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Somewhere between Bristol and Birmingham, I realised that I didn’t have the meeting room or location details for the second UKCoRR meeting held last Friday. I had the agenda, supporting papers, and attendee’s list, but no location. Luckily at the Nottingham railway station I bumped into two people who knew where to go and arrived with minutes to spare.

Just as well, because the meeting was useful – Ahmed from Exeter talked about their e-thesis workflows (waiting for the slides from this, they had some great flowcharts) and Jackie’s paper on the Names Project helped answer questions about whether there’s an author authority file (they’re working on it).
Catherine Jones spoke about the version identification framework project currently underway with lunchtime conversation also talking about a watermark or auto-creation of a coversheet for items – brilliant. David Flanders shook things up a little with his presentation on work underway by CRIG, another JISC funded project.
This is what meetings like UKCoRR are great for – cutting through the masses of emails to just highlight a couple of projects and work underway. Being able to chat with colleagues over lunch is also a bonus.
Finally, the afternoon saw Mary Robinson outline her work on repository staffing, followed by Bill leading discussion on the development of UKCoRR as a professional body. I’m sure there will be more information released on this shortly.

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Tomorrow it’s an early start on the train up to Nottingham for the UKCoRR meeting. The last meeting was in May – a really good day, where I wrote masses of notes (I wasn’t quite in post then, and everything was new) which was lucky because I’d left on the Sunday afternoon for a Monday meeting – note to self – travelling on a Sunday means over-running engineering works, cancelled services and lots of time to sit around train stations. Six hours it took me to get there from Bath. I stayed in the Jurys Inn – nice enough but clearly catering to the business crowd with expense accounts – £9.95 for breakfast. Ouch. I just couldn’t pay it on the principle, and maybe because we only get reimbursed a max of £5.00.
So tomorrow I’m up at the crack of dawn to try and get up to Nottingham before 10.30am when the meeting starts. Should be do-able. The event outline looks good again – I’ll write up a few notes here when I get back.
Otherwise, today I’m off to the maths department to chat with the mathematical biology crowd about self-archiving. Oh, and yesterday I spent over an hour with Clarissa going through the licences – she has a great attention to detail.

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Okay, off to a steady start – over ten items in the repository. Hopefully more to come soon. I’ve got a spreadsheet of possible authors from Web of Science and BMC. I’m checking these against the PIP, our research expertise portal. On the side I’m contacting heads of research centres and institutes. The School of Management has a great list of research publications for their staff.
Ignore what you read – so far this part has been easier than the technical set up.

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You might think that an embargo function for items that can’t be made publicly available would be pretty standard in a digital library software – think publisher embargoes, theses embargoes, etc. All standard practice. Does an embargo function come built in with DSpace though? Not that I can see, and I can only find this information on Embargo on Bitstream V2 on the DSpace wiki. Very disappointing. I’m happy to be proved wrong, especially if it means there’s one less piece of code to tweak.

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Thanks to Gareth Johnston from the RSP in Nottingham for sending this on. I think it spells out the issues in quite the sophisticated manner. Nice one Gaz! 🙂

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The RSP team held a DSpace technical day here in Bath on Monday 12th November. It was a great chance to catch up with a few people from the RSP summer school from back in June, and to ask a few questions about DSpace. Interesting points
– There’s a patch for DSpace 1.4 (included in 1.5) for IP authentication – this would be really useful for UG dissertations or masters dissertations – could these be available on campus only?
– The number that displays beside a collection title showing the number of collection items – these are called ‘strengths’ (??!) Should be a simple matter of switching this on..
– Keep log files separately – probably a standard technical procedure – saves disk space in case of repeating errors
– It’s possible to preset ‘Bath’ as the institution for theses.
– Register with ROAR (done). Southampton peeps also wrote the irstats package – sounds good, particularly as it recognises robot/spider visits to a site..

Statues near Iford manor, not far from Bath
Statue near Iford Manor, near Bath – great walk between here and Farleigh Hungerford castle (remains of..!)

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Well I’ll be reporting live (almost) from the DSpace Technical Day the RSP are holding here on Monday 12 November. They’ll be running a basic session in the morning, and advanced tutorial in the morning, with a surgery running parallel, presumably where you can drop in to see Dr DSpace.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch hopefully we’re near the end for the submission form. Surely you can concatenate fields in DSpace into the identifier.citation field? Fingers crossed. I’m sure this is what Hasselt University did with their super-deluxe input form..

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