Fwd: Creative repositories and the arts: KULTUR project press release

From: Stevan Harnad <amsciforum_at_gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Jun 2009 06:03:44 -0400

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      From: Leslie Carr <lac -- ecs.soton.ac.uk>
Date: June 2, 2009 4:45:31 AM EDT (CA)
Subject: Creative repositories and the arts: KULTUR project
press release

A repository which will make it possible for colleges and
individuals in the arts to store and present their work in a
creative way will be unveiled tomorrow (Wednesday 3 June).

Kultur, a project that is funded by the Joint Information
Systems Committee (JISC) and that uses the world-leading
EPrints software from the University of Southampton, has
developed a joint pilot repository for the University of the
Arts London, the University for the Creative Arts and
Winchester School of Art at the University of Southampton. The
project will be officially completed tomorrow and an event to
mark the occasion will be held at Whitechapel Art Gallery.
'Up to now, the focus of most repositories has been science and
engineering and published articles,' said Dr Leslie Carr,
Technical Director of EPrints, based at the University of
Southampton?s School of Electronics and Computer Science.
'Kultur has provided us with an opportunity to use EPrints to
develop the first comprehensive institutional repository for
the arts.'

The Kultur project provides a flexible, multimedia pilot
repository capable of showcasing a wide range of outputs from
digital versions of paintings, photography, film, graphic and
textile design to records of performances, shows and

The three institutions involved will now develop their own open
repositories to store and showcase their creative work.

'This will make an immense difference to our institutions,'
said Andrew Gray, Kultur Project Officer, University of the
Arts. 'It is the first repository of its kind in the arts
world; there are others but there hasn't been a visual one. The
benefit of Kultur is that it will enable us to share our
practice-based research across our colleges and with other

'It will also open up the art world, which will link up the
often lone artist with the wider arts community,' Dr Carr

The pilot repository will be showcased at Whitechapel Art
Gallery between 6-8pm tomorrow. The event will include
presentations from Andy McGregor, JISC, Seymour Roworth-Stokes,
Pro Vice Chancellor of Research at University for the Creative
Arts, Andrew Carnie, Researcher at Winchester School of Art,
University of Southampton and Pat Christie, Director of Library
and Learning Resources, University of the Arts.

Kultur was collaboration between all three institutions listed
in partnership with the Visual Arts Data Service and EPrints.
EPrints software developed in 2000 by the University of
Southampton?s School of Electronics and Computer Science is
used in hundreds of institutional repositories (IRs) around the

For information about Kultur, please
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(also posted to http://eprintsnews.blogspot.com/)
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