Video of my Pecha Kucha session at #or2012 (Open Repositories 2012: The 7th International Conference on Open Repositories) at the University of Edinburgh, on 11 July 2012. Speaking about the work of UKCoRR, the UK Council of Research Repositories (YouTube).
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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: http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/UKCORR-DISCUSSION.html – 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“.
Here are some notes on the first event held for UKCoRR members this year:
As you probably know, UKCoRR is an entirely unfunded organisation which relies heavily on the time and energy of its members, and on the generosity of universities to host our meetings – on this occasion our heartfelt thanks to the University of Portsmouth Library, and particularly to Andy Barrow and (associate university librarian) Ken Dick, for very kindly putting us up and keeping us fed and coffee-ed, and for Ken’s warm welcome at the start of the meeting.
This was a very well-attended event: nearly 50 UKCoRR members and invited guests, from as far afield as Edinburgh (350+ miles away)… and a packed schedule. So packed, in fact, that we probably didn’t leave enough breathing space. We’ll build in more rest breaks and time for
gossip professional networking at the next meeting!
- Slides from all the presentations below will shortly be made available on UKCoRR’s slideshare account, at: slideshare.net/ukcorr
- Some of the speakers kindly agreed to be filmed, and videos will be made available at: youtube.com/user/ukcorr
After Ken had welcomed us to Portstmouth, UKCoRR chair Gaz Johnson gave the first presentation of the day, with a science fiction gloss and a look at the possible future directions of UKCoRR. Gaz has already blogged about his talk. A few key points and questions:
- The committee needs to consult with members, and these members’ meetings are a good way of doing that!
- Our priorities (validated by the user survey, 2011) should be best practice exchange, lobbying, and advocacy;
- Is our lack of a membership fee our USP? It means we’re beholden to no-one, we don’t have to serve anyone’s agenda (other than our members’), and it makes it easier to avoid conflicts of interest…
- …but it’s worth considering what we could do differently if we were funded;
- Should membership of UKCoRR bring with it certain responsibilities?
- Aren’t repositories generally understaffed in the UK?
Next up, Andrew Dorward of EDINA on the UK RepositoryNet+ project to build “a socio-technical infrastructure to support repositories”. Andrew gave an overview of the original RepositoryNet project, and the ongoing aim to build shared services for repositories. Recently, the new project interviewed a range of UKCoRR members, Open Access publishers, members of ARMA, and active researchers about the repository landscape — broadly, those interviews validated the current approach to services — but Andrew noted that in repository “ecology“, there is some room for drawing together the range of services (search, deposit statistics, etc.) into fewer but more comprehensive tools. He also talked about the growth in OA publishing since the launch of PLoS in 2003: see doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001235.t001
Last up before lunch, Marie-Therese Gramstadt from the University of the Creative Arts gave us an update on the Kultivate project, the advocacy and decision-making toolkits, and the associated Kultur II group, sharing best practice in repository design for creative and visual arts research. Asked to show hands, about half the UKCoRR delegates had arts researchers ‘at home’ – about the same number of people also expressed an interest in continuing the work of Kultur II. Some Kultivate links:
- Kultivate advocacy toolkit
- Kultivate decision-making toolkit
- The Kultivate plugin for EPrints will be added to the EPrints Bazaar soon
After lunch – the lightning talks!
- Talking about a new strategic marketing project for WRAP (the University of Warwick’s repository) – Yvonne Budden explained the need to revamp the repo’s image, and how WRAP piggybacked on a wider redesign project at Warwick and used an interesting methodology from the Kay Grieves at the University of Sunderland, summarised as: (1) Match services to users (2) Transform services into benefits (3) Translate benefits into messages! Freebie materials (highlighter pens, etc.) are being used as bribes to encourage depositors to take the message of the repo back to their colleagues. A really striking new black-and-yellow colour scheme!
- Matthew Smith from the University of So’ton, on the EPrints Shelves project. Building a tool to give users more control over how results from their repository are displayed on author profile pages, etc., by allowing people to log in and add/remove items from a ‘shelf’. Those ‘shelves’ can then be exported using normal EPrints export tools. Shelves should be released to the EPrints Bazaar soon. Lots of interest in the room about this plugin!
