Output – IncReASe: Final Report – research management

Title: IncReASe: Final Report

Page: 14, 21-22

Date Released: 30 April 2009
URI for Output: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/increase/increase_finalreportv1.pdf

Summary of contents:
All three universitiies particpating in WRRO have begun to examine Research management systems with differing results.
University of Sheffield have put their working group’s findings on hold pending more information about the REF but are investigating systems.
University of York is currently scoping a Research Information System (WRRO is likley to have a significant role)
University of Leeds has selected a system. Their RIS system “will [probably] become the primary ingest route for both metadata and full text”. As yet workflows and staffing (including any involvement of repository or library staff) for the metadata creation in this new system are unclear. As the source of metadata and primary point of contact with academic/ research staff this has the potential to greatly benefit the integration of WRRO into the publication process.

From the conlucions:
“Our discussion with researchers suggests that a comprehensive service – essentially, a publication database – is probably an easier sell than a pure “open access” repository (echoing the conclusions previously drawn by, for example, the TARIS project); its raison d’être is clearer and the possibility for providing services back to researchers in the form of full listings of research and detailed information on traffic to individual works, is increased. Currently, this is not the direction being taken by WRRO; rather, because other central services are likely to fulfil the publication database function, the emphasis remains on external dissemination of open access outputs.”
“Capturing grant and project data relevant to research outputs is likely to increase in importance; this data can help maximise the value of repository content for both research and administrative purposes.”

The RIS system at Leeds does of course also raise potential to difficulties for metadata quality.

All three institutions invovled in WRRO are actively moving towards some form of CRIS system; in all institutions this will impact significantly on the role and prominence of the repository. It is not clear how positive or negative this impact will be. What is clear is that for a institutional repositories covering the area of scholarly communicaitons CRIS systems are very likely to change what and how they operate.

Output – IESR – Latest Additions RSS feed

Title: IESR Latest Additions RSS feed

Date Released: Unknown

URI for Output: http://iesr.ac.uk/feeds/latestadditions.xml

Summary of contents:

Allows applications or users to subscribe to the 10 latest resources added to IESR.

Additional information:


Output – IESR – OpenURL Link-To Resolver

Title: IESR OpenURL Link-To Resolver

Date Released: Unknown

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

Summary of contents:

“The IESR OpenURL ‘Link-To’ Resolver service provides retrieval of IESR XML records for single entities using Z39.88-2004, OpenURL Framework, syntax. Currently support for OpenURL syntax is limited allowing retrieval by identifier only using a Key/Encoded Value (KEV) request inline by HTTP. Values must be URL-encoded.”

Additional information:


Output – IESR – Registry m2m Interfaces (OAI-PMH, SRU/W and Z39.50)

Title: IESR Registry Machine to Machine Interfaces (OAI-PMH, SRU/W and Z39.50)

Date Released: Unknown

URI for Output:  http://iesr.ac.uk/use/oaipmh/, http://iesr.ac.uk/use/sru/http://iesr.ac.uk/use/z3950/

Summary of contents:

These outputs provide m2m interfaces for cross, meta- or federated search applications.

Additional information:


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!


Output – CURVE – Final Report: Interoperabilty

Title: JISC Final Report – CURVE

Page: 8- 10

Summary of contents:
As a result of the project interoperability and / or integration between a number of systems at Coventry has been achieved/

These systems include:
p2 “the learning and teaching environment, library systems, the e-research environment and access/authentication systems”
“Proven integration of information systems: CUOnline, Talis List, Equella, Aleph across the institution.” p8

Interoperability with CV system:
“The task of linking to CUCV, the Coventry University research database of academic CVs, qualifications, publications and research activity did not prove to be a problem as it is a web-based product and it contains field entries both for DOI and URL which easily allow linking to both internal and external repositories. The real issue identified was the lack of appropriate reference types within CUCV to store outputs from the creative areas. ” [lack of reference types is discipline wide]

“There was also no problem in linking Curve to ResearchNet, the University’s web presence for research activity. We have chosen not to do this at the moment due to the concern about the potential harm caused by citation splitting referred to earlier.”

Demonstration of successful joining up of a multitude of institutional systems/ infrastructure with a repository.

Date Released: August 2008

URI for Output: http://cuba.coventry.ac.uk/curve/files/2008/10/curve_final_report.doc

Project – MR-CUTE

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

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.wortech.ac.uk/mrcute

Start Date: 2007-10-01

End Date: 2008-03-30

Governance: Repositories and preservation advisory group

Contact Name and Role: Peter Kilcoyne, Project Manager

Brief project description: At present Moodle has a repository which does not have functionality for uploading and tagging resources. It is also not searchable. This project is designed to develop a repository module for Moodle that will allow, uploading, tagging, sharing and searching. As Moodle is fast becoming the most popular VLE in the FE sector as well as being increasingly used in the HE sector it is hoped this will have a significant impact in promoting sharing of resources in many institutions.

Name of Trawler: Mahendra Mahey