The ReCollect plugin for EPrints was released at the end of the Research Data @Essex project in 2013. Based on customisation work undertaken while developing a pilot research data repository at the University of Essex, ReCollect offers a low barrier route to deploying such a service, allowing for the deposit, review, publication and presentation of research data collections.
Version 1.1 of ReCollect has just been published, adding a number of fields describing retention status, and further clarifying the fields that capture the detail of legal and ethical issues.
You can download ReCollect via the EPrints Bazaar, and find an in-depth description of the plugin below.
What is EPrints ReCollect?
EPrints is a popular open source repository software package, and has been widely adopted by universities as a means of rapidly deploying an institutional publication repository. The ReCollect plugin adds research data repository functionality to EPrints. Key changes are an expanded metadata profile and redesigned data catalogue to describe and present complex data collections. ReCollect is easy to install and presents a low barrier solution to deploying a full-featured and standards-compliant research data repository. The ReCollect plugin was created by the UK Data Archive-led Research Data @Essex project in 2012-13, with assistance from the DataPool project at the University of Southampton for the packaging of the plugin.
Why choose EPrints + ReCollect?
There are lots of repository software options available, and while we don’t claim EPrints + ReCollect to be the only or best option for everyone’s needs, it is certainly adaptable and full-featured:
- Abstract page designed specifically to present complex data collections consisting of multiple file types, large numbers of files and extensive metadata and documentation
- Expanded metadata profile to describe the diversity of research data collections at file and collection level, based on relevant metadata standards, including:
- DataCite 3.0
- UK GEMINI v2.2 (UK standard for metadata implementation of the European INSPIRE directive)
- Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) 2.1
- Streamlining and tweaks to workflow and field validations, for an intuitive upload process
- Revised and expanded field labels and help phrases
- Plus all the great features that come with ‘vanilla’ EPrints, such a pre-publication review management and full-text indexing
EPrints ReCollect is being implemented as the chosen research data repository system by a growing number of institutions, deployed as either a stand-alone data repository or catalogue, or in combination with an existing publications repository. It has already been adopted by eight universities including University of Southampton, Goldsmiths University of London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of Glasgow, University of East London and University of Leeds. It has also formed the basis of our new self-deposit repository here at the UK Data Archive, which is called UK Data Service ReShare.
What do I need to do to get ReCollect set up?
The only prerequisite is a (we would recommend clean) EPrints installation. From there, a user with an administrative account can use the EPrints Bazaar option in the System Tools menu to install ReCollect with just one click. ReCollect is available as an app from the EPrints Bazaar.
It is also possible to integrate ReCollect with an existing EPrints repository, but this does require some edits to the code in order to reactivate features that ReCollect hides, namely the EPrint Type selection as the first stage of deposit (e.g. Article, Book, Dataset etc). Proceed with caution!
Where can I l find out more?
There are a number of outputs of the Research Data @Essex project may be of interest to anyone wishing to deploy ReCollect. Firstly, the documentation devised for our pilot instance of ReCollect at the University of Essex, in the form of both repository policies and user documentation. Particularly important to the creation of the plugin is the underlying metadata profile, which we have published separately along with details of our mappings to other standards. If you’d like to know more about any other aspect of the ReCollect development process, or want help with setup or use, please get in touch.
The 1.1 version of the plugin is based on a new version of the metadata profile linked above, which has been developed by the UK Data Archive in consultation with members of the EPrints User Group, primarily the universities of Glasgow and Leeds. It is available as an open Google Spreadsheet at the following URL: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AiT5LhqMLV4JdDE0WFFXYnpNeVNWM1oyMUwwQmQtREE#gid=1