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The ASK project is funded by the JISC Repositories and Preservation programme to build upon and integrate open source software to create a repository system. The project is a collaboration between Oxford University Computing Services and the UHI Millenium Institute.
The ASK project is funded by the JISC Repositories and Preservation programme to build upon and integrate open source software to create a repository system. The project is a collaboration between Oxford University Computing Services and the UHI Millenium Institute.

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Welcome

The Accessing and Storing Knowledge project team is creating an open source repository system for use by students, teachers, researchers, and librarians. The system supports the storing, organisation and sharing of digital resources, such as text files, images, audio, and video.

The system has been designed to support the vision of the JISC e-framework that aims to guide the creation of a wide variety of software tools that can be 'bolted' together to create a comprehensive toolbox for educational institutions.

Sandpit

The quickest way to get a feel for what the project is about is to explore the tools that have been created:

  • The askOnlineFilestore is for finding, storing, managing and sharing digital resources is a secure manner using an Internet browser.
  • The askOnlineReadingListTool tool is for creating reading lists using an Internet browser.
  • The askDesktopReadingListTool is for searching and creating reading lists then storing and managing them from your desktop.

PLEASE NOTE: this is Beta software, it is still under development! If you find bugs or have suggestions for features please let us know (please see 'Getting involved' section below).

Getting involved

The project uses a wide range of tools to support collaboration:

Technical Overview

The askRepositorySystem, askOnlineReadingListTool and askDesktopReadingListTool applications interoperate according to the principles underpinning the JISC e-framework. Each of the tools implement Federated Search (Z39.50, SRW, SRU), Metadata Management (based on MODS), Authentication (Shibboleth), a Discover service (OpenURL 0.1 specification), and Licensing (Creative Commons). The project has also created a Transform service that allows reading lists stored in MODS XML to be exported in a range of formats (xHTML, PDF, RTF and Endnote) and styles (e.g. Harvard, MLA). The project team is building upon existing open source softare where possible (Guan Xi, VFS, eXist XML database) but has also created some new open source software where required. The ASK software is released under the LGPL Open Source License and distributed through the ASK Sourceforge website.

Read more within the ASKProjectTechnicalDesign wikipages.