My original title for this post was going to be ‘Get your rocks off’ but I wasn’t sure how many of you would get the reference – it’s a line from a song by Primal Scream. Still, there are many things that rock / Rock: the ‘Scream for one, archiving (especially self-archiving) and our brand new OR t-shirts.
The shirts, the dependable all round Comfort T and women’s Continental Classic (pictured), have just been added to the BioMed Central collection and are now available in a variety of sizes in white and pink respectively with our ‘Archiving Rocks’ slogan on the front and the OR logo on the back.
And if simply having an OR t-shirt isn’t …
Here’s a screengrab of the 1.4.1 release home page I’ve just pulled from our test site.
As the sun sets on the week a moment’s reflection to see where we’ve got to. The move to the new severs was virtually seamless all things considered and all the sites were back up and running by midday after some necessary and expected last minute tweaking. It may not feel as if much has changed but we know we’re running on a much stronger platform and are far less likely to suffer some of the service drop outs of before: missing email alerts and the like. Talking of which the stats are back up, something we’ve had to wait for this move to fix.. The indexers are running nicely and it really should be smooth sailing from now on. …
Last week the team headed off in a south westerly direction to the somewhat sumptuous surroundings of Hewlett Packard labs in Bristol; the venue for third UK & Ireland DSpace User Group meeting. Along with the opportunity to catch up on some local goings on in the DSpace universe it was also an opportunity to meet up with Michele Kimpton, the newly appointed Executive Director for the newly formed DSpace foundation. The idea behind the foundation is to create a non-profit corporation that will supply organizational, legal and financial support to the DSpace software project.
Now that’s great news for us and great news for DSpace. Michele’s appointment will provide a much needed centre of focus for the community, both …
All being well (avoiding any last minute virtual spanners) tonight we’ll complete the last stage of our server upgrade.
For the past two and a half years we’ve been running on Windows servers, the same technology used by the other BMC sites. Although Windows isn’t the native environment on which to run DSpace, it is supported and we’ve done a fair amount of work to improve that support along the way. But now our time with Windows is coming to an end and we’re moving onto a nice shiny newly configured set of Debian Linux servers.
The move is one further aspect of the current re-architecture of the Open Repository service. In bringing the operating system on which we …
Over the past couple of months we’ve released a couple of customer surveys. Thanks to all of you who have completed them so far. The aim, as I’ve said previously, is to canvas opinion on project support, user features and administration features. Once gathered we’ll use the information gathered to help direct the next stages of development.
We use a nice little piece of web based software for this: Survey Monkey. They’ve recently upgraded the system and as a result all the links have changed. So here are the new locations along with the link to the final administrative survey.
Set up and support survey
User features survey
Administration features survey
Once all the final responses have …
For those of you who aren’t signed up to the JISC Repositories discussion list the first newsletter from the UKOLN and JISC
CETIS collaborative Repositories Research Team is now available here.
The aim of the newsletter ‘is to provide specialised information
to all those interested in Digital Repositories Research’. This issue links to various acronymonious* pieces on Deposit API and SWORD, Repository Ecology, Dublin Core Application Profile for Scholarly Works and forthcoming events. The team also have a wiki.
Other work the Repositories Research Team are involved in is listed as:
Helping projects find and exploit synergies …
One of the major projects happening within the DSpace community at the moment is the Google Summer of Code; essentially Google sponsor a number of student developers to work on various open source projects over the summer. DSpace have five projects in the running.
Two things we’ve been asked about many times have been the import of citation information from bibliographic reference managers such as EndNote and improved statistics. Both are included within GSOC. That means both import from and export to the most common citation software packages and a vastly improved stats package. In the mean time we’re also looking at rolling out Google Analytics but more of that later.
Another nifty tool looks to be the …
Last Monday saw the inaugural meeting of the United Kingdom Council of Research Repositories at the University of Nottingham. Having wound our way through the convoluted corridors of the Queens Medical Centre, fifty or so repository managers (and me, although I consider myself to be guilty by association) knuckled down to business: to understand matters affecting repository managers and to look at what UKCoRR (pronounced you-core) should be. With everyone relishing the opportunity to be sat in a room of like-minded individuals, lists of issues and concerns flowed forth. Resources, policies, mandates, advocacy, R.A.E., technology, cultural acceptance, K.P.I.s, good practice, required skill sets, user experience… just a few areas for discussion.
UKCoRR will be more than a regular opportunity …
I spent a little time yesterday brushing up on good blogging techniques and one of the lessons I’ve been reminded of is to keep the titles of posts relevant. I think this one is up to scratch. So welcome to BioMed Central‘s Open Repository blog. It’s good to get started on the right foot.
I recently had a conversation with someone about why we would need a blog for Open Repository (and from now on I’m going to use the shorthand of OR). OR is a strange beast. It is it’s own project that is also bound to developments in the DSpace software community, both of which are tied in to …