Developer Challenge at OR11 in Austin

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At the recent Open Repositories 2011 conference in Austin, one of the highlights was the Developer Challenge sponsored by DevSCI and coordinated by Mahendra Mahey. Open Repository’s entry demonstrated how the RESTful API module for DSpace can harvest communities and collections in DSpace
and be browsed in real-time in Joomla. We also demonstrated the ability
to deposit via a combination of SWORD and the RESTful API from Joomla
into a selected repository collection, and based on the credentials, a
specific part of the workflow.

You can see our presentation here:

DevSci Challenge at OR 11
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Claire Bundy joins DCAT

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Claire Bundy, Open Repository Specialist, is the second member of the Open Repository Team to become a member of the DSpace Community Advisory Team (DCAT). Our service is a long-standing registered service provider for DuraSpace, and this further shows Open Repository’s commitment to helping to advance the DSpace software and developing resources/tools for DSpace users.  

The primary goals of DCAT are to help review and facilitate community-wide discussions about new feature requests and to provide support to the DSpace Committer group in producing software releases. This also includes finding project groups or stakeholders who could work on the development of the features.

Claire’s other activities for DCAT will also include:

Monthly team teleconferences
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University of Bedfordshire adopts Open Repository

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Open Repository is pleased to announce the University of Bedfordshire as a new customer, and welcome them into the OR community.

The University of Bedfordshire is the largest higher education institution in the county and has gained national recognition for its achievements in widening participation and teaching. The university has also established eight research institutes, which act to focus the research output of university staff, increase and support research quality and help communicate more widely its research achievements.  
We welcome the university both to the Open Repository and open access communities and will continue to work in partnership with them for their green open access needs. Keep referring to our blog …

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Open Repository Attends ALA 2011, New Orleans, 23 – 28 June 2011

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Well yet another fantastic event took place at the recent Annual ALA conference. Open Repository just had to attend again and of course, New Orleans is a beautiful city as well!

The Annual Conference is the world’s largest event for the library community, bringing together more than 25,000 librarians, educators, authors, literacy experts and illustrators.  There are hundreds of programs spanning the hot topics and current issues affecting libraries and the communities they serve suitable for attendees from any size or type of library.

Open Repository had its own stand this year which was very well attended.  I had the pleasure of meeting with many librarians from all continents and all types of organizations to …

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Open Repository joins the DSpace Community Advisory Team

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Michael Guthrie, Manager of the Open Repository service, has recently become a member of the DSpace Community Advisory Team (DCAT). This shows Open Repository’s commitment to helping to advance the DSpace software and developing resources/tools for DSpace users.

The primary goals of DCAT are to help review and facilitate community-wide discussions about new feature requests in JIRA, and to provide support to the DSpace Committer group in producing software releases. This also includes finding project groups or stakeholders who could work on the development of the features.

Open Repository’s first Saudi Arabian Repository: KAUST

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King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) is a new international university based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  With more than 60 nationalities of students, faculty and staff, its 36 square kilometer campus has cutting-edge laboratory and research facilities. Their mission is to advance science and technology through bold and collaborative research whilst educating scientific and technological leaders.

The launch of this repository with Open Repository will enable KAUST to capture and showcase their institute’s research and provide a centrally located, searchable index that can be showcased worldwide.

We welcome KAUST both to the Open Repository and open access communities and look forward to working in partnership with them for their green open access needs.

BioMed Central attends Gulf SLA-AGC

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I was pleased to be in attendance at the Gulf SLA-AGC conference last month in Muscat, Oman. Hosted in the opulent surroundings of the Al-Bustan Hotel, it really did set the scene and provided an amazing backdrop for the two and a half day event.

I gave a 20 minute introduction to open access and information on how institutions can comply with open access mandates, implement open access at their institutions and follow the green route through setting up an institutional repository. The slides are now available to view here.

The presentation was well received and afterwards many people had questions on how exactly this could work at their institutions. Open access is still in its infancy …

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University of Derby’s UDORA Briefing Day

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The University of Derby recently had their very well attended Pilot Project Briefing Day, informing their researchers about their new UDORA repository. The day was hosted by Richard Finch, Academic Services Manager for the University Library and Melanie Keady, E-Resources Development Manager.

It was a pleasure to be invited to speak at the event and present the benefits of an open access repository for the university and individual researchers.  The presentation was  followed by an in-depth demonstration of the functionality of UDORA and the service they could expect to receive from Open Repository.

Copyright issues and publisher’s policies had been identified as a primary concern for participants prior to the briefing day. Therefore, presentations …

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Open Repository Attends the DINI/Helmholtz Workshop

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Open Repository had great pleasure to be invited to present at a Helmholtz open access workshop in cooperation with the German Initiative for Networked Information (DINI), hosted by Humboldt University Berlin.

About DINI

The development of modern information and communication technology requires a change in the information infrastructure of universities and other research institutions. The German Initiative for Networked Information (DINI) was established to promote and manage this change, including through agreements, cooperation, recommendations and standards.

The Workshop was well attended by representatives of German universities and research institutes and was an opportunity to share best practice and hear initiatives of the institutional repositories that are well established there.  Further information is available here.

Open Repository hosted …

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Irish Health Research Seminar: Collaboration and Partnership for Progress

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The Health Services in Ireland deliver thousands of different health and social services in hospitals and communities across the country, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In November they ran a well attended one day seminar at the Health Services Executive (HSE)  Dr. Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin, to explore research taking place in the Irish health sector. It also included presentations from practitioners, policy makers and librarians.

The aims of the seminar were to:

Raise awareness of research in health that takes place outside of the academic setting.
Foster collaboration between the academic and broader health sector.
Promote existing Irish health research.
Profile the role of librarians in facilitating and supporting researchers.

Back in 2008, the HSE partnered with Open …

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