Thursday, April 28, 2011

Progress report from University of Plymouth

An update on Pearl, UoP’s repository, we are currently working hard to solve some technical issues, with the Symplectic collection mapper. Sessions are booked in May ready for advocacy and I am working on guides and the supporting documentation. As Pearl has a self submission workflow, I am writing a Romeo guide for academics, including advice on the publisher policies and how to action the various conditions and points within the policies. The early sessions will provide good feedback from the academics both on the integration and the documentation. May is really the last window of opportunity to do advocacy and get staff to use the system so May is a key focus.

However to be able to run a full advocacy programme and get academics submitting into Pearl via Symplectic, the integration between Symplectic and DSpace needs to be working. There are a number of key dependencies eg that UoP's technical issues are fixed and knowing that with Plymouth's/Exeter's shared Symplectic service, that both repositories can run together.

It is a case of continuing to book the sessions and being flexible to either demo or use screenshots to start to raise awareness about Pearl and continue to work with UoP/UoE/Symplectic colleagues to get the integration working as soon as possible.

Nicola Cockarill
University of Plymouth

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