University of Sussex connects Figshare to Symplectic Elements to create a joined-up research data management solution – Symplectic

“Digital Science, a technology company serving stakeholders across the research ecosystem, is pleased to announce that the University of Sussex has successfully integrated Figshare and Symplectic Elements from Digital Science’s flagship products to create a seamless, interoperable research information and data management solution….

Sussex has been using Symplectic Elements as its Current Research Information System (CRIS) since 2020, initially integrated with EPrints as its institutional repository (called Sussex Research Online, or SRO). In 2022, Sussex took the decision to migrate SRO from EPrints to Figshare in order to create a more joined-up solution to support its Open Access needs. Moving to a full Figshare institutional repository supports the streamlining of IT Services and also enables repository staff teams to be more flexible as they work with Figshare alone, as opposed to two varying systems for papers and data….”

Improved EPrints plugin for receiving Publications Router feeds into RIOXX | Jisc scholarly communications

“A new EPrints plugin is now available that improves the way Jisc’s Publications Router service populates your RIOXX-enabled EPrints repository, reducing the need for manual editing.

This new version replaces an earlier plugin. We’re here to support you in installing and using it – more details below….

The new version makes the following further improvements:

Router can now populate the RIOXX licence fields (ali:license_ref) correctly both for metadata-only notifications as well as those that include full text. It will do this even if the publisher’s licence is not a Creative Commons one, by adding the exact licence URL specified by the publisher.
The “free-to-read” flag is now set correctly by EPrints, taking into account any embargo period specified in the publisher’s metadata.
There are some minor formatting improvements to text appearing in the “Additional Information” field….”

1168219FP-R Software Engineer – Recruitment at the University of Southampton

“Applications are invited for a Software Engineer to work as part of an Enterprise team within the University of Southampton.

EPrints Services are part of the successful and long running enterprise activities in the School of Electronics and Computer Science. Enterprise activities are expanding and as such the team needs to grow too….

At the core is an open source repository platform that provides a flexible way to configure operations concerning data capture, structure and presentation, and a range of services that allow content to be accessed in a variety of ways.

We require applicants who can take responsibility for the development of customer focused projects for both EPrints systems and more varied engineering projects relating to Open Data, Digital Education, and systems integrations. All projects require some level of design, programming, testing, project management, and customer support….”

Repository optimisation & techniques to improve discoverability and web impact : an evaluation – Strathprints

Abstract:  In this contribution we experiment with a suite of repository adjustments and improvements performed on Strathprints, the University of Strathclyde institutional repository powered by EPrints 3.3.13. These adjustments were designed to support improved repository web visibility and user engagement, thereby improving usage. Although the experiments were performed on EPrints it is thought that most of the adopted improvements are equally applicable to any other repository platform. Following preliminary results reported elsewhere, and using Strathprints as a case study, this paper outlines the approaches implemented, reports on comparative search traffic data and usage metrics, and delivers conclusions on the efficacy of the techniques implemented. The evaluation provides persuasive evidence that specific enhancements to technical aspects of a repository can result in significant improvements to repository visibility, resulting in a greater web impact and consequent increases in content usage. COUNTER usage grew by 33% and traffic to Strathprints from Google and Google Scholar was found to increase by 63% and 99% respectively. Other insights from the evaluation are also explored. The results are likely to positively inform the work of repository practitioners and open scientists.