Multiple databases and systems often mean that users are faced with the need to duplicate data and repeat a number of similar tasks, this has not only a negative impact on productivity but can also adversely affect user motivation to engage. To avoid duplication and replication of effort, and to enable academic staff, researchers and practitioners to manage their workloads more efficiently it is vital to ensure that systems are integrated and share and reuse data whenever possible. This is particularly true in the visual and creative arts which deal with not only text but also highly complex multimedia resources.
Building upon the highly successful JISC funded KULTUR project (2007-2009) the eNova project seeks to extend the functionality of the EPrints open source MePrint profile tool to ensure it meets the highly specialised requirements of researchers and others in the visual and creative arts. This will include enhancements to its visual impact and ability to handle complex multimedia objects. The extension generates personal research pages and provides a personalised ‘working area’ that is integrated into the EPrints repository service. As a direct result, researchers no longer need to enter the same data into multiple systems for research purposes. The EPrints repository service and KULTUR enhancements are used by the majority of specialist arts focused institutions in the UK.
University for the Creative Arts
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