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The Kultur Consortium aims to create a transferable and sustainable institutional repository model for research output in the creative and applied arts, a discipline area where repository development is so far underdeveloped. The project will investigate a policy and technical framework for creating a multimedia, multifunctional repository, applicable both to specialist institutions and departments across the sector, and by extension to potential cross-domain users, museums, galleries and performing arts with whom there are strong links within these disciplines.

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Repositories Enhancement Project

The Kultur Consortium aims to create a transferable and sustainable institutional repository model for research output in the creative and applied arts, a discipline area where repository development is so far underdeveloped. The project will investigate a policy and technical framework for creating a multimedia, multifunctional repository, applicable both to specialist institutions and departments across the sector, and by extension to potential cross-domain users, museums, galleries and performing arts with whom there are strong links within these disciplines

Aims and objectives

  • Produce a working model of an institutional repository for research output in the visual and applied arts
  • Create a transferable model of an uber repository based on providing flexibility in matching metadata and indexing to discipline needs
  • Establish a model of shared practice across the sector between a mature repository in the research sector and other HE institutions
  • Investigate a metadata, preservation and access framework for managing material in the visual and creative arts
  • Establish a framework for cross-sectoral, cross domain partnerships in the visual and creative arts

Project methodology

The project will be managed by a Project Manager based at Southampton who will cross-manage all of the work packages. Progress will be overseen by the Project Board – the Project Director and representatives from the project partners. The Technical Project Officer at Southampton will develop two pilot repositories for each of the two sites. These will initially be hosted at Southampton, but as the two institutions build their infrastructure support, responsibility for the repositories will move across. Two Project Officers, one in each partner institution, will lead the advocacy and populating process; developing technical and user profiles in their specialist areas.

Anticipated outputs and outcomes

  • The creation of two pilot repositories which will enable the partner institutions to manage their research outputs, and to re-use material for teaching and learning
  • An Institutional Repository (IR) specialising in formats and representing communities that are currently underdeveloped in terms of IR
  • A greater understanding of what research outputs constitute within this community of practice and how they are used and re-used
  • Greater acknowledgement and recognition of practice based research outputs
  • A greater understanding of the application of metadata to digital objects in art and design
  • An exploration of specific rights issues that apply to the creative arts

Technology / Standards used

Standards will be investigated and evaluated as part of the project. These will include Dublin Core, VRA4, XHTML, SWORD, OAI-PMH and SWAP.

Project Staff

Project Director 
Project Manager
  • Victoria Sheppard, Hartley Library, University of Southampton, Tel: 02380595849 vms@soton.ac.uk
Project Team

Documents & Multimedia