MRO gets a makeover!

June 26, 2014

This week the Library and ITS upgraded the institutional repository, Massey Research Online (MRO) to the latest version of software that runs it, DSpace.

Massey Research Online is the institutional repository offering free, full text access to high quality Massey University research outputs of staff and postgraduate students.

While many of the improvements to MRO are ‘under the hood’, the latest version has several new features including

  • Faceted indexing and searching, called Discovery. This feature allows you to filter by a specific facet value with one click to find the content you need.
  • Better discoverability of the content via the search engine Google Scholar means your research is found more often by other scholars.
  • Informational pages such as the repository’s Deposit License and Copyright information have been created, making it much easier to find out how to use and re-use the content.
  • Support for display on mobile devices has matured, allowing for comfortable viewing on smaller screens for researchers on the go.
  • Social media has been added in the form of a Twitter feed from the account @Massey_Research. Watch this space for promotion of MRO’s content via Twitter, thereby raising the research profile further.
  • Theming or branding has been improved, notably the file icons use the Engine of the New New Zealand country graphic. Plus you’ll notice “Recently Added” items are listed for each collection, community and the homepage letting you see at a glance the latest items added to Massey Research Online.

Special thanks go to Patrick Rynhart, Systems Engineer (Technical Applications) in ITS for his fine work in making the upgrade straightforward and pain-free.

Amanda Curnow
Web Technologies Librarian

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