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June 2007

Launch of the RRT newsletter

The Repositories Research Team have today released the first edition of their quarterly newsletter.

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The purpose of this newsletter is to provide specialised information to all those interested in Digital Repositories Research.

This special issue is packed with useful information about the various activities the JISC Repositories Research Team have been and are involved in the area of Digital Repositories.

Julie Allinson 2007-06-12

OAI-ORE Project releases Compound Information Objects white paper

Compound Information Objects: The OAI-ORE Perspective has just been released by the OAI-ORE project.

This white paper describes the web-centric OAI-ORE perspective on compound information objects. This document is a work in progress and was used as a discussion document in preparation of the May 2007 meeting of the OAI-ORE Technical Committee.

More at

Julie Allinson 2007-06-04

March 2007

MIDESS Digital Repository dissemination day, 4th May 2007 at University of Leeds

The MIDESS digital repositories project is pleased to announce a major dissemination event to present key results and findings from the project. This will take place at the Edward Boyle Library, University of Leeds, Friday 4th May 2007 (10:30 - 15:00).

Presentations from the project partners will cover:

  • Repository software for managing images and multimedia-Digitool, Fedora and Dspace
  • Metadata issues, including the use of METS
  • Harvesting and sharing data through OAI-PMH
  • IPR and rights issues in a repository context

Lunch will be provided. There is no charge for attendance but places are limited. If you are interested in attending this event, please email the Project Manager, Steve Charles, ( ) by Friday 20th April.

The MIDESS Project is a JISC-funded project exploring the management of digitised content through the development of digital repository infrastructures. It is addressing in particular multimedia repositories and how these can support the use of digital content in a learning and research context. Project partners are University of Birmingham, University of Leeds, London School of Economics and University College, London. Further details are available on the project website at

Julie Allinson 2007-03-21

February 2007

Ariadne article on the Dublin Core Application Profile for scholarly works.

The latest issue of Ariadne magazine (Issue 50) includes a main article on the development of an application profile for describing scholarly works:

Julie Allinson 2007-02-01

January 2007

Repositories Research Team at Open Repositories 2007

Members of the Repositories Research Team recently presented at the Open Repositories 2007 conference on the Eprints Application Profile, Repository Deposit Service Description and the collection of Scenarios and Use Cases. Other Digital Repositories Programme projects presenting at the conference included RepoMMan and SPECTRa.

Julie Allinson 2007-01-26

December 2006

DCC and the University of Liverpool Library Information Day: Institutional Repositories, 4 December 2006

The DCC, in conjunction with the University of Liverpool, are holding an Information Day on Institutional Repositories. DCC Information Days are half-day events that provide an opportunity to learn about the latest issues in digital curation and the work of the DCC. These information days are aimed primarily towards HE/FE institutions and e-Science communities and are an opportunity for everyone involved in the data life cycle to meet and share needs, challenges and solutions.

This event will be held on 04 Decmeber 2006, in the Harold Cohen Library Seminar Room, Wolfson Suite, Harold Cohen Library, University of Liverpool, Ashton Street, L69 3DArun from 11.00am - 4.00pm.

Follow the link below to register for more information and to register for this event:

Julie Allinson 2006-12-01

November 2006

Repositories Research Team poster at DCC Conference, 21-22 November 2006, Glasgow

The Repositories Research Team submitted their Digital Repositories Programme poster to the DCC Confernece held in November at the Hilton Hotel, Glasgow.

For further information, and to download the poster, see:

Julie Allinson 2006-11-13

October 2006

Eprints Application Profile at Open Scholarship 2006

A tutorial on the Eprints Application Profile was held at Open Scholarship 2006, held in Glasgow between 18 and 20 October 2006. The presentation by Andy Powell and Julie Allinson used in the tutorial is available from the UKOLN web site (eprints-ap-openscholarship.ppt) and will soon be deposited into the University of Glasgow's repository.

Further information about the Eprints Application Profile is available from the Eprints Application Profile wiki pages

Julie Allinson 2006-10-18

Eprints Application Profile at Dublin Core 2006

A Special Session on the Eprints Application Profile was held at the International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications, held in Manzanillo, Mexico in early October. The session was led by Andy Powell and Julie Allinson and the presentation is available to download from the conference web site or from this wiki: Eprints-special-session.pdf.

