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The RepoMMan project: Automating workflow and metadata for an institutional repository

Green, Richard; Dolphin, Ian; Awre, Chris; Sherratt, Robert


Richard Green

Ian Dolphin

Robert Sherratt


Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to report on the work of the JISC-funded RepoMMan project, which is developing a tool that will allow users to interact with a Fedora-based institutional repository. The tool facilitates user interaction with the repository whilst developing content, using a browser interface, and will bring partial automation to the process of assigning metadata to objects, as they are made accessible to a wider audience. Design/methodology/approach - The development of the RepoMMan tool is user-needs-driven and the project team has conducted face-to-face interviews and an online survey with potential research users. The findings from these parallel approaches have provided an insight into the needs of this group. Similar work will be undertaken with potential users in the teaching and learning community, and in administration. The RepoMMan tool utilises BPEL to orchestrate a range of web services. Findings - Potential user needs are many and varied. The RepoMMan tool will be the basis for flexible user interaction with a repository during the development of materials; the web-service approach also allows for the development of a range of ways to access repository objects appropriate to the needs of the content. Originality/value - The results in this paper highlighted the potential value of a repository for general day-to-day purposes: the RepoMMan workflow tool is being designed to adapt to these purposes as required.


Green, R., Dolphin, I., Awre, C., & Sherratt, R. (2007). The RepoMMan project: Automating workflow and metadata for an institutional repository. OCLC Systems and Services, 23(2), 210-215.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 1, 2007
Publication Date Jun 5, 2007
Deposit Date Sep 1, 2007
Publicly Available Date Sep 1, 2007
Journal OCLC Systems and Services
Print ISSN 1065-075X
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 23
Issue 2
Pages 210-215
ISBN 978-1-84663-454-3
Keywords Repositories, JISC, Project management, RepoMMan
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