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Links From Wikipedia to Russell Group University Repositories

Posted on 28 Aug 2014

Wikipedia as the Front Matter to all Research A session at the recent Wikimania conference provided an opportunity for discussion on the topics: “The fount of all knowledge – wikipedia as the front matter to all research“. The abstract describes how: This discussion focuses on how Wikipedia could become the entry or discovery point to all […]

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SEO Analysis of Institutional Repositories: What’s The Back Story?

Posted on 15 Jul 2013

Title: SEO Analysis of Institutional Repositories: What’s The Back Story? Authors: Kelly, B. and Nixon, W. Conference:  Open Repositories 2013 Citation: SEO Analysis of Institutional Repositories: What’s The Back Story? , Kelly, B. and Nixon, W., Open Repositories 2013. International Conference, Prince Edward Island, Canada, 8-12 July 2013. Author Details The co-authors of this paper are: Brian Kelly, UKOLN, […]

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SEO Analysis of Institutional Repositories: What’s the Back Story?

Posted on 8 Jul 2013

Over a year ago, following a staff appraisal, I agreed to become more involved in supporting the development of institutional repositories – an important area of work for UKOLN and JISC. Following that decision I was successful in being the lead author for two papers which were accepted at the Open Repositories 2012 conference: one, […]

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Naming Conventions For Institutional Repositories: Lessons from CORE

Posted on 21 Feb 2013

The CORE (COnnecting REpositories) Project Whilst preparing a follow-up post on institutional repositories I started to explore the data which has been collected by the JISC-funded CORE project. The CORE (COnnecting REpositories) project aims to “facilitate free access to scholarly publications distributed across many systems“. The CORE Web site, which was developed at the Open University, provides access to […]

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Embedded Metadata in PDFs Hosted in Institutional Repositories: An Inside-Out & Outside-In View

Posted on 4 Jan 2013

PDF Metadata – Why Is it So Poor? PDF metadata – why so poor? asked Ross Mounce in a blog post published on New Year’s eve. In the post Ross expressed surprise that although “with published MP3 files of audio you get rather good metadata … the results from a little preliminary survey of academic publisher PDF metadata” were poor: […]

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Open Practices for Open Repositories

Posted on 29 Oct 2012

Background Open Access Week, which took place last week, was a busy period for me. Not only did I give talks on how social media can enhance access to research papers hosted in institutional repositories at the universities of Exeter, Salford and Bath, I also wrote accompanying posts which were published on the Networked Researcher […]

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Repositories

Posted on 29 Aug 2012

The following posts have been published on the UK Web Focus on areas relating to institutional repositories. Summary: In 5 posts published between June 2011 and August 2012 I have provided examples of ways in which analyses of different aspects of institutional repositories can help provide a better understanding of their use which can help […]

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MajesticSEO Analysis of Russell Group University Repositories

Posted on 29 Aug 2012

Investigation of SEO Rankings of Institutional Repositories There is a need “to investigate whether links [from popular social media services] are responsible for enhancing SEO rankings of resources hosted in institutional repositories” concluded the paper by myself and Jenny Delasalle which asked “Can LinkedIn and Academia.edu Enhance Access to Open Repositories?“. The importance of SEO rankings for […]

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Open Metrics for Open Repositories

Posted on 10 Jul 2012

Later today Nick Sheppard will present a paper entitled “Open Metrics for Open Repositories” at the Open Repositories 2012 conference. This paper, which was written my myself, Nick, Jenny Delasalle, Mark Dewey, Owen Stephens, Gareth Johnson and Stephanie Taylor, describes the importance of metrics for institutional repositories for a number of stakeholders, including funders at […]

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Paper Accepted for OR12: Can LinkedIn and Academia.edu Enhance Access to Open Repositories?

