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The Jorum project created a robust technical and policy infrastructure for the UK's national repository for learning and teaching resources. It was developed jointly by the EDINA and Mimas National Data Centres, and provided access to over 14000 learning and teaching resources.
EDINA and Mimas worked together over a long period to develop and deliver Jorum as the national repository of online learning materials. In our division of labour, Mimas led on engagement and promotion and EDINA led the development of the technical, legal, content and support elements.
EDINA led the development of the technical infrastructure of Jorum, including metadata and workflows. We initially worked with Intrallect, a commercial company, to develop and deliver the original Jorum service, and later used our in-house software engineering expertise to develop the JorumOpen collection, which was based on the open-source DSpace platform.
When Jorum began in 2002, it was a cutting-edge development with few, if any, established exemplars from which to learn. EDINA utilised its expertise to establish the user requirements for Jorum, by conducting a wide-ranging requirements gathering exercise involving surveys (with over 200 responses), focus groups and face-to-face interviews. We also worked with sector experts (including the HE Academy, CETIS and the X4L Programme) to research, select and implement an appropriate metadata schema and workflow for Jorum.
Having reviewed and evaluated a number of different systems, Mimas and EDINA conducted an EU procurement exercise, with a system called “IntraLibrary” (produced by Intrallect) being selected as the winner in 2004. We went on to work with Intrallect to deliver customisations to IntraLibrary requested by users of Jorum.
By 2008 several open-source systems had become available which were viable alternatives for Jorum to use. After evaluating several of these, EDINA selected DSpace and has since invested over six developer years into customising and enhancing this platform. Further information about our DSpace work can be found in the EDINA Developer Corner.
Extensive expertise in Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) built up at EDINA enabled the Jorum Team to develop a robust licensing, policy and legal framework for Jorum.
Most recently, we developed the new Jorum EducationUK licence: a licence which allows users to share their resources openly within the UK education community. We also worked with JISC and HEFCE to develop the original Jorum Institutional licence.
As well as defining the Terms of Service for Jorum, we developed the original Privacy and Collection Development Policies, and a highly-praised Notice and Takedown Policy that has been used as a basis for other services by other organisations in the education sector.
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As part of the division of labour across the Jorum Team, staff at EDINA were pro-active and successful in contacting potential content providers during 2008 to 2011, taking the lead on technical assistance.
We also developed a “Trusted Depositor” policy, to enable users without access to the UK Access Management Federation to deposit content, and worked with organisations such as the Open University and the JISC OER Projects to “bulk deposit” content into Jorum.
Since the launch of Jorum services in 2005, it benefited from the highly-regarded expertise of the EDINA helpdesk, which provided support to users through telephone and email. Recipients of this support and external evaluation reports about Jorum have commended this service as responsive and very helpful.
Further information on Jorum's history and our DSpace work can be found in: