Beta update – 5 May, 2017

If you attended the recent webinar for this phase of the project, or read the report on the webinar, you will know that we have launched the beta version of the Discovery Service and will be providing regular updates on the progress of the project.

We are now re-harvesting metadata from participants involved in phase 2 of the project, before harvesting from new participants who volunteered in phase 3. Following the re-harvesting, the focus will be on reviewing the prioritisation of existing and new requirements. The work is being done in two week sprints on our test server with fortnightly updates to the beta system. When there’s an update to the beta, an email is sent to the project’s mailing list to inform participants on what’s changed or new in this version.

From now on we’ll be posting the updates via the blog, as well as the mailing list. If you want to get more involved in the project you can subscribe to the mailing list (JISC-UKRDDS@JISCMAIL.AC.UK) or check this blog for regular updates.

Here’s the first of our updates from our developer Mark Winterbottom.

Technical Update (5 May, 2017)

The focus so far has been about making the system stable, reliable and scalable as well as harvesting data on the new beta site.

Key Improvements

Other Noticeable Changes

The following features have been disabled in order to fix bugs and update them to work with the new version of CKAN:

  • CSW Spatial Data Harvester.
  • Map search widget.
  • Reporting extensions.
  • Automated Resource scanner.

Focusing on Next

Here are the items I will focus on next:

  • Fix a bug in the OAI-PMH harvest where it fails to process the MODS metadata format (this is why data from the University of Hull has not been harvested yet).
  • Harvest data from Oxford Brookes University (I’m currently waiting for confirmation of endpoint details).
  • Fix any metadata mapping issues based on the feedback I get for the Phase #2 HEI’s.
  • Start adding Phase #2 Data Centres to the new system.
  • Re-enable spatial data harvesting.

That’s the end of this update. If you would like any further information about the project, or contact details, check the project page on the Jisc website.

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