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Re: On behalf of DRIVER: "Your repository in the Global context"

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Fred Riley <[log in to unmask]>

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Fred Riley <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 19 Mar 2009 15:05:02 -0000

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Thanks for the reply, Sophia. I figured that DRIVER was aiming at
scholarly works, but the home page reads:

"...to build a network of freely accessible digital respositories [sic]
with content across academic disciplines"

No mention of scholarly works. So perhaps what mildly got my goat was
the implicit assumption that "digital repositories" necessarily means
'repositories with scholarly content'. As the (reluctant) admin of a
learning object repository and e-learning practitioner/developer, I know
that repositories with e-learning content are increasing in number and
importance, even if they're nowhere near as important as scholarly
works. Not to mention all the image and 'digital asset' repositories out
there. "Digital" encompasses more than academic works... ;-) 

(See a similar cri de coeur from me on this list in February, which
sparked a long discussion.)

Ok, hobbyhorse dismounted :)

Cheers

Fred Riley
Learning Technologist
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy, University of Nottingham
Vcard: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/nursing/sonet/about/fr_uon.vcf  

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Sophia Jones [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
> Sent: 19 March 2009 14:49
> To: Fred Riley; [log in to unmask]
> Subject: RE: On behalf of DRIVER: "Your repository in the 
> Global context"
> 
> Dear Fred,
> 
> With regard to your specific queries below, DRIVER currently 
> concentrates on repositories that contain research text 
> material as we focus on access to and promotion of research 
> outputs, in line with European Commission and funding 
> objectives to promoting research as an economic amplifier. 
> Other types of repositories are obviously of interest to 
> individual partners and researchers, but not the funded focus 
> of DRIVER.
> 
> With regard to your query about DRIVER's relation to OAIster, 
> DRIVER is an infrastructure, not a service and in that sense, 
> gives support to service construction through service 
> interaction by offering its content and services to whoever 
> wants to use them in order to build other services (e.g. 
> Recolecta and Belgium portal). The DRIVER search service is 
> one example of what is possible through the use of the 
> infrastructure. DRIVER is a complement to OAIster, looking at 
> the development of services for communities of researchers, 
> rather than pure search that is offered by OAIster. DRIVER is 
> also working in other background areas, facilitating the 
> development of repositories and the repository network, as 
> well as the standardisation of aspects of repositories, which 
> will benefit search services such as OAIster and others. 
> 
> More information is available on the DRIVER website and by 
> contacting the DRIVER Helpdesk at www.driver-community.eu/helpdesk
> 
> Kind regards,
> 
> Sophia Jones
> On behalf of DRIVER
> SHERPA European Development Officer
> Greenfield Medical Library
> Queen's Medical Centre
> University of Nottingham
> Nottingham NG7 2UH
> 
> www.driver-community.eu
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Repositories discussion list
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Fred Riley
> Sent: 18 March 2009 14:13
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: On behalf of DRIVER: "Your repository in the 
> Global context"
> 
> Two things come immediately to mind on quick inspection of 
> this service:
> 
> 1. DRIVER doesn't search "digital repositories" in general, 
> but only those with scholarly works - learning object 
> repositories (hobbyhorse mounted ;)), indeed 'digital asset' 
> repositories as a whole, don't get a mention. 
> 
> 2. Is it a complement or competition for OAIster?
> 
> Cheers
> 
> Fred Riley
> Learning Technologist
> School of Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy, University of 
> Nottingham
> Vcard: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/nursing/sonet/about/fr_uon.vcf  
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Repositories discussion list
> > [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Sophia Jones
> > Sent: 18 March 2009 11:32
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: On behalf of DRIVER: "Your repository in the 
> Global context"
> > 
> > ***Apologies fro cross posting***
> > 
> > DRIVER invites all those involved in running a repository 
> to comment 
> > on the DRIVER Search service 
> > http://www.driver-repository.eu/Usability/repman.htm
> > 
> > Please forward this mail to any of your colleagues who may be 
> > interested in it.
> > 
> > DRIVER is building an infrastructure of digital repositories across 
> > Europe (www.driver-community.eu). It currently harvests the 
> content of
> 
> > repositories from 23 European countries allowing retrieval 
> of a wealth
> 
> > of Open Access research materials.
> > 
> > New services and features are being developed by DRIVER such as 
> > discipline-specific formats and communities, so you could help the 
> > shaping of these new communication tools.
> > 
> > Tell us what you think of our ideas by completing the short online 
> > questionnaire http://www.driver-repository.eu/Usability/repman.htm
> > 
> > Info, comments and questions welcome at 
> [log in to unmask]
> > 
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> > 
> 

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