Repository case studies at the Gregynog Colloquium 2008

9th June 2008, by

On Wednesday 4th June 2008 repository administrators from across Wales gathered for a repository themed event at the annual Gregynog Colloquium.

Every year the Higher Education Wales Information Technology (HEWIT) group and The Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum (WHELF) organise a residential colloquium at Gregynog Hall (University of Wales' conference centre) for IT and library staff to discuss recent developments and to exchange experiences. This is the second year that the RSP has run a repositories strand as part of this this event and once more it proved useful forum for the exchange of ideas and inspiration.

The day kicked off with a series of four case studies of repository developments from across Wales . Helen Thomas of the University of Wales Institute Cardiff described her single parenting approach to successfully bringing up the UWIC repository which is due to be launched shortly, while Paul Jeorrett of North East Wales Institute (NEWI) followed by outlining the decision to purchase the Digital Commons software for their repository solution. Paul's presentation generated lots of questions from the audience as NEWI are the first Welsh institution to purchase a hosted software solution for their repository. Next, Talat Chaudhri gave a presentation highlighting recent developments with CADAIR, the institutional repository for Aberystwyth University, including information about how ongoing investigations are contemplating how the institution might tie the repository in to a current research management system for the university. Finally, Douglas Houston of the University of Glamorgan gave an update on their repository project including the recent launch of their live system, the launch event organised by Douglas has proved a particularly successful model gaining wide press coverage and is one that many other repositories in Wales will be considering emulating.

Following a welcome refreshment break Jackie Knowles from the RSP gave a short presentation on policy frameworks for institutional repositories highlighting the benefits of creating such policies and demonstrating the OpenDOAR policies tool which helps administrators put together policy documentation. This topic tied in nicely with the previous case studies where policy discussions and formulation had cropped up several times in the experiences of the speakers. All the case study presentations are available online via CADAIR.

Finally, the formal presentations were rounded off by a talk given by JORUM. JORUM is a free online repository service for teaching and support staff in UK Further and Higher Education Institutions, helping to build a community for the sharing, reuse and repurposing of learning and teaching materials.

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