Output – SOURCE – Screencast and Summary of Bulk Migration Tool

Title: Screencast and Summary of Bulk Migration Tool

Date Released: 31st July 2007

URI for Output: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/lib/life/source/alpha/BulkMigrationTool_AlphaRelease.html and http://www.source.bbk.ac.uk/reports/SummaryToScreencast_BulkMigrationTool_Alpha (PDF document)

Summary of contents: A screencast and summary document that demonstrate the use of the alpha release bulk migration tool to migrate content from one repository (Equella) into two other repositories (two Harvest Road Hive repositories).

Additonal information:

Comments: lack of audio on the screencast limits it’s usefulness.


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:


Project – CURVE

Coventry University repository validation and enhancement

Short Project Name: CURVE

Brief project description:
“CURVE will aim over the course of 18 months to create a substantial body of research and learning outputs from across the institution and elsewhere by building on an established institutional repository. In particular we have the expertise to offer a considerable resource in the dance and product, automotive and transport design areas, as well as at the transition from FE to HE in health boundary.

The Coventry University Repository Virtual Environment is the bridge between the e-learning environment (CUOnline) and the information environment provided by the university’s Lanchester Library… CURVE’s main purpose is to be a major element in the university technology enhanced learning environment. CURVE is based on the Equella repository system developed by The Learning Edge.”


  1. Final report http://cuba.coventry.ac.uk/curve/files/2008/10/curve_final_report.doc
  2. Report on video accesses http://cuba.coventry.ac.uk/curve/files/2008/08/accesses-to-curve-videos.doc
  3. Diagram showing integration with CUOnline http://cuba.coventry.ac.uk/curve/files/2008/08/cuonlinemay07.jpg
  4. Draft report on transfering objects into a VLE http://cuba.coventry.ac.uk/curve/files/2008/08/transferring-content-from-a-vle-to-a-repository.doc
  5. Mindmap of project http://cuba.coventry.ac.uk/curve/files/2008/08/curvediagram.jpg
  6. Purpose and content strategy http://cuba.coventry.ac.uk/curve/files/2008/05/ir-content-policyv1.doc
  7. CiPEL Learning Objects report http://cuba.coventry.ac.uk/curve/2007/11/14/cipel-learning-objects/
  8. Learning Object Reuse strategy http://cuba.coventry.ac.uk/curve/files/2008/05/ur_reuse_strategy_v021.doc
  9. InterProfessional eLearning Objects Presented Diagrammaticallyhttp://cuba.coventry.ac.uk/curve/files/2008/05/ur_ip_elo_diagrams_v02.doc
  10. Internal Structure of Learning Objects and Reusability http://cuba.coventry.ac.uk/curve/files/2008/05/ur_internal_structure_of_learning_objects_and_reusability.doc

Programme Name: Repositories and Preservation Programme

Strand: Repositories start-up and enhancement projects

JISC Project URI: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/programme_rep_pres/repositories_sue/curve.aspx
Project URI: http://cuba.coventry.ac.uk/curve/
Start Date: 2007-03-30

End Date: 2009-08-30

Governance: Repositories and preservation advisory group

Contact Name and Role: Prof David Morris, Lynn Clouder, Dr Caroline Ingram Project Director, Project Manager, Project Manager

Name of Trawler: John

Output – SOURCE – User Case Studies of Bulk-Migration in HE

Title: User Case Studies of Bulk-Migration in HE

Date Released: 25th May 2007

URI for Output: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/lib/life/source/UserCases/player.html

Summary of contents: Slide and audio description of the SOURCE project use cases by David Flanders. Twelve bulk transfer use cases are presented in addition to architecture, object model and GUI overviews. Most use cases describe either full or partial bulk transfer of objects and/or metdata between repositories.  The scenarios are based on the transfer of learning objects but are applicable more widely.

Additonal information: Six R&D case studies and six deposit API use studies are described as part of the same presentation.

Comments: Although the slide and audio description are useful and detailed, the output in the form of a Adobe Flash movie limits it’s usefulness and re-usability. No other form of the use cases is provided via the project website. The notes section of the presentation provides textual description of the use cases but this can’t be copied.

