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RF5 Pecha Kucha Session

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Published on Jul 19, 2012

This talk was a Pecha Kucha from Session RF5 at Open Repositories 2012 (http://or2012.blogs.edina.ac.uk/).

Introduction by Stuart Lewis, University of Edinburgh and Session Chair.


"AstroDAbis: stand-off annotation for astronomical object catalogues" - Norman Gray, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Astronomers are good at sharing data, but poorer at sharing knowledge. A large volume of astronomical data is available in open archives, but the interpretation of this data is rarely directly available. The AstroDAbis service supports stand-off annotation/tagging of catalogue objects (in effect, database rows), and cross-identification of catalogue objects which refer to the same astronomical object. This allows archive users to build on the knowledge derived by previous users. In the current beta service, we support two standard interfaces for provid- ing access to these annotations.


"Collaborative Augmentation: Designing a Dynamic Research Repository for Literary Scholars" - Leah Vanderjagt, University of Alberta, Canada.

The Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory, aims to help bridge the distance between the digital humanities and the humanities at large by fostering both collaboration and digital scholarly production amongst literary scholars, building around an active community of researchers and a set of strategic pilot projects a dynamic repository that seeks to convince scholars of the advantages of open, processual, collaborative research. We will report on development to date and show initial versions of several components of the infrastructure that are key to the collaborative process, including entity management, role-based rights and workflow management, and an in-browser editor, CWRCwriter, that encourages the augmentation of existing materials within CWRC's collections and the implementation of linked open data within humanities research activities online.


"Consortial Repository Environments" - Kirsta Stapelfeldt, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada

The approach to consortial repositories (both management, software, and technology infrastructure) is varied. We present current thinking about the status and viability of consortial repository projects, as well as case studies that highlight models for development and participation and open-source and proprietary technologies that have been used to support various models.


"Open repositories as social networks: the case of VOA3R" - Diane Le Henaff, INRA, France

Sustainable open digital repositories are known to rely on a stable community of contributors. The social network concept extends sharing and social assessment tools by allowing the formation of explicit networks of individuals. In this paper, the approach of the VOA3R service in that direction is described, highlighting its main principles for reusing, enriching and sharing contextual information around open digital contents.


"Archive4LimbCare: Essential Anatomy of the Creation of an Open Repository for Rehabilitation Materials" - John Howard Barnett, University of Pittsburgh, USA

After the successful creation of a number of open repositories, in spring 2011 the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh, was approached to create a new repository, the Archive for Essential Limb Care (Archive4LimbCare). This archive, when finalized, will provide Open Access to resources on limb and wound care in low-resource settings.


"Biting Off What the Community Can Chew: Bite-sized Collaborative Resource Building" - Valorie Hollister, DuraSpace, USA.

Let's face it. Software documentation tends to be dry, dull and at times all too technical. Open source software communities in particular can be a bit short on user friendly guides and tutorials for users. And volunteers to work on such documentation are hard to come by. Enter the DuraSpace KnowledgeBase (https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/KB...), patterned after the Ruby on Rails "Rail Guides" (http://guides.rubyonrails.org/) which provides users with multi-demensional resources for learning how to do stuff.


"User Engagement, Enhanced Services, and Information Sharing at INSPIRE" - Thorsten Schwander. CERN, Switzerland

The open access scientific information service INSPIRE, which is collaboratively operated by four pre-eminent high energy physics research facilities (CERN, DESY, Fermilab, SLAC), takes on a central role as information hub in the High Energy Physics community. It can be described as a combination of abstracting and aggregation service and specialized repository with various additional service layers and a considerable amount of domain specific manual curation. We showcase several successful features and initiatives at INSPIRE which exemplify many of the themes of this year's Open Repositories Conference.

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