“This blog post is a follow-up to a post in September (Fenner 2022a), where I announced that I had started working on an archive for scholarly blog posts based on the InvenioRDM open-source repository software. In the last two months, I focussed on two activities – besides lots of physical therapy and other training following a stroke earlier this year (Fenner 2022b): helping to make it easier (and safer) to run InvenioRDM in Docker container infrastructure, and working on converting the bolognese metadata conversion Ruby gem (Fenner 2017) to Python (work in progress on GitHub) to enhance InvenioRDM functionality.
Building an archive of scholarly blog posts faces the same fundamental challenges as repositories for other types of scholarly content, whether data, software, preprints, or journal articles. You have to collect metadata and content, and that approach only scales with standardization and open licenses….”
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“I sincerely believe that there is a need for more venues that talk about emerging scholarly content types such as research data, research software or preprints as scholarly outputs. The Front Matter Blog hopes to become such a venue. As a starting point I have added (almost) all my blog posts since 2007, collected from my previous blogging locations (Nature Network, PLOS Blogs, my Personal Blog, and the DataCite blog), and I hope at least some of them still make an interesting read all these years later….
But Front Matter is more than a blogging platform. It is also a consulting business, which will help with building and hosting scholarly infrastructure. To kick this off, I am involved with development work for the invenioRDM data management repository platform. More on that in the next blog post on Thursday.”
Abstract: Enabling and supporting discoverability of research outputs and datasets are key functions of university and academic health center institutional repositories. Yet adoption rates among potential repository users are hampered by a number of factors, prominent among which are difficulties with basic usability. In their efforts to implement a local instance of InvenioRDM, a turnkey next generation repository, team members at Northwestern University’s Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center supplemented agile development principles and methods and a user experience design-centered approach with observations of users’ microinteractions (interactions with each part of the software’s interface that requires human intervention). Microinteractions were observed through user testing sessions conducted in Fall 2019. The result has been a more user-informed development effort incorporating the experiences and viewpoints of a multidisciplinary team of researchers spanning multiple departments of a highly ranked research university.