All entries for Thursday 25 September 2008
September 25, 2008
I've been asked to round up what has happened with the repository over the last summer. The main thing, of course, is that we are now live. We're live and growing. I've got Google Analytics watching our statistics, and I check from time to time to see if they tell me anything. Mostly they tell me that people looking at the repository are largely from the UK and looking for the repository specifically, so far, but I expect that to change as the content in the repository grows. People will be reading the articles themselves, discovered through search engines, if our repository follows the same pattern as others.
Marie and Christina have been processing and cataloguing the submissions, respectively, and we now have 146 items in the repository, most of which are full text. Marie is now writing to authors about their articles in the repository and we're getting feedback from them about the way it works. The Subject teams are also working with us, monitoring Zetoc alerts so that we can write to our authors and ask them to deposit in the repository at a time when they might still have an appropriate version.
Guidelines for the submission of electronic versions of theses have been prepared and shared with the Graduate school.
We've been testing version 3.0.5 and are about to switch to that, (today!) although the OAI test can only be done once we are live, so I have my fingers crossed that it will work.
I've been on a course to learn all about version 3.1 and I'm also co-planning an event on advocacy to be held in December, at the University of Northampton. We're focussing on practical stuff, like how to handle statistics and how to improve them... to boost advocacy efforts, because authors want evidence that it is worth their while to deposit, in my opinion. Otherwise they will never bother to keep or send us the appropriate versions of their work.
We've come a long way this summer, just because we have now got a live and working repository. Our next priorities are to speed up the deposit process for journal articles and to process some theses, as well as watching those statistics...