Open Repositories 2009

I wasn’t fortunate enough to attend the recent OR2009 conference held in Atlanta

For what it’s worth here’s a bunch of links – though you’ll get pretty much the same set of results by putting “Open Repositories 2009” into Google…—group-1.html—group-2.html


New UKCoRR blog

The UK Council of Research Repositories (UKCoRR) committee are keeping a blog at

Final project report published

The final project report for our JISC start-up project, Implementing an Institutional Repository for Leeds Metropolitan University has now been published.  Available to download as PDF or Word format.

PDF version

Word version

Implementing an Institutional Repository for Leeds Metropolitan University was funded by the JISC Repositories and Preservation Programme – Repositories Start-up and Enhancement (Strand D).

We would like to thank the programme manager Andy McGregor for his support and guidance throughout the project.

During the project, input from several user groups and supporting staff was of great value and these include:

Academic staff at Leeds Metropolitan University

The TEL team at Leeds Metropolitan University

The Streamline project team

JISC Emerge community

The project team would also like to acknowledge the support and enthusiasm of our software provider, Intrallect as well as the Repositories Support Project and Web2Rights for their expert advice throughout the project.

Thanks also to Beth Hall who used our project as a case study for her MSc in information studies; some of her results are presented as a formal element of the project.

UniCycle website

There is now a project website for UniCycle.  Not much there yet as it’s Ning and we’re relying on this newfangled Web 2.0 to generate content – so if you’re interested in Open Educational Resources come and join us.

Box of Broadcasts Launched to Institutions Nationwide

Repository week

From 1st – 5th June is repository week when colleagues can come together to learn more about the repository and how it will contribute to the information infrastructure of the institution.

Projects that are supported by the repository include an Open Access research archive and research administration; reusable learning objects/Open Educational Resources and Personal Curriculum Creation and provision of distance learning.

The final programme of events is yet to be finalised but will be a series of learning lunches at Headingley and Old Broadcasting House. For more information or to register your interest please contact Nick Sheppard or Kirsty Maw.

Innovation Bank

This looks like an exciting use of Web 2.0 in HE…from our very own faculty!

It’s a social network site enabling Leeds Met undergraduates to form final year project teams and to connect with industry professionals.