Deposit MO extends the widely used Microsoft Office suite to enable seamless interaction with repositories to improve deposit usage. It therefore extends to all users of this in the UK and worldwide. Extending the Windows desktop impacts many users, with the back‐end services compatible with other operating systems. By targetting two repository architectures, EPrints and DSpace, and using SWORD and ORE protocols we ensure interoperability and sustainability in the long‐term.
A range of stakeholders in the research, repository and developer communities will be positively impacted by this project.
i. Researchers. By bringing the repository on to the desktop we can bridge the gap between everyday tools and web‐based services. By using deskside coaching we will try to effect culture change one person at a time, and providing Web‐based virtual coaching support will enable wider rollout.
ii. Repository support staff. Librarians and information workers will be involved in developing training materials, and deploying them at Southampton University and Edinburgh University. By collaborating across institutions we aim to make these training materials generic for widespread adoption across the higher education sector.
iii. Developers. Our software outputs will be open source, and we expect to increase usage by explicitly supporting the developer community around OfficeSWORD. Microsoft Research will actively disseminate our work. Will work with JISC, at events such as dev8D Code Dojo and Challenges, and within the EPrints and DSpace communities to raise awareness.
iv. IT Services. University of Southampton IT service, iSolutions, has committed to deploy DepositMO add‐ins campus‐wide as part of its standard software deployment on all University workstations.