Further information about the Eprints Application Profile is available from the Eprints Application Profile wiki pages

Julie Allinson 2006-10-04

September 2006

2nd International Digital Curation Conference

Registration is now open for the 2nd International Digital Curation Conference, 21-22 November 2006, Hilton Glasgow, Glasgow, UK

The 2nd International Digital Curation Conference will explore the topic of Digital Data Curation in Practice.

Keynote speeches will be made by Dr Hans F Hoffmann, CMS Team Leader, CERN and Clifford Lynch, Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI).

A comprehensive programme of papers, posters and demos will take place over two days along with an conference banquet at the City Chambers in the centre of Glasgow.

A full programme and further information about registration can be found at:

Bridget Robinson 2006-09-13

Open Scholarship 06

Open Scholarship 2006: Registration closes 30th September

Open Scholarship 2006: New Challenges for Open Access Repositories is a companion European Conference to the OAI meetings at CERN in Geneva, and to the Nordic Scholarly Communication Conferences, and is aimed at Librarians, University Administrators, funders, academics and technical specialists.

This should be an excellent conference with many of the key figures in European repository development speaking or attending. It offers a great opportunity for networking and for exchanging ideas, comparing work and keeping up to speed with the latest developments from across Europe.

Please note that the early bird registration closed on the 31 August (150) and the registration fee has now risen to 180 from the 1st of September. Details of registration are available at:

Conference Update

Opportunities are still available to promote your work in open access and scholarly communication in the poster session of OPEN SCHOLARSHIP 2006: NEW CHALLENGES FOR OPEN ACCESS REPOSITORIES

Key themes for posters include:

   * Repository Developments
   * Added Value Services
   * Quality Assessment
   * Policies and Implementation
   * Sustainability

Posters should be submitted by the end of September 2006 for consideration by the Organising Committee. Please provide your contact details, as well as the poster title and a brief abstract (250 words max). Accepted posters will be displayed as part of a posters slot in the programme and enable participants to discuss their posters and work with conference attendees.

Poster proposals can be submitted online at:

We are also delighted that a fourth tutorial on the "EPrints Application Profile" will be available in the Tutorials session on Wednesday, 18th of October.

This tutorial, run by Julie Allinson (UKOLN, University of Bath) and Andy Powell (Eduserv Foundation) offers an introduction to the Eprints Application Profile, a Dublin Core metadata profile developed to facilitate the creation and sharing of a richer set of metadata for describing scholarly works (eprints) than currently offered by simple Dublin Core. The Profile makes use of the Dublin Core Abstract Model and FRBR to group together descriptions of different expressions of a work.

The application profile has been developed with funding from JISC and is hoped to form the basis for the UK eprint search engine currently being developed by Intute. The tutorial will be of use to anybody with an interest in metadata, particularly the metadata used to describe scholarly works in institutional, and other, repositories. Those for whom this tutorial may be of special interest include repository managers or administrators; developers or implementers of repository software; librarians; and developers of aggregator services. Those interested in implementing the Eprints Application Profile in their own repository are particularly encouraged to attend.

The updated programme for the conference is available here:

We look forward to meeting you in Glasgow in October.

Yours sincerely,

Open Scholarship 2006 Organising Committee

Julie Allinson 2006-09-05

DPC/DCC OAIS 5 Year Review workshop

The Digital Preservation Coalition and Digital Curation Centre are holding a workshop to discuss the OAIS 5 Year Review on 13th October 2006 in the Wolfson Suite, Edinburgh University Library, Edinburgh.

This workshop will prepare a joint comment, on behalf of members of the Digital Curation Centre Associates Network and members of the Digital Preservation Coalition, for submission to the OAIS (Open Archival Information Systems Reference Model) 5 year review. The workshop is open to members of both organisations who are familiar with details of the standard and actively implementing or preparing to implement an OAIS.

In compliance with, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS) procedures, the Open Archival Information Systems Reference Model (OAIS): ISO 14721:2003 must be reviewed every five years and a determination made to reaffirm, modify, or withdraw the existing standard. The comment process for this review is now open with recommendations for updates that will reduce ambiguities or improve missing or weak concepts sought by 30 October 2006.

