Posts Tagged ‘project’

More packages on the e-journals A-to-Z

Posted on July 27th, 2012 by Paul Stainthorp

Update on the project to re-populate the A-to-Z database, which lists all of the Library’s available e-journal content. The site now includes the following additional packages (in addition to those added in previous updates):

  • Autism Data (A&I)
  • Bibliography of British and Irish History (A&I)
  • BioMed Central (Open Access)
  • Brand Republic
  • Brill Journal Archive Online – Full Collection
  • British Periodicals Collection I (UK)
  • British Periodicals Collection II (UK)
  • Cochrane Library (Wiley)
  • Creative Club
  • DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals
  • EBSCO Open Access Journals
  • Engineer-it
  • Free Medical Journals
  • HeinOnline English Reports
  • HeinOnline Law Journal Library
  • Index to Theses (A&I)
  • Leisure Recreation and Tourism Abstracts (A&I)
  • Mintel Oxygen Academic
  • Other
  • Periodicals Archive Online – JISC Collections Selection
  • Social Care Online
  • Specify-it Building
  • SpringerOpen
  • Taylor & Francis Geography, Planning, Urban and Environment Archive (JISC Collections)
  • Television and Radio Index for Learning and Teaching (TRILT)(A&I)
  • The Construction Information Service (CIS)
  • The Occupational Health & Safety Information Service (OHSIS)
  • TVTiP : TVTimes Project 1955-1985
  • UK PubMed Central
  • Web of Knowledge (A&I)
  • Zetoc (A&I)

The full list of providers is here. The A-to-Z now provides access to more than 89,800 unique e-journal, etc., titles (comparable with the number of titles available before we began the project). And our information about the contents of each package should be much more accurate. We still have more to add, but we’re getting there!

CLOCK notes – 8 May 2012

Posted on May 8th, 2012 by Paul Stainthorp

This is what the CLOCK project team are currently up to (from meetings over the past couple of weeks and from notes made at the recent Discovery: making sure your resources are discovered, used and reused event in Birmingham):

  • Andrew Beeken has been exploring the Cambridge COMET data via its SPARQL endpoints and has already blogged about the process of using SPARQL to “build kind of a ‘Hello World’ of open data querying”. He’s now looking at the recently-released Harvard open bib data and comparing the speed, the use of matching namespaces, and the use of JSON vs RDF/XML.
  • This work is leading up to unified search and presentation of records from several sources (Cambridge/COMET, Harvard, Lincoln/Jerome, OpenLibrary, etc.). Andrew and Trevor Jones are collaborating on drawing up a high-level architecture for CLOCK, and a strategy for expressing Linked Data, which will be shared with the rest of the project team (and publicly) for discussion.
  • To support this, Alex Bilbie in ICT services at Lincoln is helping to get the original Jerome application up and running on the CLOCK server (, where it can be used as a stable platform for developing and RDF-ifying Lincoln’s own bib data.
  • Trevor Jones and Ed Chamberlain will work together on developing the work with users (in parallel, at the University of Lincoln and the University of Cambridge) to clarify their requirements for bibliographic data:
    • For cataloguers, based around a rethink of copy cataloguing workflows, we will try to tease out requirements from talking to cataloguers (and associated subject librarians) asking to be ‘positively disrupted': what do they need to do? What is missing from their data?
    • For researchers, we will build on some initial user walkthrough analysis done by Trevor and Andrew in Lincoln, with performing arts students in LPAC (the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre). What are the research questions that users are trying to answer? How does bib data help them answer those questions? What’s missing? Ed and Trevor will agree on a set of questions and tasks;
    • These requirements will be used to feed the remainingcycles of platform development for CLOCK.
  • Ed Chamberlain will act as the conduit between CLOCK and related projects in the Discovery strand, looking for points of shared interest/technology, and blogging (or asking others to blog) about aspects of one project which can inform the others. The other projects in which Ed is involved are: the Open Education Metadata UK (OEM-UK) project at the Institute of Education (shared interest in new user interfaces for cataloguing – possibly use screencasts to demonstrate alternative workflows?) and the Open Bibliography 2 project (lots of potential technical overlap – BibJSON, JSON-LD,, expression in RDF container formats).
  • Ed and I (Paul Stainthorp) will work on developing the ‘business case’ / sustainability of CLOCK and data.*, following up on themes discussed in the recent Discovery event, and thinking not only about institutional funding / high-level support for open bib data, but also what it takes to move open bib data publishing from a development environment into an institutionally-supported, ICT-run service.
  • Finally, PS is arranging a couple of internal CLOCK ‘hack days’ (to take place on 17th-18th May, in Cambridge) – more details to follow.

