Warm and humid Jeju island, the favoured honeymoon destination of South Koreans, is hosting Blogtalk 09. Palm trees, teddy bears, life-sized plastic dinosaurs and luxury hotels all within walking distance of the beach. The view of the sea from the conference venue is somewhat distracting. It’s hard to talk about social networking without hyperbole (the talks have been full of superlatives). It’s certainly important, and the possibilities for EPrints in this area have not yet been fully explored. The Sneep plugin, which enabled commenting on publication records, was very well received, but it is only scratching the surface of what’s possible. I’m here to getRead More →

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 →

On 27th September 2009 the EPrints Preservation Team along with some of the Planets Team will be giving a one day Tutorial/Workshop on bitstream preservation. This tutorial will be a one day event held at the start of the European Conference on Digital Libraries 2009 (ECDL2009) in Corfu. The day will be split into two parts with morning will be dedicated to presentations on the importance of preservation, why you should have a preservation policy and introduce technologies which could help you both design that policy as well as enact it. In the afternoon delegates will be able to get hands on experience with someRead 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 Liverpool on April 22nd, and we’ve decided that as the last one was targeted at Library Staff, we’d tailor this one for the systems staff and developers. In the morning we will introduce some of the API, and show how to use the configuration files to modify the abstract page, set default values on newly created EPrints, change render methods on metadata fields, etc. The afternoon will cover API Scripting and Plugins. We’ll take a more in-depth look at the API. Exercises will cover using scripts to manage the recordsRead More →

As some people may know as part of the move towards EPrints 3.2 we have rewritten the way file storage works within EPrints entirely (after the recode we had less lines of source code!). Basically we have implemented an abstracted storage layer called the EPrints Storage Controller that is able to utilize new “storage plug-ins” to store files in different places. As a starting point myself and Tim Brody have just successfully tested an EPrints install which is storing it’s content in Amazon S3/Cloudfront! Details on the power and capabilities of providing these 2 services are outlined briefly here. Storage Layer features: Write your ownRead 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 →

EPrints 3.1 has only just been released but work on 3.2 has been progressing for some months now. One EPrints feature that we’re improving in 3.2 is document thumbnails. First a bit of background: when you view the abstract (jump-off) page in EPrints each document will have either an icon or thumbnail shown. The thumbnail images are generated when a document is uploaded. Three thumbnails are generated as standard: “small”, “medium” and “preview”. The “small” thumbnail is used as a substitute for the format icon. The “medium” thumbnail isn’t used. The “preview” thumbnail is shown whenever the user hovers the mouse pointer over the icon/thumbnail.Read More →