This event is open to DPC members and DCC Associates Network members only and is free. The day will run from 10.00 - 16.30 and lunch will be provided.

Online registration for this event is available via the DCC website:

Julie Allinson 2006-9-01

August 2006

Open Scholarship 06

The Early Bird registration for OPEN SCHOLARSHIP 2006: NEW CHALLENGES FOR OPEN ACCESS REPOSITORIES closes on the 31 August (£150) and the registration fee rises to £180 after that date.

This inaugural conference will be held at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK on 18-20 October 2006.

Open Scholarship 2006: New Challenges for Open Access Repositories is a companion European Conference to the OAI meetings at CERN in Geneva, and to the Nordic Scholarly Communication Conferences, and is aimed at Librarians, University Administrators, funders, academics and technical specialists.

Key themes will include:

  * Repository Developments
  * Added Value Services
  * Quality Assessment
  * Policies and Implementation
  * Sustainability   

To register and for further information about the conference, including the programme go to:

The conference will also provide an opportunity for posters to be submitted and displayed in a dedicated slot in the programme. Posters should address one of the themes of the conference and be no larger than 1m x 1m.

Further details about the poster session, including the list of themes is available at

The organising committee gratefully acknowledges our sponsors: JISC, LIBER, SHERPA, SHERPA-LEAP, Ex Libris, SURF,, SPARC Europe, OSI, Thomson Scientific, Proquest and Biomed Central.

For further information please contact us at

We look forward to seeing you in Glasgow in October,

The Organising Committee, Open Scholarship 2006

Neil Jacobs 2006-08-17

Repository interoperability

CNI, Mellon, Microsoft, JISC and DLF sponsored a meeting in April to discuss the interoperability of repositories and ways in which to take forward more sophisticated interoperability to support scholarly communication. The meeting considered what standards might be required over and above OAI-PMH to support better interoperability. The report of the meeting has now been published:

Julie Allinson 2006-08-14

Institutional Repositories in the latest issue of 'Program: Electronic Library and Information Systems'

The latest issue of 'Program' is is a special issue on Institutional Repositories. It contains five papers on the subject of institutional repositories, including a paper about Repository Bridge, and papers about Southampton's repository and digital preservation from the JISC perspective.

Information about the issue is available here:

Jon Bell and Stuart Lewis, from the now-completed Repository Bridge project, have made their paper freely available in the University of Aberyswyth's Institutional Repository:

Julie Allinson 2006-08-02

UK e-Science All Hands Meeting

The Fifth All Hands meeting will be held between 18 and 21 September 2006 at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham.

The theme for this year is Achievements, Challenges and New Opportunities and the programme includes a session on Data Curation, convened by Liz Lyon from UKOLN and including presentations from the members of the eBank and R4L projects.

For further information please visit the All Hands Meeting website at:

Julie Allinson 2006-08-01

July 2006

Providing a Repository for Open-access Subject-Presented Eprints Online (Prospero)

The Prospero Project, a collaboration between SHERPA and EDINA, is currently in a preparatory phase, running over five months (March-July 2006) to scope a JISC-funded open access (OA) repository of research papers to support UK researchers and academic institutions without current access to an institutional repository (IR).

This work to looking towards a main phase of up to three years to build and deploy the Prospero service.

For further information see:

Julie Allinson 2006-07-17

EThOS Workshop Thursday 20th July 2006, Glasgow

The JISC/CURL Electronic Theses Online Service (EThOS) project is holding on a workshop on 20th July in Glasgow:

The EThOS project is developing a prototype web-based service through which users can find details of a wide range of UK theses and download the full text directly to their computers. This will have significant implications for the future delivery model of full text theses within the UK HE community.

This event is based on the workshop held in Cardiff on 21st February 2006. A final event will be held in London in early September. Intended audience

This event will be highly relevant for administrative, academic and library staff involved in the production, administration and storage of theses.


The workshop will cover:

  • The IPR issues to be considered
  • The Institutional Toolkit being created to help HEIs with all aspects of developing an eTheses service
  • The relationship between EThOS and the IRIScotland Project
  • What EThOS will offer as a service and how it will balance Open Access with Service Viability.

