Digital Repository for the Arts: Kultur: Final Report

JISC has released Kultur: Final Report.

Here's an excerpt:

The Kultur project has developed a model for repository start-up that addresses the needs of the UK Higher Education Arts Sector. Institutional repositories have traditionally been tailored towards text-based outputs and have been less proficient at accommodating the more complex multimedia outputs associated with practice-led research. The project has addressed the need for IRs to expand their capacity to manage non-text outputs effectively. At the same time, it has also responded to a disciplinary need for a more robust information infrastructure for practice-led research, which is particularly important for art and design as a relatively new but expanding research discipline. . . .

Using EPrints software, the project developed a demonstrator repository tailored to these needs. The demo was populated with over 300 records of events and artefacts, and was continually refined in response to community feedback. This formed the basis of two new institutional repositories for University of the Arts London and University for the Creative Arts, and enhanced the University of Southampton’s existing institutional repository. The project also investigated policy for the effective management and population of a repository specialising in creative material, with particular attention to rights issues. As well as local benefits to the project partners, the outcomes of the project have a broader application for other institutions seeking a framework for the management of practice-led research outputs.

Read more about it at "Creative Repositories for the Arts."