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Tutorial 7B: BibApp: Rapidly fill your repository.
Half Day

The BibApp is an open source “institutional bibliography” co-developed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.   BibApp facilitates rapid citation collection, cleans citation data upon ingest, analyzes each citation according to publisher archival policy and helps capture articles “green-lighted” for archiving in a local repository. At UW-Madison, over 3,000 articles have been identified for archiving via the BibApp. Beyond archiving, the BibApp provides a unique social view of research as it happens on campus. Faculty and researcher views show their most recent citations and who they publish with most frequently, while group and departmental views aggregate data and explore inter-departmental research collaborations.

Learning Objectives:
This tutorial will introduce you to the project background and the application. More importantly, we will help you download, configure and begin your own archival campaign. Participants (willing and with laptop) will leave with a running BibApp install and potentially a list of identified papers to archive.

Target Audience:
Institutional Repository Librarians, Library Technologists and Computer Scientists.

Experience Level:
Introductory – Intermediate. The tutorial assumes no knowledge of programming, but general web-application development. Experience with Ruby on Rails is a plus.

Eric Larson is the Digital Services Librarian at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Wendt Library
(wendt.library.wisc.edu). He leads the Libraries effort to archive material within UW-Madison’s
College of Engineering. He has previously presented on his work with the BibApp project at Open
Repositories 2007 and Code4Lib 2007.

Tim Donohue is the Technology Lead for IDEALS (www.ideals.uiuc.edu), the digital repository for scholarship and research taking place at the University of Illinois. Also a Code Committer for Dspace (www.dspace.org) software, he has frequently presented on DSpace and digital repositories, in general.