RSP Repository Services Day

23rd April 2008, by

The RSP Repository Services Day proved to be a popular event with researchers, repository managers, information professionals.

The event was held at the University of Nottingham on the 23rd April and showcased key repository and search services available to the UK repository and research community.

The morning focussed on services available to support the deposit process and presentations were given on RoMEO, JULIET, OpenDOAR, ROAR, The Depot and JORUM.

The afternoon focused on search services and presentations were given on EThOS, OAIster, BASE, and Intute Repository Search. Presentations and photographs from the event are available here.

The final part of the day was devoted to a workshop and discussion of current services and services of the future. Participants were asked divide into groups of 5 or 6 and consider a number of questions:

1. What services are working well?
Could they be improved and if so how?

2. Are there any other existing services you know of that you would like to know more about?

3. What services for the repository community are missing?

4. What services for research community are missing?


Both RoMEO and JULIET received praise from all groups and participants felt that APIs associated with these services enhance their value greatly and additional APIs should be developed where possible.

The difficulty of being able to find all relevant services was also raised and the idea of a "service of services" or one-stop-shop seemed popular.
Detailed notes from the discussion are available here.

Thank you to all participants who filled out evaluation sheets for the day- your comments and suggestions are much appreciated and will be used to identify topics for future RSP events. All respondents were entered in a draw for an iPod. Lynne Pearce from the Greenfield Medical Library, University of Nottingham drew the name at random.

Congratulations to Phil Butler from the University of Manchester: an iPod is on its way to you now!

Contact

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Alternatively, email RSP Support or phone 0845 257 6860.