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Getting to the Repository of the Future Workshop

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Slides from the Getting to the Repository of the Future Workshop held on Wednesday 31st July 2013 at Repository Fringe 2013. The workshop was led by Chris Awre, University of Hull, and Balviar Notay, JISC.

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Getting to the Repository of the Future Workshop

  1. 1. Getting to the Repository of the Future Chris Awre Balviar Notay Repository Fringe Jisc Workshop: Getting to the Repository of the Future
  2. 2. Context, Background and Aims of the Day Repository Fringe Jisc Workshop: Getting to the Repository of the Future
  3. 3. • Since 2002 the UK has grown a repository infrastructure • Now over 200 in operation • Repositories are playing an increasingly central role in the management of a university’s digital assets (including research papers, data, learning materials, etc.) • Recent focus: efficiency and sustainability of national shared services (Sherpa RoMEO/JULIET, IRUS, RJB) • Many component parts are in place • Where do we go from here? Background and Context Repository Fringe Jisc Workshop: Getting to the Repository of the Future
  4. 4. Repository Fringe Jisc Workshop: Getting to the Repository of the Future • Two views • High level • Institutions need to be responsive to competitive demands to attract research funds and students, and must also meet national and international policy requirements. • Strategic planning needs to keep abreast of policy drivers, rapid advances in technologies and academic practices (RCUK Policy on OA, Finch Report, Funding Councils’ Learning Strategies G8, FASTR, HEFCE REF policy, etc.)
  5. 5. • On the ground • Repository systems have been with us for over 10 years • Are they still the right systems? • Are they enabling the management of the content we need to curate? • What other options exist? • What impact will repositories have on staffing, skill requirements, etc.? • What scale of operation can we manage? How? • Focus today is on the repositories themselves and how we address the issues these two views raise Repository Fringe Jisc Workshop: Getting to the Repository of the Future
  6. 6. • Further the sector’s understanding of the costs and value that flow from the digital assets of universities • Start to shape new futures for repositories • Work together – inform how we move forward in the UK (whilst acknowledging global picture) • Develop sector wide perspective • Requires your participation and ideas Aims and Objectives Repository Fringe Jisc Workshop: Getting to the Repository of the Future
  7. 7. Agenda 14:00 – 14:10 Context, background and aims of the day (CA) 14:10 – 14:20 Current Picture - A brief overview (BN) 14:20 – 14:30 Future Watch (CA) 14:30 – 14:35 Breakout Groups – assigning membership of each group 14:35 – 15:50 Breakout Groups Discussion 15:50 – 16:20 Feedback from groups 16:20 – 16:50 Open Discussion (CA) 16:50 – 17:00 Next steps Repository Fringe Jisc Workshop: Getting to the Repository of the Future
  8. 8. The Current Picture & Pioneering Examples Overview Repository Fringe Jisc Workshop: Getting to the Repository of the Future
  9. 9. Jisc Repository Programmes Since 2002. Now 200 repositories (approx) •Exploratory •Building Capacity •Enhancements •Rapid Innovation •Deposit •Take-Up and Embedding •Repository Shared Services Infrastructure •Repository now plays central role in management of a university’s digital assets, (including research papers, data and learning materials) Repository Fringe Jisc Workshop: Getting to the Repository of the Future
  10. 10. OR13 Jisc Workshop: Where next for Institutional Repositories?
  11. 11. Repository Pioneering Examples University of Hull Repository (Hydra) –Wanted adaptability in user interfaces and workflows to handle specific content –Worked US Fedora users, Stanford University and Virginia Tech to create the Hydra framework – to enable multiple points of access to a single body of content in a repository –Now have a flexible repository infrastructure - can handle emerging research data –Ahead in preparing the ground for data with a single repository solution. Repository Fringe Jisc Workshop: Getting to the Repository of the Future
  12. 12. University for the Creative Arts –Developed solutions for creative arts repositories (ePrints) • Kulture – ePrints plugin for arts based repositories • Kultivate (increase deposit and updating Kulture plugin) • eNova project - mePrints enhancements – to researcher profiles – more visual researcher profile page. –Creative arts repositories have enabled not only contextual researchers, but importantly practitioner based researchers, to develop and make public portfolios of their work –Supported REF submission processes. Pioneering Examples Repository Fringe Jisc Workshop: Getting to the Repository of the Future
  13. 13. Pioneering Examples Middlesex University (MIRAGE 2011 Project) –Researcher based solution (MSc students - Biomedical Modelling and Informatics) –Repository of MRI scans –Allowed 3D visualisations of 2D scans –Tailored open source visualisation software (ParaView) over repository –Tailored query interface using open Source software to allow content based image retrieval (GIFT) –Researchers able to query and retrieve data faster, increased understanding and productivity Repository Fringe Jisc Workshop: Getting to the Repository of the Future
  14. 14. MIRAGE 2011 1. Viewing of 3D images in 2D way – brain images Computed Tomography Magnetic Resonance Positron Emission tomography (CT) (MR) (PET) Repository Fringe Jisc Workshop: Getting to the Repository of the Future
  15. 15. MIRAGE 2011 • Embedding Visualization Toolkit – An Example Repository Fringe Jisc Workshop: Getting to the Repository of the Future
  16. 16. Mirage2011 Sir Muir Gray, (Chief Knowledge Officer of the NHS) the “ appl i cat i on of what we know al r eady wi l l have a gr eat er i mpact on heal t h and di sease t han any dr ug or t echnol ogy l i kel y t o be i nt r oduced i n t he next decade” . Repositories are a typical example collecting large amount of information waiting to be exploited. Repository Fringe Jisc Workshop: Getting to the Repository of the Future
  17. 17. “ the shar i ng economy is r api dl y di sr upt i ng convent i onal t r ade model s so that power i s movi ng from the cent r e t o t he edges” Rachel Botsman Speaking at the WIRED money financial event Repository Fringe Jisc Workshop: Getting to the Repository of the Future
  18. 18. Future Watch – some pointers Repository Fringe Jisc Workshop: Getting to the Repository of the Future
  19. 19. Political • Openness/transparency • Communication • Re-use • Mixed political messages and environment • Well-managed digital materials, of all sorts. What is ‘managed’?
  20. 20. Economic • Immediate, direct, revenue (through selling access & …) • Prospective, indirect, revenue (through openness) • Shared services • Service development over repositories • Repository paying its keep • Directly through exploitation • Indirectly through lowering of costs elsewhere
  21. 21. Social • Disciplinary differences • Generational differences • Current trends • Open learning • RDM • Academic shifts in need/innovation • Identifying future trends?
  22. 22. Technological • System integration • Data-centric development • Repository as infrastructure • Usability • Analytics
  23. 23. Legal • Licensing • IPR/copyright policy shifts
  24. 24. Environmental • Organisational shifts • Relationship to other systems, e.g., VLE, CRIS • Sectoral collaboration • Public engagement • Cyber security • Preservation • Parallel vs. single repository activity
  25. 25. Breakouts • Questions as prompts • Please raise your own points as well • Horizon view – 2, 5, and 10 years Repository content Repository content Repository organisation Repository organisation Repository functionality Repository functionality What do we need to do now to enable the developments we’d like to see?

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