Related projects

The CRISPool project used CERIF-XML to integrate heterogeneous research information from several institutions into a single portal. This project forms part of the Research Information Management strand of projects.

The Embed Project at Cranfield University aimed to develop a fully-managed service, where the focus is on the process undertaken to produce papers for publication and/or presentation. We will also investigate further integration of repositories within administrative processes, such as finance, human resources and marketing systems.

Enrich and Enquire at the University of Glasgow were two projects which aimed to improve the integration of the institutional repository, Enlighten. Enrich focused on integration with the institutions’ Research system and Enquire on recording information about impact for a wide range of research outputs.

Increasing repository content through automation and services (IncReASe) aimed to increase content in White Rose Research Online, to automate aspects of the repository ingest process and to start to embed the repository within research workflows by lowering barriers to deposit.

Integrated Workflow for Institutional Repository Enhancement (I-Wire) aimed to develop a workflow and toolset, integrated into a portal environment, for the submission, indexing, and re-purposing of research outputs in Cardiff University’s Institutional Repository, ORCA.

IRIOS developed a proof of concept demonstrator based on the Universities for the North East Information System (UNIS) platform for a CERIF compliant “grants on the web” system for Research Council (RC) funded projects.

KULTUR was a JISC-funded project which created a model of an institutional repository for use in the creative and applied arts. The project investigated a policy and technical framework for creating a multimedia, multifunctional repository, applicable both to specialist institutions and departments across the sector.

MePrints was developed by the University of Southampton as a JISC Rapid Innovation Project. It is a plug in for EPrints which allows the creation of user profiles and homepages.

MICE was funded by JISC and carried out at KINGs College London to examine the potential for encoding systematic and structured information on research impact in the context of the CERIF schema.

The Names Project, based at the University of Manchester, is working to uniquely identify individuals and institutions involved in research in higher education in the United Kingdom.

The Readiness for REF project (R4R) at King’s College London is developing an interoperable system to support REF, based on repository-CRIS integration using CERIF, a model that will be shared with REF stakeholders – a group of 100 HEIs.

SHERPA-RoMEO is used worldwide as a respected and authoritative source for the interpretation of publishers’ CTAs as they relate to open access archiving. An API allows the integration of RoMEO into CRIS systems.

SONEX – this project aims to identify use cases for ingest of research papers into repositories.

Deposit strand of projects

DURA – This project will seek to embed institutional deposit into the academic workflow of the researcher at almost no cost to the researcher. Work with Mendeley and Symplectic will allow researchers to synchronise their personal research collections with institutional systems at no extra effort. It is expected that deposit rates will increase significantly as a result.,

RePosit – The RePosit Project seeks to increase uptake of a web-based repository deposit tool embedded in a researcher-facing publications management system.,

KULTIVATE will share and support the application of best practice in the development of institutional repositories that are appropriate to the specific needs and behaviours of creative and visual arts researchers.

DepositMO aims to develop an effective culture change mechanism that will embed a deposit culture into the everyday work of researchers and lecturers. It will extend the capabilities of repositories to exploit the familiar desktop and authoring environments of its users.,

Repositories: Take up and Embedding strand

The JISC Repositories: take-up and embedding projects (JISCrte) aimed to improve institutional services that relied on the repository by enabling take-up of the lessons and benefits from the most successful repository applications, tools and good practice. Funded by the JISC Information Environment Programme 2009-2011, JISCrte was a portfolio of 6 projects which aimed to contribute to the progress of embedding repositories within academic life in the UK Higher Education (HEIs). The Repositories Support Project was responsible for co-ordinating the progress and activities of the JISCrte projects and guiding the dissemination and co-ordination of their findings.

The portfolio of six JISCrte projects aimed to have a major contribution to the progress of embedding of repositories into academic life in UK HEIs. In addition by embedding repositories within academic life and workflows it was hoped this would enhance the awareness of the benefits of Open Access (OA) to the UK research community. Embedding IRs within institutional policy and practices was a key strategic aim of this project.

The JISCrte projects completed in December 2011 and an end of project event was held in February 2012, where each project presented their project findings and outputs. All six projects took existing applications, tools and good practice and implemented them in their own institutions:
  • eNova key outputs included extending the functionality of the MePrints profiles to ensure they met the highly specialised requirements of researchers and others in the visual and creative arts.This output is available from the Bazaar Store. This project was led by the Visual Arts Data Service; the University for the Creative Arts, and the University of the Arts London were project partners.
  • MIRAGE 2011 – key outputs included 3D brain image visualisation, content based 3D image retrieval functionality, and uploading images as queries. This project was led by the University of Middlesex.
  • NECTAR - key outputs included ‘refreshing’ the look of the IR and re-branding it to match the new university website, embedded workflows of the research community, implemented the Eprints KULTUR extension, implemented and improved the IRStats repository statistics tool.This project was led by the University of Northampton.
  • Hydra in Hull – several enhancements to the Hydra code, extensive collaboration with the library content and access team, document and feedback the experiences and benefits of the move to Hydra, implemented Ruby on Rails for repository applications, developed a new repository interface, adopted the Hydra content modelling strategy. This project was led by the University of Hull
  • RADAR - improved front-end and back-end repository interface, improved support for non-text items, advocacy and training for user community, embedded the new repository with the new Glasgow School of Art website. This project was led by the Glasgow School of Art
  • EXPLORER – developed and implemented the Kultur for DSpace tool, new look and feel for DORA to reflect new university website, revision of submission process for authors, developed improved advocacy materials (flyers, posters, and email templates). This project was led by the De Montfort University.

Technical processes

SWORD is a lightweight protocol for depositing content from one location to another. It stands for Simple Web-service Offering Repository Deposit and is a profile of the Atom Publishing Protocol (known as APP or ATOMPUB). As mentioned above, a number of repositories and services are using the SWORD API as part of their workflow, nationally and internationally.

Repository Junction. The aim of this project is to assist open access deposit into, and interoperability between, existing repository services, by developing a deposit broker system.

Open Access guidance

The Open Access Repositories Resource Pack has collated all the information and guidance that UK universities might need in taking the policy decisions and practical steps for to make open access happen. The guide has been created by the University of Glasgow on behalf of the Open Access Implementation Group.

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