[Oxford Brookes University] has established a pilot repository system, linked to the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that can be used for storing both teaching and research objects. The project has allowed us to look in depth at the needs of a wide range of stakeholders, including schools, researchers, Library staff, central IT staff and students.
We believe that the line between learning materials and research is becoming blurred, and that these assets can be stored in a single repository. However, there are two main differences in how these objects are managed. Firstly, there are differences in how each object is catalogued. The repository software must deal with this complexity, at the same time providing a simple and customisable user interface. Secondly, there are differences in the access control required for each object. Whereas learning materials, at least initially, are intended to be accessed by university staff only, there is a need to provide completely open access to the research archive. We achieved this by developing an alternative webpage interface.
The software chosen for the project (Intralibrary) was developed as a learning object repository, and so a large part of our work involved configuring the software to deal with research outputs. Although Intralibrary can be adapted to deal with research, the project found that further work was needed for the software to meet all the requirements of the pilot groups. The university has an urgent need to establish a research archive and has therefore decided to pilot an alternative repository solution called Equella from The Learning Edge International. This follow-up project is called RADAR (Research Archive and Digital Asset Repository).
We feel that the knowledge and experience gained during the CIRCLE project have been extremely valuable and have paved the way for the development and rollout of the university’s repository. We have also explored the wider relationship between the repository and content management systems already in use in schools, ranging from Intranet to bespoke systems. The project has made a start on a co-ordinated approach to managing digital assets that will have clear benefits for schools and the university as a whole.
Gavin Baker at 4/24/2009 06:09:00 PM.
The open access movement:
Putting peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly literature
on the internet. Making it available free of charge and
free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
Removing the barriers to serious research.