Jisc’s annual Digifest (#digifest16) took place in Birmingham on 2-3 March 2016. The Discovery Service presentation and demo featured on day 2 at the Shared Services Stand. You can view all slides from the programme page, but the presentation from this project’s session is available from SlideShare.
Following the presentation, which gave a brief overview and update on the current status of the project, Mark Winterbottom gave a demo of the alpha service. The session was well attended (36 people with seating for 20) and feedback was positive. I stressed that this was currently an alpha service and, as such, there was still plenty of work to do. Following the demo there has been interest from other institutions in having their data harvested by the service.
I encouraged everyone to try out the service and report back any issues through the “Feedback” link. Development work is proceeding through an iterative release cycle so the service is having new features and functionality added every 2-3 weeks. If you are interested in knowing what’s changed please check the blog for updates. Although the focus is harvesting metadata from the funded participating pilots, we are keen to involve other institutions as the project progresses. If you are interested in participating you can email via the “Feedback” link or contact me directly.
I’d like to thank Mark for driving the demo, the team members who attended and supported the session and @JiscLive for tweeting the session.