[Irtalk] FW: SUNScholar DSpace Version 1.7

Smith, Ina <ismith@sun.ac.za> ismith at sun.ac.za
Tue Dec 13 14:15:42 SAST 2011

From: richard lamptey [phanerosis75 at yahoo.com]
Sent: 13 December 2011 01:47 PM
To: Smith, Ina <ismith at sun.ac.za>
Subject: Re: [Irtalk] SUNScholar DSpace Version 1.7

Hello Ina,
I perfectly agree with you about the fact that, the webometric ranking is not the perfect system. One can cheat in so many ways, you can also attach a pdf file which state that please contact the library for the complete document instead of the fultext. This happens in the case where the library does not have the electronic copy of their old documents and have only deposited the abstract. In this case webometric will termed it as fulltext pdf.
 Richard B. Lamptey
Institutional Repository Librarian
K.N.U.S.T, Kumasi-Ghana
00233- 241100722
rlamptey.lib at knust.edu.gh
EIFL OA Country coordinator

From: "Smith, Ina <ismith at sun.ac.za>" <ismith at sun.ac.za>
To: "Swanepoel, Barrie" <barries at uj.ac.za>; "irtalk at lists.lib.sun.ac.za" <irtalk at lists.lib.sun.ac.za>
Sent: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 10:03 AM
Subject: Re: [Irtalk] SUNScholar DSpace Version 1.7

Hi Barrie

The decision to integrate the look and feel with the rest of the Library web look and feel was a decision we took, we wanted a new look for it anyway, but it was definitely not a requirement from Central IT or Marekting. I think it should be an institutional decision, and will differ .... Would love to hear what others think. Hilton is in the process of teaching himself css, and he did all the work himself. I think for us it was worth the trouble, since we will be launching the new look of the library during Jan. 2012.

My personal opinion re the webometrics ranking - I don't think it is the perfect system. One can also "cheat" the system in many ways e.g. attach each chapter in a thesis as a separate file  vs all chapters as part of one file (to keep it in context). You can then increase your ranking since it will appear as if you have "more" pdf files. In the end it should not be about the ranking (although it can help guide you to do things right), but it is about the ROI for the University - investing lots of money and making the scholarly output available, so that more can benefit from it. For me it would be more important to conduct a citation analysis of the items in the repository to track how many times each individual item has been cited. The number of "downloads" or 'hits"  I regard as not proper metrics at all.

Kind regards

PS: I like your new repository look, and it looks great! Well done!
From: Swanepoel, Barrie [barries at uj.ac.za<mailto:barries at uj.ac.za>]
Sent: 13 December 2011 07:44 AM
To: Smith, Ina <ismith at sun.ac.za<mailto:ismith at sun.ac.za>>; irtalk at lists.lib.sun.ac.za<mailto:irtalk at lists.lib.sun.ac.za>
Subject: RE: SUNScholar DSpace Version 1.7

Dear Ina and list

We also upgraded at long last from 1.4.2 to 1.7.2.

Our URL now is: https://ujdigispace.uj.ac.za

We are now using the Mirage theme.

With some outside help I think that we managed to get the upgrade done easily.

Could you expand on how you integrated with the look and feel of your institution? Was this a major issue? Did you get outside help? Is it worth the trouble?

Also, any thoughts from the list on the webometrics rankings and its actual value?


Barrie Swanepoel
Systems Administrator
University of Johannesburg
Library and Information Centre
PO Box 524
Auckland Park
Republic of South Africa
Tel: +27 11 559 2347

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From: irtalk-bounces at lists.lib.sun.ac.za<mailto:irtalk-bounces at lists.lib.sun.ac.za> [mailto:irtalk-bounces at lists.lib.sun.ac.za<mailto:irtalk-bounces at lists.lib.sun.ac.za>] On Behalf Of Smith, Ina <ismith at sun.ac.za<mailto:ismith at sun.ac.za>>
Sent: 12 December 2011 02:43 PM
To: irtalk at lists.lib.sun.ac.za<mailto:irtalk at lists.lib.sun.ac.za>
Subject: [Irtalk] SUNScholar DSpace Version 1.7

Dear all

We have successfully upgraded SUNScholar to DSpace Version 1.7 at http://scholar.sun.ac.za. The look and feel is now consistent with our new Library web page to be launched soon, as well as SUNSearch (Primo federated search). Inquiries can be directed to hgibson at sun.ac.za<mailto:hgibson at sun.ac.za>.

There are many out there who have upgraded to 1.7 already. Please share with us.

Kind regards

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