The Digital Repositories programme 2007-8 builds on and takes forward key outcomes from previous and parallel work, mainly the Digital Repositories programme 2005-7, and the Repositories and Preservation programme (2006-9).

Digital Repositories programme 2007-8

The two main areas of work are repository interoperability and using repositories to curate and share research data.  

This programme builds on key outcomes from the 

To inform this and other work, JISC has commissioned an  inventory of non-commercial digital repositories and archives that will aim to identify and document every repository of digital content that is free to UK HE institutions and hosted within the UK. This will include archives and repositories that require registration, but not those requiring subscription.  In due course, the information from this exercise will be added to the Information Environment Service Registry

Repository interoperability

It is worth noting that this work complements work being undertaken as a part of the Repositories and Preservation Programme, for example, that developing and supporting community uptake for metadata application profiles in the areas of geospatial data, images and time-based media.  For more information on these, please contact Balviar Notay or Neil Jacobs.

Research data

  • Data Audit Framework development project will develop, provide examples for, and a limited support facility for a Data Audit Framework. This will enable all universities and colleges to carry out an audit of departmental research data collections, awareness, policies and practice for research data curation and preservation.
  • Pilot / exemplar implementations of the Data Audit Framework JISC has funded four of these, each to implement a version of the ‘Data Audit Framework’ methodology which should result in information that can be collected centrally and – where appropriate – shared via a resource also to be created by the ‘Data Audit Framework’ project
  • Digital Curation Summer School will produce a dynamic, practical, replicable, and extendable educational framework that will provide participants with the skills they will need to conceptualise, create, manage, describe, store, and reuse data over time.
  • The skills, role and career structure of data scientists and curators An assessment of current practice and future needs.  This study will examine and make recommendations on the role and career development of data scientists;  examine and make recommendations on the associated supply of specialist data curation skills to the research community; and make an assessment of the value and potential of extending data handling, curation and preservation skills within postgraduate and undergraduate curricula.
  • StoreLink will combine and further develop the results of the StORe and CLADDIER projects to provide a toolkit for cross-linking data and publications, and trial the tools in further applications in Social Science and Crystallography.
  • To complement a recent study on the costs of preserving research data, and the UK Research Data Service feasibility study, some work is being funded to explore the benefits in curating and sharing research data.
  • In the specific area of geospatial data, the ShareGeo project will create a facility whereby those with Digimap logins will be able to share geospatial datasets, including those derived from Digimap data, with each other.

Finally, in response to a recommendation within the synthesis report on 'Sharing eLearning Content'work has been commissioned to bring together the evidence in support of a business case for sharing learning materials.

Federated Access Management and Repositories: consultation:  If you would like to express views about priority areas for innovation work in these areas, please follow the link.


  • DrNeil Jacobs, Programme Director, Digital Infrastructure

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