This brief document aims to open a dialogue with the partners to receive their suggestions and cooperation in the current actions and projects of the initiative, helping us to work, to carry on with the developments and to continue creating an active community.
Celsius 3 development
We continue with the development of Celsius 3. The new implementations aim, on the one hand, to solve errors or make improvements in modules that are already in use, and on the other hand to agree, design and implement new functions that arise from the requirements of the institutions that use it. At this point, the extension of the data that is recorded for the different entities of the system (users, institutions, etc.) is highlighted, with the aim of allowing each institution to incorporate into Celsius the information it considers necessary to work in their contexts, and the integration of Celsius with third-party applications, in order to allow the systems already implemented in the different institutions to exchange data with Celsius and thus favor the automation and centralized management of data of each institution. Changes are also being made in the underlying technologies, seeking to offer a fluent and simple user experience at the same time, compatibility with current web technologies, security and stability. Of the more than 80 institutions with Celsius in Latin America, 21 already have Celsius 3. The software allows to extract global statistics about the exchange of documents between the ISTEC institutions and make strategic decisions in this regard.
Documentation and tutorials
We publish the first Celsius 3.0 Manual available in SEDICI so that users can have a quick overview of the use and possibilities offered by this new version. The impact that this version of Celsius generates on the Liblink network is enormous as it not only lowers installation and maintenance costs but also greatly facilitates access to institutions by not requiring resources for computer support. The management and execution of orders between institutions is also much simpler and more agile, which benefits and accelerates the work of bibliographic exchange. In order to disseminate and expand its use in the institutions within the consortium, several face-to-face and distance meetings for user training are being planned .
We always pay attention to issues and queries about the new Celsius 3 development, now available at 18 ISTEC institutions sites. This includes the generation and updating of documentation for administrators and for new members of the library network, the implementation and configuration of Celsius 3 instances for new institutions, the migration of data from institutions that use previous versions of Celsius software and wish to integrate to the Celsius 3 network, the resolution of particular problems during the stages of configuration and commissioning of instances, and the attention to general inquiries about the application, security systems, monitoring, etc. We use different means of communication with users and coordination with developers: email, telephone, videoconferences (skype, hangouts), incident management system (redmine) and space for developers (github).
Instance Network Support
We keep the Celsius Instance Network running. This involves the management of a dedicated virtual server for this platform, which includes a web server, an application server, a file server and a database server. This maintenance also covers the monitoring systems implemented to detect problems early on (security, overload, lack of space, etc.), and the implementation of automatic backup systems, both local and remote, in order to ensure the protection of information from each Celsius instance against attacks, hardware failures or natural disasters.
II- Access Services to academic and scientific information
ISTEC Open Resource Harvester
We work on the development of a new open resource harvester for ISTEC members. This project helps to improve the visibility of the Open Access publications of different institutions.
The ISTEC Open Resources Harvester consists of the implementation of an application for crop management on repositories that implement OAI-PMH. This development has been designed as two independent services: on the one hand, a service responsible for managing OAI-PMH applications that implements a REST interface for communication with third-party applications; on the other hand, a user-oriented service, which through a typical web interface groups and provides access to the operations of harvest management and harvested records. These services are expected to work together but function individually, both to generate other crop planning and record management interfaces, as well as to optimize and accelerate the harvest over different repositories without affecting the management applications of those crops.
Survey of Digital Repositories
We are conducting a survey of the state of the digital repositories within the framework of ISTEC, in which we identify the member institutions that have digital repositories and analyze some aspects of them, including their size, the types of objects they host, what technologies they use, their inclusion in international networks and indexes, and the services they provide to institutions and the users community.
This survey will serve not only to know the current status of institutional repositories, but to identify areas of deficit, detect possibilities for collaboration, coordinate joint activities aimed to improving quality and visibility, and encourage open access initiatives among ISTEC members.
We keep the services oriented to the search of bibliographic resources active both from the library catalogs (Metasearch ISTEC; http://metabuscador.istec.org/) and also from repositories of the institutions (OPAC ISTEC; http://opac-istec.prebi.unlp.edu.ar/).
The ISTEC metasearch engine (http://metabuscador.istec.org/) is a service that provides a centralized search interface on the catalogs of ISTEC member institutions that participate in the LibLink initiative. This tool, implemented on the PazPar2 tools for meta searches and MasterKey for the user interface, uses the Z39.50, SRU and SRW protocols for exchanging queries and records between online catalogs (OPAC) and the metasearch engine. The information received from a meta-search is organized by catalog and by relevance of the result, and exposed to users under a clear and intuitive web interface. Thanks to the use of the metasearch engine, administrators and those responsible for the bibliographic exchange service within the framework of LibLink can perform a more efficient work, searching for bibliographic resources in multiple catalogs of cooperating libraries from a single access point and concurrently , thus avoiding iterative access to each of the catalogs involved.
Note: Due to the recent migration of the ISTEC web infrastructure to a new geographical location, and the consequent update of all the systems used by the online services provided from the ISTEC web applications, the metasearch engine is currently out of service.
The OPAC ISTEC http://opac-istec.prebi.unlp.edu.ar/ is a tool for Integration of academic resources. It is a service that ISTEC makes available to its members in order to support the dissemination of the scientific production of the institutions that are part of this great community. Through resource harvesting techniques published under Open Access policies, the collection and integration of thousands of documents produced within member institutions is carried out, exposing them to the world without access restrictions.
Both this search and recovery service, as well as the software tool responsible for collecting, improving and unifying information, are software developments made entirely within PrEBi-SeDiCI.
III- Open Access Promotion
The BIREDIAL-ISTEC International Conference is a space for the socialization of experiences related to the multiple aspects of the Open Access culture. Initiated in 2010 under the auspices of ISTEC, it gathers and summons all kinds of academic and governmental institutions, and is dedicated to sharing the knowledge of a wide university community from different disciplines of knowledge. The purpose of the event is to expose, discuss and analyze issues related to the Liblink initiative: materials available in open access, the special problem of raw research data, the provision, preservation and dissemination of works, attention to the rights of author and reproducibility of research, open government, evaluation and audit of repositories.
The BIREDIAL-ISTEC 2017 International Conference was held between October 2nd-4th in the city of La Plata, Argentina, with the participation of more than 200 attendees. The congress was hosted by the National University of La Plata (Argentina), and had the Scientific Research Commission (Argentina) and the Ibero-American Consortium for Science and Technology Education as sponsors.
The VIII BIREDIAL-ISTEC International Conference was held between October 22nd-25th of 2018, at the PUCP Campus in the city of Lima, Peru. The event was organized by the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and the Ibero-American Consortium for Education in Science and Technology (ISTEC), with the collaboration of the Universidad del Rosario (Colombia), the University of Costa Rica (Costa Rica), the University Federal of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), the National University of La Plata (Argentina), Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí (Mexico) and the University of the North (Colombia).
Organized by the Institute of Energy and Nuclear Research (IPEN), the Aeronautical Technological Institute (ITA), the Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp), the Federal University of ABC (UFABC) and the Ibero-American Consortium for Science Education and Technology (ISTEC), the IX International BIREDIAL Conference – ISTEC was held in the city of São Paulo (Brazil) between July 30 and August 2 of 2019. The event was supported by the Universidad del Rosario, the University of Costa Rica, the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS – Brazil), the National University of La Plata (UNLP – Argentina), the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí (UASLP – Mexico), and the University of the North (Uninorte – Colombia).
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