Venue and date

The workshop will take place at Glasgow University in the Business School Lecture Theatre from 11am to 4pm on Thursday 20th July.


To register for the workshop please complete the online form at:

Attendance at the workshop is free of charge and lunch will be provided. The closing date for registration is Thursday 13th July.

Further information

For further information about EThOS please contact

Julie Allinson 2006-07-04

Comment Period for the Five Year Review of OAIS

The authors of the Open Archival Information System Standard have recently opened a Comment Period for the Five Year Review of OAIS. To assist projects wishing to submit comments, the Digital Repositories Programme Support team will collate responses via the wiki: See OAIS five year review.

Julie Allinson 2006-07-03

OAIS as a reference model for repositories: an evaluation

The Digital Repositories Programme Support team have produced a report entitled "OAIS as a reference model for repositories : an evaluation". The report evaluates the applicability of OAIS across different types of repositories. A draft for comment is now available and feedback on this report is welcome.

The report can be downloaded from the OAIS page

Julie Allinson 2006-07-03

Research Councils UK publishes updated position statement on access to research outputs

This week, the Research Councils UK Executive Group have published an updated position statement on access to research outputs. Available from the statement "reaffirms the Research Councils' commitment to the guiding principles that publicly funded research must be made available and accessible for public examination as rapidly as practical; published research outputs should be effectively peer-reviewed; this must be a cost effective use of public funds; and outputs must be preserved and remain accessible for future generations". For further details please see the full text of the statement, or the following RCUK news release

Julie Allinson 2006-07-01

June 2006

Overcoming the obstacles of harvesting and searching digital repositories from federated searching toolkits, and embedding them in VLEs

The following paper has been produced by members of the PERX Project:

Chumbe, Santiago and MacLeod, Roddy and Barker, Phil and Moffat, Malcolm and Rist, Roger (2006) 2nd International Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems, Athens, Greece.


This paper addresses two important needs. The first one is the need to alleviate the resource discovery task across digital repositories by subject, which includes the ability of searching heterogeneous sources that apply to a specific audience (e.g. engineering academics) or purpose (e.g. research, teaching) from one access point. The second need is to provide toolkits for federated searching which are able to be embedded in electronic learning environments used by lecturers, students and researchers. Most of these environments are institutional Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) and Portals. Our study will show that the satisfaction of both needs faces important obstacles. On one side, standard exchange formats such as Z39.50 or OAI, developed precisely to facilitate the transfer or sharing of data between computer systems, present obstacles that make the harvesting and searching of data from digital repositories a challenging process. On the other side, VLEs are often restricted in their ability to allow the sharing and re-use of external e-learning sources discovered by federated searching toolkits. A solution for these obstacles, based on a service-oriented architecture approach, is suggested and explored on a pilot system. The aim of our research is the realisation of the concept of flexible federated searching. The intention is that the VLE user should be able to use whatever search tool he/she likes for whatever repositories he/she needs to search, without concern for how the tool and the repositories manage to communicate, or how the tool makes search results available to other VLE components. The pilot system attempts to demonstrate that most of the flexible federated searching concept can be achieved by making proper use of current interoperability standards for digital repositories and e-learning systems.

Julie Allinson 2006-06-09

Linking UK Repositories

The Linking UK Repositories study carried out by Key Perspectives Ltd and the University of Hull, in which organisational, technical and business models for repository services are reviewed, has now reported. The final report and appendix are available from the JISC Digital Repositories Programme page:

Julie Allinson 2006-06-08

Workflow Mapping and Stakeholder Analysis Study

JISC Digital Repositories Programme: Rights and Rewards in Blended Institutional Repositories Project.

The Rights and Rewards workflow mapping and stakeholder analysis study report is now available via the project website at:

It reports on a study carried out with academics at Loughborough University with regards to the creating and sharing of teaching material. Three types of workflow were investigated, namely, teaching material, research output and commercial workflows. Finally, a stakeholder analysis was performed on the identified actors and stakeholders to distil their requirements for a demonstrator repository of teaching materials.

