|ORBi (University of Liege, Belgium)||311|
|IR of the University of Groningen (Netherlands)||301|
|KAR - Kent Academic Repository (UK)||286|
|University of Southampton:|
School of Electronics and Computer Science (UK)
|UBC cIRcle (University of British Columbia, Canada)||269|
|LSE Research Online (London School of Economics, UK)||260|
|EEMCS EPrints Service (School of Electronics|
and Computer Science, University of Twente, Netherlands)
|LUP: Lund University Publications (Sweden)||259|
|UPSpace at the University of Pretoria (South Africa)||257|
|University of Tilburg (Netherlands)||256|
The Blog of a repository administrator and web scientist. Leslie Carr is a researcher and lecturer who runs a research repository for the School of Electronics and Computer Science in the University of Southampton in the UK. This blog is to record the day to day activities of a repository manager.
Friday, 26 June 2009
Hardworking Repositories: The Global Picture
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Hardworking Repositories: Comparing UK & US
Once again, congratulations to those on the list. The methodology for drawing up this list was deliberately devised to promote daily engagement rather than numbers of deposits, in order to try and factor out bulk imports from external data services.
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Hard Working Repositories
|Repository||Days of Activity (/365)|
|University of Kent||286|
|London School of Economics||260|
|University of Southampton||243|
|University of Huddersfield||227|
|University of Lancaster||222|
|University of Strathclyde||204|
|University of Hertfordshire||204|
|University College London||199|
Friday, 19 June 2009
Getting Metadata from the Semantic Desktop
Sunday, 14 June 2009
The Desktop Repository that's Already There
|Audiences||The intended audience of the file.|
|Authors||The authors of the document.|
|City||The document’s city of origin.|
|Comment||Comments regarding the document.|
|ContactKeywords||A list of contacts associated with the document.|
|ContentCreationDate||The document’s creation date.|
|ContentModificationDate||Last modification date of the document.|
|Contributors||Contributors to this document.|
|Copyright||The copyright owner.|
|Country||The document’s country of origin.|
|Coverage||The scope of the document, such as a geographical location or a period of time.|
|Creator||The application that created the document.|
|Description||A description of the document.|
|DueDate||Due date for the item represented by the document.|
|DurationSeconds||Duration (in seconds) of the document.|
|EmailAddresses||Email addresses associated with this document.|
|EncodingApplications||The name of the application (such as “Acrobat Distiller”) that was responsible for converting the document in its current form.|
|FinderComment||This contains any Finder comments for the document.|
|Fonts||Fonts used in the document.|
|Headline||A headline-style synopsis of the document.|
|InstantMessageAddresses||IM addresses/screen names associated with the document.|
|Instructions||Special instructions or warnings associated with this document.|
|Keywords||Keywords associated with the document.|
|Kind||Describes the kind of document, such as “iCal Event.”|
|Languages||Language of the document.|
|LastUsedDate||The date and time the document was last opened.|
|NumberOfPages||Page count of this document.|
|Organizations||The organization that created the document.|
|PageHeight||Height of the document’s page layout in points.|
|PageWidth||Width of the document’s page layout in points.|
|PhoneNumbers||Phone numbers associated with the document.|
|Projects||Names of projects (other documents such as an iMovie project) that this document is associated with.|
|Publishers||The publisher of the document|
|Recipients||The recipient of the document|
|Rights||A link to the statement of rights (such as a Creative Commons or old-school copyright license) that govern the use of the document.|
|SecurityMethod||Encryption method used on the document.|
|StarRating||Rating of the document (as in the iTunes “star” rating).|
|StateOrProvince||The document’s state or province of origin.|
|Version||The version number.|
|WhereFroms||Where the document came from, such as a URI or email address.|
- it's a proprietary system. You can't access the thumbnails or export the metadata.
- there isn't any way of manually entering or editing the metadata - it's all automatically extracted from the file contents by the ingesters/importers
- there isn't any particularly useful way of displaying the metadata, apart from in the Finder's "Get Info" box or on the commandline (using the mdls program).
