DSpace IG 3: Integrating DSpace
3:30pm - 4:00pm
Harvesting a Rich Crop : Research Publications and Cultural Collections in DSpace
University of Melbourne, Australia
In 2013, The University of Melbourne adopted DSpace as its institutional repository platform with the primary focus on exposure of research publications and the ability to meet open access research funder mandates. An additional important factor in the selection of DSpace, was the need to accommodate the University’s large collection of rich cultural assets. The distinctive nature of these two functions meant that a multi-tenanted implementation of DSpace was selected and deployed. This has enabled the strengths of the platform to be leveraged for specific needs in relation to serving the two different types of collections and their audiences.
This presentation will explore how DSpace has been used to facilitate discovery and exposure of both research publications and cultural collections. The platform selection process will be outlined but not described in detail as the focus will be on the DSpace’s integration with relevant enterprise systems, customised developments, the challenges of working with a diverse group of stakeholders, future planning and the value of establishing a support relationship with an external platform service provider.
4:00pm - 4:30pm
DSpace in the centre
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
The University of Cambridge is a leading research university.
Successful growth in open research activities has increased pressure on the established systems that supported open dissemination of research outputs and data. Until recently these systems were fragmented across the institution and did not support efficient workflows nor allow automated generation of management and researcher data.
Fragmentation has challenged the University’s capability to demonstrate compliance to research funders, provide evidence to underpin submissions to the REF and communicate information on academic activity to the outside world.
In addition the management of Open Access (OA) articles and research data submissions was handled by a variety of systems, ultimately requiring mediated deposits. The fragmentation also meant researchers needed to submit the same records separately to the various systems to ensure compliance with funders’ and institutional requirements.
This situation was not sustainable in the long term and would fail to meet the needs of researchers, funders and society in general.
This presentation analyses the underlying causes of this fragmentation and examines the process by which they were addressed successfully through integration of DSpace, Symplectic Elements and other existing systems. These processes offer insights that can be applied by organisations facing similar challenges.
4:30pm - 5:00pm
DSpace for Cultural Heritage: adding support for images visualization,audio/video streaming and enhancing the data model
Digital Repositories are continuously evolving into platforms aimed at managing, visualizing, curating and preserving a variety of different cultural digital objects together with their relationships
To support interoperability and to allow a broad dissemination and re-use of cultural heritage and research results, we have built two DSpace add-ons to be released as open source, the IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework) Image Viewer and the audio/video streaming module. The first one manages the complexity of digital objects such as page sequences, chapters and sections, exposing the metadata and the structure with the IIIF presentation API and use the IIIF API to provide fast visualization and low bandwidth use. The streaming module allows to stream audio / video content loaded in the repository using adaptive streaming and the DASH industry standard. Both modules provide a full open source stack or enable the integration with external Images and Media Server.
Managing the relations between digital objects both in a hierarchical or relational way is a key feature, in order to manage every kind of cultural heritage material. Thus we are enhancing the DSpace Data Model in order to provide not only structural metadata management but also the description of relationships within cultural contexts.