Output – HILTIV: demonstrators

Title: HILT phase IV demonstrators

Pages: webpage
Date Released: June 2008
URI for Output: http://hilt.cdlr.strath.ac.uk/hilt4/demonstrators.html

Summary of contents:
HILTIV has produced a number of service demostrators examining “cross-searching multi-subject scheme information environments”. The demonstration aspect of their work is that the mapppings being used are of selected sections of vocabularl schema.

They have a:


They have also embedded the demostrator service within BUBL (an catalogue of resources relating to Library and Information Sciences) http://bubl.ac.uk/hilt4.htm
They have also created some form of client for OCLC http://linuxserv.cdlr.strath.ac.uk/~anuj/cgi-bin/hilt4/oclc_client.cgi

Comments:

Output – IESR – HTML Plug-in

Title: IESR Registry HTML Plug-in

Date Released: Unknown

URI for Output: http://iesr.ac.uk/use/htmlplugin/

Summary of contents:

“The IESR Search HTML Plug-in allows you to add an IESR search to your website in order to discover new electronic resources. The plug-in is a simple HTML search box that shows results on the IESR website.”

Additional information:

You need a basic knowledge of HTML and CSS plus the ability to edit webpages. Simply add the following HTML, CSS and Javascript to your webpage to create the search box.

Comments:

Project – Resourcing Identifier Interoperability for Repositories (RIDIR)

Project Name:
Resourcing IDentifier Interoperability for Repositories

Short Project Name: RIDIR

Programme Name: Repositories and Preservation

Strand: Discovery to Delivery

JISC Project URI: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/reppres/ridir.aspx

Project URI:  http://www.hull.ac.uk/ridir/

Start Date:  1 April 2007

End Date: 31 March 2008

Governance: JISC IEE

Contact Name and Role:  Richard Green (Project Manager)

Brief project description:

The project investigated the requirements for, and benefits of, the clear use of persistent identifiers in order to facilitate interoperability between digital repositories of different types.

Name of Trawler: Mahendra Mahey

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

* Report from National Workshops including use cases and development plan
* RIDIR Final Report

Project – Defining Image Access

Project Name: Defining Image Access

Short Project Name: Defining Image Access

Programme Name: Repositories and Preservation

Strand: Discovery to Delivery

JISC Project URIhttp://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/reppres/definingimageaccess.aspx

Project URIhttp://imageweb.zoo.ox.ac.uk/wiki/index.php/Defining_Image_Access

Start Date: 1 January 2007

End Date: 30 June 2007

Governance: JISC IIE

Contact Name and Role: David Shotton(Principal Investigator)

Brief project description:

Investigate what is required to develop and provide discovery and delivery interoperability for research image data held in DSpace, EPrints and Fedora-based institutional repositories, the three main open-source software systems used within the UK HE/FE sector, using a data web approach.

Name of Trawler: Mahendra Mahey

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


Project – OpenDoar

Project Name: OpenDoar

Programme Name:Digital Repositories Programme 2005-7

Strand: Information Environment, e-Administration

JISC Project URI: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/digitalrepositories2005/opendoar.aspx

Project URI: http://www.opendoar.org/

Start Date: 1st Jan 2005

End Date: 30th June 2006

Governance:

Contact Name and Role: Bill Hubbard, Project Manager

Brief project description:

“OpenDOAR will categorise and list the wide variety of Open Access research archives that have grown up around the world. Such repositories have mushroomed over the last 2 years in response to calls by scholars and researchers worldwide to provide open access to research information.

OpenDOAR will provide a comprehensive and authoritative list of institutional and subject-based repositories, as well as archives set up by funding agencies – like the National Institutes for Health in the USA or the Wellcome Trust in the UK and Europe. Users of the service will be able to analyse repositories by location, type, the material they hold and other measures. This will be of use both to users wishing to find original research papers and for third-party “service providers”, like search engines or alert services, which need easy to use tools for developing tailored search services to suit specific user communities.”