Friday, 12 June 2009
More on the Desktop Repository
Thursday, 11 June 2009
Special Issue of the New Review on Information Networking
The aim of this issue is to further our understanding on how repositories are delivering services and capability to the scholarly and scientific community by marshalling resources at the institutional scale and delivering at the global scale.
Considerable progress in this area has been achieved under the "Open Access" banner and this special issue aims to explore the technical aspects of facilitating the scientific and scholarly commons: open access to research literature, research data, scholarly materials and teaching resources.
Topics for this special issue include (but are not limited to):
- Repository architecture, infrastructure and services
- Repositories supporting scholarly communications
- Repositories supporting e-research and e-researchers
- Integrating with publishing and publishing platforms
- Repositories and research information systems
- Integrating with other infrastructure platforms e.g., cloud, Web2
- Integrating with other data sources, linked data and the Semantic Web
- Scaling repositories for extreme requirements
- Computational services and interfaces across distributed repositories
- Content & metadata standards
- OAI services
- Web services, Web 2.0 services, mashups
- Social networking, annotation / tagging, personalization
- Searching and information discovery
- Reference, reuse, reanalysis, re-interpretation, and repurposing of content
- Persistent and unambiguous citation and referencing for entities: individuals, institutions, data, learning objects
- Repository metrics and bibliometrics: usage and impact of scholarly and scientific knowledge
Scope of the New Review on Information Networking
A huge number of reports has been published in recent years on the changing nature of users; on the changing nature of information; on the relevance of current organisational structures to generations apparently weaned on social networks. Reading this mass of literature, far less digesting it, then assimilating it into future strategy is a Sisyphean task, but one ideally suited to this journal. Individual services from Second Life to Twitter will no doubt wax and wane but we shall seek to publish those papers which address the fundamental underlying principles of the increasingly complex information landscape which organisations inhabit.
Submission of full paper: 31st July 2009
Notification deadline: 1st September 2009
Re-submission of revised papers: 15th September 2009
Publication: Autumn 2009
Submissions and Enquiries
Papers submitted to this special issue must not have been previously published or be currently submitted for journal publication elsewhere.
Submissions should ideally be in the range of 3,500 - 4,000 words.
Submissions and enquiries should be made by email to the editor of this special issue: Leslie Carr, University of Southampton, UK (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
A Desktop Repository
- managing packages and components simultaneously, even when the components can't have an independent existence. Slides can't exist outside a presentation in the same way that paragraphs can't exist outside a document or cells outside a spreadsheet.
- visualising huge amounts of data. Being able to scroll through dozens of presentations at once is incredibly liberating, compared to opening them individually and watching PowerPoint draw the slide sorter previews v..e..r..y.....s..l..o..w...l....y at a choice of three sizes.
- PowerPoint, like RSS, is a rather nice packaging format that could be used much more often by repositories. How about saving your search results as a powerpoint presentation?
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
Managing PowerPoint? Repositories and the Office Desktop
I'd at least like an overview of all the slides in all those presentations, so that I can organise them. Then I'd like to compare all these slideshows, delete the duplicates, note the variations and evolutionary history between different versions of the same presentation, and between different presentations on the same subject. I'd like to trace the cross-pollination of slides between different subjects. Microsoft SharePoint has the concept of a Slide Library ("a secure, online repository in which PowerPoint presentations can be stored, worked on and shared") but expects you to do all the organisational work, whereas I want something that will help to apply some organisation.
Should I do this on my laptop? Or should I try and do this on (shudder) an environment that sells itself as providing content curation and management services? Oh all right then, I'll do it in a repository. But I don't think it's going to be easy - for a start we're talking about efficient user tools for ingesting, comparing, contrasting and refining 1,000 items.
Still, there's a basis to build from: SWORD and Microsoft Office Repository tools should help me to at least get all these items into the repository. Once we're there we can take stock of any low-hanging fruit (searching, reporting, cataloguing, thumbnail previews, exporting collections). I've already done some of the preparatory work on the laptop - using AppleScript to create preview images and textual contents of every slide of every presentation. Now I can package up all these things appropriately and see whether a repository actually gives me any added value.