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


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

Output – VIF: Embedding Versioning

Title: VIF: Embedding Versioning Information in an Object

Pages: webpage
Date Released: Jan2008

URI for Output: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/vif/Framework/Object/index.html

Summary of contents:
Because it is entirely possible for users to access objects within a repository without ever seeing any metadata, VIF recommends that some versioning information is embedded into the object and suggests the following:

“It is strongly recommended that at least one of the following solutions to embed versioning information into object is advocated and used systematically within a repository:

1. ID Tags and Properties Fields
2. Cover Sheet
3. Filename
4. Watermark”

The framework provides some further details about each of these. In essence – use something and use it consistently

Supporting interoperabilty, especially interoperability over time is reliant on being able to distinguish between versions. It maybe simple to regard ‘use something consistently’ as a standard but if a repository at least follows it’s own standard. this provides a starting point for interoperability.

Outputs – VIF: Dates

Title: VIF:Dates

Pages: webpage
Date Released: May 2008

URI for Output: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/vif/Framework/Essential/dates.html

Summary of contents:

“# If there is ever only one option for a date, then it is critical that you find a way to make it clear which date you are referring to. You should agree on what the most relevant to your repository is, apply it consistently and provide information to users about it.
# VIF recommends is that if you only use one date, it should be Date Modified (by the author, not the repository) and wherever possible, this should be accompanied by a description of who made the changes and why.
# A key thing to remember when considering which date to use to enhance version identification, is that it should relate to the object at hand, not to the repository or to an understanding of the workflow.”

The VIF project provides guidance about the, often ambiguous, use of dates in repositories.

Output – VIF: Versioning Information – identification

Title: VIF: Essential Versioning Information

Pages: webpage
Date Released: May 2008

URI for Output: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/vif/Framework/Essential/index.html

Summary of contents:
As well as author and title information VIF reccomends that the clear identification of an item should be supported by as much of the following information as possible. The pieces of information should be exposed by “embedding them into an object or storing them in metadata”

” 1. Defined dates
2. Identifiers
3. Version numbering
4. Version labels or Taxonomies
5. Text description”

The VIF provides further details about each of these types of information. Where there are key recomendations they are listed in this blog as seperate entries.

The consistent provsion of this set of information would better enable repository services to locate appropriate copies from aggregated copies of the same item.

Project – CAIRO

Project Name: Complex Archive Ingest for Repository Objects

Short Project Name: CAIRO

Brief project description:
“This project will develop a tool for ingesting complex collections of born-digital materials, with basic descriptive, preservation and relationship metadata, into a preservation repository. The proposal is based on needs identified by the JISC-funded Paradigm project and the Wellcome Library’s Digital Curation in Action project and is a key building block in our strategy to develop digital repository architectures which can support the development of digital collections. This tool will be tested on personal digital collections already accessioned by the partner institutions and will provide an open-source tool for use by others with similar requirements. The project will produce technical and user support documentation and promote the tool with relevant audiences. “


Programme Name: Repositories and Preservation Programme

Strand: Tools and Innovation

JISC Project URI: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/reppres/cairo.aspx
Project URI: http://cairo.paradigm.ac.uk/about/index.html

Start Date: 2006-10-01

End Date: 2008-08-31

Governance: Integrated Information Environment Committee (JIIE)

Contact Name and Role: Susan Thomas, Project Manager

Name of Trawler: John

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.


  • 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.


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

Output – MR CUTE – MR CUTE Software

Output Name: Output – MR CUTE – MR CUTE Software

Title: MR CUTE Software

Date Released: 31 March 2008

URI for Output: http://download.moodle.org/download.php/patches/mrcute.zip

Summary of contents: MR CUTE Plugin for Moodle, which includes user and admin documentation.

Additional information: It’s ESSENTIAL to implement the original IMS system first and make sure it’s working before installing the MrCute patch!


Project – WRAP

Warwick Research Archive Project

Project Name: Warwick Research Archive Project (WRAP)

Programme Name: Digital Repositories programme

Strand: Start up and enhancement

JISC Project URI: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/programme_rep_pres/repositories_sue/wrap.aspx

Project URI: http://go.warwick.ac.uk/repositories

Start Date: October 2007

End Date:March 2009

Governance:Information Enviroment

Contact Name and Role: Jenny Delasalle, Project Manager

Brief project description: The project will establish, populate and promote an institutional repository service which will house and provide access to pre- and post-prints as well as e-theses.
The target is to make available between 1,500-3,000 e-prints over the course of the eighteen-month project. The project will also enable development of the local infrastructure required to handle approximately 350 theses per annum in addition to any retrospectively digitised under the proposed EthOSnet service.

Name of Trawler: Mahendra Mahey


Several listed

  • The technical commissioning of the WRAP institutional repository
  • Adoption of metadata schemas and design of deposit workflow(s)
  • Access to a target of 1,500 – 3,000 available research papers
  • Development of a local infrastructure to handle approximately 350 theses per annum
  • Evaluation of interoperability issues of search, authentication and federated access
  • Assessment of future needs and opportunities, including other IR data types and the opportunity to build additional services around the IR
  • A Warwick repositories website to promote and support learning and good practice
  • Dissemination activities at local, programme and national level