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June 12, 2008

Configuring e–prints

Writing about web page http://www.eprints.org/software/training/

I've been learning the hard way that the most useful documentation on Eprints is their training material, which I've linked to. We've had various struggles with trying to get our configuration working, and I think that's largely due to a lack of dedicated technical expertise on the project. We have our systems admin support from IT Services, but for all their help, IT Services have made it clear that they are not responsible for the configuration. The library's own Data Services manager has done much to edit the Eprints files to implement our metadata schemas and more, and I'm learning more and more all the time about the gap in between that requires knowledge of the way Eprints works in order to make it work!

We're not making that many changes beyond a bit of branding and the metadata set up, but we've struggled from not having finished the installation correctly (and being unaware that that was the case) and so finding that it did not index our full text documents, and from not understanding where all the places are that our metadata changes will affect.

Tim Miles-Board at Southampton has been extremely helpful in finding out the places we went wrong. You can't beat the help of an expert! He pointed out the training materials that I've linked to, which do seem to be very useful. It's not that I haven't been reading Eprints documentation on the web for ages. It's just that I'm finally beginning to understand it better, and to recognise where the more helpful stuff actually is :-)


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