Another Successful Event for the RSP

8th February 2008, by

Lively debate as delegates in Sheffield get to grips with policies, services and copyright

The sun was out in Sheffield to greet the delegates at the latest RSP Professional Briefing Event. Once the tricky route around Sheffield Hallam had been negotiated and everyone had been revived with a cuppa, Gareth Johnson took to the stage and began his final opening for an RSP event. As ever, Gareth's welcome got the day off to a good start.

Everyone was soon down to work as Jackie Knowles of RSP gave her talk on Policy Frameworks: building a firm foundation for your IR . She explained the crucial role that policy frameworks play in the early stages of designing and implementing the repository and highlighted the main areas to tackle at the beginning of the policy-making process. She then showed how quick and easy it can be to create an initial framework in a daring, live demonstration that resulted in a real policies document appearing before our very eyes.

Next up was Mary Robinson talking about The Depot , a project that is jointly run by SHERPA and Edina . The Depot is a repository that is available to any UK HE academic and provides a place to store and share research for anyone who hasn't yet got an IR of their own. Of course, once their own IR is up and running, the sensible IR manager will want to reclaim their content. The Depot not only moves content to the local IR, but will also then re-direct researchers to their own IR if they continue to try and make deposits in The Depot.

A well-earned refreshment break providing an opportunity for tea, coffee, buns and networking. And the networking continued after the break with another RSP speed networking session. The enthusiasm to discuss repositories was great, and only the judicious ringing of the bell that Jackie brought along for this task managed to curb this enthusiasm. The final ring of the bell announced that lunch was served, and the networking continued apace throughout the break.

After lunch, Matt Ramirez gave a talk about Jorum , a project jointly run by Edina and MIMAS. Jorum is a repository with a brief to collect and share learning and teaching materials for reuse and repurposing among the UK HE and FE community. The talk prompted interesting questions from the audience about resource sharing and copyright management.

The copyright issues were further explored in the final session of the day, a workshop led by Stephanie Taylor and titled Copyright, IPR and the Institutional Repository . The workshop highlighted some of the issues that copyright raises for the IR manager, and involved the delegates in working through scenarios to tease out the copyright implications. As ever with copyright, a lively, informed and interesting debate ran throughout the session.

As another successful event ended, Gareth Johnson drew the day to a close with a farewell to the Sheffield delegates. He also wished the world of repositories a fond farewell on his own part as he heads off to pastures new. Ann Betterton of Sheffield Hallam spoke for all IR colleagues when she thanked Gareth for his hard work within the IR community, and wished him well. Good luck, Gareth, and may the weasel be with you!

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