Global Repository Management at OR08

14th April 2008, by

Most of the RSP team went to the Open Repositories 08 conference at the University of Southampton, which ran from the 31st March, all the way through to the Friday, the 4th April 2008.

The conference itself was very successful, and very large - over 480 attendees - with some fascinating papers. The Thursday and Friday saw interest groups for DSpace, ePrints and Fedora hold their own specific sessions. The RSP presented a poster of RSP work and also hosted a very successful repository managers evening.

This evening event attracted over 100 people, of whom an estimated three quarters were from overseas. The session was introduced by Les Carr on behalf of the 0R08 committee, and then Bill Hubbard said a few words about the RSP before going into a brief workshop which was designed to elicit the top concerns of each of the repository managers. It was very interesting to notice that once repository managers were asked for their top issues, there was a constant stream of suggestions which filled three flipchart sheets. It was also very interesting to note that all of the concerns which were expressed by attendees from around the world, were all of relevance to each of the repository managers.

This is a significant point, as although there will be local concerns for each repository, to do with their individual institution, or the specific national legal or employment framework, there exists an underlying set of key concerns and issues which need to be addressed.

The flipchart sheets are being written up and will be circulated, along with copies of the case studies which were prepared by over 30 institutions, to all of the repository managers that left their contact details with the RSP.

Bill went on to outline the rationale for UKCoRR, and suggested that individual countries might like to use this as a model to set up their own support networks. In time, who knows, there may even be some international grouping to draw these national support groups together.

Delegates then introduced themselves to each other, with a good buzz of conversation which lasted through the evening. The RSP had sponsored the food, wine, beer - and even a chocolate fountain for the evening which made sure that the evening carried on until the buses left for the hotels.


For further information contact Bill Hubbard.

Alternatively, email RSP Support or phone 0845 257 6860.