John Robertson worked for Cetis between 2009 and 2012. Their blog is no longer updated and these posts remain for archive purposes. Current Cetis staff blogs can be found at: blogs.cetis.org.uk.


As you may know,  my name is John Robertson…

My job

I’m a researcher in the field of repositories and currently work for CETIS providing support for projects in JISC’s Open Educational Resources programme.

I’m based in the Centre for Academic Practice and Learning Enhancement (CAPLE) at the University of Strathclyde.

Interests (work-related)

I’m interested in metadata, managing digital content, and how things join up.  Particularly the human and cultural factors in why systems, workflows, or metadata succeed or not. I’ve also an ongoing interest in openness (Open Access in scholarly communication and open education and learning materials/OER) and thinking about the process of education, personal formation, and community development in online  and blended environments.

Open access copies of many of my publications  are available through Strathprints – the University of Strathclyde’s institutional repository Strathprints presentations are available on slideshare http://www.slideshare.net/RJohnRobertson

Professional Background

I’m a librarian by training but have mostly worked on research projects connected to managing digital resources in education.

Before my current role at CETIS I worked for CETIS on the Repositories Research Team providing programme-level support for some of JISC’s development programmes relating to repositories.

Before working for CETIS, I was a researcher at the Centre for Digital Library Research, working on a variety of stuff.

Educational Background

  • BD (Hons), University of Edinburgh.
  • MSc Information and Library Studies, University of Strathclyde.
  • MCS (Church History), Regent College.