Posts Tagged ‘Edinburgh’

OA the noo: my @UKCoRR Pecha Kucha slides from #or2012 in Edinburgh

Posted on July 11th, 2012 by Paul Stainthorp

I’m in at the University of Edinburgh today for one day of Open Repositories 2012 (#or2012), “The 7th International Conference on Open Repositories“. I gave a Pecha Kucha-style (20 slides @ 20 seconds per slide) presentation about the work of UKCoRR, the UK Council of Research Repositories.

Here are the slides. They won’t make a huge amount of sense on their own, but you’ll get the idea.

If you’re a repository worker in the UK and would be interested in joining UKCoRR (it’s free!), sign up to the JISCMail list, at: – membership of UKCoRR is open to “anyone working directly in UK research repository administration. It is not intended to be open to publishers, commercial suppliers, students, research funders, academics or researchers, or general open access project staff, except where people have a position in repository administration“.

A Mash’s a Mash for A’ That

Posted on January 28th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp

I was in Scotland earlier this week for the latest instalment in the Mashed Library programme: Haggis and Mash formed the first part of a two-day event looking at open source and open data in libraries, held at the National e-Science Centre (NeSC) in Edinburgh.

McEwan Hall

Various people spoke throughout the morning about different aspects of open library systems, including products such as VuFind and Blacklight; software toolkits like Juice*; Linked Data and RDA… followed, in the afternoon, by the now-traditional practical mashing workshops.

Julian Cheal

(*An aside: I spent some time talking to Talis’s Matt Machell about Juice and discussing how it might be used to enhance the e-journals A-to-Z; I’ve since installed it on the Learning Lab server and we’re going to give it a go!)

Mashing. Really mashing.

Nicola Osborne, EDINA’s social media officer, blogged the event live (and very comprehensively); you can also see plenty of photos from Haggis and Mash, on flickr, including this one of the cutting of a celebratory ‘Happy Birthday Open Library Systems 1.0‘ cake…

Happy Birthday Open Library Systems 1.0

Next stop: Pancakes and Mash on 8 March 2011 in Lincoln.

Four go mash in Bath

Posted on November 19th, 2010 by Paul Stainthorp

LEGO-esque version of a photo of me sitting on the floor at MashSpa, taken by Lukas KosterThe sixth Mashed Library event took place in Bath on Friday the 29th of October.

I went (my first visit to Bath), along with E.V. (E-resources Assistant) and Nick and Alex from ICT services (who both stayed in Bath for the more-hardcore-developers’ BathCamp event that weekend).

With an obligatory mashlib pun, “MashSpa – Mash and Mashibility” was held in the Chapel Arts Centre in the middle of Bath, and included talks from (freelance information consultant) Ben O’Steen on open bibliographic data, Lukas Koster of the Library of the University of Amsterdam on the “Dutch situation” and Dutch Culture Link project, and developer Dan W. on what the Internet can learn from libraries. (Italicised links are to blog posts by Owen Stephens!)

In the afternoon, the attendees splintered into informal mashing parties: some people went into the cellar (yes, really – a very underground-resistance-movement atmosphere down there…) to play around with RFID tags and laser-guided scissors; others stayed ‘up top'; with the afternoon culminating in a mass-installation of VuFind, led by Owen (no mean feat, considering the Chapel Arts wi-fi network had given out under pressure by then).

[An aside: I'm now the only person to have attended every single Mashed Library UK event. I think the other contender for the crown may have been ill for MashSpa, though, so I can't take too much joy in my victory. #]

The next (planned) mashlib is Haggis and Mash on the 25th of January 2011 at the National e-Science Centre in Edinburgh… closely followed by a still-top-secret mash event in Lincoln (details soon).