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zetoc

The Zetoc service provides Z39.50-compliant access to the British Library's Electronic Table of Contents (ETOC). The database gives access to over 27,000 journals, 40 million article citations and conference papers. Zetoc covers every imaginable subject in science, technology, medicine, engineering, business, law, finance, the arts and humanities. The database covers the years from 1993 to date and is updated daily. A list of journal titles covered by Zetoc also provides the ISSN, latest issue and date loaded. (Excerpt from this source)

Percentage of Ariadne articles tagged with this term: 1.2%.
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zblsa

The purpose of the ZBLSA project is to enhance the operation of the DNER by providing portals with a broker that will help connect the discovery of the reference to a journal article with the location of services that provide the full-text of the article, in printed or electronic form. ZBLSA will directly benefit the Abstract & Indexing (A&I) database services that operate at the JISC datacentres and the Resource Discovery Network subject hubs. Using ZBLSA, they will be able to identify the location of services providing journal articles whose existence has been discovered in other ways. ZBLSA is part of Join-UP, a cluster of four projects (ZBLSA, Docusend, zetoc, and Xgrain) which aims to realise the full potential of bibliographic services by informing users about the location of third-party services on the materials referenced therein and the means, where appropriate, to connect automatically to request and delivery mechanisms. Join-UP contributes to the Discover/Locate/Request/Access structure of the DNER. The aim of the ZBLSA project is to develop a broker that will provide portals with the means to identify the location of services pertaining to journal articles. The specific objectives are to: Develop a prototype ZBLSA server, serving one or more datacentre portals and subject portals; Extend access to location information in OPACs and union catalogues via Z39.50; Develop an HTTP demonstrator that provides end users with direct access to ZBLSA services; Identify suitable electronic resources, including linkage to full texts at publishers' sites; Produce technical documentation to enable portal designers to integrate portal operation with ZBLSA. Project start date: 2002-01-01. Project end date: 2003-12-31. (Excerpt from this source)

Percentage of Ariadne articles tagged with this term: 0.3%.
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yodl-ing

YODL-ING will use technology to enhance and embed repositories into the information infrastructure of the University of York and will offer re-usable solutions and recommendations for the wider HE, JISC and Fedora communities. Working with project partners, YODL-ING will build two significant services. One will utilise the SWORD protocol to expedite deposit into a number of repositories from a single deposit interface. The other will offer a simple, yet scalable solution to access control, enabling the expression of policies in machine-readable format and utilising Shibboleth to control access to users at York and at any other Higher Education institution. Crucial to this is that we maintain the ability to offer a hybrid repository, where access controlled content is managed alongside open access resources. The project will also explore tools, semantic approaches and web services to enhance metadata generation, using 'crowd intelligence' approaches, combined with existing workflows. Work on accessibility will ensure the widest possible support for users and a study of digital preservation will facilitation preservation strategy planning for the long-term. (Excerpt from this source)

Percentage of Ariadne articles tagged with this term: 0.2%.
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yodl

York Digital Library (YODL) is a repository for multimedia resources used in or created out of teaching, research and study at the University. YODL complements both the University's research publications held in White Rose Research Online and the digital teaching materials in the Yorkshare Virtual Learning Environment and will help enhance the Library's commitment to delivering a world-class Virtual Library. YODL contains image collections to support History of Art teaching (restricted to staff/students of History of Art), along with a growing number of public or University-wide collections. University members should login to see additional content. YODL is expected to transition from project phast to a full service by August 2011. (Excerpt from this source)

Percentage of Ariadne articles tagged with this term: 0.2%.
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xpert

The XPERT (Xerte Public E-learning ReposiTory) project is an 18 month project to explore the potential of delivering and supporting a distributed repository of e-learning resources created and seamlessly published through the open source e-learning development tool called Xerte Online Toolkits (XOT). The project will empower academic authors at partner institutions to easily create open access learning resources and help foster a culture of sharing teaching and learning resources. The University of Nottingham has a well established commitment to open access content, demonstrated through the JISC funded projects such as SHERPA1 and OpenDOAR2, as well as the creation of one of the first Open Courseware initiatives in the UK (U-Now3). This project will build on this commitment and will be led by The University of Nottingham with core partners, University of Bolton and JISC TechDIS. In addition, the project team will remain open to other HE and FE institutions contributing to the XPERT project at a later stage as XOT deployments grow, and will continue to inform the wider community of XOT users worldwide. All partners are early adopters of XOT and keen to deploy this e-learning development tool in order to facilitate learning content creation and publishing to support the development of an open distributed architecture, sharing e-learning resources and providing a common information and communications environment. Through providing guidance and advice it will benefit the whole of the UK sector by exploring issues raised in the wider take-up and development of an open distributed e-learning repository in HEIs. Project start date: 2009-04-01. Project end date: 2010-10-01. (Excerpt from this source)

