Output – SAFIR: Policy – overview

Title: York Digital Library: Digital Library Policy

Pages: all
Date Released: 12 Feb 2009

URI for Output: https://vle.york.ac.uk/bbcswebdav/xid-324531_3

Summary of contents:
This document provides the policies of York Digital Library; the digital library has stated policies on:

  • Metadata
  • Code and documentation
  • Resources
  • Content [scope]
  • Submission
  • Rights
  • Preservation

York Digital Library has chosen to use Creative Commons (NC ND BY) licenses for its Metadata, documentation, and resources (where possible).


Although the sample policies are in themselves useful – covering things like takedown policy – the explicit use of Creative Commons for the work of the digital library team is worth noting both for its use and for the instituional view it indicates.

Output – SAFIR: Requirements Specification – Scenarios

Title: Digital Library Project (SAFIR): Requirements Specification

Pages: 14-15
Date Released: 07 March 2008

URI for Output: https://vle.york.ac.uk/bbcswebdav/xid-89716_3

Summary of contents:
Five scenarios are presented for the use of a mulitmedia repository.
Each is focused around a key type of use; they are:

  • finding image materials
  • sharing resources, advice and guidance
  • streaming
  • archival collections
  • video materials


The five scenarios are relevant to the growing knowledge/ innovation  base connected to the e-Framework.

Output – SAFIR: Requirements specifcation – overview

Title: Digital Library Project (SAFIR): Requirements Specification

Pages: all
Date Released: 07 March 2008

URI for Output: https://vle.york.ac.uk/bbcswebdav/xid-89716_3

Summary of contents:
The document presents a requirements specification for a digital library / multimedia repository and includes an overview of the methodology used to formulate it.

This requirements specification as a whole provides a useful point of reference for any institution considering the management of these types of materials.

Project – Overlay journal infrastructure for Meteorological Sciences (OJIMS)

Project Name:

Overlay journal infrastructure for Meteorological Sciences

Short Project Name:OJIMS

Programme Name:Repositories and Preservation

Strand: SUE

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

Project URIhttp://proj.badc.rl.ac.uk/ojims

Start Date: 1 March 2007

End Date:28 February 2008

Governance: JISC IEEE

Contact Name and Role: Sam Pepler (Project Manager)

Brief project description:

The main aim is to develop the mechanisms which could support both a new Journal of Meteorological Data and an Open-Access Repository for documents related to the meteorological sciences.

Name of Trawler: Mahendra Mahey

Outputs: (just link to individual output postings) as a bulleted list:

  • An operational metrological document repository
  • Overlay journal software
  • A business concept description for the ‘Journal of Meteorological Data’ and the ‘RMetS kite-marking journal’
  • Recommendations for setting up subject based repositories and overlay journal infrastructure

Output – OJIMS – Overlay Journal – The Journal of Meteorological Data

Output Name: Output – OJIMS – Overlay Journal – The Journal of Meteorological Data

Title: Overlay Journal – The Journal of Meteorological Data

Date Released:

URI for Output:http://zonda3.badc.rl.ac.uk/index.php/MetData

Summary of contents: Overlay journal proof of concept demonstration for data journal.

Additional information:


Output – VIF:The results of the VIF user requirements study – datasets

Title: VIF:The results of the VIF user requirements study

Pages: webpage (summary of http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/vif/Versioning_Issues_-_Discussion_Paper.doc)
Date Released:

URI for Output: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/vif/Problem/research.html

Summary of contents:
“VIF carried out further research into repositories that already contain some datasets, and investigated how these datasets are managed. Because this is a currently limited field, and because repository systems are not primarily configured to deal with such objects, we found that repository staff:

* Avoid versioning issues wherever possible by only keeping the most recent version. Older versions are deleted. This contrasts with how older version of other types of object are usually treated.
* By doing this, potential issues about which version people are citing becomes a problem.
* Have not found satisfactory ways to describe or indicate the relationship that a particular set of data holds to other related research outputs that are held in the repository.”


This practice, if widespread beyond the survey group, represents a significant challenge that needs to be addressed (possibly by tool/repository plugin development). Succesfully citing and sharing datasets requires a stable and identifiable versioning system.

Output – DExt – Comparison of Metadata Schemas

Output Name: Output – DExt – Comparison of Metadata Schemas

Title: DExt – Comparison of Metadata Schemas
Number of pages or page numbers: 2

Date Released: 3 April 2007

URI for Output: http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/dext/comparison3.doc

Summary of contents:

In order to assess the different metadata schemas that are relevant to the description of qualitative data resources, a brief comparison document has been produced. A comaprison of Data Document Initiative (DDI), Text Encoding Initiative (TEI), Qualitative Data Interchange Format (QDIF), UKDA Quali XML Schema, Dublin Core (DC), Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS).

Additonal information:

Output – DExt – DDI-DExT application (from source repository)

Output Name: Output – DExt – DDI-DExT application (from source repository)

Title: DExt – DDI-DExT application (from source repository)
Number of pages or page numbers:

Date Released: 2007/2008

URI for Output: http://forge.opendatafoundation.org/gf/project/ukda_dext/frs/

and more information about DDI Tools can be found at:


Summary of contents:

Repository contains source code for the DExt software as well as an SPSS reader.


Ouptut – DExT – APPENDIX 6: DDI-DExT Tools Project – Technical Report

Output Name: Output – DEXT – APPENDIX 6: DDI-DExT Tools Project – Technical Report

Title: APPENDIX 6: DDI-DExT Tools Project – Technical Report
Number of pages or page numbers: 13 pages

Date Released: 25 April 2008

URI for Output: http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/dext/reports/ODaF_Report.doc

Summary of contents:

The DDI-DExT Tools project’s primary objective was to produced a utility software for the conversion of statistical data files into an archive neutral format for long term preservation along with the option to re-package the data for dissemination to end users for use with various statistical packages. This initial effort was intended as a “proof-of-concept” tool to demonstrate the feasibility and sustainability of such approach. The development was conducted from June 2007 to February 2008 as a collaborative effort between the UK Data Archive (UKDA) and the Open Data Foundation (ODaF). This document summarizes the technical aspects and activities of the project. Conclusion is on page 13-14.

Output – DISC-UK – Datashare – Article about Datashare project

Output Name: Output – DISC-UK – Datashare – Article about Datashare project

Title: Article about Datashare project
Number of pages or page numbers: 6

Date Released: July 2008

URI for Output: http://www.disc-uk.org/docs/Aliss_article_DataShare.pdf

Summary of contents:

Article about the Datashare project published in ALISS Quarterly, quite a good summary of the project.