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Web preservation - a minor anecdote

I have recently resurrected a domain I used to use actively - I started blogging on this site in about 2003 and stopped using it in about 2007. I only started using it again this week because I needed a free domain name and I discovered I was still paying for this one…. Anyway, having installed a new web-server which listens on, I had cause to examine the server logs. read more

Library systems of the future

Edit: The presentation I gave to accompany this post is available on Slideshare I was asked by Ben Showers of the JISC to write a ‘challenging and provocative vision’ for library management systems, for a joint JISC / SCONUL workshop. I was given a free hand with this - the only parameters were that the piece should be non more than a side of A4 paper in length, and that it should use 2020 as its target year for prediction. read more

Responsive innovation - change management in a recession

Back in August I gave a short presentation to the JISC Innovation Group about the DevCSI project, introducing some ideas about possible future directions. The DevCSI project is a JISC-funded initiative designed to work directly with (software) developers in Higher Education through the general approach of encouraging them to establish a community or peers, sharing knowledge, experience, code etc. An aspect of this which has emerged during the first year of the project is the potential value in peer-training - where one developer trains a few of their peers. read more

Institutions and the Web done better

Introduction - (warning - old-timer indulgence) From the mid-nineties through to the end of 2006 I earned my living as a developer of Web applications, or as someone managing Web application development projects. I like to think I was quite good at it, and I certainly have a lot of experience. I worked with CGI writing in Perl and a little C, moving into ColdFusion and Java (via JServ - anyone remember that?), did the whole Java EE thing, undid it again, did SOAP because it was better than J2EE, undid that when we realised it actually wasn’t…. read more

JISC CNI Meeting, Edinburgh

I’ve been at the excellent JISC CNI Meeting in Edinburgh these last two days. Lots of interesting work being described and met some great new people. Some people have asked me to post my slides, so here they are: JISC CNI Meeting, Edinburgh 2010 from Paul Walk read more

OR10 Challenge

In case you missed it, the OR10 Developers Challenge is now live! Andy McGregor has explained why he thinks you should enter the challenge and, I’m pleased to say, there have been some expressions of intent already. If you do decide to enter, please register your intention on the OR10 Crowdvine forum. A reminder of the challenge: Create a functioning repository user-interface, presenting a single metadata record which includes as many automatically created,useful links to related external content as possible.? read more

Draft OR10 Challenge idea

Please note that what follows is a draft. A few weeks ago I posted some thoughts about a Developer Challenge for OR10, with a plea for ideas for specific challenges. I’m pleased to say that this post got a really good response, with plenty of useful ideas and comments. Thank you to all who responded. I think it fair to say that all of the comments influenced our thinking, but the interest in linking content ( most fully expressed by Andy Powell) stood out from several comments, so we have concentrated on trying to create a challenge around the this. read more

Ideas for the OR10 Developer Challenge?

Update: I have closed comment on this post now. Thank you very much to all who commented and suggested ideas for a challenge. I have now posted a draft Challenge here and would welcome comments on that post. Thanks again! Through the JISC-funded DevCSI project, UKOLN has been asked to arrange a ‘Developer Challenge’ for the Fifth International Conference on Open Repositories, (OR10) to be held in Madrid in July of this year. read more

An agile approach to the development of Dublin Core Application Profiles

I have been asked to provide a position paper for next week’s Future of Interoperability Standards meeting hosted by CETIS. This blog post is one I have been meaning to write for ages so I’m offering it as a position paper of sorts. UKOLN has been charged by JISC with the task of supporting the development of Dublin Core Application Profiles (DCAPs) in a number of areas. While I have not (so far) had much direct involvement in this work I have developed, over the last year or so, a real interest in the process of developing these. read more

Direction counts!

I took advantage of an offer to upgrade my iPhone 3G to the 3Gs model just before Christmas. I spent some time considering the alternatives, and speculating about what might become available during the next eighteen months of my new contract, but I’ve been more than happy with the 3G so my decision was quite an easy one. The 3Gs offered three main improvements over the 3G: a faster processor a better camera a ‘compass’ At first glance, these improvements seem quite modest. read more

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