Thursday, 12 June 2014

Reported issues and feedback

Your feedback will help us improve the functionality of the repository, so that when the full live version is launched we have a robust system in place. This blog posting will be used to highlight the issues you've fed back to the team and the status of work on that issue.

You can use the comments section of this post to highlight new issues. If you do so, please give us the following information to help us diagnose the problem: Operating System; Web Browser: Network (e.g. Managed Windows Service network)

Issues and feedback

Issue: Entering details of book chapters.
Symptom: Currently the way the citation for these items displays makes no differentiation between author and editor (i.e. all names appear as if authors of the book chapter).
Status: Fixed

Issue: Display problem.
Symptom: Large black bar covering top section of homepage when viewed on Internet Explorer 8.
Status: Being investigated.

Teething problem - fixed

As the previous post mentioned, we had some issues with users accessing the Sandbox

An immediate investigation showed that a development setting had been left on instead of being switched off, meaning that only users in the group coo were able to log on.

This has now been reset so that all users with an MWS account can access the Sandbox.

Thanks to all those who reported the issue and worked with us on identifying it and ensuring the fix worked

Wouldn't you know it - teething troubles

A number of users have contacted us to say that they have been unable to log in to the Sandbox repository. We don't know how widespread the problem is at the moment, but are working with some of the affected users in attempt to rectify the problem. We will post again once we have a solution.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

"Sandbox" University of Repository now available

In preparation for the next Research Excellence Framework the university needs to develop an institutional repository in order to meet the requirements of the REF Open Access policy.

The Library and CSD are developing our University Repository for this purpose, and a “sandbox” version of the Repository is now available at

We want to ensure that the Repository meets your needs as well as those of the Research Excellence Framework, and so over summer the sandbox University Repository will be available for you to test out its features and experiment with uploading information.

We will gather feedback and make announcements of developments on this blog, where you can also get further details of the what and why of the Repository (see earlier entries below). This is your chance to tell us what features you would like to see added and what needs to be improved.

As this is a sandbox version of the Repository you can add dummy items and try out different use cases. We will be re-setting the sandbox at points during the summer, so don’t be surprised to find new features added, and items you have created no longer there. A Deposit Guide is available from the Repository homepage to get you started.

The Repository includes publication details imported from both TULIP and the old Research Archive (an earlier system using the same software as the new University Repository). These data will in some cases be less than ideal, but as part of the testing period you can try out editing records.

Acting on your feedback, the full version of the Repository (including full integration with TULIP to ensure that items appear in your profile pages) will then be launched in time for the start of the new academic session.