  • Recommendations for setting up subject based repositories and overlay journal infrastructure

Output – UHRA – University of Hertfordshire Research Archive

Title: The University of Hertfordshire Research Archive

Date Released: Approx September 2007

URI for Output:

Summary of contents:

The main output from this project is the establishment of the University of Hertfordshire Research Archive. It is described as “.. a showcase of the research produced by the University of Hertfordshire staff (copyright permitting) which is freely available over the web” and ” .. provides a simple interface to enable researchers to self-archive the full text of their published work with just a few quick and easy steps.”

Additional information:


The archive/repository appears to be fully functional and contains 2556 items as at 30th January 2007.

Project – Welsh Repository Network

Project Name: Welsh Repository Network

Brief project description:

The aim of this Welsh Repository Network (WRN) start-up project bid, run by the University of Wales Aberystwyth (UWA) on behalf of WHELF (Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum), is to put in place an essential building block for the development of an integrated network of institutional digital repositories in Wales. Currently, just two of the 12 HEIs in Wales have open access digital repositories (Aberystwyth and Cardiff), both of which are pilot rather than production models, lightly populated and resident on shared equipment.

The project aims to run a centrally managed hardware procurement programme designed to provide every HEI in Wales with dedicated and configured repository hardware by the end of 2007 as a major step towards realisation of the WRN. In close collaboration with the technical, organisational and operational support specifically provided for Welsh HEIs within the JISC funded Repository Support Project (RSP), also to be delivered from UWA, this initiative will provide a cost-effective, collaborative and decisive boost to the repository agenda in Wales and help JISC achieve the critical mass of populated repositories and digital content that is a stated objective of the Repositories and Preservation Programme.


  • 12 established open access digital institutional repositories (10 new, 2 developed from existing pilots)

This output will capitalise on RSP, be a milestone in the development of services to make Welsh research and other digital content more accessible, catalyse  institutional commitment to open access in Wales, and address the Welsh Assembly Government Reaching Higher agenda.

Programme Name: Digital Repositories and Preservation

Strand: Start Up and Enhancement

JISC Project URI:

Project URI:

Start Date: 2007 – 04 -01

End Date: 2009 – 03 -31


Contact Name and Role: Stuart Lewis, Project manager

Name of Trawler: John

Output – ART – An ontology methodology and CISP the proposed Core Information about Scientific Papers

Output Name: Output – ART – An ontology methodology and CISP (Core Information about Scientific Papers)

Title: An ontology methodology and CISP the proposed Core Information about Scientific Papers
Number of pages or page numbers: 26 pages

Date Released: December 2007

URI for Output:

Summary of contents:

This report contains details about CISP, the results from the online survey as well as the benefits of assuming an ontology methodology when producing meta-data.

This report has two main goals:

  • To introduce a new formalism for the description of scientific papers CISP (the Core Information about Scientific Papers);
  • Attract more attention to ontologies as a valuable methodology for developing metadata.

The report demonstrates the  advantages of an ontology methodology for developing metadata by applying it to the analysis of the Dublin Core metadata (DC). An ontology approach allows detecting potential weaknesses in the representation of the DC terms. Such weaknesses include overlap in the semantic meaning between the terms, logically incoherent representation of temporal and spatial relations as well as incoherence in the representation of content. An ontology can also suggest improvements to the DC.
The report describes an ontology methodology to construct CISP metadata about the content of papers. It makes use of an ontology of experiments EXPO proposed at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth as a core ontology, and DOLCE (a Descriptive Ontology for Linguistic and Cognitive Engineering) developed at the Laboratory for Applied Ontology, the Institute of Cognitive Science and Technology, Italy as an upper level ontology.
CISP is a defined set of leaf classes from these ontologies. It includes such key classes as <Goal of investigation>, <Object of investigation>, <Research method>, <Result>, <Conclusion>.

CISP can be used to generate abstracts and summaries of papers and also to facilitate storage and retrieval of information. CISP will constitute the basis for the ART tool. The latter is an authoring tool for the semantic annotation of papers stored in digital repositories. ART is intended for the semi-automatic annotation of data and metadata describing the scientific investigation represented in a research paper. ART will also be able to aid in the expression of research results directly in both a human and machine readable format, through the composition of text using ontology-based templates and stored typical key phrases. .
To find out more about ontology methodology refer to chapters 2 and 3 .
To learn about the proposed CISP metadata you can start reading from chapter 4 onwards.

Output – CURVE – Reuse Strategy

Title: Reuse Strategy

Pages: all

Summary of contents:
The document provides a thorough outline of the design use and management of IPeLOs (interprofessional e-learning objects).
It includes a section on overarching Reuse Principles, and outline workflows and checklists of critical questions for the supply, manage, and consume processes.

The strategy is for a particular type of formal learning object created specifically for the purpose of reusable sharing.
“IPeLOs are designed and constructed to facilitate reuse. This means they must be, to some extent, generalised. They do not contain information specific to a location, organisation, instructor, time or course. Any inbuilt bias to a region or culture is explicit. They do not contain hyperlinks to URLs which are restricted to particular groups of authorised users.”p4

The document provides a researched strategy for the design and creation of formal commissioned LO’s for sharing and reuse.

The success or failure of the strategy is outwith the scope of the document, but it should be clear that this is not intended to be a generic strategy for sharing learning materials nor can it be easily transferred to most extant learning materials.