Julie Allinson 2006-05-06

UKOLN Open Forum features the Digital Repositories Programme

UKOLN will be holding an Open Forum on 14th June 2006. The Open Forum will provide an opportunity for attendees to hear about a range of UKOLN activities. The Open Forum will be held prior to UKOLN's annual Institutional Web Management Workshop (IWMW) 2006.

Further information:

The Forum will feature a presentation on the Digital Repositories Programme.

Julie Allinson 2006-06-01

'Marketing with metadata' featured in CurrentCities

'Marketing' with Metadata - How Metadata Can Increase Exposure and Visibility of Online Content', a deliverable from the PerX project has been featured in the May 2006 edition of Current Cities, a well-respected annotated bibliography of publications on information technology.


The document provides a non-technical introduction to the how and why of exposing metadata. It has received over 4000 hits and has also featured on the JISC web site.


Julie Allinson 2006-06-01

May 2006

The VERSIONS Project questionnaires are now open

Do you wish to influence the development of version identification systems in university-managed open access collections? The VERSIONS Project is investigating current attitudes and practice relating to version identification in digital repositories and open access research paper collections.

We invite you to participate in our user requirements study via one or both of our online questionnaires - one for experts, stakeholders and other interested parties, the second for academic and research staff and students.

At the end of the survey you will have the chance to enter your name and a valid email address into a prize draw to win an Apple iPod. This information will not be linked to the survey responses that you provide. For experts and stakeholders (library and repository communities, and other interested parties): 'Identifying versions of academic papers in institutional repositories' (

For academic and research staff and students: 'Versions of academic papers online - the experience of authors and readers' (

If you are able to assist us by bringing these surveys to the attention of colleagues and other relevant parties, we would be very grateful. The VERSIONS Project is being led by the London School of Economics and Political Science, with the Nereus Consortium of European research libraries in economics as associate partners.

Louise Allsop 2006-05-17

A Digital Repositories Roadmap: looking forward

Rachel Heery, UKOLN Digital Repositories Support Manager and Andy Powell, Eduserv Foundation, have produced "A Digital Repositories Roadmap: looking forward". This discussion document presents "a vision for 2010 in which a high percentage of newly published scholarly output is made available on an open access basis and in which there is a growing recognition of the benefits of making research data, learning resources and other academic content freely available for sharing and re-use".

Julie Allinson 2006-05-11

Digital repositories session at the Institutional Web Management Workshop 2006

Mahendra Mahey and Julie Allinson, from the Digital Repositories Programme Support team, are running a workshop at Institutional Web Management Workshop (IWMW) 2006. This year, IWMW will be held at the University of Bath from 14th-16th June 2006. The repositories session is called 'The Rise and Rise of Digital Repositories: Communication and Quality' and will offer participants an opportunity to find out more about repositories and to examine some of the issues surrounding the successful implementation of a repository. The Institutional Web Management Workshop 2006 (IWMW) provides an opportunity for those involved in the provision of institutional Web services to hear about institutional case studies, national initiatives and emerging technologies and to actively participate in a number of parallel sessions. The Institutional Web Management Workshop series are organised by UKOLN in order to support members of institutional Web management teams within the UK Higher and Further Educational communities and related organisations. Registration is now open for IWMW 2006. To find out more, visit:

Julie Allinson 2006-05-05

Call for proposals issued under JISC's capital programme

On Friday 28th April, JISC issued a call for institutions to submit funding proposals for projects in the following areas: e-learning, repositories and preservation, and e-infrastructure. Further information is available from JISC news

Julie Allinson 2006-05-02

April 2006

Pilot subject-based cross-repository search tool now available

A Pilot service ( providing subject resource discovery across a variety of digital repositories of interest to the engineering learning and research communities has been released by the PerX Project. Although the target repositories included in the Pilot are relevant to engineering, the cross-searching methods and interface used, plus the range of repository types included, should be of interest to many as a demonstrator of one method of resource discovery across multiple digital repositories.

Twenty-eight repositories are currently cross-searched by the Pilot. These include: the Directory of Open Access Journals (engineering and technology sections), DSpace at MIT, the Energy Citations Database, the GROW Digital Library, NASA Technical Reports, Jorum, ePrints UK, Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), National Engineering Education Delivery System (NEEDS), Australian Research Repositories Online to the World (ARROW), CISTI - Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information, Caltech Earthquake Engineering Research Laboratory Technical Reports, and several more established repositories of interest to the engineering community. More repositories will be added to the Pilot as they are identified and configured.

