KAPTUR – eight months into the project (8/18)

This is our update for the end of the eighth month:

WP1: Project Management

WP3: Technical Infrastructure

WP4: Modelling

  • University of the Arts London (UAL) will take part in the DCC Institutional Engagement programme, this will include support to produce their RDM policy. Martin Donnelly from the DCC attended meetings at UAL on 16th May (to discuss the DCC tools and IE programme) and on 11th June (to discuss forming the RDM policy).
  • University for the Creative Arts now have a draft RDM policy which has been informed by both the work of University of Edinburgh and University of East London; this will be discussed further at an RDM working group meeting in June.
  • Both the Glasgow School of Art and Goldsmiths College, University of London, are in the process of drafting their RDM policies.

WP7: Dissemination

  • The Project Director’s abstract for the Digital Humanities Congress 2012, University of Sheffield, has been successful.
  • The EVA 2012 paper written by the Project Director and Project Manager has been accepted for publication following peer review.
  • The Project Director and the Project Manager attended the DataCite workshop at the British Library (blog post).
  • The GSA Project Officer will be talking about KAPTUR at the Staff Briefing event in September.
  • The Goldsmiths Project Officer has been invited to give a talk to the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), and will also be doing a webinar for the Repositories Support Project, both in July.
  • The UCA Project Officer will be writing a short article about KAPTUR for the ‘Between the sheets’ UCA Library newsletter.
  • The UAL Project Officer attended a JISC MRD event at University of the West of England, Bristol (blog post).
  • The Project Officers and Project Manager are working on publicity to further promote the Environmental Assessment report.
  • The Project Manager is working with Angus Whyte and Andrew McHugh from the Digital Curation Centre on two small events: Selecting and Appraising Research Data; and Using the OAIS Functional Model.

Technical development update

Since the beginning of the KAPTUR project, the Technical Manager has maintained contact with the UCA IT department to ensure they are aware of the project and its requirements. Work requests to IT have established precise deadlines, however for the purposes of this blog post the following tasks are represented in a month-by-month format for easy viewing:

Who What When (2012)
June July August September October
KAPTUR Technical Manager Download and install DataFlow on a local environment (not server).  X
KAPTUR Technical Manager Once DataFlow is stable, setup EPrints in the same local environment.  X
KAPTUR Technical Manager Development work to link DataFlow with EPrints.  X
KAPTUR project team and partner institutions First round of feedback and tests.  X
UCA IT Department Create Virtual Machine (VM) on servers hosted by UCA.  X
UCA IT Department Assign the URL kaptur.ucreative.ac.uk to the VM.  X
UCA IT Department Create back-up mechanisms in line with usual procedures for the VM.  X
KAPTUR Technical Manager Transfer local development environment to the new VM.  X
KAPTUR Technical Manager Test and debug.  X
KAPTUR project team and partner institutions Further feedback and tests of the system via the VM.  X
KAPTUR Technical Manager Further tests and debugging leading to initial pilot system.  X

The above table is based upon the original KAPTUR workpackages, additional investigations undertaken as part of the Technical Analysis report, and ongoing consultation with the project team.