CLOCKmakers wanted: Lincoln needs web developers!

Posted on January 24th, 2012 by Paul Stainthorp

(I promised you an awful clock-related pun in every CLOCK blog post title, and by crikey I’ll deliver one.)

Lincoln needs web developers! As well as the full-time developer we’re recruiting to the Orbital project team (still open for applications – just!) we’re now looking for willing and talented people to fill two part-time web developer posts for our new CLOCK project.

In a nutshell:

  • The University of Lincoln, working in consortium with Cambridge University Library and Owen Stephens Consulting, has been awarded £49,877 by JISC to investigate ways of driving innovation in libraries’ interactions with Open Bibliographic Data, through a project we’re calling CLOCK (Cambridge-Lincoln Open Catalogue Knowledgebase).
  • These new developer posts will include a significant amount of working with library data-exchange formats, web standards, and Linked Data, including contributing to the development of a sector-wide service.
  • The role requires extensive knowledge of the web and its attendant technologies and the software development and analytical skills to put this knowledge to good effect. The postholder should have demonstrable experience as both a producer and consumer of RESTful web services.
  • You can apply online via the University’s jobs website
In a second nutshell:
  • Closing date is 2 February 2012
  • Salary: grade 6 (from £25,251 pro rata)
  • There are two part time posts available (0.4FTE each – i.e. approx. 2 days a week)
  • Posts are fixed term until 31 July 2012
  • Based at our lovely Brayford Pool Campus in Lincoln city centre

This is an opportunity to work alongside a range of interesting people from the University Library in Lincoln, from Cambridge University Library, and from the national Discovery programme, as well as a growing ‘cross-project’ pool of developers in LNCD, our agile open-source ninja webdev hothouse. “If we were to summarise our technologies and interests I guess they would be #agile, #opensource, #opendata #LAMP, #php, #codeigniter, #mongoDB, #OAuth, #APIs, #HTML5, #CSS3, #github and moving towards #RDF and #LinkedData. Just seeing these hashtags listed together should cause your heart to beat with excitement :-)

If you have any questions about the role please get in touch!

The data! The data!

Posted on October 3rd, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp

The Library Impact Data Project (LIDP), which ran from February-July this year, and in which the University of Lincoln took part, has now released a subset of the library activity data used in the analysis (which, you’ll remember, showed a statistically significant correlation across a number of universities between library activity data and student attainment).

Lincoln’s data is included in the release, which is available for re-use under an open licence, from:

This data set is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License

The data contains final grade and library usage figures for 33,074 students studying undergraduate degrees at UK universities. More information on the data, and how it’s been generalised in order to preserve students’ anonymity, on the LIDP project blog.

  • There’s also a detailed report about the statistical breakdown of Lincoln’s own share of the data (this wasn’t published as part of the project reports, as it was down to each individual institution whether to make it public or not) – I’ve made the report available here [PDF].

The LIDP blog also contains information about the project ‘toolkit‘, developed to assist other institutions who may want to test their own data against the LIDP’s hypothesis, here and here.

Thanks again to Graham, Bryony and Dave at the University of Huddersfield for inviting Lincoln to take part in the project, and for their help along the way!

On to the next one…

Over the moon: Lincoln awarded £240k JISC funding for Orbital MRD project

Posted on September 9th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp

Satellite City

In July, I blogged about our latest bid for JISC funding – this time for an project called “Orbital” to develop a university research data management infrastructure, piloted with the School of Engineering.

