All entries for June 2008
June 23, 2008
It seems that everyone is trying to address this problem with authors' surnames at the moment. Thomson have a scheme where authors can register for a unique identifier, but the potential problem with this is that Thomson are just one publisher of many. So whilst the number will no doubt be unique, it won't necessarily be universally used by all repositories and publishers of online content.
The blurb says that "When you register on ResearcherID.com, you create and manage your own publication list." Which sounds very much like Warwick's own My Profile (formerly known as Expertise) and also like what we're trying to do with the repository, and indeed what authors are trying to do with their own web pages. It also looks a bit like it could become a social networking tool for academics. It does seem to have advantages for the author, and maybe authors will find it useful to use more than one online method for telling the world about what they have published where. It would be easier for the author if there were a universal unique identifier that could help us all to share information about the author in a more automated way, though, thus sparing the author the time and effort of maintaining so many profiles and pages of information.
June 12, 2008
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 :-)