Category Archives: Institutional repository

Ohio IR Day 2014: Successful Meeting, Great Potential

On October 24th, Wright State’s Digital Services Department hosted the first Ohio IR Day at the State Library of Ohio. Librarians, archivists, and technologists from throughout the state came together to discuss IRs as a part of celebrating Open Access Week. A total of 32 people attended Ohio IR Day. Attendees came from a variety of institutions including public and private academic libraries, OhioLINK, the Ohio History Connection, and even an academic librarian from out of state.

The day began with institutional introductions in an effort to allow people to familiarize themselves with each other. I heard the same phrase repeated by many of the attendees during this session, “I talked to you on the phone or corresponded with you via email. It is great to put a face with a name.” Next, Ann Connolly, from bepress presented on the Role of IRs in Open Access. She demonstrated the many ways IRs have moved the OA movement forward with examples from several Ohio bepress subscribers. Ann then encouraged audience participation by asking for ideas and suggestions on recruiting content. Participants shared experiences on working with 2nd year faculty, using Digital Measures as a means to capture scholarship, and encouraging the faculty to publish postprints in the IR.

Lightning rounds followed Ann’s presentation. A total of 10 presentations were given on topics such as creating an IR using Hydra, workflow, openURLs, enhancing oral histories, and copyright. We hope to have this material online in the near future at CORE Scholar (corescholar.libraries.wright.edu).

Following the Lightning Rounds, the attendees were broken into smaller groups to hold Birds of a Feather discussions. These discussions focused on topics such as content recruitment, workflow/staffing, digital humanities, archival collections, etc. Groups had lively discussions, were able to hear about projects others were doing, and answered questions about how to tackle some of the issues that confront their IRs.

The meeting closed with a discussion about where to go from here. Many in attendance liked the format saying it was informal and easy to get to. Attendees were happy that there was no registration fee. Others worried that the model may not be sustainable. I will send out a survey shortly to ask for more feedback on the meeting. Please feel free to fill it out even if you did not attend. We would like to hear about how you envision the next meeting.

Overall, I thought the meeting was a great success. The day is exactly what we intended. We wanted to get to know others in the state who are doing the same kind of work and hear about their projects, workflow, roadblocks, successes, and failures. I truly look forward to the next time we meet.

Data, SHARE, and a Symposium

Data is a big deal these days. Many United States’ grants are now requiring the PIs to have plans in place for long-term storage of and access to data resulting from research conducted with grant money.  With so much data being generated, it is more important than ever before for scientists to ensure data is properly archived, preserved, and made accessible to others.

Until very recently, data was not the main focus of research. What counted were the results. You hypothesize, conduct the research, analyze the data, and publish. If another scientist would like access to the data, he/she would have to contact the PI (as long as the contact information was accurate), and hope someone thought to keep multiple copies in technology formats that weren’t obsolete.

Data was getting lost, forgotten about, or simply was inaccessible by those outside the research. This data was often collected by means of a taxpayer-funded grant provided by a U.S. Government agency, and many taxpayers were unable to access it.

The White House took notice. In early 2013, the Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a Memorandum outlining the plan for any government agency with over $100 million in annual research and development expenses to devise a plan for increased public access to the data, research, and the resulting publications.

That was a hefty declaration that left many scrambling to understand what role research universities should play, could play, and would play in preserving and facilitating access to this research data. On June 7, 2013, the SHARE (SHared Access Research Ecosystem) Initiative was proposed by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU). The Initiative declared that university-based repositories will take on the responsibilities of long-term preservation and global access of the publically funded research. SHARE was awarded a $1 million grant, has formed multiple steering and working groups, and is tirelessly exploring how to build the network of repositories that will house the research.

The WSU Digital Services Team has also been exploring what role Wright State and CORE Scholar could play in housing and sharing research data resulting from public funds. We are able to provide PIs with data management services necessary for grants, including help and advice on writing the Data Management Plan, and the storage, preservation, and dissemination of data to a worldwide audience.

In honor of Open Access Week and to better educate the WSU campus on issues involving data management, Digital Services has invited Dr. Caroline Whitacre, Vice President for Research at The Ohio State University, and member of the SHARE Steering Group, to speak to WSU faculty and staff about SHARE during the Wright State University/Cleveland State University Joint Open Access Symposium on October 22nd.

Dr. Whitacre will speak at 2:45 pm in Dunbar Library 441. Event details and full schedule can be found at http://libraries.wright.edu/calendar/events.php. If you have any questions regarding the Symposium, Data Management Plans, or Open Access, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Ohio IR Day

We recently surveyed interest in holding a special day dedicated to Institutional Repositories across Ohio as part of Open Access Week and received a tremendous response to our inquiry! Thus, we are moving forward with holding an informal get-together and knowledge share.

The Ohio IR Day will take place on October 24, 2014 at the State Library of Ohio Boardroom (274 E 1st Ave # 100, Columbus, OH 43201) from 10:00am-2:00pm.

The day will consist of introductions, Lightning Rounds, Birds of a Feather discussion, and a speaker from bepress on IRs.

We are currently soliciting ideas for the Lightning Rounds. We hope to have topics covered such as workflow, outreach, content types, assessment, scholarly communication, etc. If you would like to participate in the Lightning Rounds, please include your topic when registering and plan to speak for 5 minutes.

