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.

Output – FAR – LDAP server containing sample users with these attributes

Output Name: Output – FAR – LDAP server containing sample users with these attributes

Title: LDAP server containing sample users with these attributes
Number of pages or page numbers: webpage

Date Released: 29 June 2008

URI for Output: https://gabriel.lse.ac.uk/twiki/bin/view/Projects/FAR/FARProjectDemonstratorArchitecture

Summary of contents:

Technical description of the FAR Demonstrator Architecture.

Output – PRIMO -Working Multimedia Repository

Output Name: Output – PRIMO -Working Multimedia Repository

Title: Working Multimedia Repository

URI for Output: http://primo.sas.ac.uk/eprints/

Summary of contents: Working multimedia repository

Project – SWORD2

Programme Name: Simple Web service Offering Repository Deposit 2

Strand: Repositories and Preservation Programme, Tools and Innovations

JISC Project URI: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/programme_rep_pres/tools/sword.aspx

Project URI: http://www.swordapp.org/ and

http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/repositories/digirep/index/SWORD_Project#SWORD_2

Start Date: 01/07/2008

End Date: 31/12/2008

Governance: Repositories and Preservation Advisory Group

Contact Name and Role: Adrian Stevenson, Project Manager

Brief project description:

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“SWORD (Simple Web-service Offering Repository Deposit) takes forward the Deposit protocol developed by a small working group as part of the JISC Digital Repositories Programme by implementing it as a lightweight web-service in four major repository software platforms: EPrints, DSpace, Fedora and IntraLibrary. The existing protocol documentation will be finalised by project partners and a prototype ‘smart deposit’ tool will be developed to facilitate easier and more effective population of repositories. The project intends to take an iterative approach to developing and revising the protocol, web-services and client implementation through evaluative testing and feedback mechanisms. Community acceptance and take-up will be sought through dissemination activities. The project is led by UKOLN, University of Bath, with partners at the Aberystwyth University, the University of Southampton and Intrallect Ltd. The project aims to improve the efficiency and quality of repository deposit and to diversity and expedite the options for timely population of repositories with content whilst promoting a common deposit interface and supporting the Information Environment principles of interoperability.

SWORD is continuing the activities of the the JISC Digital Repository Programme Deposit API working group.”

Outputs:

Project – SPECTRa-T

Submission, preservation & exposure of Chemistry teaching & research data from theses

Short Project Name: SPECTRa-T

Programme Name: Repositories and Preservation Programme

Strand: Tools and Innovation

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

Project URI: http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/spectra-t/

Start Date: 2007-04-01

End Date: 2008-03-31

Governance: Repositories and preservation
advisory group

Contact Name and Role: Alan Tonge, Project Manager

Brief project description:

The aims of SPECTRa-T are to investigate the needs of the academic chemistry research community with respect to how data associated with theses may best be managed and to facilitate routine and automatic extraction of domain-specific data, its transformation into metadata and ingest into institutional repositories. SPECTRa-T will realise these aims through the development of automated validation and indexing tools specific to crystallography, computational chemistry and synthetic chemistry, and providing interfaces with Open Standards-compliant repository platforms.

Name of Trawler: Mahendra Mahey

Project – PRIMO

Practice-as-Research in Music Online

Short Project Name: PRIMO

Programme Name: Repositories and Preservation Programme

Strand: Matching funding for digital repository development

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

Project URI: http://music.sas.ac.uk/research-projects/practice-as-research-online.html

Start Date: 2007-03-01

End Date: 2009-02-28

Governance: Repositories and preservation advisory group

Contact Name and Role: Prof Katharine Ellis, Project Manager

Brief project description:

Practice-based research in Music lacks an adequate infrastructure. Where traditional modes of dissemination, for musical scores and for text-based research, are well developed, there is no infrastructure suitable for research involving musical practice. Unless it is commercially viable enough to be marketed on disc or DVD, it remains ephemeral, and the research processes involved in production are not always apparent from the end result. PRIMO’s aim is to help redress that situation by providing researchers with a new kind of platform for sonic-based research which allows an insight into process, contextualises the end result, and opens up a new kind of dialogue among researchers.

Name of Trawler: Mahendra Mahey

Outputs

  1. A working repository suitable for a medium-sized multimedia collection

Available at: http://primo.sas.ac.uk/eprints/

  1. A MCPS-PRS licence to cover all in-copyright music deposited in the repository
  2. Guidance on IPR issues and technical issues for depositors

Outcomes

  1. A new means of capturing and disseminating what was once an ephemeral event
  2. A new means for students to gain insights into a developing area of research that intersects with their daily creative practice
  3. New solutions to complex problems of intellectual property rights and management

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

Output:

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