Oct 142011

The multi-tasking EDINA social media guru Nicola Osborne has done a sterling job to bring together all presentations, videos, blog posts and news items from Repository Fringe 2011.

All videos are edited and on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/repofringe), images are on Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/groups/repofringe11/) and presentations are on SlideShare (http://www.slideshare.net/repofringe).

Links to all videos and presentations (including those on Prezi or in PDF form) are now on the programme: https://rfringe11.blogs.edina.ac.uk/programme/

The Videos are also embedded on the appropriate page of the blog: https://rfringe11.blogs.edina.ac.uk/programme/videos/

The Presentations are also embedded here: https://rfringe11.blogs.edina.ac.uk/programme/presentations/

All Blog posts and news items found on the event are also available (this also includes a link to our TwapperKeeper Twitter archive): https://rfringe11.blogs.edina.ac.uk/take-part/coverage/

Nicola is hoping to put up audio files and some limited video of the JISC CETIS event in the near future.

Many thanks go to Nicola and to all participants and delegates for making RF11 a stimulating, worthwhile, and thoroughly enjoyable event.

Stuart Macdonald

 October 14, 2011  Posted by at 3:05 pm RFringe11 Comments Off on RF11 presentations and videos
Aug 022011

Things are getting very exciting here in slightly drizzly Edinburgh: Repository Fringe 2011 begins tomorrow!


The final programme is now available to view or download and we have a fantastic and busy line up of speakers, round tables and pecha kucha’s!

If you are speaking and are happy to share your presentation via the Repository Fringe website please remember to email a copy or link to it to the normal email address: repofringe@gmail.com.

Sharing Repository Fringe 2011: A Call for Help!

If you are bringing your laptop, smart phone or camera with you there are a few things we would love your help with:

  • If you are  taking pictures of the event please consider sharing them via the Repository Fringe 2011 Flickr Group.
  • If you are tweeting and blogging about the event please use the tag: #rfringe11.
  • If you have a smartphone and fancy creating SoundCloud clips around the event please include the word “Fringe” and the #rfringe11 tag in the title so that we can find them and they can also be included on the Edinburgh Festival Sounds of Fringe map!

We will be recording high resolution video of all presentations and Pecha Kucha sessions and will make these available as soon as possible after the event. We will be streaming comments and tweets around the event via CoverItLive and we hope to also stream lower resolution video via UStream. We will also be live blogging all of the sessions here on the Repository Fringe website and would welcome your comments or guest posts.

Travel and Weather
If you are travelling to Edinburgh tonight you may wish to bring a light rainproof jacket but otherwise the forecast is for warm, humid but hopefully rain-free Repository Fringe days.

We have added lots of information about the venue, nearby bus stops, Taxis, etc. over on our location and travel pages which should help you find your way through the city.

Bear in mind that Edinburgh is busier at this time of year so do expect buses and walks to take a little longer than advertised and, in a few places, you may encounter whole new temporary buildings on your route!

And finally…

We have set up a special hashtag for social arrangements at this year’s event.  If you tweet with or search for the tag #rf11social you will find discussions of what to do this evening (Tuesday) and which shows might be fun to jointly head to. If you need a little inspiration have a look at our Entertainment and Food & Drink pages.

The Open Access Monitor project is even offering free drinks for any Repository Fringe attendee who takes part in their beta test!

 August 2, 2011  Posted by at 3:51 pm Announcements, Planning, RFringe11 Tagged with: , , ,  Comments Off on Repository Fringe 2011 is Almost Here!
Jul 262011

Repofringe organisers are asking all those registered for the event to confirm whether they are attending the special Friday event on Eventbrite.

Quoting from Lorna’s JISC CETIS blog – Please go to the CETIS blog for more workshop specific information.

“Encouraged by recent initiatives promoting the release of openly licensed educational resources there have been considerable developments in the innovative use of repositories, content management systems and web based tools to manage and share materials for teaching and learning. This event will bring together developers and implementers of open repositories, content management systems and other tools to present and discuss recent updates to their systems and their application to learning resources.

