Posts Tagged ‘SWORD’

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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Introducing Piper

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Piper is an internal project we have been working on at Texas A&M University Libraries. The project is just in its initial stages at this point with the first kernel of an idea. I expect to that we will expand its capabilities in the future. Piper is basically a repository batch import tool right now, and in the future it could grow into becoming an internal repository workflow tool.

How does Piper fit into the repository ecosystem? It is a behind the scene tool for repository administrators to curate collections. For our initial phase we focused on the sole task of ingesting content into DSpace simple. However, in the future, it may bring in workflow capabilities to ensure quality control, integration with other workflow tools like Vireo, and of course additional repository support.

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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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