Posted on 3 Jul 2012

I’m pleased to say that a paper by myself and Jenny Delasalle, Academic Services Manager (Research) at the University of Warwick, which asked “Can LinkedIn and Academia.edu Enhance Access to Open Repositories?” has been accepted for the Open Repositories conference, OR 2012. This paper, which is available from the University of Bath institutional repository, is based […]

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Open Metrics for Open Repositories

Posted on 27 Jun 2012

Title: Open Metrics for Open Repositories Authors: Kelly, B., Sheppard, N., Delasalle, J., Dewey, M., Stephens, O., Johnson, G. and Taylor, S. Conference:  Open Repositories 2012 Citation: Open Metrics for Open Repositories, Kelly, B., Sheppard, N., Delasalle, J., Dewey, M., Stephens, O., Johnson, G. and Taylor, S. Open Repositories 2012 Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland. 9 – 13 July 2012. […]

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Can LinkedIn and Academia.edu Enhance Access to Open Repositories?

Posted on 27 Jun 2012

Title: Can LinkedIn and Academia.edu Enhance Access to Open Repositories? Authors: Kelly, B. and Delasalle, J. Conference: Open Repositories 2012 Citation: Can LinkedIn and Academia.edu Enhance Access to Open Repositories? Kelly, B. and Delasalle, J., OR12, Edinburgh, UK. 9-13 July 2012. http://opus.bath.ac.uk/30227/ Author Details The co-authors of this paper are: Brian Kelly, UKOLN, University of Bath. ORCID: 0000-0001-5875-8744 Jenny […]

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What Can We Learn From Download Statistics for Institutional Repositories?

Posted on 6 Jul 2011

Gathering Quantitative Evidence I am involved in work on looking at ways in evidence-based approaches can make use of metrics in order to understand best practices and demonstrate impact. A series of surveys have been carried out which have sought to gather quantitative evidence of use of a variety of services and, by publishing the findings on this […]

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A Pilot Survey of File Formats in Institutional Repositories

Posted on 14 Jun 2011

Background A recent post provided A Pilot Survey of the Numbers of Full-Text Items in Institutional Repositories. The survey made use of the advanced search functionality of ePrints repository software in order to gather data on the numbers of full-text items. Unfortunately it was found that most repositories had not configured the software to provide such […]

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A Pilot Survey of the Numbers of Full-Text Items in Institutional Repositories

Posted on 6 Jun 2011

Background A recent post on How Do We Measure the Effectiveness of Institutional Repositories? sought to address the question of “What makes a good repository?” which was raised on the JISC-Repositories JISCMail list. The post outlined possible metrics which could be used for identifying the effectiveness of institutional repositories based on the intended purposes of a […]

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How Do We Measure the Effectiveness of Institutional Repositories?

Posted on 24 Feb 2011

  The Need for Metrics How might one measure the effectiveness of an institutional repository? An approach which is arising from various activities I am involved in related to evidence, value and impact is based on the need to identify the underlying purpose(s) of services and to gather evidence related to how such purposes are […]

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Web Accessibility, Institutional Repositories and BS 8878

Posted on 24 Jan 2011

Review of Work on Accessibility and Institutional Repositories Back in December 2006 I wrote a post on Accessibility and Institutional Repositories in which I suggested that it might be “unreasonable to expect hundreds in not thousands of legacy [PDF] resources to have accessibility metadata and document structures applied to them, if this could be demonstrated to be […]

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Is It Too Late To Exploit RSS In Repositories?

Posted on 22 Dec 2010

A few years ago we had discussions about ways in which information about UKOLN peer-reviewed papers could be more effectively presented. We asked “Could we provide a timeline view? Or how about a Wordle display which illustrates the variety of subject areas researchers at UKOLN are engaged in?” The answer was yes we could, but […]

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EPub Format For Papers in Repositories

Posted on 4 Aug 2010

EPub as a Format for Use in Institutional Repositories? In a post entitled “File Formats For Papers In Your Institutional Repository” I suggested that depositing a HTML version of a paper might have various advantages over the PDF format which is the norm. But in light of the growing importance of mobile devices wouldn’t it seem appropriate […]

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Automated Accessibility Analysis of PDFs in Repositories

Posted on 30 Jul 2010

Back in December 2006 I wrote a post on Accessibility and Institutional Repositories in which I suggested that it might be “unreasonable to expect hundreds in not thousands of legacy [PDF] resources to have accessibility metadata and document structures applied to them, if this could be demonstrated to be an expensive exercise of only very limited potential […]

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Institutional Repositories and the Costs Of Doing It Right

