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A potential infrastructure?

I’ve been giving some thought to a potential infrastructure for ACErep and got to thinking about what APIs might be (or might become) available for JorumOpen; depending on the technology available, it occurred to me that one possible approach might be to bulk upload resources from our three institutional repositories – or just harvest the metadata – into JorumOpen and then search those records via an API (at a pinch a custom RSS feed might do) from a bespoke ALPS CETL portal.  This would mean that resources would be discoverable from a variety of different locations – Google, JorumOpen, our 3 individual institutional repositories, the ALPS CETL portal…

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  1. Nick
    June 22, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    One option might be a custom Google search which is what the Engineering Subject Centre have done http://www.engsc.ac.uk/oer

  2. June 22, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Nick, I think this very much captures our thoughts from our last discussion although I think there are still those that question the need for the bespoke portal. I think it would be good to have the bespoke portal but we’ll see what the potential end users say.

    So the critical thing we need to know for the JORUM/portal integration is what API’s are available? I would hope that SRU/SRW is available in Open JORUM as it is a standard for repositories.

    • Gareth Waller
      June 23, 2010 at 1:18 pm

      Nick, thanks for the link to this blog. I haven’t been following it and therefore haven’t commented on the feature capability of JorumOpen.

      Pete – I would argue that SRW/U is a standard of searching not a standard specifically for repositories and repositories do not have to implement all standards. JorumOpen, which is based on DSpace, does have the facility to offer SRW/U but due to an issue found in the third party implementation, it has not been enabled.

      The Jorum technical team is currently working on a search tool which would be a good fit into this architecture and I have supplied some information on to Nick regarding this.

      If there are any questions regarding JorumOpen please feel free to email Jorum Support or myself.

      Thanks
      Gareth

  1. June 24, 2010 at 11:35 am

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