SUNScholar/Capacity Building

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Introduction

DSpace and Ubuntu require a certain amount of expert support for long term sustainability. Persons with the following skills are desirable:

  • Ubuntu Linux
  • Web 2.0 design with XML skills
  • BASH programming skills
  • SQL programming skills
  • Java programming skills
  • TCP/IP networking skills
  • Familiarity with the LAMP stack
  • Familiarity with the java Tomcat server

Question

Where do campus libraries find these kind of individuals to support institutional repositories ?

Answer

Ubuntu Linux has started the LoCo (Local Community) infrastructure. See: http://ubuntu.sun.ac.za/index.php?title=Community. If the library management at each campus could support the creation and maintenance of a LoCo per campus there would be a sustainable pool of support talent.

The LoCo's per campus would be tasked with the support of institutional repository systems. In turn the campus library management would then support the LoCo. This is a win-win situation.

To start this, the University of Stellenbosch is in the process of forming a LoCo. See: http://ubuntu.sun.ac.za/index.php?title=Help. I have also documented the major technical installation and customisation procedures for Ubuntu and DSpace here: http://ir.sun.ac.za/wiki.

If such a web site, as mentioned above, could be created and supported internationally by an international campus library management association it could then form the nexus about which support for open source institutional repositories is manifested and then become sustainable in the long term.

Toward this goal I am willing to travel and assist in setting up such co-operative ventures world-wide if resources can be made available. I can be contacted at: hgibson@sun.ac.za or hilton.gibson@gmail.com. I am a principal editor of the campus Ubuntu Linux help wiki: http://ubuntu.sun.ac.za

Possible Action Plan

  1. Start a formal relationship with Jono Bacon, the Ubuntu community manager.
  2. Start a formal relationship with IFLA management.
  3. Identify campuses with existing LoCo's and DSpace installations.
  4. Assist the above to start formal relationships.
  5. Identify campuses with DSpace but no Ubuntu LoCo.
  6. Assist the above to start Ubuntu LoCo's and start a formal relationship with library management.
  7. Identify campuses without an institutional repository.
  8. Assist the above to start an institutional repository and Ubuntu LoCo.
  9. Assist the above to start formal relationships.