The speakers lined up for this event will cover a diverse range of topics that relate to “open systems”. These include open source repository system software, repositories of openly licensed content, open access repositories, open standards and open APIs.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Patrick Mc Sweeney, University of Southampton, talking about “Community Engagement in Teaching and Learning Repositories: ePrints, HumBox and OER”.
  • John Casey, University of the Arts, presenting the ALTO OER Ecosystem.
  • Dan Rehak of ADL, outlining progress on the US Learning Registry initiative.
  • Terry McAndrew, University of Leeds, “Getting Bioscience Open Educational resources into ‘Academic Orbit’. Tales from the OeRBITAL launchpad”.
  • Charles Duncan, Intrallect Ltd, will discuss the development of an item bank repository.

More speakers are still being confirmed so keep an eye on the agenda for updates.

Both the Repository Fringe and the CETIS workshop are free to attend and you can register for either or both events via Eventbrite here.”

 July 26, 2011  Posted by at 6:02 pm RFringe11 Comments Off on Friday’s JISC CETIS Workshop: Advances in Open Systems for Learning Resources
Jul 192011

As of this morning you will find a new tab here on the Repository Fringe blog taking you to our Programme page. Here you can view the latest version of the programme.

We are delighted to have Eloy Rodrigues, Director of the University of Minho Documentation Services, as our opening keynote this year and have Gary Hall, Professor of Media and Performing Arts at Coventry University and an Open Access evangelist as our closing keynote.

The new draft programme features an updated list of presentations with highlights including:

  • Mo McRoberts, BBC Data Analyst on the BBC Digital Public Space project
  • Ben Ryan, University of Leeds, speaking on the Timescapes Project
  • Charles Duncan, Intrallect, on Deposit from a mobile phone
  • Anna Clements & Janet Aucock, St Andrews University on PURE-OAR Implementation
  • Theo Andrew, EDINA & Edinburgh University Library, on Open Access Repository Junction (OARJ)
  • Siobhán Jordan, ERI, on OpenBIZ – knowledge exchange between HE & Business

Round Tables will include discussion of Repositories and the REF; Repositories and Linked Open Data; Social Media & Repositories; and Open Scholarship Principles. There will also be a special session with a wide variety of presentations from the JISC Repositories Takeup and Embedding Programme.

Meanwhile the Pecha Kucha sessions will include presentations from:

  • Sheila Fraser, EDINA, on Using OpenURL Activity Data
  • Marie-Therese Gramstadt, VADS on ‘Kultivating’ artistic research deposit
  • Richard Jones, CottageLabs, SWORD2
  • Robbie Ireland & Toby Hannin, Enlighten, Glasgow University on the Glasgow Mini-REF exercise
  • Martin Donnelly, DCC on JISC 07/11 work
  • Dan Needham & Phil Cross, Mimas on the Names Project

Finally we are also hugely looking forward to both the DevSci Hackathon and Developer Day during the Repository Fringe and the one day JISC CETIS workshop on Teaching and Learning Repositories on the Friday workshop day.

It’s shaping up to be a fantastic programme so we would recommend that if you haven’t booked your place yet you should do so very soon via eventbrite. If you have already booked why not have a look at our new(ish) location pages which will help you find out a bit more about the venue, nearby eateries and fringe venues.

You will see that there are a few slots still available for Pecha Kucha’s so please do get in touch with us as soon as possible if you’d like to take part: repofringe@gmail.com.

 July 19, 2011  Posted by at 4:07 pm RFringe11 Tagged with:  Comments Off on Updated Programme Now Available
Jul 152011

A free two day DevCSI hackathon / developer challenge has been organised in conjunction with the Repository Fringe 11. Its purpose is to get repository developers, repository managers and experts in the domain, many of whom are attending RepoFringe11 to come up with ideas, and then for some to work on these prototypes during a ‘hackathon’. The ideas/prototypes will be presented to an audience and the best ones will receive prizes.

4.40 (Mini Forum 2), Fourth Floor, School of Informatics, Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AB.

Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th August, 2011

For further details (including mini programme) visit:

 July 15, 2011  Posted by at 8:33 am RFringe11 Comments Off on DevCSI and Repository Fringe 2011 Hackathon / Challenge
Jul 062011

One month to go and delegate numbers are looking positive, the programme is filling up and the Edinburgh temperature is rising!  We have created our first draft of a programme (both timings and order of speakers is flexible at this stage) and can confirm that Eloy Rodrigues (University of Minho) will be providing the opening keynote. Currently there still are a number of Pecha Kucha, formal presentation, and roundtable discussion slots available so feel free to get involved or speak to colleagues about participating.

