I’ve written elsewhere about myÂ hopes and expectationsÂ prior to attendingÂ the event as a whole, and you can read about the sessions in full on theÂ Fringe Blog, should you wish to get a taste of the whole event. Â Since there have been so many wonderful posts on the individual sessions I’m not going to duplicate the efforts, rather I’ll just share some key points I learned.
- There is still a lot of very active development going on and around repositories – that hasn’t been totally subsumed by the REF and CRISes.
- There is a real feeling of positivity engendered by people working in this sector. Â They have very tough jobs, but they all seem to relish it.
- A sung paper is a thing of joy and delight – more unusual presentations next time please (for the Gen Y and Z people at least!)
- The fear of cocking up a REF submission is paramount for many repository managers. Â The REF has given them a greater institutional value and prominence, but greater risks come with greater reward.
- Symplectic isn’t a CRIS. Â Better not tell my old bosses that, they’d be most upset.
- SWORD works a treat to populate a repository from external sources.
- Metadata is either a complete waste of time or the most critical element. Â Honestly, I’m still not sure which way to jump on that one.
- Few digital systems last longer than 15 years (except in the NHS) so planning for sustainability beyond that is a futile activity.
- Nicola’s team at Edinburgh puts on an excellent conference and makes it look effortless. Â Thanks and well done!
And my favourite quote from the whole event
- Speaker “So, how long is your repository going to last?”
- Audience member “Probably until the end of the REF.”
Not many months now to see how true that one is – will repositories suddenly dip off the radar in November or will the REF2020 help keep their light shining brightly?