aim of the Kultur Consortium is to create a transferable and sustainable
institutional repository model for research output in the creative and
applied arts, a discipline area where repository development is so far
underdeveloped. The project will investigate a policy and technical
framework for creating a multimedia, multifunctional repository, applicable
both to specialist institutions and departments across the sector, and
by extension to potential cross-domain users, museums, galleries and
performing arts with whom there are strong links within these disciplines.
The project is focused both at the technical level, primarily through
the software configuration and deployment of EPrints.org, and at the
institutional level by developing effective practice for managing multimedia
deposit, population and advocacy, dissemination and preservation. An
important output is the transfer of experience and expertise across
the sector to support those working in the field to translate their
mode of scholarly communication into digital form.
is being funded by JISC, under the Start-Up and Enhancement strand of
its Repositories and Preservation programme.
The project is running from 31 March 2007 - 31 March 2009.
key outputs of the project are:
1. A working model of a sustainable institutional repository for research
output in the visual and applied arts providing a framework for effective
practice in managing and promoting non-text based research outputs.
2. A transferable model of an uber repository based on providing flexibility
in matching metadata and indexing to discipline needs.
3. An application of a model of shared practice across the sector between
a mature repository in the research sector and other HE institutions.
4. A metadata, preservation and access framework as an exemplar for
managing material in the visual and creative arts compatible with evolving
international standards and the work of a national datacentre (Visual
Arts Data Service).
5. A framework for cross-sectoral, cross-domain partnership in the visual
and creative arts.
on the experience of developing the research repository at Southampton,
the project will create working repositories for the creative and applied
arts at the University of the Arts London, and University for the Creative
Arts at Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester, whose combined
subject interests cover a wide spectrum of cultural outputs. At the
same time Southampton will develop its existing repository (e-Prints
Soton) to support more creative arts outputs, with input from the
galleries and arts activity at the Winchester School of Art, a constituent
part of the University
the technical side the project will refine the use of software to develop
a flexible repository structure by defining specialist metadata and
formats for the model of a central repository. The project will then
investigate how metadata and distinctive formats required by the discipline
can be matched with the concept of a central repository for the creative
and applied arts. This will review existing models and practices for
repository structures, and will consider the scalability of the management
of complex metadata types in repositories.
This is a user-led project which will investigate the ways in which
institutions, research groups and individual academics working in the
creative and applied arts can be encouraged to create and deposit digital
representatives of their work. By engaging in a collaboration between
two specialist institutions working with these disciplines, and a mature
repository with a history of successful advocacy, the project can share
practice and work through the barriers and incentives for academics
to deposit their material. As the disciplines themselves are by their
nature working across sectoral boundaries, this will provide a framework
for reviewing cross-sectoral as well as cross-domain boundaries. This
cross-domain aspect will be represented at Southampton by internal collaboration
with the John Hansard Gallery, and the Winchester Gallery.
project officers, one in each partner institution, will lead the advocacy
and populating process, developing technical and user profiles in their
specialist areas and interacting with the project manager and the technical
project officer at Southampton. Southampton will act as a development
and testing hub. To facilitate early adoption, Southampton will set
up demonstration repositories, and allow work locally to focus on analysis
and advocacy. As the two institutions build their infrastructure support,
responsibility for the repositories will move across.
will contribute expertise in the areas of image data and metadata standards,
knowledge of the needs of the visual arts community, expertise in digital
preservation and user interfaces. VADS' work developing an Images Application
Profile will inform the metadata schema used in the Kultur repositories.
Through VADS the project will also have a link with practice in using
digital visual arts data in digital learning objects, and the harvesting
of distributed multimedia resources.
project will also benefit from interaction with the Leiden University
as an associate partner outside the UK. Leiden University will, as associated
partner, investigate the ways in which research groups and individual
academics working in the Art History Department and the Faculty of Creative
and Performing Arts can be encouraged to create and deposit digital
representatives of their work.