Percentage of Ariadne articles tagged with this term: 0.1%.
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xgrain

The focus of Xgrain is the 'discovery' of journal articles and the like; having the intention of making best use of the JISC-funded Abstract & Indexing (A&I) database services that form part of the DNER and having particular regard to cross-searching and the ways in which A&I databases can be presented for use in learning and teaching. The DNER currently offers a range of high quality, specialised A&I database and electronic tables of contents (ETOC) services providing key discovery facilities for references to journal articles and other information objects that can be accessed from the desktop. However, there is evidence that they are under used, especially in learning and teaching. Xgrain aims to address underlying problems by developing a broker that will offer 'shallow' cross-searching of A&I databases across the DNER (using the Z39.50 protocol among others), with the facility to be transferred into native user interfaces for indepth searching. (Excerpt from this source)

Percentage of Ariadne articles tagged with this term: 0.4%.
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x4l sdit

This project will draw together a small team of academics, teachers and data archivists/disseminators in order to create and pilot new data-driven resources. The small-scale set of online learning objects teaching materials to be developed will be based upon British Election Study data which provide a unique source of information for students wishing to explore a range of contemporary political issues in Britain. The proposal is aimed at first year undergraduate and 'A' level or equivalent FE courses in political science, but could be extended more generically to all introductory social studies courses. The resources will be piloted and evaluated in an HE University course and an FE 'A' level course. By using the British Election Survey as its data base, the Britain and Politics module will also "deliver" a unique learning experience to the student. Project start date: 2003-03-01. Project end date: 2004-04-30. (Excerpt from this source)

Percentage of Ariadne articles tagged with this term: 0.1%.
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wrn

The aim of this Welsh Repository Network (WRN) start-up project bid, run by the University of Wales Aberystwyth (UWA) on behalf of WHELF (Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum), is to put in place an essential building block for the development of an integrated network of institutional digital repositories in Wales. Currently, just two of the 12 HEIs in Wales have open access digital repositories (Aberystwyth and Cardiff), both of which are pilot rather than production models, lightly populated and resident on shared equipment. The project aims to run a centrally managed hardware procurement programme designed to provide every HEI in Wales with dedicated and configured repository hardware by the end of 2007 as a major step towards realisation of the WRN. In close collaboration with the technical, organisational and operational support specifically provided for Welsh HEIs within the JISC funded Repository Support Project (RSP), also to be delivered from UWA, this initiative will provide a cost-effective, collaborative and decisive boost to the repository agenda in Wales and help JISC achieve the critical mass of populated repositories and digital content that is a stated objective of the Repositories and Preservation Programme. Project start date: 2007-04-01. Project end date: 2009-03-31. (Excerpt from this source)

Percentage of Ariadne articles tagged with this term: 0.1%.
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worldcat

WorldCat is a union catalog which itemizes the collections of 71,000 libraries in 112 countries which participate in the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) global cooperative. It is built and maintained collectively by the participating libraries. Created in 1971, it contains more than 150 million different records pointing to over 1.4 billion physical and digital assets in more than 470 languages. It is the world's largest bibliographic database. OCLC makes WorldCat itself available free to libraries, but the catalog is the foundation for other fee-based OCLC services (such as resource sharing and collection management). WorldCat was founded by Fred Kilgour in 1967. In 2003, OCLC began the "Open WorldCat" pilot program, making abbreviated records from a subset of WorldCat available to partner Web sites and booksellers, to increase the accessibility of its member libraries' collections. In 2006, it became possible to search WorldCat directly at its website. In 2007, WorldCat Identities began providing pages for 20 million "identities", predominantly authors and persons who are the subjects of published titles. (Excerpt from Wikipedia article: WorldCat)

Percentage of Ariadne articles tagged with this term: 1.3%.
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wikisource

