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October 19, 2005

Digital repositories

Writing about web page http://www.eservices.hull.ac.uk/repommansurvey/

After the popularity of my post on the e-thesis software last week, I thought I'd highlight a project at the University of Hull this time.

The RepoMMan project aims to develop software to enable researchers to deposit material in a digital repository. In a similar way to the thesis software that I mentioned earlier, this software is intended to be used throughout the process of creation of the research writing, and helps to generate metadata.

At the moment the project is surveying researchers to help them to design their tool. Another one to watch, in my opinion as I still think there is a role for repositories, although the practicalities of building them are being ironed out at present.

Since the e-thesis posting we currently are investigating a project to assess how much research writing has been posted onto the University of Warwick website already, independently of any repository, along the lines of John Dale's suggestion.


How I learned to stop worrying and love reading lists

Well maybe not. Here we are in what was planned to be the final week of the reading list analysis/date gathering phase of the project. But wouldn't you know it – at the last I've finally managed to get hold of some lists that I've been trying to obtain for ages. And they're great big fat 500 item lists that take a good couple or more hours to go through.

Darn. But since we have them now and we really could do with including them in the analysis for completeness they're going to have to be done – which means we'll be continuing this phase through to next week. Hopefully some lists I've been promised by the dept of Health & Social science will arrive in that time too and we can include them. But come a week on Friday that really will be it. Even if the dept of Statistics finally comes through with their long promised module lists. (Won't hold my breath on that one).

And if anyone's still counting (other than me) we're up to analysing list#1084 (or 41.161% of all modules)


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