Monday, 1 November 2010

"Doing it Differently", RSP event 27.10.10 - Sheffield Cathedral

An excellent day of presentations started off by Steph Taylor who gave an overview of repository use to date including easier deposit workflows, quality control, embedding in HEIs, plus potential links with the local community and other entry points such as Facebook.
Richard Davis discussed ideas for creative repository management involving staff profile pages, stats, links and a possible download button to Kindle or iPad.
Pat Lockley covered the use of RSS feeds - have a look at
Stephanie Meece showed us the UAL Research Online which is 60% non-text based. Stephanie talked of practiced-based research, publicity and technical and metadata issues.
Jason Hoyt of Mendeley -, gave an overview of the new service that will be available in Spring 2011 which will include clouds of trends/popular authors, a music database and statistical aggregating. Mendeley has 27 million items that are searchable now.
Joss Winn's blog and presentation outline re: RSS and Wordpress is available at
The final speaker, Sally Hanford discussed iTunesU. 16 UK HEIs currently use iTunes U -, for audio and video files with Nottingham having launched their educational content/podcasts etc in June this year.
Altogether, an interesting and stimulating day. For slides and handouts please visit:
Nicky Cashman.