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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Overview of OR2012 Edinburgh

With thanks to Anne Spalding, Kaptur Project Officer, University for the Creative Arts, for the following account of OR2012 in Edinburgh.

I was fortunate to attend the OR2012 (Open Repositories) conference in Edinburgh from Monday 9th to Friday 13th July. There were over 450 delegates from 40 countries which provided a glimpse of ORs across the world. The programme was very varied; sometimes it was difficult to decide which session to attend as it was all so good.

Monday 9th July
There were workshops prior to the opening of the conference and with an early start I was in time to listen to the session on ‘Working with Text – Tools, Techniques and Approaches for Data Mining’ (session overview). This gave me much food for thought and it is certainly an area where I need to do more research.

Tuesday 10th July
I chose to go to the workshop on ‘EThOS Interoperability: opportunities and challenges’ (session overview). It was very interesting to see how other institutions are working with and using EThOS to enhance their repositories.

After lunch Cameron Neylon, Director of Advocacy at the Public Library of Science (PLoS) gave a keynote speech on ‘Network Enabled Research: The possibilities, the path and the role of repositories’ Cameron spoke about 3 areas where we need to deliver: quality of service, value for money, and sustainability. Two conceptual changes to be made: the old model is over and filter on the demand side. All embodied in one central principle – think at network scale.

Then Les Carr was timekeeper for 68 one-minute poster presentations, and woe betide anyone who exceeded the allotted time! The whistle was blown on those who over-ran and there was the promise of a drink for those who performed within a minute. This made for an interesting and speedy run through of the posters available during the conference.

After a break for tea the afternoon resumed with 11 Pecha Kucha presentations on ‘Repository Tools and Approaches’. I chose this particular session as it covered metrics, research data management and preservation, all of which are of current interest to me as a repository manager and as one of the Project Officers for KAPTUR. This session included speakers from the UK, USA, Poland and the Netherlands; the session overview includes links to many of the presentations.

Wednesday 11th July
This was an intensive day covering a variety of topics. Below are links to the sessions attended where the abstracts and presentations can be viewed:

Later the same evening the delegates went to the Conference Dinner and Ceilidh which took place at the National Museum of Scotland.  The welcome, venue, dining and dancing were all exceptional and made for a truly wonderful evening.

Thursday 12th July
This was the last day of the conference so it was fitting that the Pecha Kucha morning session was a time for reflection on the lessons learned. The presentations were from repository professionals in Europe and the USA; available via the session outline page.

This was followed by the closing procedures including an invitation to OR2013 to be held on Prince Edward Island, Canada. Peter Burnhill, Director of EDINA and Head of the Edinburgh University Data Library was called upon to sum up the highlights of the conference. The afternoon was given over to user groups and I attended the EPrints sessions. Patrick McSweeney gave an overview of the EPrints Bazaar and there was an opportunity to test some of the apps.

Friday 13th July
This was the final day of the Repository Fringe which ran alongside the OR conference.
The morning was taken up with six presentations from repository practitioners using the EPrints repository platform (session outline 1 and session outline 2).

Three presentations were particularly relevant to my work:

  • ‘IR@NAL: Journey in Green Road OA Publishing’, BS Shivaram, Narayana Poornima CSIR-NAL, India,
  • ‘Enhancing the interface of the research repository at The Glasgow School of Art, through the development of RADAR (Research art design architecture Repository)’ Robin Burgess, The Glasgow School of Art, United Kingdom
  • ‘The Development of Digital Preservation Best Practices in EPrints’ Slavko Manojlovich.

The last session of the day was an overview and demonstration of the EPrints REF2014 plug-in, the University of Glasgow’s work and experience to date in using this, and an opportunity for questions and discussion with the developers.

To conclude I really enjoyed my first international Open Repositories Conference and found it very useful to meet and talk with others in the OR world.


KAPTUR – at the halfway point (09/18)

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

WP1: Project Management

WP3: Technical Infrastructure

  • The Technical Manager has installed DataFlow’s DataStage onto a local machine and provided a demonstration of this at our project team meeting in July.
  • The Technical Manager has been in contact with Figshare regarding integration with EPrints.
  • The Technical Manager attended OR2012, Edinburgh on 13th July (“The 7th International Conference on Open Repositories”).

WP4: Modelling

  • All institutions are on schedule to have RDM policies approved by Autumn 2012. Although the project team share lessons learned and collaborate on non-sensitive information, it has been interesting to see how different the approach is at each institution, and necessarily so.
  • University of the Arts London (UAL) is working with the DCC Institutional Engagement programme and in the process of drafting their RDM policy.
  • The Glasgow School of Art is scheduled to have a draft RDM policy by the end of July.
  • The Goldsmiths College RDM working group is scheduled to meet towards the end of July to discuss their policy.
  • Members of the University for the Creative Arts RDM working group met on 18th June and discussed the draft RDM policy; the deadline for feedback is mid-July with the next meeting due to take place in September.

WP7: Dissemination

  • The  Project Manager attended the AHRC-funded Digital Transformations workshop on community-powered learning, 21st June.
  • The Project Director and the Project Manager presented their paper at the EVA 2012 conference on 10th July (forthcoming blog post). The peer-reviewed paper has also been published and is available from BCS.
  • The GSA Project Officer gave a presentation about ‘RADAR’ at OR2012
  • The Goldsmiths Project Officer gave a webinar for the Repositories Support Project on 16th July about ‘Advocacy for the Arts‘; this is followed up with promoting KAPTUR at CILIP, today, 17th July.
  • The UCA Project Officer has written a short piece about KAPTUR for the ‘Between the Sheets’ UCA Library newsletter.
  • The UAL Project Officer wrote a short piece for the University Staff Library Services e-Newsletter Summer 2012 (circulated to all staff on 5th July). As part of additional work undertaken through the DCC Institutional Engagement programme, the UAL Project Officer has also undertaken twenty 5-minute interviews with arts researchers which will be followed up with one-hour interviews.
  • Although we missed out on a place at the oversubscribed British Library DataCite workshop on Metadata, the Project Manager has obtained a test account from DataCite in order to investigate the functionality and process of minting DOIs in relation to visual arts research data.