JISC repository aggregator site

It has been announced that JISC have commissioned the creation of a new repository aggregator site:

JISC Repository Aggregator Website 

JISC funds a wide variety of development projects on behalf of its funding bodies. These projects include consultancies and supporting studies where the main deliverable is a report and projects where the deliverables include products and services as well as these reports. 

The project involves developing a small user community to guide the development of the site, to produce the site and to develop a series of bespoke widgets to draw information from readily available sources of information. 

The overall aim of this demonstrator site will be to enable a user to search for, organise and hand submit information about a range of relevant information about repositories. The repository aggregator will provide a single destination where people interested in repositories can get information about digital repositories. 

Aims and Objectives 

The objectives of the aggregator website are to: 

  • Produce a demonstrator website that can be shown to some members of the repository community to gauge whether they would find such a service useful. Then, make the service available as a public beta offering while plans are made to develop the site further. 
  • Create a customizable and personalisable solution that can adapt to the wide range of information that a user might like to aggregate. 
  • Specifically ensure the service can aggregate with RSS feeds from relevant blogs, the Intute Repository Search service, information from the RSP site including support contacts. Statistics from OpenDOAR and ROAR, Sherpa RoMEO and JULIET, brief explanations of key topics, persistent aggregated search of sources like google scholar and technorati, subject based collection details from IESR, descriptions of useful repository software, e.g. IRstats, feedforward, sword client, manakin and RSS feeds from relevant repositories. 
  • Create focus groups in a structured way to help manage the feeback from the user community at all stages of development. 
  • Specific development requirements include the consideration of the Netvides Universal Widget API, Netvibes Universe, an authentication system, cross browser compatibility. 
  • (No, not ‘widgets as found in cans of beer‘, but widgets as in ‘web widgets‘!)

    It is an interesting development and with my repository stats hat on (http://maps.repository66.org/) I’m particulaly looking forward to seeing what this aggregation can offer, and the value it will provide.

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