Auditing your digital repository(ies): the U-M Library migration experience
University of Michigan, United States of America
Digital libraries have been thinking about audit and assessment for at least half a decade now, as they’ve started to realize the lack of standardized models for assessing factors related to development, cost and use of digital library collections. The University of Michigan Library is unique in how it carries out its audit of digital collections due to a number of factors. In essence, we are bounded by extremes—both by the age of our collections and the challenge of moving their sheer number to our new Hydra/Fedora platform. Our audit will require a backwards look into collections of digital objects at the technical level, and the development of best practices and guidelines for shaping the use of the collections. It will also be imperative to collaborate with stakeholders across the board. We are spending 2016-2017 performing our audit, beginning with our DLXS repository. We must complete our audit before we move a single collection onto our new platform, since the results of the audit will determine what we migrate and when. In this presentation, we will report on the development of our audit protocol, our analysis, the hurdles that were expected and unexpected, and the way forward.
Mind the gap! Reflections on the state of repository data harvesting
Cornell University, United States of America
I will start with an opinionated history of the evolution of repository data harvesting since the late 1990's to the present. A conclusion is that we are currently in danger of creating a repository environment with fewer cross-repository services than before, with the potential to reinforce the silos we hope to open. I will conclude with a re-examination of some of the questions that motivate our choices in the support and use of repository data harvesting.
Does Curation Impact the Quality of Metadata in Data Repositories?
1University of Michigan Library, United States of America; 2University of Cincinnati, United States of America
This presentation will summarize the results of a research study comparing four institutions and their approaches to curating the metadata of the submissions in their institutional repositories: no curation, pre-ingest curation, and post-ingest curation. The goal is to understand the impact that curation has on the quality of user-submitted metadata.
Scholars@TAMU at Texas A&M University to Enhance Scholarly Identity of Faculty
Texas A&M University, United States of America
Research information management (RIM) systems are often used to compile research expertise profiles for faculty and other research investigators to improve the discoverability of research expertise, enhance the scholarly identity of researchers and facilitating new research collaborations. When these systems are implemented at the university level, they need to be able to represent the range of expertise and scholarly activities found at a comprehensive university. We are addressing this need through the development of an integrated, semantic, researcher information management system that supports diverse faculty narratives about their scholarly work. Scholars @ TAMU harvests data from institution-level/enterprise systems, national research networks, publicly available research data (e.g., grants and publications), and restricted/proprietary data. This information is compiled into expertise profiles for faculty, investigators, clinicians, community partners, and facilities. Scholars @ TAMU is an integrated systems that includes a traditional RIM, the university’s institutional repository as well as an altmetric tool, providing the means to include both peer-reviewed and nonpeer-reviewed work in faculty profiles as well as track a range of metrics to support the assessment of the impact of this work, resulting in a researcher profile information ecosystem that includes VIVO, ORCID, Symplectic Elements, DSpace repository, and PlumX.
Leading the Charge: Supporting Staff and Repository Development at the University of Glasgow
University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
This 24/7 will focus on the importance of leadership in developing and maintaining a successful repository service. It will start by asking what is a successful service, what does it look like and how can it be measured? The talk will consider the vision of the repository service and its alignment with the mission of the institution. At the heart of the University of Glasgow’s Enlighten repository service is the multi-disciplinary team, many based in the library (but not all librarians or developers) as well as external consultancy services who support and develop it. Recruiting, developing and keeping these staff is a key leadership challenge for repository managers. This 24/7 will provide an overview of the staff, their roles and relationships in supporting Enlighten across the university.
Leadership and commitment to the repository is critical at all levels of the institution to ensure that it continues to fully realise its potential and to ensure it delivers. This presentation will highlight our experiences at the University of Glasgow and demonstrate how they can be applied by other institutions and repository services.
Towards an understanding of Open Access impact: beyond academia
Fcaulty of Law (IP and Innovation) Queensland University of Technology, Australia
As academic institutions and research funders grapple with the challenges of assessing the impact of research on the world beyond academia, evidence of the contribution that open access has made to research impact will be of increasing interest and relevance: Who, outside of academia, is using open access repositories and other open access research platforms and why? How have they used or benefited from open access research? What is their experience and perspective on engaging with open access repositories and platforms? In response to these questions, this paper will present a mixed method pilot study comprising: quantitative analysis of institutional repository data, including IP address analysis to identify non-academic user groups and access and citation rates of open access publications versus total access by identified user groups; quantitative analysis of The Conversation 2016 annual survey data, (a well-established open access platform providing research-based news commentary) and Twitter-based analysis of discourse around open access publications; qualitative interview with identified user groups. Findings of the pilot will build on the currently limited body of evidence on the engagement and impact of open access repositories and platforms for individuals who work outside of academia.
Batch processes and outreach for faculty work
University of Texas at Austin, United States of America
Repository managers frequently run into problems with getting submissions into their systems. Getting the word out to campus about the service can be difficult and even interested faculty may not always have time to follow through with uploading their work. Repository staff at the University of Texas at Austin created a workflow that takes advantage of Creative Commons licenses, publisher copyright policies, and DSpace batch processing to get faculty content into our institutional repository, Texas ScholarWorks, where it can be readily used by others. After uploading content, we used the functionality within the Content & Usage Analysis module from Atmire to create usage reports which were then emailed to faculty. Since implementing this workflow the Faculty/Researcher Works collection in our repository has gone from 589 items to 3320. We are just starting the process of evaluating our email outreach strategy and have preliminary hopes that seeing usage stats will get faculty excited about using Texas ScholarWorks.
Under the DuraSpace Umbrella: A Framework for Open Repository Project Support
DuraSpace, United States of America
The scholarly research landscape of open repositories, associated technologies and community initiatives is dotted with both long-term success stories and “might-have-been” good faith efforts that all began with groundbreaking ideas and enthusiasm. Other pieces of a framework for success include executive and technical leadership, community outreach, effective marketing and communications, business administration, planning for sustainability, fundraising, financial management and business support, governance, community development, managing collaborations, organizational infrastructure, and professional development. In this overview we present the robust DuraSpace open source project support framework for ensuring that good ideas are fulfilled along with the simple criteria that are used for determining if a project is a good organizational “fit” with DuraSpace.
A Simple Method for Exposing Repository Content on Institutional Websites
1PREBI SEDICI Universidad Nacional de La Plata and CESGI Comisión de Investigaciones Científicas de la Provincia de Buenos Aires,; 2PREBI SEDICI Universidad Nacional de La Plata; 3PREBI SEDICI Universidad Nacional de La Plata and CESGI Comisión de Investigaciones Científicas de la Provincia de Buenos Aires,; 4PREBI SEDICI Universidad Nacional de La Plata and CESGI Comisión de Investigaciones Científicas de la Provincia de Buenos Aires,; 5PREBI SEDICI Universidad Nacional de La Plata
This article presents the development of an OpenSearch client to retrieve content from OpenSearch-compliant digital repositories, using this client as part of CMS modules, namely Wordpress, Joomla and Choique –which are widely used in the Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP) and in the Comisión de Investigaciones Científicas (CIC) (Argentina). An institutional web visibility project is also introduced to create websites for research and development units (centers, laboratories and institutes), and link them to institutional repositories through these developments. This work highlights the importance of collaborating with R&D units to improve their exposure of research lines, projects and activities on the Web, as well as to size the opportunity offered by a service of this type to leverage and promote the use of institutional repositories. The ultimate goal is to increase visibility for the UNLP’s production, bearing in mind that it can be found in different channels and platforms.