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i. APSR (Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories)

APSR conducted an Open Repositories Conference in February 2006. Many of the presentations given can now be accessed at the website below and are well worth looking at. URL: http://www.apsr.edu.au/Open_Repositories_2006/conference_program.htm

The APSR website below provides a number of links to many publications and resources which may be of interest to those working with digital repositories at all levels. URL: http://www.apsr.edu.au/publications/recommendations.htm Areas covered include:

  • Key References
  • Repository Technology References
  • Repository Frameworks and Specifications
  • Standards
  • Repository Operational Guidelines
  • Repository Policy and Costing
  • Digital Preservation
  • Survey and Comparison of Repository Software
  • Repository Users and Usability
  • Government Resources: Australia and USA
  • Australian Repository Projects

ii. Council of Australian University Libraries

Australian Research Online: CAUL Repositories Forum , Melbourne , 28 November 2005 This meeting focussed on digital repositories in universities. Presentations are available at: http://www.caul.edu.au/meetings/repositories2005.html

iii. Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST)

e-Research:

The e-Research Coordinating Committee was appointed on 21 April 2005 by the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts and the Minister for Education, Science and Training. This committee serves primarily as an expert advisory group and consists of e-Research experts and key stakeholders. http://www.dest.gov.au/sectors/research_sector/policies_issues_reviews/key_issues/e_research_consult/default.htm

National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS):

The National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy is a major initiative under the Government’s Backing Australia’s Ability - Building our Future through Science and Innovation. It aims to bring greater strategic direction and coordination to national research infrastructure investments.  $542 million from 2004/05 to 2010/11 is available to provide researchers with access to major research facilities and the supporting infrastructure and networks necessary to undertake world-class research. http://www.dest.gov.au/sectors/research_sector/policies_issues_reviews/key_issues/ncris/default.htm

iv. Open Archive Initiative

Mission Statement: “ The Open Archives Initiative develops and promotes interoperability standards that aim to facilitate the efficient dissemination of content. The Open Archives Initiative has its roots in an effort to enhance access to e-print archives as a means of increasing the availability of scholarly communication. Continued support of this work remains a cornerstone of the Open Archives program…” http://www.openarchives.org/

The Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH)

Protocol Version 2.0 of 2002-06-14: http://www.openarchives.org/OAI/openarchivesprotocol.html

Implementation Guidelines for the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting - Specification for an OAI Static Repository and an OAI Static Repository Gateway.

This document is one part of the Implementation Guidelines that accompany the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). Protocol Version 2.0 of 2002-06-14. http://www.openarchives.org/OAI/2.0/guidelines-static-repository.htm

v. Creative Commons

iCommons.au is the Australian derivative project of the Creative Commons project in the United States of America ... porting the Creative Commons licences into Australian domestic law and fostering a creative community premised on remixable creativity. Hosted at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane , iCommons.au is devoted to the promotion of Creative Commons in Australia . http://www.creativecommons.org.au/ or in the US : http://creativecommons.org/

vi. National Policies on Open Access (OA)

Provision for University Research Output: an International meeting February 19, 2004 at New College , Southampton University, UK http://opcit.eprints.org/feb19prog.html

vii. Article : “Comparing the Impact of Open Access (OA) vs. Non-OA Articles in the Same Journals” http://www.dlib.org/dlib/june04/harnad/06harnad.html

viii. Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI)

An open forum engaged in the development of interoperable online metadata standards that support a broad range of purposes and business models. DCMI's activities include consensus-driven working groups, global conferences and workshops, standards liaison, and educational efforts to promote widespread acceptance of metadata standards and practices. http://dublincore.org/

ix National Information Standards Organization (NISO) USA

A Framework of Guidance for Building Good Digital Collections. http://www.niso.org/framework/Framework2.html

x. ISMA Internet Streaming Media Alliance

Goal of this community is to accelerate the adoption and deployment of open standards for streaming rich media content such as video, audio, and associated data, over Internet protocols. http://www.isma.tv/

xi. UK - The Digital Curation Centre (DCC)

The DCC has been established to help solve the extensive challenges of digital preservation and to provide research, advice and support services to UK institutions. http://www.dcc.ac.uk/index The DCC provides information about tools and standards http://www.dcc.ac.uk/tools/

xii UK – Arts and Humanities Data Service

“The Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS) is a UK national service aiding the discovery, creation and preservation of digital resources in and for research, teaching and learning in the arts and humanities” (http://www.ahds.ac.uk/). (JISC & Research Council funded)

xiii UK – UKOLN (UK office for library networking)

This is a centre of expertise in digital information management, providing advice and services to the library, information, education and cultural heritage communities. UKOLN is based at the University of Bath . The homepage is located at: http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/ A number of areas may be of interest:

xiv. The SDSC Storage Resource Broker - SRB

Supports shared collections that can be distributed across multiple organizations and heterogeneous storage systems. The SRB can be used as a Data Grid Management System (DGMS) that provides a hierarchical logical namespace to manage the organization of data (usually files). http://www.sdsc.edu/srb/index.php/Main_Page

xv Sakai : Collaboration and Learning Environment for Education

“The Sakai Project is a community source software development effort to design, build and deploy a new Collaboration and Learning Environment ( CLE ) for higher education. The Project began in January, 2004.” http://www.sakaiproject.org

“Using the Sakai Collaborative Toolkit in e-Research Applications.” In this article, Charles Severence et al outline how the Sakai Community is addressing the needs of eResearchers. In particular it is noted that there are no single solutions – “This leads us to not to drive towards a single toolkit (like Sakai or Globus) but instead to a meta-toolkit containing well-integrated applications.”

The article can be accessed at: http://bugs.sakaiproject.org/confluence/display/CSV/Sakai+in+eResearch+Applications

Powerpoint presentation to Rutgers University : "Collaborative eScience: Evolving Approaches" http://www.dr-chuck.com/talks.php?id=68

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