Service Description

Merritt is a production level service that provides the UC community with an easy to use tool to manage, archive, and share their content. Content can be deposited and managed via a user-interface or an API.

Service Managers

Perry Willett perry.willett@ucop.edu and Adrian Turner adrian.turner@ucop.edu or uc3@ucop.edu.

Merritt Training Materials, Guides, FAQs and Webinars

More information about Merritt is available at http://www.cdlib.org/services/uc3/merritt or by sending an inquiry to uc3@ucop.edu.

See also Merritt webinars: http://www.cdlib.org/services/uc3/uc3webinars.html.

Recent Enhancements, News, and Activities

Work is nearing completion on enhancements to the Merritt user interface, as summarized on the UC3 Curation wiki (https://confluence.ucop.edu/display/Curation/Home). The new features are currently being tested; we anticipate their rollout in July 2012, and will be hosting a webinar to provide an overview of the features. Some of the key highlights:

  • Merritt will soon support public access to designated collections and objects. Depositors will be able to designate collections as “dark” vs. “light” archives, as part of the collection setup process.
  • Merritt will support integration with the eXtensible Text Framework (XTF – http://www.cdlib.org/services/publishing/tools/xtf/) as a search and delivery layer. In collaboration with UC3, the DataShare program at UC San Francisco will be deploying XTF as part of a customized display system, for exposing publicly-accessible content that the organization is depositing in Merritt. The collections will also be optimized for search engine indexing.
  • The Merritt administrative user interface for submitting digital objects will be streamlined and simplified.
  • Depositors will be able to submit native Dublin Core metadata records with digital objects; the metadata records will be displayed and indexed for searching within Merritt.
  • Merritt will support the display of click-through use agreements for particular collections. This functionality will be piloted with UCSF DataShare content.
  • Additional notes from our self-audit of the Merritt repository, based upon the Trustworthy Repository Audit Certification (TRAC) checklist, have been posted to the UC3 Curation wiki:
    https://confluence.ucop.edu/display/Curation/TRAC.

Service Monitoring and Availability

Check Merritt’s system status page http://www.cdlib.org/contact/system.html.