Welcome to the third in our ongoing series of blog posts providing a snapshot of some of the local, national and international events attended by the University of Southampton library team. This time we feature Michael Whitton, subject specialist for Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, Economics, Maths and Ship Science, and part of the Research Support team.
Back in June, I was fortunate enough to attend the 10th International Conference on Open Repositories (OR2015), in Indianapolis, courtesy of EPrints Services. Each of the four days had a full programme, with multiple tracks (easier to navigate with the Conference4Me smartphone app). There were also activities organised in the evenings, which helped to get to know the majority of delegates I hadn’t met before.
Some of the most interesting presentations included:
- A presentation from Anurag Acharya (Google), on how Google Scholar indexes institutional repositories. This was very practically focused with Dos and Don’ts. Our system (EPrints) was identified as having the best design for being indexed by Google!
- Presentations on innovation with EPrints at the Universities of Berne and Glasgow, and a discussion of plans for the next version of the EPrints software. It was also useful to meet some of the American and Canadian users of EPrints.
- It was useful to learn more about some other repository platforms (e.g. DSpace and Fedora/Hydra that are popular in America), and especially what they are doing in relation to data management and the semantic web.
This all links well to work I do relating to Research Data Management and Repositories. At the University of Southampton our Institutional Repository, ePrints Soton, uses the open source EPrints software developed by this university. This should help as we continue to develop our data management and open access services. It will also help with our involvement in the implementation of a new Current Research Information System (Pure), which will integrate with ePrints Soton.
After the conference I had a few days holiday in Indianapolis, and in particular enjoyed the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art & the Indiana State Museum.
The image for this blog is of the ‘Circle Center’, which was next door to the hotel where the conference was held.