[eifloa] eIFL INSTITUTIONAL REPOSITORIES SETTING THE PLATFORM FOR INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION!!
kuchma at irf.kiev.ua
Thu Nov 1 14:27:02 EET 2007
Congratulations Susan and eIFL - http://eifl.cq2.org is an impressive project and a huge step in standardizing and promoting our local OA repositories! It has already helped Ukrainian repositories to correct existing records.
I am also interested in adding some extra top level services to it like for example top 10 scholars of the months, top 10 student researche of the months, citation indexes (both national and international).
Keeping in touch,
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From: Kathy Matsika
To: Susan Veldsman ; eifloa at eifl.net
Cc: lawrence chikwanah ; lchikwanha at cut.ac.zw ; kathy matsika ; Buhle Mbambo ; Audrey Mhlanga ; Sheila Ndlovu ; Bilha Pfukani ; daphne sibanda
Sent: Monday, October 29, 2007 6:34 PM
Subject: Re: [eifloa] eIFL INSTITUTIONAL REPOSITORIES SETTING THE PLATFORM FOR INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION!!
This is very impressive and will motivate more libraries to do something about Institutional Repositories.
I will certainly send it to my Colleagues in ZULC and speed up developments in my own Library.
Once again, well done.
Susan Veldsman <susan.veldsman at eifl.net> wrote:
Over the last year we have been working hard to create a database and record all aspects of Institutional Repositories that have been developed in all our member countries. After a lot of correspondence and updating with countries, we can now report that 17 member eIFL countries currently have:
- 27 repositories in progress
- 69 active repositories,
- Total of 96 institutional repositories
This gave us the opportunity to look for international co-operation with other projects. Being so closely associated with SURF, the Netherlands, eIFL were quite aware of the DRIVER project and it follow up DRIVER II sister project. (Digital Repository Infrastructure Vision for European Research:DRIVER) that they were involved in. One of the objectives of DRIVER is to organize and build a virtual, European scale network (portal) of existing institutional repositories from the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany, France and Belgium.
eIFL saw the challenge and decided to piggy back on the expertise and technology infrastructure that the DRIVER project already had in place. Talks began with all parties involved and during June/July 2007 a similar portal(network) was created and can currently be viewed at http://eifl.cq2.org. (please not that this is only a test site and not to be distributed yet) We hope in two weeks time (GA) we will have something that you could show the world!
This, therefore, implies that , eIFL has organized and built a virtual, eIFL member country scale network (portal) of existing institutional repositories from eIFL countries!!!!
This is only the beginning of a long journey. A meeting was held in Utrecht in October to discuss the way forward with this portal/infrastructure we have created. The decision was that
- a contract will be signed till December 2007 with the IT company to refine and adjust the portal
- general data e.g. base URLs, contact people , etc will be continuously updated
- the portal will get an eIFL look and feel to it (currently it is on the test site, and resembles nothing of eIFL)!
- The metadata will be cleaned up, so that we could present it internationally
- A statistical programme will also be attached to it , to monitor usage from across the world
eIFL’s ultimate goal is to develop these repositories and getting them on an international standard. This will be done by training e.g metadata, other standards, linking, setting up repositories. Etc etc These repositories should be at such a level so that they could easily feed or be included in e.g. DRIVER project.
This has brought a great profile to eIFL and feedback has been with big enthusiasm and excitement!.
This is not the only activities we are envisaging, we are also busy to “mass register” eIFL repositories in IR registers and harvesters (OAIster and OpenDOAR) We are also looking at additional training that could be given to countries to “move” their repositories form inactive to active, as well as to start up repositories.
I hope this has given countries enough overview, over the short term for the eIFL OA program?
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