Another Triumph for the Repositories Support Project

20th March 2009, by

Yesterday's RSP Softwares event, held at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester has been hailed as an overwhelming success by delegates.

After an introduction from JISC's Amber Thomas, the programme kicked off with an engaging and thought-provoking keynote from Professor Tony Hey CBE, which focussed on repositories past, present and future. Delegates certainly had no shortage of questions, and discussions were continued over tea and coffee.

During the first recess, participants had the opportunity to network with peers, meet representatives of a wide variety of repository software options and related projects. Some opted to take the opportunity to attend a software 'surgery', where they could speak to representatives of DSpace and EPrints about specific issues possible solutions. Others took the opportunity to visit the buzzing exhibition area, where representatives of Eprints, DSpace, Ex Libris, Open Repository, Equella, Fedora, Digital Commons and others had stands and were available to answer questions

Next came a series of case studies covering a variety of different issues, projects and developments relating to current repository softwares and projects with delegates being able to choose which to attend.

A well-earned lunch was provided on the balcony area overlooking the museum foyer, and provided another of the valuable networking opportunites for which the RSP is now so well-known!

With attendees refreshed, the action-packed programme moved on after lunch to cover further case studies from software providers. An engaged audience took plentiful notes, with some posting their thoughts to social networking sites such as Twitter (event tag #RSPSoft09).

After a further refreshment break, the whole group re-convened for a panel discussion about the future of repository softwares. This format was particularly well received, as it provided an open forum to ask questions from a panel of experts. The day concluded with Professor Hey drawing lucky winner of the RSP-branded iPod. Delegates currently using DSpace and EPrints had the opportunity to participate in user-groups for these softwares, organised in response to delegate demand.

One participant later commented, "On the whole, excellent value for (no) money!".

Presentations, photographs, the programme and further information are available in our events archive.


For further information contact Dominic Tate.

Alternatively, email RSP Support or phone 0845 257 6860.