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


Output – IESR – IESR Registry

Title: IESR Registry

Date Released: Unknown

URI for Output: http://iesr.ac.uk/service/iesrbrowse?type=new

Summary of contents:

“IESR is a resource discovery tool intended to benefit the UK academic community. Access is through web and machine interfaces or search plug-ins.”

Additional information:

There are a number of machine to machine interfaces to the IESR. The link above is to the web interface aimed at users.


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


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.”


  • 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

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:


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.

Output – SNEEP – Social Networking Plugins for Eprints

Title: SNEEP Eprints repository plugins

Date Released: 29th May 2008

URI for Output: http://sneep.ulcc.ac.uk/eprints/view/subjects/modules.html

Summary of contents: The SNEEP plugins add ‘key’ Web 2.0 features to the EPrints repository software. They were developed in response to recommendations by Franklin and van Harmelen that institutional repositories can be made more accessible for learning and teaching through the use of Web 2.0 technologies.

There are four plugins available to add the facility for comments, bookmarks, tags and notes which are also available as a suite.

Additional information: Requires EPrints 3.x version. A “very manual install” process is required for the beta release. An install script may exist in the future.

Comments: I created SNEEP demo repository account for myself to test the plugins. I successfully added tags, comments and notes to the ‘Aurora Leigh’ test item at http://sneep.ulcc.ac.uk/eprints/3/. The bookmarks feature returned an error. The functionality was straightforward and quick to use.

Benefits: Web 2.0 functionality may increase motivation for deposit. RSS and Atom may help embedding.

Roles: RSS and Atom may increase the availability of info for collation and be used to increase visibility.

Output – SOURCE – Screencast for Proof of Concept Demonstrator

Title: Screencast for Proof-of-Concept Demonstrator

Date Released: 6th April 2007

URI for Output: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/lib/life/source/demonstrator/Screecast_ProofOfConceptDemonstrator_SOURCE.html

Summary of contents: Audio and video screencast of the proof of concept SOURCE bulk migration tool. The screencast shows a java swing bulk migration application querying MIT hosted applications of Learning Edge and Intralibrary repositories. The repositories are queried and items found. A learning object is then migrated to a Harvest Road Hive repository using the tool and shown to be deposited.

Additonal information:


Output – EThOSnet – Toolkit

Output Name: Output – EThOSnet – Toolkit

Title: EThOSnet – Toolkit
Number of pages or page numbers:

Date Released: 22 May 2008?

URI for Output: http://ethostoolkit.cranfield.ac.uk/tiki-index.php

Summary of contents:

Interactive toolkit hosted at Cranfield University. The intention of using this toolkit will enable an institution to work in partnership with other Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and the British Library to ensure a high level of national and international visibility for UK postgraduate theses and dissertations.

Additonal information: