DSpace UK&I User Group meeting

November 27, 2006

The presentation slides and video from the latest DSpace UK&I User Group meeting happened last Friday are on, or upcoming on the Aberystwyth repository.

Brief synopsis:

Niamh Brennan (Trinity College Dublin) described the development of the DSpace based IR at Trinity College, which is integrated with several of their institutional and library systems. This project has a heartening and impressive level of institutional commitment – loads of people from around the college are involved, and the commitment appears to go to the top. There were striking similarities between the integration issues Niamh described and those presented by Richard Jones later in the afternoon, when describing the repository developments at Imperial College, London.

Jim Rutherford (HP labs Bristol) gave us an overview of his work to develop on the technology developed in the China Digital Museums project to produce a generic federated architecture for DSpace. Mark Merrifield (Open Repository) shared the commercial perspective on DSpace. OR runs repository services for universities.

Richard Jones then gave an overview of the Technical review meeting and the outcomes from it, and Stuart Lewis gave an overview of what challenges and opportunities Google presents to repositories, and some of the improvements made in DSpace to take full advantage of Google whilst minimizing the load it generates.

If you’re interested / involved in DSpace and in the UK or Ireland, there’s a survey to help the group optimize it’s meetings to involve as many people as possible.

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