Instead of providing lunch, we ask you to bring your own or contribute $5.00 and we will pick up pizza and drinks.

Register here – Registration Form
Direction to State Library – http://library.ohio.gov/marketing/directions

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

We look forward to seeing you there!

-Jane, Elisabeth, and Andrew

CORE Scholar: An Introduction

Welcome to the new faculty and students of Wright State!

A new school year is upon us, and Digital Services would like to highlight what CORE Scholar can do for our community.

CORE Scholar is an institutional repository sponsored by the Wright State University Libraries and managed by the Digital Services Department. The IR collects and makes available the scholarly output of Wright State faculty and students. The material is free and open to the world. Users only need an internet connection to see and download the superb research of Wright State University.

Digital Services handles the population and management of CORE Scholar. Below are some of the great services offered by DS:

  • Uploading of Scholarly material (peer-reviewed articles, conference proceedings, presentations, published abstracts, etc.) to CORE Scholar
  • Journal Management, including editor and peer-review assignment, customization of look, and the ability to email authors
  • Conference modules can collect all proceedings, videos, photos, and much more from any conference. Check out the Pride and Prejudice Conference from last year
  • Copyrights checking, advice on retaining author’s rights, and help drafting data management plans
  • Hit and download counts of all material uploaded in CORE Scholar delivered to your email every month
  • We provide a profile page for Wright State Faculty, called SelectedWorks, which can showcase an author’s scholarship, their awards, personal achievements, pertinent websites, and more
  • Digitization of materials for our CORE Scholar authors

How do you get started? Simply contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

This is the first post of a series covering what Digital Services can offer. Look out for more information!

Get rowdy, Raiders!

P.S.—Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter! @wsudigiserv.

Thoughts on a data migration

When I arrived at Wright State University Libraries in the end of January 2013, as a new librarian, I had no idea that one task would dominate so much of my time here. Shortly after my arrival we were alerted to the fact that our DSpace-based Institutional Repository would no longer be supported. Since I was originally going to be the primary librarian uploading content to CORE (our DSpace IR) I was chosen to be the “migration guy.”

The migration impacted the next year of my life. I was suddenly in charge of moving 5,000 items from our DSpace platform to our new Digital Commons repository. We began talking about the migration in February and March of 2013, and the last nail was driven into the migration’s coffin in December of that year.

I presented on my experience at the 2013 DCGLUG (Digital Commons Great Lakes Users’ Group) Conference, for the OHIODIG (Ohio Digitization Interest Group) in January, and most recently at SOA’s (Society of Ohio Archivists) Annual Conference.  The last two presentations were performed as part of a group. I wanted to use this post to collect what I learned from these presentations:

NUMBER 1: It’s a learning process.

I didn’t know how to perform a website audit. I didn’t know how the handles (persistent URLs) were maintained. I didn’t really know much about our collections. That being said, I investigated how others prepared a website audit (they counted links and pages). I researched the Handle System and ultimately found out that maintaining it would incur a separate expense as well as cost us time. I also learned about the Wright Brothers, a variety of oral histories from the area, and more.

NUMBER 2: It is a learning process, but be practical about how you use your time.

In my research for ways to perform an audit I found that some people used web-crawler software; however, I found it to be unreliable and difficult to retrieve consistent results. So I abandoned it. I manually clicked through every page listing the communities, series, and all the items attached to records.

We were offered a PERL application from Asbury Theological Seminary. I lacked the familiarity to use it properly; thus, I abandoned that too.

I had to make the decision about whether to spend extra time attempting to understand these programs with an unsure final outcome, or I could get to work, performing tedious tasks, but accomplishing something. I choose to start the project.

NUMBER 3: The Most Important Thing about Migrating Your Content…It takes time.

The process will take longer than you estimate. This was a truth echoed by my peers as well. No matter the planning and best efforts, there will always be unforeseen anomalies that need their own special solution. The differences in how the two systems worked often required me to re-evaluate my planning.

In the end I learned a lot about our collections, DSpace, Digital Commons, and most importantly how to plan and carry out a migration between systems. I’m sure, that if I ever have to migrate again, there will be new issues and concerns; however, I have a solid plan of attack and am confident on how to proceed. I’ll just hope I don’t have to perform another migration for a long time…

OhioLINK Subject Librarians Webinar: Researcher Services

Yesterday, I presented at the OhioLINK Subject Librarians Webinar: Researcher Services. The focus of my talk was the types of services an institutional repository can offer to undergrads with a research agenda. In preparation for this presentation, I took a hard look at the benefits undergrads can receive from posting in an IR, like CORE Scholar.

First, undergrads are able to include papers, presentations, posters, and data in our repository. By doing so, students are making their materials available to a worldwide audience. We are hopeful that this will help them while job hunting or applying to graduate school. Second, they have the opportunity to publish an article in an open access peer reviewed journal. Lastly, we are educating these users at an early stage of their careers about authors’ rights and open access.  These students are future faculty, scholars, and researchers. If we can get them to understand the importance of author’s rights and open access now, it will be normal practice for them to seek out open access journals, question publisher’s policies, and ask for rights to use their articles as they wish.

There are more benefits that we hope to offer undergrads as our IR develops. We are looking to include the ability to add Creative Commons licenses, use ORCID identifiers, and altmetrics. If you would like to learn more or get a copy of my presentation, please don’t hesitate to contact me (jane.wildermuth@wright.edu).