Monday, 21 November 2011
Training the repository team for locally hosting and administering DSpace
On Sunday Nov 20th a specific DSpace admin training course was held at the Regency Hotel in Khartoum for the DSpace@ScienceUofK repository team. Five University of Khartoum staff took part in the training session, both from the repository content management team (Mukhtar M. M. Hassan, deputy DSpace@ScienceUofK manager, Esra Elfaki, assistant IR operator and Noon Bushra, repository content collector) and the technical support team dealing with server maintenance, composed by Tarik Ismail and Hisham Jallabi. The technical course was led by Pablo de Castro, GrandIR Director and joint DSpace@ScienceUofK repository manager.
Focus was made along the admin course on DSpace content management features, so the repository team will be able to keep a tidy and growing document collection at DSpace@ScienceUofK repository. Functionalities such as community & collection, user and permission management were reviewed, as well as the steps to take for item editing and mapping.
A plan was also scheduled for future transfer of repository software -currenly hosted by GrandIR in Madrid- to an University of Khartoum-based server. This transfer will enable the repository to be locally managed and maintained, thus completing the infrastructure capacity building process at U of K. In order to ensure a secure and smooth software transfer, a discussion was held on the required server specifications and on the software management features the repository technical managers should provide.