- Tracey Kent on the use of a “request a copy” for e-theses at the University of Birmingham. Birmingham offer four options for access to e-theses: from  “full OA” through to  “request a copy” (with theses available through EThOS),  a more limited request (excerpts only; not on EThOS), and finally  fully-embargoed theses. They went from around 2,500 thesis requests per year to more than 250,000 requests/yr., with ~88% on some kind of Open Access (options  or ).
- Margaret Feetham of Southampton Solent University talked about running their mixed-economy repository (research, student work, university publications) …with (very familiar to UKCoRR members!) little budget and few staff. SSU practice unmediated deposit, with academics given training on copyright and licensing issues. Margaret explained how they’ve still managed to get an impressive deposit rate by engaging keen users and advocates, and by working with the university’s research services – with REF2014 as an attention-focuser!
- From the STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council), Catherine Jones explained how they are using CrossRef to create large numbers of (metadata-only) records in epubs.stfc.ac.uk – scientific authors like the ability to use that repository’s quick & easy DOI import tool to deposit records, but are now pressing to be able to speed the process up even further. Challenges of recording articles with hundreds or even thousands of collaborators – not uncommon in some areas of physics!
A quick breather, then straight on to the first of two invited speakers to wind the day up:
Sarah Gould of the British Library on some of the changes in the pipeline for the EThOS service. There’s general recognition that some of the features of EThOS (e.g. the “checkout” process for supplying PDF copies of theses) are a bit old hat, and too rooted in old document supply processes. The limited metadata applied to many items in EThOS is also a barrier. EThOS are engaging a new development to drag the service kicking and screaming into the 21st century, and are also engaging on a big programme (working with the BL’s library systems vendors as well as with panels of librarians) to improve the quality and range of metadata. There was an interesting discussion at this point about the possibility of EThOS linking to copies of theses in institutional repositories, rather than/as well as holding digitised copies – what might that mean for the responsibilities of the BL and institutions to ensure preservation of access?
Bravely accepting the final slot of the day, Phil Barker of JISC CETIS on the world of Open Educational Resources (OERs). Another show of hands: fewer than 25% of UKCoRR members in the room have involvement with OERs (either through projects, or through working institutional OER repos). That’s not too much of a surprise: the issues involved in storing and managing repositories of OERs can be much more complex (multiple complex objects, quality control, metadata requirements, copyright and licensed re-use, the sheer number of people involved!) and many institutions have shyed away.
Phil talked about some of the motivators for universities to engage with OER, including the morals obligation of the university (“…charter to widen knowledge”), the role of OERs in marketing universities / acting as a shop window / leading to student recruitment, and the hope that the rigorous approach needed in creating of OERs will provide a beneficial ‘trickle down’ effect into the design and management of all educational materials. Some food-for-though OER links:
- The Cape Town Open Education Declaration of OER principles
- Phil Barker’s blog
- Open Courseware Consortium
- Current JISC OER projects
- HEA Change Academy (also funding some OER projects)
As always, there was a breathtaking amount of ‘stuff’ for us to get stuck into — useful advice, supportive discussions, and news of exciting work going on — and the recognised benefit of UKCoRR members’ meetings as being a refreshingly practical, non-threatening and safe place for repository staff to talk to people faced with the same problems every day. Keep your eyes peeled for the next couple of UKCoRR events planned for this year: looks like 2012′s going to be one of our busiest yet.
“The 2011 UKeiG Jason Farradane Award has been awarded to the United Kingdom Council of Research Repositories (UKCoRR). Founded in 2007, UKCoRR is a professional membership-driven organisation managed for and by those staff working throughout the UK as Open Access repository administrators and managers.”
The Jason Farradane award is “made by UKeiG to an individual or a group of people in recognition of outstanding contribution to the information profession“. UKeiG are the UK e-Information Group, a more-than-usually-autonomous special interest group of CILIP.
In other news, we’ve finally managed to get the new UKCoRR website launched. You can see it for yourself, at:
LISN (pronounced listen) has been in existence since August 1998 when a group of (mainly) college and university librarians decided to network on a formalised basis. The group has evolved considerably since then to welcome any Lincolnshire-based information provider/library wishing to exchange ideas and information to benefit the Lincolnshire community.
