Three new DRIVER Studies released

DRIVER is pleased to announce the Open Access publication of three new studies in the series 'Trends in Research Information Management':

·         The European Repository Landscape 2008: Inventory of Digital Repositories for Research Output in the EU by Maurits van der Graaf, Edited by Marjan Vernooy-Gerritsen

·         Enhanced Publications: Linking Publications and Research Data in Digital Repositories by Woutersen-Windhouwer et al., Edited by Marjan Vernooy-Gerritsen

·         Emerging Standards for Enhanced Publications and Repository Technology: Survey on Technology by Van Godtsenhoven et al., Edited by Karen Van Godtsenhoven & Marjan Vernooy-Gerritsen

DRIVER II has significantly broadened the horizon of repository infrastructure operation, functionality and innovation,  documented in the state-of-the-art and future-direction studies in this series.

The European Research Repository Landscape 2008 by Maurits van der Graaf is an update of a similar study in 2006. It shows an increasing number of respondents and a further diversification in the character of a repository. These may be institutional or thematically based, and as such non-institutional as well. The ongoing process of widespread and diversification urges coherent approach, as a basic feature of repositories is the retrievability of information that may be dispersed. Continued monitoring of developments will be necessary.

Enhanced Publications by Saskia Woutersen-Windhouwer, Renze Brandsma, Peter Verhaar, Arjan Hogenaar, Maarten Hoogerwerf, Paul Doorenbosch, and Eugène Dürr, Ludwig Jens, and Birgit Schmidt is a state-of-the-art overview of the structural elements of an Enhanced Publication, as well as publication models, interrelationship and repository issues. In-depth study is made of object models and functionalities. More practically, a sample is given of datasets together with a demonstrator-project. In the final section, this book deals with long-term preservation issues, linking to the developments of digital repositories that are studied in other books in this series.

Emerging Standards for Enhanced Publications and Repository Technology by Karen Van Godtsenhoven et al. serves as a technology watch on the rapidly evolving world of digital publication. It provides an up-to-date overview of technical issues, underlying the development of universally accessible publications, their elemental components and linked information. More specifically it deals with questions as how to bring together the communities of the Current Research Information Systems (CRIS) and the Common European Research Information Format (CERIF). Case studies like EGEE, DILIGENT and DRIVER are analyzed, as well as implementations in projects in Ireland, Denmark and The Netherlands. Interoperability is the keyword in this context and this book introduces to new standards and to concepts used in the design of envelopes and packages, overlays and feeds, embedding, publishing formats and Web services and service-oriented architecture.



Dr D Peters

Scientific Technical Manager DRIVER II

State and University Library of Goettingen

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