An important purpose of the PerX pilot is to help scope a possible future cross-search service. With this in mind, feedback on the Pilot would be much appreciated. A 60 second survey is available at: and those providing feedback will be entered into a draw to win £100 of Amazon vouchers.

For further details about PerX, please go to

Julie Allinson 2006-04-21

JISC Information Environment and Digital Repositories Workshop

JISC are hosting a pre-conference workshop at WWW2006 on 22 May 2006, 9.30-4.30, Edinburgh International Conference Centre. The aim of the workshop is to deepen the shared understanding within the higher education community about the role of repositories. The target audience is researchers, teachers, managers and administrators who have an interest in sharing or managing the intellectual output of universities.

All delegates are entitled to a 10% discount to attend the WWW2006 conference. For further information see:

Julie Allinson 2006-04-19

Capital Programme Town Meeting

JISC are holding a Town Meeting on Wednesday 10 May 2006 in Birmingham for those interested in submitting proposals in response to the April 2006 calls for proposals for the following three development areas – Digital Repositories, e-Learning and e-Infrastructure.

For further information see:

Julie Allinson 2006-04-19

University Open Access Repositories and RAE

The IRRA project (, a part of the JISC Digital Repositories' Programme, invites librarians, administrators and support staff with responsibility for their institutional RAE response to attend an information meeting on Friday April 7th at the British Computer Society HQ in London.

The aim of the meeting is to provide a forum for support, advice and sharing best practice for institutions who are deploying an Institutional Repository as a part of their own Research Management framework.

For more information, and to register for the meeting, please see

Les Carr & John MacColl, IRRA project managers

Julie Allinson 2006-04-01

March 2006

'Marketing' with Metadata - How Metadata Can Increase Exposure and Visibility of Online Content

This document has just been released by the PerX Project.

For further information, see Roddy MacLeod's email to

Julie Allinson 2006-03-17

Repositories Programme meeting, 27th-28th March 2006

The JISC Digital Repositories Programme is holding its next Programme meeting at the Warwick Hilton on March 27th-28th. The meeting will be arranged around the following cluster sessions: Data repostories, E-learning, Preservation, Integrating infrastructure, Machine services and Legal / policy issues. For further information, see the Programme meeting page.

Julie Allinson 2006-03-02

CETIS MDR SIG Meeting in York, 1st March 2006

The CETIS Metadata and Digital Repositories SIG held a repositories-related meeting in York on the 1st March 2006. The meeting was used to explore the idea of a reference model for repositories and included presentations from Julie Allinson ('Introduction to reference models for repositories'), Howard Noble ('A reference model for the Accessing and Storing Knowledge (ASK) project'), Mhairi McAlpine ('Assessment item banks as repositories') and Michael Day ('An overview of OAIS'), with a discussion session to end the afternoon. Presentation and a summary of the meeting will be posted soon on the MDR SIG web pages:

Julie Allinson 2006-03-01

February 2006

JISC Digital Repositories Programme in DLIB

Febrauary's DLIB magazine ( includes a number of 'in-brief' articles about projects from the Digital Repositories Programme. Catherine Jones and Bryan Lawrence from CLADDIER, David White from SPIRE and Dr. Stephen Charles from MIDESS have all contributed, plus there is also a piece about Programme support team and this wiki.

See for the full-text, or find links to each item from the Articles and papers pages on DigiRep.

Look out for next month's DLIB which will feature the PERX project.

Julie Allinson 2006-02-15

GRADE survey on geospatial content in Institutional Repositories

The JISC Digital Repositories project 'GRADE : Scoping a Geospatial Repository for Academic Deposit and Extraction' is undertaking a survey to understand the extent to which existing Institutional Repositories currently manage geospatial content.

Following this baseline audit of institutional repositories GRADE can provide a firm evidence base for assertions on how institutional repositories deal with geospatial data in actuality and expose current practices, benefits and limitations. This will assist in weighing the merits of an institutional vs. media-centric repository approach and shed light on whether technology can assist to blur these distinctions and remove the repository choice dilemma. It will also help delineate best practices for other repositories to adhere to.

