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ICE-Theorem - End to end semantically aware eResearch infrastructure for theses

Acknowledgements & Credits

ICE-Theorem was a joint project between the University of Cambridge (UC) and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) funded by the JISC.

At USQ, there was a team involved in this work: Oliver Lucido, Ron Ward, Linda Octalina, Bronwyn Chandler and Duncan Dickinson all assisted in programming and project management.

At Cambridge, Nick Day was the main man, with support from Joe Townsend.

Motivations: Put ORE through its paces

  • Is it applicable? Is it useful?

  • What are the different ways of using ORE?

  • How do SWORD and ORE combine?

SWORD + ORE options

  • ORE as a manifest (with resource included)

  • ORE as a shopping list (target orders all the resources)

    this is what we implemented

  • ORE as a recipe (tells you how, but you don't have to get the resources)

Motivations: Design a thesis workflow based around web architecture

  • Interoperability for easier integration.

  • The distributed IR It's a state of mind

Motivations: Work out whether disaggregation of theses could promote open access

  • Promoting embargo of sensitive chapters might accelerate publication of the remainder of the thesis.

  • How can embargo metadata be passed between systems? When should it be created? Where and how should it be stored? How can candidates be tracked once they've graduated.

Overall thesis workflow with thesis repository and Board of Graduate Studies (BoGS)


Project outcomes

  • Open source code available from USQ.

    • Extensions to the ICE content management system for OAI-ORE and Chemistry Markup Language.

    • ePrints and Fedora 3 modules for submitting HTML documents and packages via SWORD/OAI-ORE now in use at USQ.

    • Extensions to the The Fascinator repository front-end for thesis embargo.

  • A demonstration virtual machine with the project's outcomes on it for download (7GB) In VirtualBox VDI format (can be converted to use with VmWare)

  • Openly available record of the development at the Cambridge Trac Wiki and at the Trac system at USQ.

The Tait thesis


Editing a document


Interactive data-aware documents




Initial thesis submission - schematic


Embargo metadata is encoded in a style:


And ICE can extract the metadata:


SWORD deposit


SWORD deposit uses an ORE Resource Map


ORE for a thesis


Importance of ORE

  • Allows description of aggregate objects like theses.

  • Can specify the relationship between two renditions of the same thing, such as HTML and PDF for a chapter.

  • Can include external things like data files as part of an object.

(Currently repositories such as ePrints and DSpace do not do this at all well, content models for repository items are usually implicit.)

Default view of thesis - no acknowledgements


Acknowledgements are visible when an administrator is logged in


The final stage automated IR deposit


Workflow summary

  • ICE-TheOREM has followed existing academic workflows

    • Authoring

    • Examination

    • Repository deposit

    • Embargo administered by the student's OpenId

  • Provides a proof-of-concept for true born digital web-eThese

Further work starting now

  • Small scale trials with PhD candidates happening at USQ now

  • Conversion of recent theses into ICE at USQ now underway

More work needed on thesis repository

  • Finish daily 'pull' of non-embargoed material from thesis repository to IR (work was started but not finished).

    • ATOM or ORE to show changes to embargo status

    • Dynamic building of Thesis PDF files omitting embargoed chapters.

    • SWORD + ORE as manifest with resources included.

  • Work on managing thesis examination process with possible online submission of reports (at USQ OJS has been used for this in the Maths and computing department).

Help wanted!

  • OAI-ORE + SWORD gives us part of the puzzle but agreed content models for theses, journals etc are still needed.

  • Investment is required in the Graduate Studies repository and its workflows.

  • Solutions needed for allowing repositories to optionally provide added-value services (like 3d molecules) while degrading gracefully.

The End.