Ecuadorean Universities working together on Open Access Digital Repositories

In October, the Ecuadorean Consortium for Advanced Internet Development (CEDIA) held the “Advanced Training in Open Access Digital Repositories” at the Polytechnic Salesian University- Quito campus. This event was organized by a CEDIA fellow, Josefina Siguencia, who is a specialist in digital repositories and was also supported by two Argentinian experts in the same field, Emiliano Marmonti and Patricia Testa.

The training course, which was held from October 14-18, 2013, was attended by repository managers from CEDIA universities and other Ecuadorean universities.

From the project “Metadata Applications,” presented within the Ecuadorean Project Contest in Advanced Networks III, it became clear that there is a need to unify criteria and establish a number of common policies for Ecuadorian institutional digital repositories. Only this way can we ensure that we are providing services within the academic scope for which such repositories have been built.

At the training event, both librarians and computer engineers agreed to the articles approved in the “Commitment Act”, which stipulates how to use the Driver guidelines 2.0 and other aspects that ensure future support of international repository networks.

Thanks to this training and the instructors, we have motivated and encouraged universities to increase the visibility of scientific production generated in their institutions.

CEDIA

Universidades ecuatorianas trabajando en Repositorios Digitales de Acceso Abierto

A partir del proyecto “Aplicaciones sobre metadatos”, planteado dentro del  Concurso Ecuatoriano de Proyectos en Redes Avanzadas III, surgió la necesidad de unificar criterios y establecer políticas de trabajo en todos los repositorios digitales institucionales; de este modo sería posible brindar servicios acordes al ámbito, académico, en que han sido creados dichos repositorios.

El Consorcio Ecuatoriano para el Desarrollo de Internet Avanzada (CEDIA) llevó a cabo la “Capacitación Avanzada de Repositorios Digitales de Acceso Abierto”, en la Universidad Politécnica Salesiana (UPS) – sede Quito. El evento fue organizado por la  Ing. Josefina Siguencia de CEDIA, encargada de repositorios digitales y contó con el apoyo de dos expositores argentinos expertos en el tema, el Ing. Emiliano Marmonti y  la Lcda. Patricia Testa.

En esta capacitación, realizada desde el 14 al 18 de octubre de 2013, participaron los gestores de los repositorios de las universidades miembros de CEDIA así como de otras universidades  ecuatorianas invitadas al evento.

Tanto bibliotecarios como informáticos estuvieron de acuerdo con los puntos tratados en el Acta Compromiso que especifica el modo de uso de las directrices Driver 2.0 y otros aspectos que aseguran el aporte posterior a las redes de repositorios internacionales.

Gracias a esta capacitación y nuestros expositores, logramos  motivar e incentivar, a las universidades participantes, a incrementar  la visibilidad de la producción científica generada en sus instituciones de educación superior.

 

Special thanks to our colleagues from CEDIA for this report.

Towards repository interoperability – COAR webinar

Yesterday, December 4, 2012 we hosted the COAR webinar “Towards repository interoperability : unleashing the true value of open access for open science”. The guest speaker was Eloy Rodrigues (Universidade do Minho, Portugal), a chair of COAR Working Group on Repository Interoperability. 32 people from 15 countries (Burkina Faso, Canada, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Spain, Tanzania, UK, USA, Venezuela and Zimbabwe) attended the webinar.

Interoperability is the technical “glue” that makes possible the emerging open science infrastructure – an infrastructure that connects a global, decentralised network of repositories and other tools. While technology exists to make possible this integration, the landscape around interoperability is complex, and continually evolving.

This workshop was designed to help participants make sense of interoperability. Based on the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) briefing paper “The Case for Repository Interoperability for Open Access Repositories” and “The Current State of Open Access Repository Interoperability (2012)” we covered interoperability standards, protocols and initiatives in connection with current and emerging services that interoperability initiatives make possible. Examples of services that were covered include: medatata harvesting, repository networks, usage statistics, cross-system content transfer, author identification, persistent identifiers and compound digital objects.

You can download Eloy’s presentation slides here.

You can access the recording of the session: http://www.instantpresenter.com/eifl/EA51D687894B

You might also be interested in the following COAR materials:

Towards repository interoperability – free online workshop

COAR, the Confederation of Open Access Repositories, is organizing a webinar “Towards repository interoperability : unleashing the true value of open access for open science”.

Interoperability is the technical “glue” that makes possible the emerging open science infrastructure – an infrastructure that connects a global, decentralised network of repositories and other tools. While technology exists to make possible this integration, the landscape around interoperability is complex, and continually evolving.

This workshop is designed to help participants make sense of interoperability. Based on the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) briefing paper “The Case for Repository Interoperability for Open Access Repositories” and “The Current State of Open Access Repository Interoperability (2012)” we will cover interoperability standards, protocols and initiatives in connection with current and emerging services that interoperability initiatives make possible. Examples of services that will be covered include: medatata harvesting, repository networks, usage statistics, cross-system content transfer, author identification, persistent identifiers and compound digital objects.

Online Workshop Details

Title: Towards repository interoperability : unleashing the true value of open access for open science.

Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Duration: 15:00 – 16:00 CET

The guest speaker will be Eloy Rodrigues (Universidade do Minho, Portugal), a chair of COAR Working Group on Repository Interoperability.

How to register

To register your interest in attending the workshop, please email iryna.kuchma [at] eifl.net as soon as possible with the following information:

  • your name
  • your email address
  • your job title, country, and
  • your COAR role if you have one.

The session is open to anyone to attend but places are limited. If it is oversubscribed, priority will be given to participants from COAR member institutions.

How you participate: once your place is confirmed, you will receive a URL and password for the session.

All you will need is an internet-connected computer with sound (and maybe headphones if you are in a busy room).

To check if your computer will be able to access the session successfully, please go to: www.instantpresenter.com/systemtest

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Iryna Kuchma
EIFL-OA Programme Manager

Chair of COAR Working Group on Repository and Repository Networks Support & Training
iryna.kuchma [at] eifl.net

COAR Training Materials online

COAR Working Group 3 “Repository and Repository Networks Support & Training” is happy to report that a collection of training materials from COAR members on operational issues required to install, implement and deploy open access repositories is released, see here: https://www.coar-repositories.org/working-groups/repository-and-repository-networks-support-and-training/training-materials/

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We thank all COAR members who contributed to this collection and we hope that more COAR members will share their training materials. You can contact the chair of the Working Group, Iryna Kuchma or COAR Office.

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