The survey is at

PLEASE take a few minutes and help GRADE by completing the survey.

There is an Amazon book token prize as an added incentive

Julie Allinson 2006-02-08

Use of copyright material in learning support

Of potential interest to projects looking at copyright issues and e-learning is the following project:

LISU (Library and Information and Statistics Unit), based in the Department of Information Science at Loughborough University, are carrying out a survey on the use of copyright material for learning support in Higher Education. It looks at use of teaching materials, the ways in which these are made available to students, how third party material is made available to students, it also looks at trends in use and how this might develop over the next three years, copyright clearance and finally online learning environments.

Additional details are available from LISU project page:

The survey is available at:

Projects may want to encourage responses to the survey, or to raise awareness of it.

Sue Manuel 2006-02-02

Call for papers: Internet Librarian International 2006 (ILI)

The Call for Papers for Internet Librarian International 2006, 16-17 October 2006 Copthorne Tara Hotel, London, has been announced. See:

Deadline for proposals is 30th March 2006.

Roddy McLeod 2006-02-02

Digital Repositories in UK universities and colleges

Forthcoming in the February issue of Freepint, is an article entitled 'Digital Repositories in UK universities and colleges' by the Digital Repositories Programme Manager, Neil Jacobs.

The full text of the article will be available on DigiRep soon.

Julie Allinson 2006-02-01

January 2006

Engineering: the changing information landscape

An article, 'Engineering: the changing information landscape' by PerX Project Manager, Roddy MacLeod, appeared in issue 158 of the 'Freepint Newsletter'.

It looks at the changes in engineering information and mentions talks about PerX and the Digital Repositories Programme. A reference to the PerX-produced 'Listing of Engineering Repository Sources' (, "a goldmine of repositories", is also provided.

Julie Allinson 2006-01-19

Rights and Rewards in Blended Institutional Repositories - Academic Survey released

One of the aims of this project is to addresses the motivational issues facing depositors of material to repositories. What 'Rights' need to be protected and what 'Rewards' would encourage contribution. A survey has been undertaken to gather views on these two issues, the results are now available on the project website in the Documents section.

Although the project will look at both teaching and research outputs (hence the term 'Blended') the survey focused attention on the contribution of materials relating to teaching.

Julie Allinson 2006-01-18

Universal Modelling Language (UML) - Training Course for the Digital Repositories Programme 5th and 6th January 2006, Edinburgh

This two day course (fully booked) is a follow-on from the November 2005, Bath workshop 'Writing Effective Scenarios and Use Cases'.

The course aims for delegates to gain an appreciation of the how UML can be used for:

  • Modelling
  • Documenting Use Cases to capture requirements
  • Business Processes
  • Computing systems
  • Communication between developers and clients
  • Making informed decisions as to whether to employ UML diagrams within a project

For more information, please visit:

Mahendra Mahey 2006-01-03

December 2005

Digital Repositories Programme wiki (DigiRep) launched to projects

DigiRep (, the collaborative wiki for the Digital Repositories Programme, has been made available to Repositories Programme projects. Projects will be assigned usernames to edit and contribute to DigiRep.

Julie Allinson 2005-12-12

November 2005

PerX Listing of Engineering Repository Sources and Landscape Analysis available

The PERX project has released two documents:

These documents will inform the production of a Engineering Repository cross search pilot service.

Julie Allinson 2005-11-10

October 2005

JISC ITT: Linking UK Repositories Scoping Study

Deadline for proposals: 24 Oct 2005 The JISC is inviting proposals to undertake a scoping study to identify sustainable technical and organisational models to support user-oriented services across digital repositories. In particular, open access repositories of interest to UK further and higher education are relevant.

Mahendra Mahey 2005-10-24

Repositories at OAI4

Representatives from two projects within the Digital Repositories Programme presented at the CERN workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication (OAI4), 20-22 October 2005. Frances Shipsey spoke about the Versions project and Bill Hubbard introduced the Sherpa OpenDOAR project. Both presentations can be viewed online at the OAI4 web site: For an informal report from the event, see OAI4 informal report

Julie Allinson 2005-10-25

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