Wikisource is an online library of free content textual sources, operated by the Wikimedia Foundation. Its aims are to harbour all forms of free text, in many languages. It also provides translation efforts to this end. (Excerpt from Wikipedia article: Wikisource)

Percentage of Ariadne articles tagged with this term: 0.1%.
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wikipedia

Wikipedia is a free, web-based, collaborative, multilingual encyclopedia project supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. Its 18 million articles (over 3.6 million in English) have been written collaboratively by volunteers around the world, and almost all of its articles can be edited by anyone with access to the site. Wikipedia was launched in 2001 by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger and has become the largest and most popular general reference work on the Internet, ranking around seventh among all websites on Alexa and having 365 million readers. (Excerpt from Wikipedia article: Wikipedia)

Percentage of Ariadne articles tagged with this term: 5.5%.
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web2rights

A project looking at the IPR issues around web 2.0 tools Project start date: 2007-10-01. Project end date: 2008-07-26. (Excerpt from this source)

Percentage of Ariadne articles tagged with this term: 0.1%.
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web accessibility initiative

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)'s Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) is an effort to improve the accessibility of the World Wide Web (WWW or Web) for people with disabilities. People with disabilities may encounter difficulties when using computers generally, but also on the Web. Since people with disabilities often require non-standard devices and browsers, making websites more accessible also benefits a wide range of user agents and devices, including mobile devices, which have limited resources. The W3C launched the Web Accessibility in 1997 with endorsement by The White House and W3C members. It has several working groups and interest groups that work on guidelines, technical reports, educational materials and other documents that relate to the several different components of web accessibility. These components include web content, web browsers and media players, authoring tools, and evaluation tools. (Excerpt from Wikipedia article: Web Accessibility Initiative)

Percentage of Ariadne articles tagged with this term: 1.6%.
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vsm

The Visual and Sound Material portal (VSM) scoping study and demonstrator project is part of co-ordinating policy for multimedia service provision. The present project is seen as contributing further steps towards a user-lead specification and development of a facility providing a single integrated access point for the range of still-image, moving-picture and sound collections in the JISC IE and beyond. This project will seek to meet programme objectives through exploration of the nature and use of a portal as a means of discovering, locating and accessing time-based content and images for learning, teaching & research. Aims and Objectives The overall aim of the project is to investigate through initial scoping activity and the construction of a demonstrator, the value and feasibility of a JISC-designated national portal for both time-based media and image collections. Project start date: 2005-09-01. Project end date: 2007-02-28. (Excerpt from this source)

Percentage of Ariadne articles tagged with this term: 0.1%.
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vif

Continuing from the work of the VERSIONS project the project will provide a common infrastructure for the naming and understanding of issues relating to versions of scholarly works. The results of an online survey of repository users about current use of digital objects and about the versioning questions that arise will be used to inform a draft framework, to be developed through an expert working group comprising of members from the project partners and other key stakeholders. The Version Identification Framework will be recommended to the JISC and digital repository communities through a community acceptance plan and a dissemination campaign. Aims: To provide a framework for the identification of versions of digital objects in digital repositories; To inform and support the work of other JISC projects and services in this area; To disseminate the framework widely in order to achieve community acceptance. Specific objectives will include: Discovering how researchers, teachers, learners and others are using digital objects and managing their personal digital resources; Gaining community acceptance by convening a working review group; Discovering the range of digital objects being used and the creation, revision, dissemination and storage processes that content creators go through to share and re-use of digital content. Project start date: 2007-07-10. Project end date: 2008-05-09. (Excerpt from this source)

Percentage of Ariadne articles tagged with this term: 0.2%.
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versi

VeRSI, the Victorian eResearch Strategic Initiative, is an eResearch program established in 2006 and funded by the Victorian Government to accelerate and coordinate the uptake of eResearch in universities, government departments and other research organisations. (Excerpt from this source)

Percentage of Ariadne articles tagged with this term: 0.2%.
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vdml

