Archive for June 2011

Kultivate Metadata workshop, 24th May 2011

The fourth Kultivate community-led workshop took place at the end of May on the theme of ‘metadata’. It included the usual Kultur II Group catch-up meeting and also an Advisory Group meeting.

Advisory Group Meeting
The Kultivate project still has over two months to run, however owing to the conference being held in July it was decided to hold the second and final Advisory Group meeting in May. Members of the Kultur II Group highlighted that the VADS demonstrator service had been useful in illustrating what was possible and providing a chance to try out the Kultur developments.

There was discussion about using IRStats, including work-arounds suggested to avoid the potential embarrassment for researchers of having ‘no downloads’, and using Google Analytics with arts objects – there is a need to better optimise non-textual files. The group raised the issue that it was difficult to evidence an increase in arts research deposit in the short term as the impact of projects such as Kultur, and Kultivate, may be delayed due to other factors. For example one institution had followed the Kultur developments since 2007 but was only recently given the go-ahead this year to implement the enhancements.

The group was looking forward to the release of EPrints 3.3 which is expected to include an enhanced search feature. The Measuring Impact under CERIF (MICE) project was introduced; a survey has now been circulated via the Kultur JISCMail list.

Metadata workshop
Gareth Knight set the scene for the workshop, posing questions to ascertain whether our metadata was fit for purpose, and how it could be re-used or made interoperable with other systems. He also presented about the Readiness4REF (R4R) project.

The group were interested in the potential of text-mining software for the creative arts in terms of the infrastructure that MERLIN had set-up and whether this could be re-purposed with extracting data from non-textual files. For example VADS has recently been funded by JISC for Spot the Difference which will look at tools to detect visual plagiarism.

The afternoon included two case studies: the University of Leeds who have separated their arts-based repository from the White Rose consortium and are working to integrate their systems; and the University of the Arts London who recently carried out a Research Outputs Review (18 April 2011 – 13 May 2011) in preparation for the REF. The final session addressed different approaches to describing arts research outputs with a view to optimising searching and retrieval, specifically considering subject terminology.



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