Kultivate Project – Archiving and Curation workshop

With views across London, Marie-Therese Gramstadt, Project Officer for the Kultur II Group, welcomed colleagues to the third Kultivate workshop on 23 March 2011, at HEFCE Centrepoint.

It was announced that the Kultivate Project team had recruited a software developer, James Snyder, to undertake the enhancements, to EPrints software, that were originally discussed at the 11 January 2011 technical workshop.

Ruth Maclennan presented an archive of her collaborative, event-based art project ‘Archway Polytechnic’.

Stephen Gray, Project Manager at CAiRO (Curating Artistic Research Output), gave a talk on the background of ‘CAiRO,’ and discussed Research Arts Data.  It was noted some collections are not available digitally, and the digital collections that are available, maybe offline.  Currently there is no national subject centre for creative arts research data.

This was followed by a workshop facilitated by Stephen, giving all members the opportunity to deposit, and manage some innovative arts research data, to EPrints and Omeka software packages.

After lunch, there were two further presentations.  Michael Schwab, Editor, Journal of Artistic Research, gave talk on the journal’s ‘Research Catalogue‘, which is a searchable, documentary database of artistic research work.  Followed by Laura Molloy, a Preservation Researcher from the University of Glasgow, presenting an ‘Artist’s Perspective on Self-archiving and Preservation,’.

The next Kultivate event will take place on 24 May 2011, and will include a metadata workshop.

Kultivate Project – Advocacy Workshop

Kultivate is a JISC-funded project which is creating a model of an institutional repository for use in the creative and applied arts.

The second Kultivate Project recently took place on 28 February 2011, at HEFCE Centrepoint, London.  There were several presentations in the morning, including Graham Stone, from the University of Huddersfield, and Jodie Double, from the University of Leeds, discussing advocacy at their respective institutions.  Jackie Witham, from the Repositories Support Project, also gave a presentation on approaches to advocacy, and this was followed up with a workshop after lunch.  Please select this link, to access an electronic copy of the presentations.

During the afternoon there was the opportunity to work in small groups to discuss methods of advocacy – what works in what situations?  Delegates had been asked to bring examples of advocacy work, and materials.  There was a discussion, on how these could be developed.  Following on from this, was a workshop on advovacy and terminology, the wording we use, and  what the terminology says about the role we present for repositories.

It was also announced that the Kultivate Project team were in the process of recruiting a technical developer who would undertake the enhancements, to EPrints software, that were originally discussed at the 11 January 2011 technical workshop.

Future Kultivate events are noted below:

  • Wednesday 23 March 2011, Kultur II Group Partners’ meeting, Kultivate Archiving and Curration workshop
  • Tuesday 24 May 2011, Kultur II Group Partners’ meeting, Kultivate Metadata Workshop and Advisory Group Meeting
  • Friday 15 July 2011, end of project will take place at the Royal Institute of British Architects, London 

Repository Training

The Research Office are continuing to run several practical sessions during April, and this week’s workshops are scheduled as follows:

Wednesday 13 April 2011, 2-3.30pm in the Mezzanine IT Suite, Chad Varah House, Cathedral Campus

Friday 15 April 2011, 12-1.30pm in UL101, GCW, Brayford Campus

These ninety minute workshops will demonstrate how to upload your publications to the Lincoln Repository, provide guidance on publishers’ copyright policies, as well as writing the necessary metadata to assist the search engines sourcing their work.

Please send an e-mail to eprints@lincoln.ac.uk to book a place, or to receive further details on the other sessions scheduled, or to arrange a one to one appointment.

The sessions are open to both research and administrative staff involved in uploading publications to the Lincoln Repository.  No prior knowledge is required to attend.

Did you know……

It isn’t just text-based items that can be deposited onto the Lincoln Repository.  A wide range of creative and applied arts research can also be showcased, from digital versions of painting, photography, film, graphic and textile design, to records of performances, shows and installations.

To arrange a demonstration of The Lincoln Repository, please contact the Repository team via e-mail address eprints@lincoln.ac.uk.