Vessel, Magdalene Odundo

Vessel Series II asymmetrical, no. 1 (Resonance and Inspiration, Hood Museum of Art, US, 30 June 2007 - 20 January 2008)
© Magdalene Odundo/Photo: David Westwood
Courtesy of UCA Research Online

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Introduction to the Advocacy Toolkit


The toolkit has arisen out of the JISC funded Kultivate project. This is one of the projects of the Kultur II Group, which includes researchers and repository managers engaging with arts research deposit.

"The anticipated impact of Kultivate will be to increase the rate of arts research deposit; to enhance the user experience for researchers; and to develop and sustain a sector-wide community of shared best practice in arts research repositories."
Kultivate press release (December 2010)

The resources developed as part of this toolkit include a framework for developing an advocacy plan and a diagram to illustrate an overview of the institutional repository.

About the Kultivate Advocacy Survey (2011)

The advocacy survey was conducted between February and March of 2011 and circulated to the Kultur and UKCoRR JISCMail lists. The survey was designed to obtain information on how advocacy is conducted in institutional repositories in the arts sector at the time. A short report on the survey results is available from the Resources area. There were 26 participants, each with repositories at various stages of development. Some institutions are investigating how to set up an arts institutional repository and a few are well established with over 2000 items. EPrints software is the main platform with 7 institutions using the ‘kulturised’ version of EPrints, other software mentioned included DSpace and Equella.

Aims and Objectives


The toolkit has been informed by Kultivate project outputs including the four community-led workshops, and previous Kultur II Group meetings. Information was also gathered through the Kultivate Advocacy Survey (2011), Internet research, and a literature review. Links and references are available via the Resources page. Advocacy is a vast subject and much has been written, so due to the constraints of time and resources only certain areas are highlighted. These include themes which have emerged during the course of the project and through the advocacy survey.


Thanks are due to the Kultur II group, all those who took part in the advocacy survey, the Repositories Support Project (RSP) and the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS).

Author's Contact Details

Anne Spalding
Repository and Digitisation Officer, UCA Research Online
University for the Creative Arts