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GT04: National & Next Gen Repositories
Tuesday, 05/Jun/2018:
1:30pm - 3:00pm

Session Chair: Torsten Reimer, British Library
Location: Ballroom A
Ballroom A is the largest single room meeting space in the SUB. Will fit the whole conference. Live streaming.

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1:30pm - 2:00pm

Moving from surviving to thriving: How Canada is reinvigorating its repository network

Geoffrey Harder1, Martha Whitehead2, Kathleen Schearer3

1University of Alberta, Canada; 2Queen's University; 3COAR

For many years, Canadian research libraries have been actively operating repositories yet success has been difficult to measure and progress challenging to track. Issues are common - how to efficiently identify and share content? How to create quality metadata supporting discovery and broad reuse? How to ensure technologies are maintained and innovated? Amidst these technical and operational challenges, repositories struggle for resources, visibility, and profile. Yet there is much to be optimistic about; the Canadian community is mobilizing. To support Canadian research being made open and available, and preserved within a robust and sustainable scholarly communications ecosystem, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) produced a Scholarly Communications Roadmap (2017), championing a strengthened network of library-based open repositories. A new pan-Canadian working group is examining ways to institute next-generation repository services and to enhance repositories’ individual and collective profile and impact. A key initiative is a collaboration with OpenAIRE that will see core metadata harmonized across repositories to allow national and international aggregation, supporting increased discovery as well as tracking of researcher compliance with federal funding agencies’ policy requirements. This presentation will discuss benefits of a national approach, outline repository strategy in Canada, and provide an overview of progress to date.

2:00pm - 2:30pm

Digital Repository of Ireland Case study: Or “I wouldn’t start from here…”

Kathryn Cassidy, Stuart Kenny, Dermot Frost

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

The Digital Repository of Ireland is a trusted national infrastructure for the preservation, curation and dissemination of Ireland’s humanities, social sciences, and cultural heritage data.

The project began by identifying a set of requirements for the repository that were based on the needs of our designated community. This included issues such as support for multiple descriptive metadata standards, support for metadata-only and metadata and asset objects as well as the provision of a certified Trusted Digital Repository service. On reviewing existing open source solutions it was found that there was no off-the-shelf solution that could satisfy these requirements. The DRI developed a custom application based on Samvera.

The DRI are partners in the Samvera Community and have been users of Samvera since 2012. Although we have tried to follow various new developments within the community, our requirements as well as the constraints of working in a small team with limited resources, has meant that our code has significantly diverged and we are not core-committers to Samvera.

This presentation presents a case study of our experience. It attempts to identify some of the benefits and also difficulties of working with fast-changing open-source components when your own resources are limited.

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Next generation repositories: Scaling up repositories to a global knowledge commons

Kathleen Shearer1, Eloy Rodrigues1, Andrea Bollini2, Alberto Cabezas2, Donatella Castelli2, Les Carr2, Leslie Chan2, Chuck Humphrey2, Rick Johnson2, Petr Knoth2, Paolo Manghi2, Lazarus Matizirofa2, Pandelis Perakakis2, Jochen Schirrwagen2, Tim Smith2, Herbert Van de Sompel2, Paul Walk2, David Wilcox2, Kazu Yamaji2

1COAR - Confederation of Open Access Repositories; 2COAR Next Generation Repositories Working Group

The widespread deployment of repository systems in higher education and research institutions provides the foundation for a distributed, globally networked infrastructure for scholarly communication. However, repository platforms are still using technologies and protocols designed almost twenty years ago, before the boom of the Web and the dominance of Google, social networking, semantic web and ubiquitous mobile devices. This is, in large part, why repositories have not fully realized their potential.

In April 2016, COAR launched the Next Generation Repositories Working Group to identify the core functionalities for the next generation of repositories, as well as the architectures and technologies required to implement them. In November 2017, the Working Group published a report defining 11 new behaviours, as well as the technologies, standards and protocols that will facilitate the development of new services on top of the collective network.

This session will present the background and vision underlying this work, define the behaviours and technologies outlined in the report, and discuss the current activities being undertaken to implement the recommendations. It will also be an opportunity for the community to provide further input about next steps for these recommendations.

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