Last Thursday I met up with Steph (from the Repositories Support Project) in Loughborough to check out the University of Loughborough Institutional Repository. Originally I’d contacted them after reading articles written by Jo Barwick and placed in the repository. We met with Jeff and Kate, who explained how they’ve set up their repository installation and their experiences. Kate gave us a run through of depositing an item in their DSpace account – they’ve a completely mediated service. It was tremendously useful to see and well worth the three and a half hours each way on the train. I’d written about twenty questions, including the following (with answers):
Q. What kind of statistics do they collect?
A. They use Google Analytics at the moment but interested in the stats plug-in from DSpace (which reminds me – are DSpace stats counter compliant?)
Q. Does the repository interface with their Research Expertise database (our PIP)?
A. No, but potentially that’s where they’re going. I’d like to know if anyone has managed this?
Q. Have they ever had anyone make a copyright complaint, coming in from their Notice and Takedown Policy?
Q. What is checked in the mediation stage?
A. The journal/publisher policies for self-archiving, the file, all metadata is input, LCSH info added, and their Creative Commons license page is added to the front of the pdf.
Q. How long to deposit an item?
A. About ten minutes if all is in order..
A. Outlined in the docs by Jo Barwick – originally a Repository manager to set up, now two years later there is deposit support from their technical services department, systems support from their Library Systems people, and the repository management is part of a Support Services Librarian post.
It was great to actually look under the bonnet of their repository, thanks again to Jeff and Kate and Jo for writing up her experiences.
White cliffs along the coast near Poole and Swanage.. completely the wrong direction to Loughborough but nevermind. Jelly-knee material when you’re up near the edge looking over.