IR2GT : Report Generation Tool for Institutional Repository

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Registration Name : eINDIA2011/AN/287
Project Category : digitalLEARNING::Best ICT Enabled University of the Year
Project Name : IR2GT : Report Generation Tool for Institutional Repository

Details of Applicant
Name : Jayan Kurian
Address : 702, District 7, HCMC Vietnam
City : Vietnam
State : Vietnam
Country : VIETNAM
Zip Code : 702

Details of Project/Implementing Agency
Name of Organisation : RMIT International University
Address : 702, District 7, HCMC,Vietnam,
City : Vietnam
State : Vietnam
Country : VIETNAM
Zip Code : 702
Name of the head of Organisation :

Brief description of the programme/project/Initiative :
“Report Generation” in general brings added value to Information Management Systems with no exception to Institutional repositories. In this paper, we describe IR2gT, a report generation tool for Institutional repositories. Taken from an academic perspective, one of the main reasons for this development was to generate reports based on individual authors and contribution period in an Institutional repository. Our plan was to achieve this report generation based on data extracted from DSpace [1] Institutional repository and present this grouped by various custom filter options such as author, contribution period, and summarized reports. The motivation for this project was based on feedback received from the academic community at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore during an Institutional repository presentation. In-addition, this project proposal was accepted and completed as part of Google Summer of Code (GSOC) program and was released under open source policy norms [2].

Why was the project started :
The DSpace IR didnt had a report generation tool. Hence we received a project grant to do this and the project was completed as part of Google summmer of code project.

Objective :
The project objecive is to generate reports based on individual authors and contribution period in an Institutional repository.
Target group :Information scinece professionals and Faculty in universities
Geographical reach :The project is released under open source policy
Date from which the project became operational :1 June 2009
Is the Project still operational : YES

10 points that make the programme/project innovative?

  1.  Won the Google development Grant for this project
  2.  A new tool for Institutional repositories
  3.  A research paper accepted at an ACM sponsored conference
  4. The tool was presented at ICADL 2011 in Beijing
  5. Released under open source policy norms
  6. Several downloads from Google Summer of code site
  7. Helps faculty to generate reports based on their submission to IR
  8. The tool depends on open source software
  9. Reports for administrators and faculty can be generated
  10. The tool can be customised to generate reports for any database

List the 5 achievements of the programme/project?

  1. The tool was presented at ICADL 2011 in Beijing
  2. A research paper accepted at an ACM sponsored conference
  3. Several downloads from Google Summer of code site
  4. The tool can be customised to generate reports for any database
  5. Won the Google development Grant for this project

List the 5 key challenges faced while implementing the programme/project/initiative

  1. Implementing this tool using open source solution was a challenge
  2. The best open source report generation engine was selected
  3. The tool may be customised to any database and reports can be generated. This was discussed at ICADL 2011 conference
  4. Adaptable to generate reports on mobile devices (ongoing)
  5. Ongoing effort to enhance this project for student internship

List the 5 points how can the prgramme serve as a model that can be replicated or adapted by others?

  1. A new tool for Institutional repositories (DSPace, Eprints, Greenstone)
  2. The tool can be customised to generate reports for any database
  3. Released under open source policy norms
  4. Reports for administrators and faculty can be generated in universities
  5. Facilitate content ingestion and immediate report generation facility

List 5 points to elaborate on the scalability of the programme/project/initiative

  1. scalable to other IR
  2. The tool can be customised to generate reports for any database
  3. The tool can be customised to generate individual institutions needs
  4. Released under open source policy norms
  5. The best open source report generation engine was selected

Documents publishing URL :

  1. http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1999884
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