IRIScotland Community

The IRIScotland project maintains three JISCmail mailing lists for communication with (a) the project partners and staff, and (b) the Project Board and other interested parties. These mailing lists are:

iri-scotland, a list for discussion of strategic and policy issues at::, and

iri-scotland-focus, a list for the organisation and administration of focus group activity. at::, and

iri-scotland-tech, a list for the discussion of operational issues at:

IRIScotland is sometimes mentioned on the JISCmail OATS list at:

JISC has two repository related lists available currently. These are

JISC-DRP (Digital Repositories Programme), and


The IRIScotland wiki can be found at: The top level of the wiki is public space, but other areas require ID and password access.

The Digital Repositories Programme Support Team has created a Wiki for DRP projects at:

There is an FAQ on Digital Repositories at:, and a list of projects funded under the Programme is available at:

The HaiRST project was a predecessor of IRIScotland, and many of its deliverables are of relevance to this project. OAISIS was set-up as a deliverable of the HaIRST project, and CDLR continues to maintain it. One of the purposes of OAISIS is to offer a toolkit to support decision-making on creating and maintaining repositories based on OAI, covering social and cultural issues as well as technical.

The URL for OAISIS is:

The OpenDOAR service has been developed to support the rapidly emerging movement towards Open Access to research information. This categorises and lists the wide variety of Open Access research archives that have grown up around the world. Available at:

Other links:

A good place to start looking for repositories is OAISTER, at:

DSpace is a management system whose features make it suitable for some forms of institutional repository.

Fedora is less well-featured than D-Space, but offers more scope for development

SHERPA has promoted the development of open archives in a number of universities.

SHERPA plus is supporting the development of digital repositories in UK higher education.

The Repository Bridge project is looking at a number of repository issues relevant to IRIScotland and is developing repository software and tools allowing for full interaction between the DSpace and FEDORA open source systems.

The EThOS project is looking at developing a UK database of electronic theses.

The JISC FAIR Programme explored a range of ways of sharing access to institutional resources

The site contains useful links and documents, as well as access to the free repository software.

Page last updated: 24-November-2006