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Integration into institutional systems

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ReDBox and Mint are designed to integrate with existing institutional systems. This is a broad feature descriptor aimed at capturing requirements across many types of systems. Substantial feature development aimed at a specific platform may be described within a separate feature descriptor.

At the ReDBox Community Day the following numbers were determined regarding system usage:
  • Research management systems:
    • ResearchMaster: 11
    • Callisto: 1
    • In hous: 2
  • HR Systems:
    • Talent2 Alesco: 4
    • Peoplesoft: 2
  • Institutional repository:
    • VITAL: 6
    • DSpace: 4
    • ePrints: 1

Functional requirements

  • Database harvest:
    • Rather than harvesting a CSV/XML file, work could be undertaken to create an SQL Harvester
  • Normalisation of feeds:
    • Data is often drawn from a variety of systems and require cleaning before import
    • The harvester rules file and transformers can undertake some aspects of data cleaning/munging
    • The ALA Filing Rules may provide a guideline for this work
  • Alert scenarios:
    • A number of triggers should alert ReDBox/Mint:
      • Research project starting/completing
      • Someone (researcher) leaving
      • Resources allocated to a project: e.g. research storage
  • Submission interfaces: