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. “

Outputs:

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

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Project – UPlaCe

Project Name: UPlaCe

Programme Name: Repositories and Preservation

Strand: Information environment, e-Resources, e-Research, e-Administration, e-Learning

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

Project URI: http://www.uplace.org.uk/

Start Date: 1st April 2007

End Date: 28th April 2009

Governance: RPAG?

Contact Name and Role: Dr Neil Witt, Project Manager

Brief project description:

The University of Plymouth Colleges (UPC) Faculty at the University of Plymouth has a requirement to develop a repository which will meet the needs of a regional partnership and is capable of storing a range of materials.

There is a requirement for sharing good practice and making learning materials available to students in a manner which places students’ needs at the heart of their learning experience in both the college and work based learning environments. The UPC Repository will allow the sharing of materials across a network of colleges and allow staff access to a range of support materials. The lessons learned in delivering and using the UPC Repository across institutions would be transferable to other partnerships within HE and HE in FE.

Outputs:

  • a repository for the UPC faculty
  • workflows involved in the storage of material from across multiple partner colleges in a digital repository
  • published procedures and training and support materials
  • system related documentation
  • a case study on the process of creating a digital repository
  • reports for publication related to implementation, outcomes and impact
  • outcomes of this project will also be written up as a briefing document for UPC and its partner colleges

Comments:

Project – Preserving Access to Software Research Outputs

Project Name: Preserving Access to Software Research Outputs

Programme Name: Repositories and Preservation

Strand: Information Environment

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

Project URI: None found

Start Date: 1st April 2007

End Date: 31st March 2008

Governance:RPAG

Contact Name and Role: Professor J Woodcock

Brief project description:

The project will investigate issues around the deposition and preservation of software artefacts in repositories. It will develop guidelines for the preservation of software research outputs, in particular, considering the use of existing software repositories such as sourceForge. It will develop these guidelines from the partners’ experience in running a number of software repositories but in particular by monitoring and analysing in detail a particular case study which is a thematic software repository in the software engineering domain.

Outputs:

None available.

Comments:

No outputs found as at 22nd January 2009. No project website found.

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.

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.

Outputs:

  • 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: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/reppres/sue/welshrepositorynetwork.aspx

Project URI: http://www.inf.aber.ac.uk/projects/wrn-start-up/

Start Date: 2007 – 04 -01

End Date: 2009 – 03 -31

Governance:

Contact Name and Role: Stuart Lewis, Project manager

Name of Trawler: John

Project – MR CUTE 2

Project Name: Moodle Repository Create, Upload, Tag and Embed (MR-CUTE 2)

Programme Name: Repositories and Preservation Programme

Strand: Matching funding for digital repository development

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

Project URI: http://www.learningobjectivity.com/mrcute/

Start Date: 2008

End Date: March 2009

Governance: Repositories and preservation advisory group

Contact Name and Role: Peter Kilcoyne, Project Manager

Brief project description: MrCute is an acronym for Moodle Repository Create Upload Tag Embed, and is intended as an optional Moodle module and block which allow direct and straightforward access to instititutional and other repositories of online learning materials. MrCute 1 was released as a Moodle extension at the end of March 2008. Phase 2 will be released at the end of March 2009 but it is hoped that it will be available for testing some time before that.

Mrcute is intended primarily within the United Kingdom and some portions may only function fully in the UK, but is released under an Open Source licence for use anywhere in the world.

Name of Trawler: Mahendra Mahey

Output – FAR – Adding Shibboleth to DSpace With CASAK

Output Name: Output – FAR – Adding Shibboleth to DSpace With CASAK

Title: Adding Shibboleth to DSpace With CASAK
Number of pages or page numbers: webpage

Date Released: unknown

URI for Output: https://dspace.far-project.lse.ac.uk/casak-shib.html (report) for

patch – https://saffron.caret.cam.ac.uk/svn/projects/far/trunk/

Summary of contents:

CASAK is a patch for DSpace which allows container auth to be integrated into DSpace. It provides a number of mapping and filtering facilities to transform data provided by the container into a form suitable for DSpace. These facilities are generally inferior to those available within the SP, but for simple cases the configuration is perhaps simpler.

Configuring CASAK to use Shibboleth is therefore simpler than many use-cases of CASAK.

The approach used here contrasts with that used in MAMS in that CASAK is not Shibboleth specific, and has been designed to make a range of container auth solutions possible with CASAK. The purpose of this was to increase the long-term sustainability of the patch by extending its application to as broad a user-base as possible.