We apologise for the late arrival of this blog post.
On the 22nd of July I was at the University of Nottingham for an RSP (Repositories Support Project) event, Repositories and CRIS: working smartly together. A few of us from the UKCoRR committee were there, giving UKCoRR’s new Twitter account some hammer. My colleagues, David Young from the University Research Office and Elif Varol from the Library, also went.
Here are some very brief notes on the various presentations and activities – all of the slides are on the RSP’s website.
- Simon Kerridge of ARMA (on the research administration, the CERIF standard, and the EXRI project). This has already led to some movement on the idea of a JISCMail ‘super list’ to allow information to be shared easily between members of ARMA and UKCoRR. All the talk of CERIF and REF requirements has also prompted us (Lincoln people) into action – a separate blog post about this will follow.
- RePOSIT presentations and breakout discussion – this was great fun. Like being back at the RSP Winter School again. Repository work and advocacy makes far more sense and the panic easiest quelled when I talk to other repository managers around a table.
- After lunch: more on euroCRIS from Mark Cox of King’s College London. Loads to look at, including the R4R (Readiness 4 REF) plugin for EPrints, and MICE (Measuring Impact under CERIF).
- The University of Glasgow’s “alternative approach”, involving some hardcore use of EPrints. This is the model Lincoln is following and it’s great to see it working so successfully for Glasgow. See their Research Outcomes work and Will Nixon & colleagues’ Enlighten blog. Also related: EPrints: A Hybrid CRIS/Repository.
- Finally, a whistlestop tour of EPrints version 3.3 and some of its new features, including one-click installation of plugins from the EPrints “Bazaar”. Looks very cool.
At this point: run for bus.