Author Archives: owenstephens

Innovations in Reference Management

On the 14th January 2010 the TELSTAR project organised and hosted the Innovations in Reference Management event. The event was live blogged at, and an archive of all related tweets is available at
The event was written up for the Serials-eNews online newsletter (
Some of the attendees also blogged the event including:

Refworks unavailable 2nd January 2010

RefWorks will be unavailable on 2nd January 2010 between 9am and 3pm due to essential maintenance work. This means that key TELSTAR functionality including MyReferences will also be unavailable during this time.

TELSTAR Presentation for ALT-C 2009

 This presentation was given at the ALT-C conference on the 8th September 2009


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Telstar at ALT-C

Owen Stephens will be presenting a paper on the Telstar project at ALT-C in Manchester today. If you happen to be at ALT-C it’s at 10:55 in Room 4.204.

What Reference Management software does you university support/recommend?

 Please let us know what Reference Management software is supported and/or recommended by your University by doing our (very short) survey (only 4 questions long)

CILIP Update

 The new issue of CILIP’s Library and Information update is out now, and within a feature on the Open University library, TELSTAR is featured as a key way of integrating library materials and services into the university’s VLE.
See for more details (needs a login I’m afraid), or most libraries will have a copy of the magazine.

WordPress for Scholarly publishing?

 A very interesting post by Joss Winn (University of Lincoln) on the possibilities of using Wordpress as a platform for scholarly publication is available at - including a mention of footnotes/endnotes and citations as requirements, and the WP-Footnotes plugin developed by Simon Elvery ( At the same time Patrick Murray John (UMW – University of Mary Washington) has created a Zotero plugin for Wordpress (details at

Telstar blog

 The Telstar project now has a blog at The blog is intended to complement this website by providing somewhere to think aloud about the ideas and issues related to the Telstar project. The postings on the blog are mean to be part of a conversation about the project. Hopefully at least some of the postings will be interesting enough to stimulate some comment and discussion!

Next steps

The team is proposing to undertake the following activities:

Analyse RefWorks folder structure, workflows and architecture
Start investigation of EZproxy
Finalise selection of courses and user groups
Continue with user requirements investigation
Investigate how RefWorks will interact with the Structured Authoring system and how this will work with the VLE
Run a follow-up to the first Learning and Teaching Librarians’ workshop – this will take place on 6th July with all L&T Librarians.

The story so far…

The project began in November 2008 and is scheduled to run until the end of February 2010. The project team based at The Open University has now been recruited, with the final member of the team joining at the beginning of June. The project plan has been finalised and approved and the project schedule created.
In terms of activity, the project team has been gathering information and analysing systems and processes relevant to TELSTAR. We are currently identifying courses and users who will be able to participate in testing the system prototype and we has recently designed walk-through models of what TELSTAR would potentially look like – these have been based on the scenario outlined in the business case – to help us to demonstrate to stakeholders what we are aiming to do and enable us to generate feedback

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