I’m delighted to announce that we were successful. The University of Lincoln has been awarded £241,500* funding for Orbital, under JISC’s Managing Research Data call. The project runs for 18 months, starting on 03 October 2011.

From the project proposal:

“The Orbital project will develop, test and implement a state-of-the-art research data management system, which meets both internal and external partner organisation’s requirements in terms of robustness and security. We will apply a proven approach to the management of institutional data, through the proposed use of MongoDB (a very fast, flexible, schema-less database technology), to create flexible services for capturing, storing, preserving and sharing research data in real time across internal research groups and with external research partners via secure, public APIs. A personalised web interface for specific researcher profiles and a public discovery interface will also be developed.”

Joss Winn from CERD will be the Orbital project manager; I’ll act as “lead researcher”, working—alongside other staff from the Library, Research Office, ICT services and the School of Engineering—to conduct a literature review and examine existing guidance and practice, lead the user requirements analysis, and contribute to the implementation & evaluation of the project. We’ll also be appointing not one but two new developers to work on Orbital.

There’ll be a steering group consisting of senior staff from the VCO, School of Engineering, College of Science, Library, Research Office, and ICT. We’re also bringing in external consultancy from Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd, the Innovative Design & Manufacturing Research Centre of the University of Bath, and the UK Digital Curation Centre (DCC).

This is a hugely significant project for Lincoln (and the first funding awarded to a CERD/Library/ICT project since we established LNCD). What we’re doing here – it works. To my colleagues, and especially Joss: well done. Congratulations.

We’ll be setting up a project blog for Orbital, at – watch that space.

*Yup. Nearly a quarter of a million quid. No messing, eh?

This is the end: Jerome project

Posted on August 1st, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp

The JISC-funded Jerome project ended on 31 July 2011. Here are the final few project blog posts:

Jerome record pageThe Jerome search portal itself is [still] at, and the open data APIs are all being documented on – we’ll not be switching any of it off any time soon :-)

QR code project: first meeting

Posted on February 17th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp

We’ve made a start with our ‘QR codes in the Library‘ project. By the time of the Library staff away day in July, we’re going to produce a report examining the uses to which QR codes are already being put in academic (and other libraries), and making recommendations for their use in the Library at the University of Lincoln.


  • We may deliver our presentation on the staff away day in the form of a QR code treasure hunt (with a prize, of course)… in addition to a set of questions for library staff to consider.
  • Elif Varol will liaise with ICT services: what plans do ICT have for the use of QR codes in the wider University?
  • Marie Nicholson will carry out a review of literature relating to QR codes in libraries, which we’ll record in this shared RefWorks account.
  • Chris Leach will look into QR code reading software and hardware (i.e. stand-alone readers).
  • …and I’ll approach one or two university libraries who make use of QR codes in their day-to-day activities, to ask about the possibility of visiting them before July.

We’re going to meet once a month; I’ll blog everything here.

Jerome: it’s official!

Posted on January 18th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp

I’m beyond delighted to be able to announce that our bid to the JISC to fund Jerome was successful. ‘Un-project’ Jerome will become Project Jerome on 1 February, 2011. Expect activity on the Jerome blog to speed up significantly after that date!

You can read the successful bid online. Thanks are due: to the JISC themselves, to Joss Winn for his beyond-value bid-writing expertise, and to the Jerome un-project team (esp.NJ+AB) for all their un-work so far.

Champagne And Fun

“Jerome began in the summer of 2010, as an informal ‘un-project’, with the aim of radically integrating data available to the University of Lincoln’s library services and offering a uniquely personalised service to staff and students through the use of new APIs, open data and machine learning. Jerome addresses many of the challenges highlighted in the Resource Discovery Taskforce report, including the need to develop scale at the data and user levels, the use of third-party data and services and a better understanding of ‘user journeys’. Here, we propose to formalise Jerome as a project, consolidating the lessons we have learned over the last few months by developing a sustainable, institutional service for open bibliographic metadata, complemented with well documented APIs and an ‘intelligent’, personalised interface for library users.”