Millard, David E., Davis, Hugh C. , Howard, Yvonne, McSweeney, Patrick, Francois, Sebastien, Morris, Debra, Ramsden, Marcus and White, Su
MePrints: Building User Centred Repositories.
In, 5th International Conference on Open Repositories, Madrid, Spain,
06 - 09 Jul 2010.
Over the last few years we have been working to reinvent Teaching and Learning Repositories learning from the best practices of Web 2.0. Over this time we have successfully deployed a number of innovative repositories, including Southampton University EdShare, The Language Box, The HumBox, Open University’s LORO and Worcester Learning Box. A key part of this work has been the development of an extension for the EPrints repository platform, called MePrints, that enables configurable profile pages, and works alongside existing extensions such as IRStats and SNEEP in order to give users live feeds about repository events that matter to them. Through these deployments we have discovered that more sophisticated profile pages give users a home within a repository, act as a focus for their work, and help them feel more ownership of the work that they deposit. This increases the visibility of the repository and encourages more deposits.
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