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EPrints Update, Les Carr, University of Southampton

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EPrints Update, Les Carr, University of Southampton. Presented as part of Repository Fringe 2014, 30-31st July 2014, Edinburgh

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EPrints Update, Les Carr, University of Southampton

  1. 1. EPrints State of Na/on In our 15th year (sw) And our 10th year (service)
  2. 2. Where Are We Now? and where are we going? • EPrints Services – In University of Southampton • Repository ac/vity in a state of flux – Mandate compliance! – Research repor/ng! – Big Data! – CRIS! – Innova/on vs business
  3. 3. E EPrints Timeline (1994 – 2010s)
  4. 4. EPrints Services HQ in Web Science research labs at the University of Southampton
  5. 5. EPrints Services Network Doctoral Training Centre Web Science Ins/tute Open Data Ins/tute Web Science SoFWIREd ERCIM Trust Digital Economy Catapult W3C WAIS
  6. 6. Who Are We Now? • Les Carr academic lead • John Darlington University business manager • Sheridan Brown sales and marke4ng • Adam Field business & community rela4ons mgr • Kelly Terrell project management, OER lead • Jus/n Bradley infrastructure mgr, specialist projects • Seb Francois technical architect • Jiadi Yao support & new builds • Will Fyson support & new builds • Nawar Halabi projects
  7. 7. Who Are EPrints Now? • What are the team doing? – Hos/ng about 70 repositories – Suppor/ng Open Access repositories for about 100 ins/tu/ons • UK, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Australia, South Africa, US, Canada – Maintaining the core so_ware – Developing new versions • Why are they doing it? – Not for profit – To support the Open Access agenda – To build up and support the Repository Community
  8. 8. Recent & future developments • IRStats2 v1.0 released • EPrints4 developments • Improved search with Xapian • Integra/on with ROS & capture of projects and funders data • Towards Repository ’16
  9. 9. Recent & future developments • “We’ve heard you!” – Scalability issues (browse pages) – Search not always accurate – Limited UI interac/ons – EPrints3 built from many blocks – /me for refactoring – Rising interests in complementary domains (funders, projects, data)
  10. 10. The EPrints Path Ahead To actual business requirements From JISC InnovaCon projects
  11. 11. What is EPrints For? Research AcCvity Data Collec/on Data Analysis Research Business Research Management Research Processes Research Impact Research Content Research Educa/onal Publica/ons Resources Scien/fic Data
  12. 12. What is EPrints For? • Suppor/ng your researchers • Suppor/ng your research data • Suppor/ng your research outputs • Suppor/ng your research outcomes & impact • Suppor/ng your research managers
  13. 13. What is EPrints For? • Suppor/ng your researchers • Suppor/ng your research data • Suppor/ng your research outputs • Suppor/ng your research outcomes & impact • Suppor/ng your research managers … • Suppor/ng librarians
  14. 14. What Is EPrints 4? 4 It’s 4 open access, publica/ons repositories, research repor/ng It’s 4 open scien/fic data, big data, data science, analysis workflows It’s 4 open educa/onal resources, video handling, MOOCs It’s 4 research management repor/ng and ins/tu/onal marke/ng It’s 4 informa/on management, project and funding data It’s 4 facili/es informa/on management It’s for the data driven university
  15. 15. EPrints Engineering • Stripping EPrints back to its core data management engine • Tuning it for speed, efficiency, scale and flexibility Sébas/en François, EPrints4 lead developer
  16. 16. EPrints4 • Not a rewrite of the so_ware! • Making the core as generic as possible for re-­‐ use (OER, data, …) • Decoupling the different modules (MVC) • Modernizing the UI elements: – New tools have emerged – Support for on-­‐line form valida/ons
  17. 17. EPrints4 • 11,000 lines of code added to the source over the last 9 months • Improved integra/on with Xapian • DB transac/ons, memcached, fine-­‐grain ACL’s, … • Can run without a UI at all: service oriented • But it’s berer with one: Bootstrap (style), jQuery (interac/ons) & Mustache (templa/ng)
  18. 18. Towards Repository’16 • IR’s must integrate new concepts for REF2020, OA Compliancy & ROS/ResearchFish reports • JISC Repository Shared Services • Capture of Projects, Funders data from various sources • Integra/on with new external services
  19. 19. Towards Repository ’16 • OA Compliancy, capture of Projects/Funders data: project started with Uni’s of Southampton & Reading • First submission to ROS completed for UoS earlier this year • IR can import from ROS, Gateway to Research, internal systems and link data: – Publica/ons are linked to Projects and Funders – Users are linked to Projects and Funders (PI, CoI, …) • Development of a Generic Repor/ng Framework for ROS & for easily add new reports to EPrints (based on the REF2014 plug-­‐in)
  20. 20. Towards Repository ’16 • Other services/systems: – IRUS-­‐UK: released on Bazaar – Publica/ons Router: protocol na/ve to EPrints (SWORD) + importers on Bazaar – ORCID: proof of concept released on Bazaar – RIOXX: v1 implemented – awai/ng new specs for v2 – WoK/Scopus imports: in EPrints core – OA end-­‐to-­‐end project: EPrints Services are partners • These features push EPrints towards being a de-­‐facto CRIS-­‐ light system
  21. 21. Bringing together key repository services to deliver a connected naConal infrastructure to support OA 22
  22. 22. Support for Integra/on • Repositories to implement -­‐ patches, scripts and plug-­‐ins produced by repository shared services. Support is being planned via: • Repository Support Project (RSP) • Planning co-­‐ordina/on with plauorm-­‐specific support through EPrints Services, the DSpace community and Fedora. Title of presenta/on 00/00/2013 23
  23. 23. Repositories = Science + Web + Praxis • Repositories aren’t a thing but a performance – the crea/on of a network of informa/on by networks of research professionals • Repositories aren’t invented by developers, – they are being invented by all of us as we gradually adapt our tools and change our prac/ce. The web both shapes and is shaped by society. There is a gap between the ‘script’ proposed by a technology and what it actually becomes in prac/ce. Co-­‐consCtuCon
  24. 24. Librarians MediaCng New PracCce Not just enforcing historic norms, but s/mula/ng new prac/ce to emerge • Copyright • Openness • Intellectual Property • Privacy • Crea/vity • Science 2.0
  25. 25. EPrints Futures • Capacity to handle current and emerging open informa/on agendas, policies and mandates • Support for current and emerging research prac/ces and management – open access – data cita/on – open educa/on – CRIS – open science – MOOCs • Modern responsive user experience • Easy upgrade path with EPrints 3 so_ware

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