Outputs:

  • Descriptive list of open access repositories of relevance to academic research.
  • Comprehensive & authoritative list for end users wishing to find particular types of, or specific repositories.
  • Comprehensive, structured and maintained list with clear update and self-regulation protocols to enable development of the list.
  • Crominent international role in the organisation of and access to open access repository services.
  • Supporting Open Access outreach and advocacy endeavours within institutions and globally.
  • Survey the growing field of academic open access research repositories and categorise them in terms of locale, content and other measures

Project – NAMES

Project Name: Names: Pilot national name and factual authority service

Programme Name: Repositories and Preservation Programme

Strand: Information Environment

JISC Project URI: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/reppres/sharedservices/names.aspx

Project URI: http://names.mimas.ac.uk/

Start Date: 1st May 2007

End Date:30th September 2008

Governance: RPAG

Contact Name and Role: Amanda Hill, Project Manager

Brief project description:

The project is scoping the requirements of UK institutional and subject repositories for a service that will reliably and uniquely identify individuals and institutions.

A prototype service is under development to test the various processes involved. This includes determining the most appropriate data format, setting up a test database, mapping data from different sources, populating the database with records and testing the use of the data.

This will provide important information about the future usefulness of a name authority service for institutional and subject-based repositories, and other applications beyond the repository sector.”

Outputs:

Comments:

The prototype service is now available as at 13th Jan 2009, but some development work is still to be done (acc to Names blog last paragraph).

Project – IESR

Project Name: Information Environment Service Registry (IESR)

Programme Name: Information Environment

Strand: Shared Infrastructure Services programme

JISC Project URI: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/services/mimas/iesr.aspx

Project URI: http://www.iesr.ac.uk/

Start Date: 1st Jan 2003

End Date: 31st Match 2009

Governance: JISC Integrated Information Environment committee?

Contact Name and Role: Vic Lyte, Project Manager

Brief project description:

“The IESR has been developed to provide a registry of information about electronic resources that are of value to teachers, researchers and learners. The IESR project is part of JISC‘s Shared Services Programme.

The aim is to create a reliable source of information that other applications, such as portals, can freely access through machine-to-machine protocols, in order to help their end users discover resources of assistance to them.

The IESR contains information about the resources themselves, technical details about how to access the resources, and contact details for the resource providers. For resource providers the IESR will hold a master description of their electronic resources, to which other potential users of the resources may be directed.

The registry is held in an XML repository using Cheshire information retrieval software.”

Outputs:

Project – CIRCLE

Short Project Name: Common Institutional Repositories for Collaborative Learning Environments (CIRCLE)

Programme Name: Repositories and Preservation programme

Strand: Information Environment

JISC Project URI: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/reppres/sue/circle

Project URI: https://mw.brookes.ac.uk/display/circle/Home

Start Date: 1st Feb 2007

End Date: 31st July 2008

Governance: RPAG

Contact Name and Role: Stuart Brown, Project Manager

Brief project description:

Exploring the organisational, cultural, procedural and technical challenges in creating a singular repository to fulfil the roles usually provided by discrete Learning Object Management, Open Archive and scholarly repository systems. Delivering these systems into live operation. Collaborating with Intrallect to accelerate development. Advancing understanding and acceptance by the dissemination of the results of our work through the JISC programmes structures.

Outputs:

  • Establish Learning Object Management system.
  • Establish repository to hold and make available Brookes research outputs as an Open Archive.
  • Situate these developments within processes encouraging collaboration, self-direction and sharing.
  • Explore the wider relationship between these repository applications and other content management and collaborative technologies.
  • Share the experience and promote an advance in thinking on the relationships between repository types and their integration with complex and diverse user communities.

Comments:

No significant outputs found as at 22nd January 2009 other than project website and conference presentations.

Output – The Depot – UK Repository Junction

Title: UK Repository Junction

Date Released: June 2007

URI for Output: http://depot.edina.ac.uk/junction.html

Summary of contents:

‘UK Repository Junction’ is a re-direct service to ensure that content that comes within the remit of an existing institutional repository is correctly placed.

Additional information:

The service is essentially part of the functioning of the Depot service quality repository (separately listed as an output).

Comments:

On testing the redirection using the example of the University of Bath which has it’s own repository, the junction worked correctly.

Output – The Depot – Service Quality Repository

Title: The Depot Service Quality Repository

Date Released: Approx November 2007

URI for Output: http://deposit.depot.edina.ac.uk/

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:

Comments:

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.