Newsline Summer 2017

Newsline Summer 2017 | Repository Fringe

Repository Fringe participants

Repository Fringe 2017

EDINA’s Director Janet Roberts teed off this year’s Repository Fringe at the John McIntyre Centre on the 3rd of August. Janet welcomed the attendees and spoke about EDINA’s enthusiasm for the event, now in its tenth year, and our expertise in repository management, citing two recent successes in particular: the migration of the entirety of the data from ShareGeo to DataShare and that of OpenDepot to Zenodo.

EDINA’s Nicola Osborne, a regular RepoFringer over the years, gave a well-received 10x10 presentation (ten slides in ten minutes) on Site2cite (an output of the HiberActive project), a system which makes it easy to save a copy of all the web resources you’ve referenced alongside the document in which you cite them. Nicola is also a lightning-fast live-blogger, and generated a detailed record of the first day’s proceedings linked at the foot of this page.

Pauline Ward presented on EDINA’s contribution to the new DataVault service at the University of Edinburgh, and was instrumental in the organisation of a panel discussion on research impact and the Research Excellence Framework, as well as a cluster of workshops on Wikidata run by the university’s Wikimedian in Residence, Ewan McAndrew.

Other highlights included keynote talks from Chris Banks of UCL (“Focusing upstream: supporting scholarly communication by academics”), Kathleen Shearer of COAR (“Raising our game – repositioning repositories as the foundation for sustainable scholarly communication”) and Professor Andrew Millar giving the researcher’s perspective. The winner of the poster competition was entitled “Machine accessibility of Open Access scientific publications from publisher systems via ResourceSync” (by Nancy Pontika of CORE). The presentations are available from the ERA repository

This was one of the best conferences I have attended in a long time. Focused and deep, I learnt a lot.

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