A repository which will make it possible for colleges and individuals in the arts to store and present their work in a creative way will be unveiled tomorrow (Wednesday 3 June). Kultur, a project that is funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and that uses the world-leading EPrints software from the University of Southampton, has developed a joint pilot repository for the University of the Arts London, the University for the Creative Arts and Winchester School of Art at the University of Southampton. The project will be officially completed tomorrow and an event to mark the occasion will be held at Whitechapel ArtRead More →

As part of Sun Microsystem’s Preservation Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG), the EPrints team have been collaborating with Sun to enable EPrints to be used with archival storage products, such as the Honeycomb (STK-5800). This collaboration has informed the development of the new EPrints 3.2 Storage Controller that enables the repository to distribute its objects between many storage platforms according to the rules laid down in an XML policy language. Hybrid storage provides the maximum flexibility for storage decisions based on object properties and related metadata, allowing multiple copies to be managed across local, archival and cloud storage services. We are pleased to announce thatRead More →

EPrints Services are funding a PhD studentship in Digital Rights and Digital Scholarship at the EPSRC Web Science Doctoral Training Centre at the University of Southampton. The Web has had a huge impact on society and on the scientific and scholarly communications process. As more attention is paid to new e-research and e-learning methodologies it is time to stand back and investigate how rights and responsibilities are understood when “copying”, “publishing” and “syndicating” are fundamental activities of the interconnected digital world. Applicants with a technical background (a good Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Information Science, Information Technology or similar) are invited for this 4-year researchRead More →

A free day-long EPrints training course is being hosted by JISC’s Repository Support Project in London on December 11th. This course will be our first opportunity to demonstrate EPrints’ new easy-to-use web page visual editor, which makes it possible to avoid the complexity of configuration files, templates, static pages, phrases and pins and allows you to directly edit repository web pages in a standard HTML editor like Amaya or Dreamweaver. Our aim for the day is to get all the participants to create and personalise their own repository in the first session – controlling how it looks, refining the metadata that it uses and fillingRead More →

EPrints will be represented at the forthcoming Open Access Exhibition in Berlin on October 9th & 10th.┬áChristian Gumpenberger and Tim Miles-Board from EPrints Services will be manning an exhibiting stand to give out EPrints promotional literature, run demonstrations, answer questions and give out EPrints LiveCDs. As well as EPrints Services, the ZORA repository from the University of Zurich will also be at the exhibition. So if you are attending, make sure you say hello to both stands!Read More →

The EPrints team would like to welcome a new member.Christian Gumpenberger is based in Austria and will provide consultancy for general EPrints initiatives such as marketing, new customer development and training as well as for specific EPrints projects such as the ongoing repository project at the Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis. Christian holds a master’s and doctor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine as well as a master’s degree in Library and Information Science. He held senior information management positions in academia as well as in industry. In his last position he was managing the Novartis Knowledge Center in Vienna, where he introduced the concept of Open Access.Read More →

The New Features in EPrints 3.1 wiki page lists a couple of dozen major and minor changes in EPrints 3.1, but they aren’t everything on the list of things we *wanted* to make by any stretch of the imagination (for example, WebDAV support was a favourite of mine that we missed off). So how did we settle on this particular set of features? First off, EPrints has a kind of unwritten mission statement that says “repositories have a job to do”. It comes from the early days in 1999 when the formation of the OAI led Stevan Harnad to promise to create a piece ofRead More →

The aim of this blog is to keep you up-to-date with what’s happening behind the scenes with EPrints. There’s an awful lot of EPrints activity that goes unregarded apart from the people it directly concerns, so this blog is an attempt to make the EPrints activities a bit more open. To be honest I’m not sure whether it will turn out to be a strictly factual and academic reporting of Issues and Events, or whether it will contain insider gossip – a kind of repository manager’s Hello! magazine. (Get the lowdown on Chris Gutteridge’s latest hair color. And who was that handsome code gorilla atRead More →