General track 11: Building repositories
11:00am - 11:30am
Building an open platform across diverse content and technologies
California Institute of Technology, United States of America
Repository management and publication systems are adopted or evolve within specific academic and research environments to meet short term goals and manage content in the longer term. At Caltech this evolution has resulted in purpose-specific repositories including: Islandora and ArchivesSpace for archival objects and metadata; EPrints for theses, published articles, unpublished papers, and books; and Invenio for research data. This diversity requires a variety of skills to manage, generates unacceptable levels of technical debt, and hampers the ability of our end users to access our resources easily. Additionally none of these systems individually supports open aggregation of content for both derivative and new research purposes. This presentation will discuss a variety of evolutionary strategies to move our repository ecosystem to one that (1) exposes our diverse data in consistent ways that promote dynamic use and reuse; (2) supports a full range of services, from public access to digital preservation; and (3) minimizes technical diversity as much as possible, in order to promote sustainability and efficiency. Our objective is to reposition our current set of independent repositories as a single, dynamic node on the web, capable of providing users with an integrated view of diverse content in an open environment.
11:30am - 12:00pm
Surviving Repository Middle Age: A Case Study of Avalon
1Northwestern University, United States of America; 2Indiana University, United States of America
Over the last seven years, Avalon Media System has received grant funding to create a standalone, Hydra/Fedora based audio-visual management and delivery system to great success. As time has passed and the environment in which Avalon exists has changed, Avalon has tried to change with it. This talk will address some of the challenges we've faced as the project has matured and how we've overcome them (or not!). We'll discuss keeping up with changes in underlying technology; balancing feature development versus addressing technical debt; balancing the conflicting demands for a turnkey, cloud-based solution with the ability to customize and integrate Avalon with existing repositories; marketing and supporting open source software; transitioning from a grant-based funding model to a self-sustained model; as well as project governance and management of a distributed team. These topics will be addressed from the technical, functional, management, and adoption standpoints. We will also provide an overview of Avalon’s development and implementation roadmap moving forward.
12:00pm - 12:30pm
Making Physical Objects Accessible in the Digital Era
1CSIRO Mineral Resources, Perth WA, Australia; 2NCI, Australia National University, Canberra ACT, Australia; 3Curtin University, Perth WA, Australia; 4CSIRO Land & Water, Melbourne VIC, Australia
In science, physical samples are often the ground truth to further research reported in the scientific literature. While the value of data underpinning research is now widely recognised, samples outside of museums and large institutional collections have not received the same level of attention. To ensure knowledge of the existence of these samples, attention needs to be paid not only to their long-term curation but also to the ability to link the physical samples to the digital data derived from them through adequate digital representation. Unique persistent identifiers can facilitate access to physical samples that are distributed across various repositories, helping to identify and locate samples unambiguously and to share their associated metadata and data systematically across the Web. The Australian geosciences community has started to implement the International Geo Science Number (IGSN) to identify physical samples, sample collections and sampling sites, and to link these to related data and publications. The use of the IGSN is not limited to the geosciences but is of value to a much broader spectrum of use cases.