Posts Tagged ‘Repositories’

Vireo 2.0.1 Released

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

The latest version of Vireo has been released just ahead of the 2013 TxETDA/USETDA Region 3 Joint Conference. The conference kicks off tomorrow morning at the Texas A&M University campus. This release is a bug fix release and doesn’t really bring any new features other than improved ProQuest compatibility. Originally when Vireo 2.0 was released the export capabilities were not vetted by ProQuest. In the intervening time we have worked back and forth with the folks at ProQuest to make sure that the export format meets ProQuests requirements. I would like to thank Dan Short at ProQuest for his support and many emails back and forth to iron out the issues with ProQuest compatibility.

Here are a list of the bugs that have been corrected:

  • Fixed error that prevents submissions from being deleted if they are referenced by a search filter.
  • Updates to the ProQuest format (requested by ProQuest on January 8th)
  • Spelling mistakes, allready -> already (from Dheles at John Hopkins)
  • Fixed the label of before & after in the date range search (from Dheles at John Hopkins)
  • Fixed display of version number (from Dheles at John Hopkins)
  • Fixed DSpace export error where committee members were being tagged as advisors
  • Fixed authorization check preventing from Managers being able to update a student’s email and name.
  • Fixed authorization check preventing Managers from being able to demote users to the Student role.
  • Fixed UI error so that an error message is shown if no attachment type is selected when uploading a file in the view tab.
  • Fixed the email toggle settings by removing two of them and making the advisor request optional.
  • Fixed error preventing the STUDENT_URL and ADVISOR_URL from being available in non system email templates.
  • Fixed error causing some system email templates from being duplicated with “_” instead of spaces.
  • Fixed an NPE error in some exports if metadata is not present.
  • Fixed a problem preventing errors which occur during a batch process from being reported under the error tab.
  • Fixed an error with the DSpace Dublin core export so that dc.type = “Thesis”

You can download the latest version of Vireo from github. They have changed their system a bit in the past month, the dedicated downloads page has been removed. From now on you should use the “Tags” page to download the latest version of Vireo and anything prior.

Exporting from Vireo into DSpace

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

The first version of the Vireo Electronic Thesis and Submission system was built as an addon to DSpace. It used the same technology stack, reused the underlying database and file storage, operated within the same UI. The original idea was that Vireo would deeptly integrate with the repository. Because of these decisions there was no separation between how Vireo stored it’s metadata and it’s Dublin Core encoding of the metadata. There was only one way, the Vireo way. If you wanted something else you couldn’t do it with DSpace. For example, if you wanted to store the author’s information in contributor.author you couldn’t. Vireo demanded that you use the creator field instead.

Vireo 2.0 broke this requirement bring more flexibility. The project is no longer deeply integrated with DSpace, or any other repository. Internally Vireo stores its metadata in relational tables in the format that is easiest for it to work with and does not conform to any particular metadata encoding. Then when data is ready to be deposited into the repository the SWORD protocol is used to deposit the content into the destination repository. During the SWORD deposit Vireo will generate a metadata package in a particular encoding format. These “export formats” are designed to be flexible so that different repositories can use different encodings. I’ve previously written a blog post on the technology behind these export formats if you are interested in customizing them.

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Adding OAI­-ORE Support to Repository Platforms

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Our presentation at Open Repositories 2009 has been published in the Journal of Digital Information. Congratulations Alexey.

Alexey Maslov, James Creel, Adam Mikeal, Scott Phillips, John Leggett, Mark McFarland. Adding OAI­-ORE Support to Repository Platforms. Journal of Digital Information, Volume 11, Number 1. Available at http://journals.tdl.org/jodi/article/view/749

Vireo @ JCDL 2009

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

My colleague, Adam Mikeal, presented our paper titled “Large-scale ETD repositories: a case study of a digital library application” at JCDL 2009, where it was nominated for best paper! The paper describes at a high level the Texas Digital Library’s implementation of a state-wide electronic thesis and dissertation (ETD) system, delving into the theoretical, technical, and political issues that were encountered. Vireo is the main component of the system, a Manakin-based addon to DSpace that handles the ETD work flow, starting with a student’s initial submission through an iterative staff review, cataloging by the library, and on to final publication.

Citation:

Mikeal, A., Creel, J., Maslov, A., Phillips, S., Leggett, J., and McFarland, M. 2009. Large-scale ETD repositories: a case study of a digital library application. In Proceedings of the 2009 Joint international Conference on Digital Libraries (Austin, TX, USA, June 15 – 19, 2009). JCDL ’09. ACM, New York, NY, 135-144. DOI= http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1555400.1555423

Microsoft tools for repositories workshop

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

During the Open Repositories 2009 conference I attended the Microsoft’s “Tools for Repositories” workshop.  At the workshop Microsoft was able to get down into the details of their new products and how they are intended to work together. I was impressed by the breadth of work that Microsoft is engaging in to support scholarly publishing use-cases within their tool set. The workshop lasted about 4 hours, longer than most of the other workshops at OR09. The bulk of time was given to the two developers Savas Paratatidas and Pablo Fernicola, along with the team leader Alex Wade.

Microsoft announced their intention to engage with the repository community at last year’s OR08 conference in Southhampton. The OR09 workshop featured the tools that Microsoft has developed in the intervening year starting with new authoring tools in Word, publishing via SWORD, a new peer-reviewed journaling service, and the new .NET based repository. It’s clear to see that Microsoft will have a huge impact on scholarly publishing in the future. We, as the repository community, will need to adjust our services to ensure they work smoothly within the Microsoft ecosystem. After the jump read about the three big features that were presented.

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