A new era

In my last post I suggested that Repository News would be mothballed now that the final report has been submitted (still not published but soon!). However, our JISC funding was for a start-up project and we are still very much nurturing our neonate repository which, like a human infant, still has a lot of growing up to do.  I enjoy blogging and it seems rather artificial to start again so, like an infuriating parent sending a round-robin at Christmas, here is my first update of the new era.

All in all the little fella is doing very well though we were very disappointed to miss out on enhancement funding from uncle JISC – bid feedback was positive and stressed just how competitive the call had been. All is not lost, however, and we’ve just learned of institutional success in the recent JISC call for the Open Educational Resources programme; Unicycle will be underway very soon and will necessarily use our intraLibrary repository which should put us in a very good position with respect to JORUM – also based on intraLibrary of course – and I’ve already implemented the JORUM metadata template (with permission). The repository will also be an integral component of the PC3 project funded under the e-Learning Capital programme which is already underway.  In addition,  we intend to submit a bid for the rapid innovation call – the #jiscri projects are relatively small scale timetabled for just 6 months, but it would be very nice to get one; the deadline is Wednesday so it’s fingers crossed (again!).  Finally, there may also be a project in the pipeline with the NHS looking at deposit into multiple repositories using SWORD.

The difficulty is knowing where to start!  In terms of OA research the search interface still needs a lot of work to integrate advanced search; we also need to ensure that we are properly indexed by Google and I’m ashamed to say that I am yet to register with the Open Archives Initiative. Then there is the small matter of advocacy and full text content.  We also need to integrate with SFX, our URL resolver.

I want to look at using the repository for the CLA digitisation service emulating what Keele are doing with intraLibrary and a functioning PowerLink to the VLE would be nice, something like MrCute2 and more work around the conceptual PERSoNA outputs.

We have a meeting next week to discuss priorities and project management activities over the coming months which promises to be a headache inducing affair.

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4 Responses to A new era

  1. Hi Nick

    It sounds like CLA apps are in the ascendance: we are also just tooling up for our CLASM project, which will embed a SWORD interface into Moodle, and use a (hopefully) platform-independent backend for managing CLA stuff. We’ll start off with a block plugin that will work with Moodle 1.x, then develop that into a repository plugin under the Moodle 2.0 architecture. Our blog and wiki should be up-and-running this week.

    I’ve been discussing the possibility of some kind of LO Repository Pow-Wow with Dave Millard at Soton – probably in June, once the OR09 season is over: I’ll be in touch!

  2. Nick says:

    Hi Richard

    It’s no good. I’ve tried again and I still can’t post on da blog for some reason. What I wanted to say was…

    Your project is somewhat more sophisticated than what I have in mind at the moment so I’ll be very interested to see where you go with it.

    With MrCute and now CLASM there is some really useful functionality being developed for Moodle that I’d very much like to see emulated for Blackboard – our institutional VLE of choice. I wonder if we’ve got the folk with the right skills in house…

    An LO pow-wow in June would be great; let me know if you want any help setting it up or I can be involved in any way.

  3. bezbozhnik says:

    Hi Nick

    Thanks for the comments. Sorry about the trouble with DA Blog – haven’t had problems before (couple of other comments got through today) – but will look into it.

    I was also talking to Phil Butler, ULCC’s Senior E-learning adviser, who also agrees that this is a significant area. It seemed to us that, essentially, if teachers/course creators are given easy-to-use tools within their VLE, they can do it right without even knowing!

    Best

    R

  4. Hi Nick

    Thanks for the comments. Sorry about the trouble with DA Blog – haven’t had problems before (couple of other comments got through today) – but will look into it.

    I was also talking to Phil Butler, ULCC’s Senior E-learning adviser, who also agrees that this is a significant area. It seemed to us that, essentially, if teachers/course creators are given easy-to-use tools within their VLE, they can do it right without even knowing!

    Best

    R

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