Date Released: 12th Nov 2007

URI for Output:

Output – The Depot – Service Quality Repository

Title: The Depot Service Quality Repository

Date Released: Approx November 2007

URI for Output:

Summary of contents:

“The purpose of the Depot is to enable all UK academics to share in the benefits of open access exposure for their research outputs. As part of JISC RepositoryNet, the Depot is provided as a national facility geared to support the policies of UK universities and national funding agencies towards Open Access, aiding policy development in advance of a comprehensive institutional archive network”

The Depot offers the following features:

  • a re-direct service, nicknamed UK Repository Junction, to ensure that content that comes within the remit of an existing institutional repository is correctly placed.
  • accepts deposit of e-prints from researchers at institutions that do not currently have an Institutional Repository (IR). The principal target is postprints, that is articles that have been peer-reviewed and accepted for publication.
  • as  institutional repositories (IRs) are established, the Depot will support the transfer of relevant content to help populate those new IRs.  Meantime, the Depot will act as a keep-safe, notifying  institutions when deposits are made.
  • an OAI-compliant interface, so, like other open access repositories, its contents is available for harvesting, with special attention being paid to ensure that it can searched through the Intute Search, another part of JISC RepositoryNet.

Additional information:


I created a Depot account and submitted a test item for the purposes of assessing the repository on the 27th November 2008. The was later removed. My observations following this are:

  • The repository browse functioned well and was responsive. The repository in general was working well.
  • When submitting an item, the submission page annoyingly scrolls to the top on opening hidden metadata fields (Firefox 3.0.4 , Mac OS X 10.5.5).
  • The submission process is lengthy.
  • No subject matches found for ‘jazz’, ‘journalism’ or ‘music’. Seems odd.
  • The process of adding a new version of an existing item is convoluted and tricky.  Similar for deletion – not intuiative.

The Depot repository would appear to match a large number of repository benefit and role categories, all of which are self evident. Feedback would be welcomed on these.

Project – FAR

Federated Access to Repositories

Project Name: Federated Access to Repositories

Programme Name: Digital Repositories programme

Strand: Interoperability Demonstrators

JISC Project URI:

Project URI:

Start Date:01/11/2007

End Date:31/07/2008

Governance: Integrated Information Environment Committee (JIIE)

Contact Name and Role: John Paschoud, Project Manager

Brief project description: A workshop at the OAI5 conference in April 2007 identified a need for improved attribute managed federated access to repositories, and produced a set of requirements. The Federated Access to Repositories (FAR);project would take up this list, and use it to: Create recommendations for attributes to describe authorisation to repositories; where appropriate,;these recommendations will be passed to relevant standards groups Develop extensions to the repository software (EPrints and DSpace) so that it can be used with; Shibboleth and meet these requirements (building on earlier work where this exists) ;Test existing work integrating Shibboleth and Fedora and recommend to developers what will be;needed to meet these requirements ;Install demonstration repositories to show how this can work in practice Feed the modifications and full documentation into the appropriate repository software development process to ensure maintenance through future releases of Eprints and Shibboleth Develop procedures to consider ways of extending federated access management to new functionality introduced into the repository software products following the conclusion of the project A demonstrator of the software will be produced as well as a final version.

Name of Trawler: Mahendra Mahey


Project – ROAD

Project Name: Robot-generated Open Access Data

Programme Name: Repositories and Preservation Programme

Strand: Tools and Innovation

JISC Project URI:

Project URI:

Start Date:01 June 2007

End Date: 31 June 2009

Governance: Repositories and preservation advisory group, Integrated Information Environment Committee (JIIE)

Contact Name and Role: Stuart Lewis, Project Manager

Brief project description:

The aim of the two year JISC funded project (start date June 2007) is to investigate the use of current open-source digital repository software to enable the automatic curation of robot-generated experimental data and metadata.

The intention is to demonstrate the feasibility of using current open-source digital repository software for management of data acquired directly from automatic integrated laboratory equipment, specifically the Robot Scientist created at UWA.

It is expected that the project will also contribute to research on the sharing of experimental data as well as providing a case study for similar scientific installations in other institutions and for other scientific domains. The vision for data repositories in Digital Repositories Roadmap: looking forward has an information environment in which raw research data is made available on an open access basis. This vision includes the idea of direct linking between laboratory equipment and a departmental or institutional repository. The link with the Robot Scientist constitutes a sophisticated demonstration of this vision.

Development work and testing will focus on three open source repository systems: DSpace, Fedora and EPrints.

Name of Trawler: Mahendra Mahey

Output:  No outputs are available at present. The plan suggests the following:
• A report detailing the ability of different repository platforms to ingest and store the requisite data in a suitable fashion
• Quarterly project reports giving updates on the progress of the project.
• Final report detailing the investigations undertaken, the software written, and the evaluation performed.
Software (specific to chosen repository platform)
• A suitable data repository to hold the data from the Robot Scientist
• Software to perform the ingest of large amounts of data into the chosen repository platform
• Suitable interfaces to allow people and machines to easily download the data help within the repository

Output – Lirolem – Briefing Paper: Open Access

Title: Briefing Paper on Open Access and Institutional Repositories

Pages: all

Summary of contents:
An effective review of OA and the related case for institutional repositories.

This output is noted here but will not be otherwise summarised – it addresses Open Access and Repositories succinctly and well but does not engage with learning materials – consequently out of scope.

this significance of this is that even in a project explicitly attempting to support the storage and use of learning materials/ complex materials in repositories, the case put to senior management for funding relates to scholarly communications.

Date Released: unknown,
URI for Output:

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

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