ERIS/SCURL Repository managers event

National Library of Scotland - Causwayside Building

Image attributed to: Maniacyak (Flickr) Some Rights Reserved.

Repository Managers Event

The ERIS Project and SCURL are organising a joint workshop meeting on the 24th September at the Causwayside building of the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh. The intention is to bring together key stakeholders, repository managers and digital curation experts, at a practical focused event to talk together and share perspectives, requirements, problems and solutions surrounding the issue of digital curation policy.

The workshop is part of the ERIS Project’s goal of producing collective recommendations for the next steps for repository managers in enabling the provision of practical, focused support, services and tools for the curation of their digital content.

Additionally, the workshop should further repository managers’ understanding of how to implement strategies and processes related to digital preservation and curation.

At the event the organisers will be discussing a survey which is being distributed on behalf of the ERIS project on institutional issues of curation policy, and will use the survey as a basis for discussion.

Benefits of attendance

  • Learn about the ERIS Project, its goals and objectives;
  • An opportunity to share your curation and preservation issues, (concerns, wishes, solutions) with peers and experts;
  • To gain insight from other repository managers on how they are approaching digital object curation on different platforms;
  • To gain some tips from fellow practitioners on what works for them;
  • To share your expertise with the repository community.

Programme (draft)

9:15am Arrivals & Coffee

9:40am Welcome and Introduction  (10 mins)

10am Introduction to the ERIS Project (20 mins)

10:20am ‘Fresh’ update on Digital Curation/Preservation activity from the Digital Curation Centre (20 mins)

Comfort Break (10 mins)

11am Facilitated discussion on ERIS Digital Curation Survey (1.5 hrs)

12:30pm Lunch: Networking opportunity


For further information on this event, and to confirm attendance, please contact Jill Evans on 0131 623 3940 email:   The SCURL Service Development Manager post is
jointly funded by SLIC and the NLS.


ERIS at the Repository Support Project 2009 Summer School

The ERIS project has been invited to present at the newly announced Repository Support Project (RSP) 2009 Summer School.  If you haven’t already seen the programme, then please do;  The following text has been taken straight from the RSP site.  It looks like it will be a good event, and I’ve heard great reports from the previous Winter  School so am really looking forward to it.

“Monday 14th – Wednesday 16th September 2009, Matfen Hall, Matfen, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, UK, NE20 0RH

Matfen Hall

Following the tremendous success of February’s RSP Winter School, we are delighted to announce our next event for the Autumn term. Participants will hear presentations and take part in workshops led by leading experts in fields related to repository management over the three days of this residential course. Taking place at Matfen Hall in beautiful rural Northumberland, participants will also benefit from unique opportunities to network with peers.

The course aims to provide a forum in which repository staff can keep up to date with the latest developments in a a wide range of fields related to their work. Sessions will combine presentations with workshop elements, and are intended to have a strong practical element so that repository professionals can learn from the experiences of others and share best practice.”

Repository Fringe 2009

Image Attribution; Jim Downing, July 20th 2009.

Image Attribution; Jim Downing, July 20th 2009. Some rights Reserved;

ERIS had a recent outing to the Repository Fringe event,  a most enjoyable mix of people engaged in all forms of repository engagement and an informative few days overall.

In terms of project involvement – I presented my first ever Pecha Kucha session which basically involved delivering 20 slides, with only 20 seconds allowed for each slide.  It was an interesting experience preparing for it, and it certainly focuses the mind! That said, I’m not sure how much anyone would have got out of it, and as ever, if rushed I’m not the best at this sort of thing.

For me personally, the best presentation was on the use of marketing techniques to support the promotion of research outputs from Joyce Lewis of Southampton.  The presentation was entitled “Marketing and Repositories – Tell me a Story” I don’t have a link unfortunatly for the presentation or any more details other than to look at the datashare blog entry on the RF Pecha Kucha sessions

Other highlights for me were the round table sessions on day 2 of the meeting. We had three topics for consideration, one on the practical impact of OA mandates at institutions, one on data repositories and another on where IR’s will be in 5 years time. Rather than go into any huge detail, I’ll point you towards the excellent summaries posted at the DISC-UK datashare blog which were put together by Nicola Osborne, who is the Social Media Officer based out of EDINA.

I also had a useful premeeting with folks from the Repository Support Project and the Welsh Repositories Network, ahead of our more formal meeting in September about how we as a tripartite group might be able work together. More on that later.

Pictures of the event are available on Flickr