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Schema correction: rioxxterms:version_of_record

Pierre Lasou from Bibliothèque de l’Université Laval reported a ‘bug’ in RIOXX 2.0. While the documentation consistently refers to a property called ‘rioxxterms:version_of_record’, the schema XSD incorrectly includes a property called ‘rioxxterms:version-of-record’. I have updated the schema XSD to use the correct form - rioxxterms:version_of_record. This for two reasons: underscores, rather than hyphens, are used consistently elsewhere in the RIOXX profile the only examples of this property I can find ‘in the wild’ have used this version So, for the avoidance of any doubt, the correct version to use is: read more

RIOXX adoption reaches a half-century

I’m pleased to announce that the number of repositories which declare support for RIOXX has reached 50 (a half-century in cricket parlance). See the full list here This number has grown steadily since January 2015 - quite an impressive rate of adoption. The repository systems which have implemented RIOXX are nearly all ePrints systems - but we expect the number of repositories to increase with support for DSpace coming soon. read more

RIOXX and metadata only records

I received the following query from Emma Sansby, Head of Library Services at Bishop Grosseteste University: I am currently leading a project to implement Eprints (hosted and supported by ULCC) at my institution. We have the RIOXX plugin installed and I have a question about the licence_ref attribute. I am creating a metadata-only journal article record into our repository which includes a DOI link to the publisher’s website. When I get to the RIOXX page I am forced to enter something under licence_ref as the attribute is mandatory, even though it’s a metadata-only record. read more

First RCUK-compliant record!

I’m pleased to report that we have seen our first RCUK-compliant RIOXX record in the wild. Well done to the University of Keele Research Repository! You can see the validation report, and the record itself. read more

RIOXX and OAI PMH

Currently, all of those institutional repositories which have declared support for RIOXX are based on the ePrints software, using a plugin especially developed to support RIOXX. There is a little (although not much) information about this plugin here - Jisc paid for the work, but it is not clear from that page who actually did the development (although there is a useful list of potential sources of technical support). A manager of one of these repositories recently contacted me to suggest that the validation and reporting script (output here) was offering a distorted view of the adoptions and accuracy or RIOXX reporting because it was harvesting a sample of the first 10 records, rather than harvesting more recently created or updated records which had more chance of being RIOXX-compatible. read more

RIOXX now supported by 30 institutional repositories

I’m very pleased to note that the number of instituional repositories declaring support for RIOXX has reached 30! This number has trebled in 6 months which is a healthy rate of adoption. This is due to the growing adoption of the Jisc-funded ePrints plugin. It would be good to see some other systems listed: there are, I believe, ongoing developments to introduce RIOXX support into other repository systems. Who will be next? read more

Compatibility with OpenAIRE

RIOXX operates in a similar space to OpenAIRE and so the RIOXX team at EDINA have been concerned to make the two metadata application profiles as mutually compatible as possible. Working closely with the OpenAIRE team, we have prepared a document which explains how to ‘map’ properties from RIOXX 2.0 to OpenAIRE 3.0, with some guidance also on mapping terms in some of the controlled vocabularies. This ‘crosswalk’ document can be found here. read more

HHuLOA review of RIOXX

The universities of Hull, Huddersfield and Lincoln, collaborating as HHuLOA, have been analysing RIOXX 2.0 in the context of implementation within their various repository systems. While Lincoln and Huddersfield have deployed ePrints, Hull has a Hydra repository. This is the first information I have seen from people intending to implement RIOXX in a Hydra system, so is very welcome! You can read a summary of their findings, or access the full report (PDF) read more

On validation

Following a very useful discussion with Mike Taylor (see comments on this post), I have split the validation of RIOXX records into two stages: a basic syntax check, following less strict rules and constraints than the full RCUK requirements a strict validation check against the full RCUK requirements The reason for doing this is to allow implementers to check that their software is correctly set-up. For example, if a RIOXX-enabling plugin for a repository is correctly configured, but the repository’s metadata holds values for the ‘version’ which are not from the RCUK-approved vocabulary for versions, then records from that repository will fail the full RCUK validation test. read more

RIOXX records in the wild

I am periodically surveying repositories, using a list generated by the OpenDOAR API, to see which of these are serving RIOXX 2.0 metadata records. At the time of writing, 11 repositories are declaring support for this metadata format. You can see these listed here. I think that these early adopters are all ePrints systems, using the recently developed ePrints plugin for RIOXX. For each repository, I have harvested 10 RIOXX records to examine them for compliance with the RIOXX metadata profile. read more

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