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The project will develop and build a fully working demonstrator that will highlight the benefits of the clear use of identifiers to facilitate repository interoperability. The demonstrator will be built against the background of a set of use cases, developed from discussions with the community, where use (or lack of use) of identifiers has clear and instructive consequences.

Resourcing Identifier Interoperability for Repositories (RIDIR)

Aims   

  • engage with the identifier and repository communities to understand better their requirements and highlight the benefits of the clear use of persistent identifiers in order to facilitate interoperability where required
  • develop and build a fully working demonstrator to showcase the findings of this engagement and demonstrate potential means for addressing the issues raised

Objectives

  • raise awareness of persistent identifier interoperability issues within the Higher and Further Education community, influencing repository practices to incorporate these issues and contributing to the understanding of the governance procedures around identifier management
  • provide a clear way of demonstrating issues relating to persistent identifier interoperability and potential solutions for addressing a range of use cases

Project methodology

RIDIR will host two exploratory workshops in order to draw out from members of the community key issues surrounding identifiers and interoperability.  From this, a series of use cases will be proposed to the JISC as the basis for what the demonstrator will show.  The demonstrator itself will then be developed iteratively by Rightscom staff, using the agreed use cases as background,  The University of Hull will undertake Project Management and the development of printed materials.  

Anticipated outputs and outcomes

The project will provide a report on the outcomes of the two workshops including a list of use cases discussed and recommended for development.  RIDIR will produce a fully working, self-contained demonstrator which the JISC can use at subsequent discussions and meetings.  The demonstrator will be accompanied by documentation and a report on the project findings, capturing its experience to inform future work in the field.

Technology / Standards used

The project will use open source software where possible and will base the demonstrator on common repository software: Fedora and, possibly, DSpace.  Appropriate identifier standards will be used as required by the use cases.

Project partners

Project Staff

Project Manager
  • Richard Green e-Services Integration Group, Brynmor Jones Library, University of Hull, Tel: 01482 465549, Fax: 01482 465531 r.green@hull.ac.uk 
Project Team
  • Chris Awre (Repository Domain Specialist) University of Hull Tel: 01482 465441 e: c.awre@hull.ac.uk
  • Hugh Look (Coordinator) Rightscom Limited, First Floor, Lincoln House, 75 Westminster Bridge Road, London  SE1 7HS Tel: 020 7620 4433 e: hugh.look@rightscom.com
  • Mark Bide (Identifier consultant ) Rightscom Limited, First Floor, Lincoln House, 75 Westminster Bridge Road, London  SE1 7HS Tel: 020 7620 4433 mark.bide@rightscom.com
  • Martin Dow (Software architect and developer) Rightscom Limited, First Floor, Lincoln House, 75 Westminster Bridge Road, London  SE1 7HS Tel: 020 7620 4433 martin.dow@rightscom.com

Documents & Multimedia

Summary
Start date
1 April 2007
End date
31 March 2008
Funding programme
Repositories and Preservation Programme
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