Archive for July, 2009

YODL-ING at York, quietly

We’ve been a little quiet in York’s latest venture into the JISC realm, but things are really starting to move forward now.

The project, York Digital Library – Integration for the Next Generation’ (YODL-ING), will implement and develop a number of  technologies to enhance and embed repositories into the information infrastructure of the University of York. We’ve already kicked off work with the Fedora gurus at Acuity Unlimited on some work around supporting metadata creation and searching with ontologies, and also on access control and policy managment, particularly around storing licence information and visualising licence terms to users, building on Acuity’s work on the RELI project.  In addition we’re working with colleagues from the White Rose Research Online (WRRO), our EPrints repository which we share with Leeds and Sheffield Universities,and from Leeds’ LUDOS repository to look at building a SWORD client for offering one-stop deposit. Other work will look at integrating our multimedia digital library into York’s VLE, Streaming Service and the forthcoming Library discovery tool, in order to offer new interfaces for interacting with digital library content.  Thinks are already ramping up, but will be even busier when our new developer starts in September.  Look out for access control use cases and requirements, and a SWORD client specification in the next couple of months.

All of this ties into work on YODL, which is still marching forward.  In particular, and very much related to the work mentioned above, we are almost there with integrating fedora and muradora with our LDAP and student data system, which will allow us to control access based on student credentials and course membership. By the start of the next academic year, we will have a service available for our History of Art students to access image course collections online – a critical milestone for the project.

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