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Linking JISC Inf11 projects to KeepIt

The focus of the KeepIt project is preservation of repositories of broad scope, and our aim is to make a difference. This is challenging, but we are not alone, and our work overlaps with many others in various ways, whether concerned with digital repositories or preservation; ideally repositories AND preservation. We have to be clever in rethinking, adapting and structuring our work to build on and use the findings of others in this area.

The recent JISC Inf11 programme meeting for new projects prompted me to elaborate four principles to guide our approach:

  1. We are concerned with the whole information lifecycle, not just the ‘preservation’ bit
  2. The institutional context matters as much as the repository context
  3. Given the breadth of scope we have to use all available resources and use external expertise in the JISC programme and elsewhere in the community wherever possible

To begin to fulfil the third point, here is a watchlist of relevant current projects from the JISC Inf11 programme:

  • allAboutMeprints eprints Southampton Web JISC
  • ArchivePress preservation (blogs) blog Web
  • Biophysical Repositories in the Lab (BRIL) research data, science (biophysics), data capture Web
  • CAVA (human communication Audio-Visual Archive) research data (A-V) Web JISC
  • CLARION research data, science (chemistry), data capture blog
  • CLIF (Content Lifecycle Integration Framework) lifecycle Web JISC
  • DIASER archive, backup, Southampton Web
  • EIDCSR (Embedding Institutional Data Curation Services in Research) research data, curation, workflows blog
  • I-WIRE (Integrated Workflow for Institutional Repository Enhancement) workflow blog JISC
  • Lifespan RADAR research data (A-V), preservation blog JISC
  • OneShare eprints, Southampton blog JISC
  • PAXS eprints, Southampton wiki JISC
  • PEKin (Preservation Exemplar at King’s) preservation Web

Please let me know if I have missed any relevant projects.

The fourth principle? That’s about designing your own repository preservation training course, and is aimed at our repository exemplars. Blame it on Dave De Roure’s presentation at the JISC meeting, with reference to the myexperiment project’s approach to empowering scientists by enabling them to design online experiments. For another post.

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  1. Vicki McGarvey says

    Hi Steve

    You may also want to mention the SHARE Project at Nottingham Trent University our blog and wiki are available at It will be undertaking the following
    The repository enhancement project will undertake to do the following:

    * further develop the institutional repository and embed its use and content population into the life and work of academics at NTU;
    * collaborate with Desire2Learn to work on the integration of the Learning Object Repository (LOR) with IREP and external repositories e.g. Jorum;
    * define metadata mapping and metadata application profiles for the description of different types of content;
    * develop policies for the sharing and licensing of content within the LOR, the IRep and National Repositories such as JORUM.

  2. Steve Hitchcock says

    In Twitter style this is an RB (rather than an RT) for a blog entry from OneShare, one of these projects:
    top 10 ways to avoid making a hash of your EPrints install when doing a large customization

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  1. Acting on repository preservation objectives – Diary of a Repository Preservation Project linked to this post on December 15, 2009

    […] do this, and included an outline training plan. Meanwhile, I had a Damascus-like conversion about designing your own repository preservation training course. Without some input from the repositories, how could we be sure we would be serving their needs? […]

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