Elizabeth Lunt

Mar 292011

This is of interest with reference to the work being done by RSP and JISC on open access repositories:


There is no mandate for DORA to contain full-text copies of all outputs although it is encouraged where it does not contravene copyright.

The first couple of comments on the article are also interesting.

Mar 252011

The first focus group meeting took place on the 24th March.

The discussion was very helpful covering topics including mane authority, file formats and archiving, the use and perception of DORA and future modifications and improvments.

Many thanks to those who took the time to come.  Your comments and suggestions will be combined with the results of the survey to inform changes to DORA.

We look forward to the next meeting on April 13th.

Progress continues in other areas of the project:

A useful meeting has also been had with the Marketing team organising the new University website which was very productive and we are able to move forward as expected albeit with a possible time delay.

The survey is nearly complete and should go live next week as expected.

Hopefully more to report soon

Mar 182011

This forms one of what will be regular updates on the progress of the project:

The technical work is well underway.  A review has been made of the functionality contained within the outputs of AIR and Kultur.  Work is now taking place to look at incorporating this functionality into DORA in the most appropriate way possible.  This does rely on the new CMS for the DMU website being in place for the final stage and this is expected later than anticipated so there may be a delay to deployment of some functionality but it will still occur with in the project lifetime.

The Focus Group will meet next week.  The All User survey has been drafted and is expected to go live by the end of March as expected.  Work is also beginning on the DMU model which will formalise the advocacy work of the project.

So far so good!

Mar 032011

As part of this project we are getting together a focus group of academics and related staff to meet together and discuss topics including:

How DORA is currently used

How you think it could be used within DMU

Introducing some of the technical changes to be included in the EXPLORER project with an opportunity for feedback and suggestions

Ideas on how you think we can improve the service DORA provides

We are hoping to hold two or three discussion sessions in March and April – probably over coffee or lunch.

If you would like to joins us and help with this work we would be very grateful.  If you are unable to but have a suggestion of another member of staff who may like to be involved please do let us know.

Mar 032011

Alan and Beth attended the first Programme Meeting for the JISc projects in our strand yesterday.  It was good to find out what others are doing and we made some useful contacts.  Hopefully we will be getting more involved with Kultur2 and Kultivate which will be very helpful.

We are now looking into the format of the questionnaire for DMU staff and finalising the membership of the focus group.  If there are any members of DMU staff who want to be involved with this please contact elunt@dmu.ac.uk.  This will involve taking part in two or three discussion sessions in the next couple of months to talk about DORA and how you feel we can improve it and integrate it better within DMU.

One difficulty is the apparant disappearance of the source code for the AIR project plug-in but otherwise the project is proceeding on schedule.  Hopefully the code will reappear soon.