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eNova developments for visual research profile pages

Since presenting about eNova at the Repository Fringe 2011, Edinburgh, the project team has been hard at work on making the enhanced MePrints tool a reality. As presented, the MePrints research profile tool has been re-envisaged as a three-tabbed set-up with a profile page, an outputs page, and a gallery page. This has been possible through the ongoing and iterative feedback received by the visual and creative arts researchers who have taken part in eNova and realised through the technical skills of Peter West from EPrints Services.

The eNova project coincided with the updating of the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) staff research profile pages which was due to occur over the Summer. This was not envisaged at the beginning of the project but as we wanted to make sure that the research profiles pages would be integrated into the repository (to encourage take-up and embedding of the repository) an early version of the enhanced MePrints tool was made available to the Research Office. Despite discussions about the issues around enabling researchers to edit their own research profiles, unfortunately currently they are only permitted to upload an image to their profile. However as they upload outputs to the repository this will ensure that both the Outputs and Gallery pages are kept up-to-date. One significant improvement over the previous MePrints tools is that outputs are now listed by date creation and not by the last item deposited, as feedback suggested this was not useful especially with retrospective deposits that could see an old paper top of the ‘latest additions’ list.

Professor Millar Gallery page
The enhanced eNova Gallery page in use in the University for the Creative Arts repository.

The version in the UCA repository was transferred to ARTSUK, the test site accessible to both UCA and University of the Arts London, to enable the third iteration of user testing to occur. The same group of researchers have been involved all the way through the eNova project as described in the user needs methodology (PDF). A glimpse of some of the results of the recent user testing in the form of a wordle:

eNova wordle
A wordle of all the Microsoft desirability words recorded by the visual and creative arts researchers during their third iteration of user testing – viewing and creating their own profiles with the enhanced MePrints tool in ARTSUK.

Further information will be forthcoming about eNova as EPrints Services have been making further improvements based on feedback received from the October and November user testing.


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