Posted on 29 Sep 2008

There’s an interesting discussion taking place on the JISC-Repositories JISCMail list, following a post from Jenny Delasalle who asked: Do any of you know how long it takes you to process a single item, before it is available as a live record in your repository? Please can you share that information with the list?  Jenny provided details of […]

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Distributed Discussions On Repositories

Posted on 19 Feb 2008

The Repositories Debate Andy Powell recently wrote a post on the eFoundations blog about his opening plenary talk at the VALA 2008 conference. His post generated interesting discussions and debate amongst those involved in repository activities in the UK and the wider community. Paul Miller was in agreement with Andy’s comments in his post on […]

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CRIG Teleconference Chats On ‘Repositories And Other Services’

Posted on 6 Dec 2007

I recently took part in one of a series of teleconference chats organised by the JISC-funded CRIG (Common Repository Interfaces Working Group) project. The project organised a day of tele-conferences on 8th November 2007. The aim of the day was to facilitate a “discussion between members on how repositories might be improved (bluesky thinking)“. A […]

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Accessibility and Institutional Repositories

Posted on 12 Dec 2006

There has been some discussion on the JISC-Repositories JISCMail list (under the confusing subject line of “PLoS business models, global village”) on the issue of file formats for depositing scholarly papers. Some people (including myself) feel that open formats such as XHTML should be the preferred format; others feel that the effort required in creating […]

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Developing an Ethical Approach to Using Wikipedia as the Front Matter to all Research

Posted on 11 May 2015

Title: Developing an Ethical Approach to Using Wikipedia as the Front Matter to all Research Event: Wikipedia Science Conference, Wellcome Trust, 2-3 September 2015 Abstract: In August 2014 a Wikimania session proposed “Wikipedia as the front matter to all research” and a survey of Links From Wikipedia to Russell Group University Repositories  found 1,100+ Wikipedia links to Russell Group university […]

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MTSR 2015, the 9th Metadata & Semantics Research Conference (and its use of Facebook)

Posted on 24 Feb 2015

MTSR 2015, the 9th Metadata and Semantics Research Conference The 9th Metadata and Semantics Research Conference has recently announced its call for papers, which is also available as a PDF document. Metadata has been a area of interest to UKOLN, my former organisation and Cetis, my current organisation, also have interests in this area including recent support for […]

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Subverting Copyright (and Other Flawed Legislation)

Posted on 4 Nov 2014

Be Informed: Recent Changes to Copyright Law Last week Jason Miles-Campbell, manager of the JISCLegal service, gave a talk entitled “Be Informed: Recent Changes to Copyright Law” at the CILIPS Autumn Gathering. Jason summarised changes to copyright legislation which were approved by Parliament in July 2014 and came into force on 1 October 2014. The slide […]

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What Do You Think Are The Major Technology Trends Which Will Impact Library Services?

Posted on 17 Oct 2014

Technology Innovation and Impact Strand at ILI 2014 On Tuesday 21 October 2014 I am giving a talk at the ILI 2014 conference which will address the question What are the major technology trends that will impact library services and their users? This talk takes place on the morning of Tuesday 21 October 2014, the opening day of the conference […]

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#1amconf, Altmetrics and Raising the Visibility of One’s Research

Posted on 29 Sep 2014

1:AM, the First Altmetrics Conference As described in a post entitled Analytics Events: For Learning and For Research, the 1:AM conference, the first dedicated altmetrics conference took place in London last week. This was a fascinating conference, with lively discussion taking place at the conference and on the #1amconf Twitter back channel. The conference embraced event amplification […]

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Using Social Media to Build Your Academic Career

Posted on 10 Sep 2014

Background Back on 19th June 2014 I gave an invited plenary talk on “Open Practices for Researchers” at the Research and Innovation Conference 2014 at the University of Bolton. I was pleased to have an opportunity to share my experiences with researchers at the University of Bolton, an institution which has a clear focus on […]

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Open Practices for Researchers

Posted on 9 Jun 2014

Title: Open Practices for Researchers Speaker: Brian Kelly Event: Closing talk at the Research and Innovation Conference 2014 at the University of Bolton Date and time: 14.45-15.45 on Friday, 20 June 2014 Venue: Room D1-038/040/042, Deane Campus, University of Bolton Background: The conference is a cross disciplinary event, aiming to promote and celebrate the research that is taking place within the […]

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