Every LISN meeting runs to a similar pattern: after the standard apologies-minutes-matters-arising bumf, we discuss at length a topic of interest to Lincolnshire libraries of all sectors (today’s topic was on the subject of online learning materials: “what we are doing in terms of providing online interactive learning materials to support the users of our collections and resources? Are we using learning materials provided by suppliers or creating our own?“). Then each member library provides an institutional update; AOB; end.
I’m meant to look after the LISN website (www.lisn.org.uk) – I’ve not always been terribly good at giving this job enough attention (colleagues from the UKCoRR committee will find that a depressingly familiar story), which is why I’m pleased that fellow LISN rep Rachael Adair from Lincoln College has offered to share that task with me.
The other interesting topic that came up at this morning’s meeting is the progress Bishop Grosseteste University College are making with their library extension – you can see the latest construction photos on their Facebook page, at: http://www.facebook.com/bishopglibrary
I’ve had a useful meeting with my new boss to agree my priorities for the next 12 months of development work in the Library. Here are my top 4, in order of importance.
- Discovery selection & implementation;
- JISC Orbital project (0.3FTE) – based mainly in CERD until March 2013;
- Possible JISC-funded Jerome follow-on work;
- Development of the Lincoln Repository – working closely with the Library Institutional Repository Officer (BJ), the Research & Enterprise Office + the subject librarians on the following areas:
- Metadata workflow and service development
- Building a “Research Showcase”
- CRIS-like development, bibliometrics, and supporting the REF
- Developing staff profiles on the University’s website
- Helpdesk integration (…possibly)
The following are projects—part of the current Library I.T. strategy—that I’ll contribute to but probably won’t lead, and/or work that’s going on in the background that I need to stay abreast of:
- Reading list development (project);
- Authentication (project);
- Participation in various JISC working groups as well as UKCoRR and LISN;
- Working with the Acquisitions team on new team rôles/areas of work;
- Monitoring and guiding e-resource management (ERM), authentication, and responding to user problems (this area of work will be looked after day-to-day by the Library (E-resources) Assistant (EV), supported by other staff, as part of the cover for my JISC project work);
- Supporting the subject librarian for technology in a review of the Library’s presence on the University Portal;
- Supporting the subject librarians in promoting and supporting the use of RefWorks 2.0;
- Supporting the HELS in administering copyright/digitisation services and the use of Blackboard.
- Initiating a new CALM user group.
- Co-ordinating LIG (the Library Innovation Group).
- Participating in the work of LNCD.
G’won then: what have I forgotten about?
I was at the University of Nottingham, yesterday, for the annual face-to-face meeting of the UKCoRR committee. (Unfunded as UKCoRR is, all other committee meetings—we have one every couple of months—are teleconferences using Powwownow. But it’s immensely valuable to get together in person at least once a year.) Amongst other things, we discussed the recent survey of UKCoRR members, and the next members’ meeting, planned for January 2012.
My #1 priority as UKCoRR ‘Web & Publicity Officer‘ is to upgrade the group’s website (www.ukcorr.org).
The old website – graciously funded and hosted by the CRC at Nottingham for the past n years, is beginning to show its age. I’m copying over all the content to a WordPress site hosted at the University of Lincoln; as soon as it’s the equal of the ‘old’, current site, we’ll transfer the *.ukcorr.org domain over, and take it forward from there.
You can see the (extremely very much still in-development) new UKCoRR website, for the time being, at: http://ukcorr.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/
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.
Nominations for positions on the UKCoRR Committee closed last week and I can confirm that from tomorrow the line-up is as follows:
- Chair – Gareth Johnson
- Secretary – Nicky Cashman
- Technical Officer – Nick Sheppard
- Web & Publicity Officer – Paul Stainthorp
- External Liaison Officer – Dominic Tate
On behalf of all committee members I’d like to say a big thank you to Graham Stone for his hard work during his term as Chair – I’m delighted that he is staying on as a member, and we’re all pleased that we’ll continue to benefit from his wisdom and experience!
A weasel, yesterday.
My first priority, in my new role as Web & Publicity Officer, is to make more of UKCoRR’s web site (www.ukcorr.org).