VDML addresses three problems relating to minority language departments. The first is minority language students' limited exposure to the spoken target language. Secondly, good teaching materials for learners of minority languages are often scarce. Finally, the small size of such departments has consequences for both students and teachers. Students have limited opportunities to work with others and are denied the peer support that students in larger departments can take for granted. Language teachers often have to develop teaching materials in isolation. The overall aim of the project is to develop a framework to support students and teachers of minority languages. It will create new learning materials, adding value to current Internet resources as well as developing new resources. It will also provide students and teachers with a working environment, a 'virtual department', in which to interact. Using Danish as an example, the specific objectives are to: Review the support needs of minority language learners by consulting staff and students; Create new, task-focused resources for Danish language learners using current Internet materials; Develop new teacher-authored material for intermediate and advanced learners of Danish; Create opportunities for students and teachers to communicate informally; Increase opportunities for students and teachers to work collaboratively; Embed the new resources into the day-to-day work of pilot departments; Present the work to the HE community in the form of a framework or model and encourage its adoption by other groups of departments. Project start date: 2000-10-01. Project end date: 2002-09-30. (Excerpt from this source)

Percentage of Ariadne articles tagged with this term: 0.1%.
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ux2.0

The contemporary experience of users on the Web has undergone marked transformations owing to trends such as Web 2.0, Cloud Computing and the associated user-centered propensities. These transformations have had significant impacts on user experience (UX) and the expectation of how digital libraries should be facilitated. This project (UX2.0) addresses the requirement of repositories to fully engage the end users who have become less tolerant of badly design system and expect Web 2.0 experience as norms. Project start date: 2009-04-01. Project end date: 2011-03-01. (Excerpt from this source)

Percentage of Ariadne articles tagged with this term: 0.2%.
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unisa

Information Services currently maintain separate ATHENS usernames and passwords for all students by automatically generating bulk upload requests from our user registration database. We had been looking to use the ATHENS devolved authentication mechanism to enable staff and students to use their local (eDirectory) usernames, but are now planning to use Shibboleth for this instead. This would make life easier for our staff and students, as they would not need to keep track of separate usernames and passwords, and decrease the risk of misuse of ATHENS resources. For Information Services, it would remove the need to maintain the hand-crafted code required for bulk uploading at the, hopefully lesser, cost of deploying the Eduserv implementation of Shibboleth Origin, with assistance as required from the Middleware Assisted Takeup Service. It will also give us experience of using Shibboleth, which is seen as an emerging standard for authentication and authorisation. In outline, the plan is to deploy the Eduserv implementation of Shibboleth Origin, with assistance as required from the Middleware Assisted Takeup Service, to provide authentication and authorisation attributes from our eDirectory, with a view to rolling this out for first year students and new staff in September 2005. If successful, we will look at the issues involved in getting staff and students with existing ATHENS usernames to change to using their local ones, and at providing single sign-on to ATHENS resources from our portal. We will document and disseminate our experience in a case study and present it to at least the EMUIT forum. Project start date: 2005-04-01. Project end date: 2006-03-31. (Excerpt from this source)

Percentage of Ariadne articles tagged with this term: 0.1%.
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uk theses digitisation project

Digitising at least 20,000 paper-borne UK theses will 'kick start' the EThOS service, which will allow open access to theses in electronic form. The project will deliver a fully operational, easily scaleable and financially viable prototype of an UK e-theses online service that will enable users, via one single web interface, to access the full text of electronically stored theses after selection from a database of UK theses. UK postgraduate theses are a very important source of primary research output but, says Colin Galloway, project director of EthOs, "There are currently thousands of theses sitting on the shelves of UK academic libraries, many of which will never have been read by anyone other than the author and supervisor. Even in those cases where there is knowledge of their existence there is no easy access to their content, with the result that potentially useful information is disregarded purely because of logistic/bureaucratic impediments." Under this project, 20,000 digitised theses will be freely supplied as open access, enabling all researchers regardless of location or time to search for, identify and order digitised UK theses, a resource which has had limited exposure via the British Library catalogue (metadata only minus abstract) and the commercial subscription Index To Thesis product. The theses will be supplied to researchers as pdfs. The researcher will be able to read the thesis image on his/her computer screen but, by printing the pdf, he or she will get an exact surrogate of the original thesis. By sourcing surrogates from the electronically stored copies, the original paper theses will be accessed less frequently and so will be better preserved. There are around 500,000 paper theses originating from UK Higher Education Institutions and dating from 1730. Although the project is digitising only 1% of the overall total, it will target the most 'popular' - those that are most likely to be requested and supplied to researchers - so the greater impact will be to release EThOS digitisation resources to digitise further theses. Project start date: 2007-01-01. Project end date: 2008-07-01. (Excerpt from this source)

Percentage of Ariadne articles tagged with this term: 0.2%.
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