Project – UPlaCe

Project Name: UPlaCe

Programme Name: Repositories and Preservation

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

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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.


  • 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


Project – CIRCLE

Short Project Name: Common Institutional Repositories for Collaborative Learning Environments (CIRCLE)

Programme Name: Repositories and Preservation programme

Strand: Information Environment

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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.


  • 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.


No significant outputs found as at 22nd January 2009 other than project website and conference presentations.

Output – CLAReT – Personas


Pages: all

Date Released: not known

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Summary of contents:

The output contains persona and corresponding scenarios for six end users of a system managing digital learning materials in the context of language learning. The personae were used in the context of roleplay in workshops to develop and test the concept/ domain map of language learning in HE.

The personae provide a useful reference for system desginers in this domain.

Project – CLAReT

Project Name: CLAReT (Contextualised Learning Repository Tools)

Programme Name: Repositories and Preservation Programme

Strand: Information Environment

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Start Date: 1 Oct 2006
End Date: 31 Oct 2007

Governance: JIIE

Contact Name and Role: Dr. Yvonne Howard, Project Manager

Brief project description:
“CLARET will develop a  prototype web service that can enable visual exploration and the use of social bookmarking of contextual metadata in a repository context.
The CLARET project will also explore the relationship between Learning Object Contextual metadata and the teaching and learning context as defined by working with practitioners. ”

Name of Trawler: John


Please note this project led to the subsequent FAROES project

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

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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 – MR CUTE – MR CUTE Software

Output Name: Output – MR CUTE – MR CUTE Software

Title: MR CUTE Software

Date Released: 31 March 2008

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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 – Reuse Strategy

Title: Reuse Strategy

Pages: all

Summary of contents:
The document provides a thorough outline of the design use and management of IPeLOs (interprofessional e-learning objects).
It includes a section on overarching Reuse Principles, and outline workflows and checklists of critical questions for the supply, manage, and consume processes.

The strategy is for a particular type of formal learning object created specifically for the purpose of reusable sharing.
“IPeLOs are designed and constructed to facilitate reuse. This means they must be, to some extent, generalised. They do not contain information specific to a location, organisation, instructor, time or course. Any inbuilt bias to a region or culture is explicit. They do not contain hyperlinks to URLs which are restricted to particular groups of authorised users.”p4

The document provides a researched strategy for the design and creation of formal commissioned LO’s for sharing and reuse.

The success or failure of the strategy is outwith the scope of the document, but it should be clear that this is not intended to be a generic strategy for sharing learning materials nor can it be easily transferred to most extant learning materials.

Date Released: 12th Nov 2007

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