Blacksburg, VA. - VTLS Inc. has been selected to implement the VITAL repository for the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) VOCED database. The project, which began last April, is going to be a multi-phase process and will involve the integration of traditional, print-based and new, digital knowledge sources. In addition to the standard VITAL implementation, VTLS is creating a custom web portal interface using open-source Drupal to meet NCVER's unique needs.
According to Rose-Anne Polvere, NCVER selected the VITAL product for the redevelopment of its online bibliographic database, VOCED, because it offers the flexibility of a custom-built system along with the reliability of an 'out of the box' product. This allows VTLS to combine a bibliographic database with a digital repository, and to integrate traditional knowledge sources with new web technologies. VTLS, particularly staff of the Melbourne Office, have provided diligent, flexible and friendly customer service in these early months of the project stated Rose-Anne.
The Software implementation phase was accepted this November with the handover phase to be complete by the middle of December. NCVER plans to go live somewhere in the new year. The project is now in handover phase and VTLS is working towards organizing the Customer Support meeting and training.
VTLS has successfully delivered the redeveloped online bibliographic database VOCED for NCVER using the VITAL product. The new system, due for public release in February 2011, enables a bibliographic database to be combined with a digital repository, and the integration of a range of knowledge sources, including new web technologies.
NCVER's VOCED is a major research database for vocational education and training (VET) resources containing over 35, 000 abstracts. VOCED is an International database which is free to researchers and can be found at www.voced.edu.au. The VOCED physical and online collection, in conjunction with the database, is the only one of its kind in the world. The majority of publications published from 2000 onwards are available electronically and VOCED provides web links to these, generally on the publisher's web site. VOCED's main users are VET researchers and policy makers, both in Australia and overseas. The average number of daily visits to the VOCED website is around 400 visits.
About NCVER- The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) is a non-profit government owned enterprise with annual revenues of $13 million, sourced mainly from grants and government funding. NCVER is in the business of collecting, analyzing and broking information about vocational education and training (VET). It aims to be Australia's leading provider of quality, independent information about VET.
What is VITAL?
VITAL is an institutional repository solution designed for universities, libraries, museums, archives and information centers. Built on Fedora, this software is designed to simplify the development of digital object repositories and to provide seamless online search and retrieval of information for administrative staff, contributing faculty and end-users.
VITAL provides all types of institutions a way to broaden access to valuable resources that were once only available at a single location and to a finite number of patrons. By eliminating the traditional limitations information seekers encounter, this technology grants access to materials for all authorized end-users, from professional researchers to recreational learners.
About VTLS Inc.
VTLS Inc. www.vtls.com (http://www.vtls.com) , a leading library automation company in business for over 30 years, provides visionary technology in library solutions to a diverse customer base of more than 900 libraries in over 32 countries. Virtua is our premier ILS solution, Visualizer is our facet-based data discovery tool, Fastrac is our RFID technology, and we also provide cutting edge software and services for Digital Libraries with Digital Imaging and VITAL, our Repository Services solution. VTLS is one of the few ISO 9001:2000 quality certified companies within the library industry.