Repository Tools 2

The next generation of repository integration

A new repository philosophy

For a number of years, Symplectic has provided connectors to link Elements and a number of repository platforms.

The first generation of Repository Tools focused on providing an intuitive interface to streamline the deposit of high quality metadata and files, making life easier for the researcher. We’ve been building on those foundations ever since, working closely with our partners and community to meet the changing needs of modern research institutions.

Repository Tools 2 represents a new approach to repository integrations. Elements now positions the repository as a data source, harvesting records to maximise data reuse. This allows Elements to combine harvest, deposit and monitoring functionality to create a richer and more authoritative integration.

Integration innovation

As well as external sources, Elements integrates with multiple internal systems to ensure institutions are able to capture the full range of research activity. Our in-house experts provide a full range of data import and integration services.

The repository becomes a data source

…harvesting publications and other outputs from the repository into Elements and matching them to existing Elements records. This fundamental functionality ensures that Elements maintains an accurate overview of activity in the repository, including publications not deposited via Elements. This allows Elements to provide authoritative Open Access monitoring and minimises duplicates.

Integrate multiple repositories

…connect multiple repositories to a single instance of Elements to consolidate deposit and monitoring activities within a single interface. Institutions which use multiple repositories, such as separate publication and data repositories, can now integrate them with Elements. Researchers will be directed to the most appropriate repository as per the OA policy defined within Elements, and the OA Monitor can be used to monitor engagement and compliance.

Built upon repository APIs using the native APIs

…available for each repository platform to create a light-touch integration, without the need for custom code to the inserted into the repository. We aim to work with each of the repository communities to encourage API development where appropriate.*

Ability to work with a wide range of metadata schemas

…in a wide range of repositories. By creating a robust crosswalk framework it is now easy to map metadata between Elements and integrated repositories. This means that institutions can ensure that Elements accurately reflects metadata collected in their repositories, regardless of metadata schema. Easy to update, the crosswalks can be adjusted over time as each institution’s metadata needs grow and change.

*Due to the nature of the current repository landscape, it is inevitable that some platforms will have different features than others, and thus the end user experience with Elements & RT2 will differ depending on which platforms are selected. See the table overleaf for available current and potential future features.

Multi-platform compatibility

Repository Tools 2 integrates with multiple repository platforms. See below for a complete table of functionality for the present and future.

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Want to know more about our repository tools?

Get in touch with one of the team and we’ll be happy to give a demonstration.