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EPrints : Sustainability Panel. Les Carr. Mission Alignment - Context. Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia Group, School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton Wendy Hall, Hugh Davis, Les Carr et al Open Hypermedia – links as first-class objects

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mission alignment context
Mission Alignment - Context
  • Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia Group, School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton
    • Wendy Hall, Hugh Davis, Les Carr et al
    • Open Hypermedia – links as first-class objects
    • Digital Libraries – technologies to support large scale collections
    • Semantic Web – formal techniques for expressing and using knowledge
    • Web Science – impact of the Web on society
mission alignment history
Mission Alignment - History
  • “Open Journals” project – JISC ELibprogramme – applying open hypermedia linking techniques to online journals (1994)
  • “CogPrints” project – JISC Elib – Harnad’s Cognitive Science version of arxiv for Wordusers (1995)
  • “OpCit” project – JISC / NSF International Digital Libraries II –applying open hypermedia linking techniques to arxiv citations (1999)
    • Main outcome: Citebase
    • Off the radar outcome: generaliseCogPrints to make EPrints to support OAI-PMH adoption.
mission alignment today
Mission Alignment - Today
  • Many research activities in ECS use EPrints as a platform for achieving their own ends
    • HCI technologies, E-learning,E-research, Semantic Web, Linked Data, Web Science
  • Also infrastructure activities within our School and Institution
    • Delivers on administrative reporting, research management, strategic planning
funding
Funding
  • Chris Gutteridge: chief architect (2000-) and core developer
    • Day job ECS Webmaster (Special Ops).Supports 250 web sites and all the teaching and research web services run by the department.
    • Allowed 20% time to devote to EPrints community
    • Also time for school & institutional repositories
    • Also night time
  • Tim Brody: core developer and release master
    • Supported by JISC projects (services)
  • Dave Tarrant: core developer
    • Supported by JISC projects (preservation) and PhD
  • Sebastian Francois: developer (e.g. SWORD)
    • Supported by JISC projects (e-learning)
  • Patrick McSweeney: developer
    • Supported by JISC projects (e-learning)
  • Les Carr: chief technical director & repository manager
    • Day job: academic
funding eprints services
Funding: EPrints Services
  • commercial hosting, bespoke development, training, support
  • based inside school. Not spun off.
  • two fulltime repository developers/supporters
    • Adam Field & Tim Miles-Board
  • Provides resources for conference attendance etc
  • Justifies key staff involvement and low overhead
  • Now starting to fund PhD studentships
resources for innovation
Resources for Innovation
  • JISC (and other) new funding
    • Proposals by ECS or in collaboration with the wider UK repository community
    • “augmenting” project agendas
  • Commercial customers
    • New developments are often made available to community
  • PhD students
    • application of student research and innovations
  • Main resource: the existing team & project portfolio
    • Regular discussion, brainstorming, argument
    • Listen to the community
    • Engage in forums
community
Community
  • EPrints ‘community’ is determined by UK context
    • UK funding pots are smaller
    • Less investment to develop a specific community (£45k)
    • JISC provides national context / meetings in area
    • UKCoRR inter-platform community
    • Technical development led from Southampton
  • Expectations
    • We do as much support and bug-fixing as possible (EPrints Technical mailing list)
    • We encourage contribution through plugin architecture
    • We encourage collaboration
    • in terms of innovation, programming, support, funding etc.
benefits and risks
Benefits and Risks
  • Pros
    • Coherent development team / code
    • Effective innovation environment
    • Good balance of for-free and for-pay services
    • Low commitment from platform adopters
    • Stable context to adapt to changing circumstances
  • Cons
    • Low commitment from platform adopters
    • Little inter-adopter contact
    • Reduced visibility of platform in wider community
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