As part of the DRIVER II project, the project team ran a Mentor service that was made available to developers and managers of institutional repositories across Europe.
The purpose of this service was to introduce developers and managers of institutional repositories to their peers on a one-to-one basis in the belief that the sharing of experiences can assist those that follow. The Mentor Service was not an alternative to materials and advisory services already available online or to email discussion lists and operated on a good-will basis and as such was free of charge. Rather, it was a way of seeing communities of professionals across national borders, all of whom were facing very similar situations, issues, challenges -- and sharing solutions!
With the closure of the DRIVER II project in December 2009, the service also had to close although it is hoped that the relationships which the service helped to establish between repository managers will continue into the future.
If you are interested in the way that the service worked, or may be interested in trying to promote a similar service within your own country, then the Mentor Service tutorial is available, or download the Mentor Service leaflet to find out more about the service, how it worked and how you may be able to start something similar.
Support for repository managers across Europe will now be addressed as part of the OpenAIRE project, which has resources and services of its own.
Last updated: 04-Feb-2010