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R. John Robertson


email: robert.robertson/at/
skype: rjohnrobertson

Contact Details:

Repositories Research Officer (CETIS),
JISC Digital Repositories Programme
Centre for Academic Practice and Learning Enhancement
University of Strathclyde, Graham Hills Building,
50 George Street, Glasgow G1 1QE, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 141 548 3072


Job description

I'm the JISCCETIS member of the Repositories Research Team. As such I have a particular interest in the e-learning parts of the programme(s). I'm interested in the challenges that managing e-learning materials bring to repositories and in how diverse tools that support learning interact with formal repository systems. I also have ongoing interests in metadata quality and ecological relationships between repositories and services.

Professional experience:

Before working full time for RRT as a Repositories Research Officer, I was a researcher at the Center for Digital Library Research I was the project manager for the Stargate Project - Static Repository Gateway and Toolkit: Enabling small publishers to participate in OAI-based services, a JISC-funded project examining the usefulness of Static Repositories to allow publishers to expose their journal articles metadata to harvester services. Prior to this I was the project officer for the Mandate project - MANaging Digital Assets in Tertiary Education, which created a toolkit to support the management of digital assets (especially administrative documents and learning assets) with particular reference to the Further Education community.

Educational Background

  • BD(Hons), University of Edinburgh.
  • MSc Information and Library Studies, University of Strathclyde.
  • MCS (Church History), Regent College.



  • "Digital Preservation in the Tertiary Education Sector: management implications." R. J. Robertson. Library Review. 55 (3). 2006. pp. 173-178.
  • "An easy option? OAI static repositories as a method of exposing publishers' metadata to the information environment." R. J. Robertson and A. Dawson. ELPUB 2006 - Digital Spectrum: Integrating Technology and Culture, 10th International Conference on Electronic Publishing, Bansko, Bulgaria 14-16 June 2006. 2006. pp. 59-70. [1]
  • "Stargate: exploring static repositories for small publishers." Robertson R.J. Ariadne 2006 (47) [2]
  • "Evaluation of metadata workflows for the Glasgow ePrints and DSpace services." R. J. Robertson. 2006. [3]


  • "Metadata quality: implications for library and information science professionals." R. J. Robertson. Library Review. 54 (5). 2005. pp. 295-300.
  • "Optimising Metadata Workflows in a Distributed Information Environment." R. J. Robertson and J. Barton. Digital Repositories: Interoperability and Common Services, The Foundation for Research and Technology, 11-13 May 2005 , Hellas (FORTH), Heraklion, Crete. 2005. [4]