Output – Lirolem -‘a few post project thoughts…’:software and tools

Title:’a few post project thoughts…’ from lirolem project blog

Section: blog posting

Page: blog entry

Summary of contents:
stepping into a discussion of software selection:
repository for Lincoln
” However, the Open Source products [ePrints, Fedora, DSpace], as of Autumn 2007, offered a thriving academic community of users and developers but little to no multimedia functionality. Coming from working with commercial DAMs, I was pretty surprised by how non-text ‘assets’ seemed to have been neglected for so long in the academic world. Things are now clearly changing thanks to the JISC funding that’s supporting projects like LIROLEM, Kultur and SNEEP, but it does feel like a step back in time when I use repository software, which still suffers from the legacy of a ‘text publishing’ workflow process.”

repository related workspace for architecture faculty
“When it became clear that the Virtual Studio [the tool to support the architectural faculty] had more in common with a wiki than a repository (as understood within the academic world), I set up a Virtual Studio on Blackboard using the Campus Pack modules. Within the tight confines that a Blackboard System Administrator has, we had a Virtual Studio space that third year students were invited to test. It wasn’t everything that the Virtual Studio is anticipated to be, but it did allow students and staff to upload materials, create galleries of designs, discuss their work and blog. In principle, this seemed closer to what the Architects wanted. Visually, it still looks like Blackboard and although provided a useful test-case, does not meet the ‘designerly’ UI requirements that the Architects want. In other words, it’s not like using Flickr, YouTube or other rapidly evolving cutting-edge web 2.0 applications. Just as I found user expectations running away from our potential to develop the DAM at Amnesty, the same has always been evident in the LIROLEM/Virtual Studio Project. ”

this offers a useful commnetary on the current nature of the three key pieces of repository software and their fit with non- textual assets, user expectations, and desired functionality.

i suggest it has implications for the role of repositories in relation to digital workspaces, and trying to use single systems. it is also of note that Blackboard ended up being the tool they wanted to build in…

Date Released: 29th April 2008

URI for Output:http://pebblepad.lincoln.ac.uk/viewasset.aspx?oid=10236&type=thought

Output – Lirolem Completion Report: institutional impact

Title: LIROLEM Completion Report


Page: 2

Summary of contents:
‘Yes, there is definitely an interest and positive attitude towards depositing in the repository. For example The Snr. PVC has established a repository Steering Group chaired by the Dean of Research, to direct the strategic development of the repository and to oversee the implementation of an Institutional open access mandate and to approve the necessary policy and business changes that will ensure that all research undertaken by University of Lincoln students and staff should be systematically deposited, routinely managed, preserved and made freely available. We recognize that this will be a slow process that needs to first occur at the Departmental level.’

‘Although there are only approx. 100 IR records visible by the public, the 900+ records that we created for our RAE submission are in the ‘review’ area of the repository and will be made public in the near future, following discussions with each department’

Records a strategic decision by institution to engage with Open Access and address the idea of a mandate.

Also notes metadata / content available in a new repository as a a result of this project.

Date Released: unknown, March April 2008 likely

URI for Output: http://learninglab.lincoln.ac.uk/wiki/images/c/ca/Completion_Report.pdf

Output – Lirolem – Completion Report: software and tools

Title: LIROLEM Completion Report


Page: 1 and 3

Summary of contents:
‘We installed e-prints and although we have not been able to develop a seamless interaction with Blackboard as we originally intended we have developed a wiki space in Blackboard for students to collaborate on the production of materials for deposit in the repository. This is an area which we feel needs much more community effort and focus. We are aware of the SWORD Project but as most HE institutions have VLEs and IRs, there needs to be greater effort spent on integrating the two.’p1

‘We have integrated social bookmarking into the IR, using ‘Add This’.’p3

Lirolem highlights the ongoing disjunction between VLE’s and repositories and that their integration has not adequately been addressed.

However, their integration with bookmarking tools is a good example of joining up formal and informal services and supporting users in integrating information from repositories into other tools and making it more visible

Date Released: unknown, March April 2008 likely

URI for Output: http://learninglab.lincoln.ac.uk/wiki/images/c/ca/Completion_Report.pdf