We can be contacted at : repofringe@gmail.com

Note we are not averse to conducting a parallel session or two should we be overwhelmed with ideas for presentations.

We are still waiting to hear back from a number of potential presenters so if happens to be you, then please get in contact and become part of yet another great Repository Fringe.

For those not yet registered please refer to our Eventbrite page:

Looking forward to seeing you in Edinburgh.

Stuart Macdonald

on behalf of the Repository Fringe 2011 Organising Committee


 July 6, 2011  Posted by at 4:26 pm RFringe11 Tagged with: , , ,  Comments Off on Repository Fringe 2011 programme and call for contributors
Jun 142011

Yes, that’s right, booking is now open for Repository Fringe 2011 via our EventBrite page!

The event will take place from Wednesday 3rd to Thursday 4th August with a further day or Workshops on Friday 5th and we would ask that you please book for each day you plan to attend as this will greatly help us with organisation and catering. If you sign up for the workshop day we will be in touch when all workshops are confirmed with details of how to book for these individually.

Image of the University of Edinburgh Informatics Forum

University of Edinburgh Informatics Forum

Our venue, familiar to those who attended the 2009 Repository Fringe,  is the Informatics Forum in George Square, Edinburgh.  The Forum is right in the heart of the city centre and sits moments away from some of the most vibrant Edinburgh Festival Fringe venues.

We recommend booking transport and accommodation as early as possible this year as Edinburgh gets extremely busy in August – it is said that the population of the city doubles during the Festival!

As in previous years our programme is still developing but we will have a broad outline available for you soon (it will appear both here on the blog and on the booking page) so now is a great time to send in your ideas and contributions for this years Repository Fringe.

If you would like to present some work or ideas, see a particular discussion or round table take place, would like to give a Pecha Kucha, etc. then we’d love to hear from you.  Email us (repofringe@gmail.com) or leave a comment below.

Do tell your colleagues, interested repository friends and anyone else you think might enjoy and have interesting contributions to make to this year’s event (the tag/hashtag is #rfringe11).

We think this will be another fantastic RepoFringe and we’d love to see you along!


 June 14, 2011  Posted by at 11:43 am Announcements, Planning, RFringe11 Tagged with: ,  Comments Off on Booking for Repository Fringe 2011 is Now Live!
May 202011

Place: Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh
Date: 3-5 August 2011
Website: http://www.repositoryfringe.org/
Email: repofringe@gmail.com
Hashtag: #rfringe11

The University of Edinburgh with support from the Digital Curation Centre, EDINA, and Information Services are delighted to annouce that the 4th Annual Repository Fringe event will be held in the Informatics Forum on 3-5 August 2011. Further sponsors and supporters to be announced.

Repository Fringe aims to showcase a range of innovative repository and related developments to coincide with ‘preview week’ that precedes the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Designed for an audience of developers and coders, repository managers and practitioners, the programme retains an ‘unconference’ feel to it, and seeks to canvass contribution from a wide range of repository actors

  • Live demonstrations of innovative work;
  • “Lightning” presentations on any subject relating to current, or future repository endeavours;
  • Facilitated Round Table discussions;
  • Tutorials and presentations on related topics;
  • Workshops and developer day activities including a ‘Code Challenge’ and CETIS meeting: ‘Advances in Open Systems for Learning Resources’ on Friday, 5 August.

Keynote speakers will open and close Repository Fringe 2011.

The dates of the event coincide with the start of the Edinburgh Festival season, which includes Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival (22 July – 31 July 2011), Edinburgh Art Festival (4 Aug – 4 Sept. 2011), Edinburgh Festival Fringe (5 Aug. – 29 Aug. 2011), Edinburgh International Festival (12 Aug. – 4 Sept. 2011), Edinburgh International Book Festival
(13 Aug. – 29 Aug.) as well as the usual impromptu street theatre, musicians and sideshows.

Registration for this free event will open shortly

University accommodation is available on a first-come, first-served basis. To book please contact the Bed and Breakfast Team on 0131 651 2007 or email them at bed.breakfast@ed.ac.uk.

Alternatively visit:

For further enquiries contact: repofringe@gmail.com

 May 20, 2011  Posted by at 3:57 pm RFringe11 Comments Off on Repository Fringe 2011 – Call for Contributions