KAPTUR at OR2012

With thanks to Robin Burgess, Kaptur Project Officer, The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) for the following blog post.

The theme for the 7th International Conference on Open Repositories was “Open Services for Open Content: Local in for Global out”. There was a rich and varied programme that reflected the current move towards open content, augmented content, distributed systems and data delivery infrastructures.

The conference opened with a variety of workshops about more specialised aspects of repositories, focusing on methods and application as well as support networks and advice, including from the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) and the Repositories Support Project (RSP). Following the workshops the conference split into parallel sessions covering aspects of research data management, digital preservation, sustainability, repository services and open source approaches. These sessions were complemented with focused User Group events looking at DSpace, Fedora, and EPrints.

My main interest at the conference was with the sessions related to research data management and EPrints, relevant to both the KAPTUR project and the repository at GSA (RADAR), which uses EPrints.

Sally Rumsey from the University of Oxford gave an excellent talk on ‘Building an institutional research data management infrastructure’. This gave insight into the processes that need to be considered and adhered to when tackling the concept of research data management; active examples were shared through case studies and diagrams. She also reiterated the importance of getting buy-in from your institution when setting up research data management processes and policies and that training and support needs to be present during all stages of development.

As part of the EPrints User Group session, I presented a paper titled Enhancing the interface of the research repository at The Glasgow School of Art, through the development of RADAR (Research art design architecture Repository) (PDF). The focus of my presentation was to highlight the approach GSA had taken for the development of the new research repository and to explain why we engaged with EPrints. Discussion was held with regard to our move away from a FileMaker database to technology developed for repositories, with particular focus on being able to improve the interface of the repository, develop it in line with the new GSA website and to enhance the user experience (thereby aiming to encourage deposit of research outputs). As something a little different, a poem (PDF) was written and read out to chart the process of change for the GSA research repository!

The conference was quite intense, but very illuminating and I learnt a lot from it in relation or repositories, data management and the importance of being open and sharing knowledge with other institutions.

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