Fedora UK and Ireland User group meeting

I’ve just come back from Oxford where I’ve been presenting some early findings from the project to a group of Fedora users from across the EU (plus a few from the States and Australia). I was invited to come and speak to the meeting by organiser Chris Awre as part of the Duraspace initaive called the Scholars Workbench community which has been established to;

‘undertake its own scholarship in this area. It will gather existing information on how scholars use and generate information, and how they manage it, capturing experience that can be shared.’

I felt that the presentation I gave was a bit of a curve ball for the attendees, as there was no techncial content, but I felt it was a good opportunity to find out how much knowledge there was outside of the Scottish HE sector about the research pooling initatives in Scotland, and how successful they have been. I have been suprised in the past about how scant this knowledge is, and given the questions I answered during the lunch break after the presentation, it seems that this is the case.

The general thrust of the presentation, which can be found here on Slideshare, was to describe the context of the project, position reserach pools and then to speak a little about the intial observations that we’ve made.

These observations centered around drivers that they have for recording details of the reserach produced from within the pool for purposes of reporting, administration and measurement.  I also commented on the very strong sense of community that the pools have developed, and how this could be a very valuable asset from the point of view of gaining buy in from the members into depositing their published (and potentially unpublished) outputs to support collaboration and knowledge transfer.

So, overall, a good opportunity to provide some good background to a lot of well known folks in the repository world.


ERIS Project Survey of Curation and Preservation policies across Scotland’s HEI

The ERIS Project has today launched a survey designed to establish the current level of curation and preservation policies in place across the repository landscape in Scottish HEI.

The survey can be found at https://www.survey.ed.ac.uk/eris_rm and we would be most grateful if you could find the time to complete it. It will remain open until 17:00 on 27th November.

The project has invited members of the Scottish Repository Managers group, the Scottish Consortium of University & Research Libraries (SCURL) and the Higher Education Information Directors (HEIDs) to complete the survey. We welcome multiple responses per institution.

To help respondents review the survey prior to completion, we have made a copy of the survey text available for printing/download via our Scribd account.

ERIS/SCURL Repository managers event

National Library of Scotland - Causwayside Building

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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:  j.evans@nls.uk

http://scurl.ac.uk   The SCURL Service Development Manager post is
jointly funded by SLIC and the NLS.