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Joining EDINA

I’m delighted to announce that I will be joining EDINA in August as Head of Technology Strategy and Planning I have long admired EDINA, having had several opportunities to collaborate with them in the past few years. EDINA is a powerhouse of technical service delivery and innovation, and has carved out an enviable national and international reputation in several fields. I’m excited to be joining this successful and innovative organisation, and am looking forward to what I have no doubt will be a challenging role.

Call for feedback to the ResourceSync specification for synchronisation of web resources

I have been slightly involved (through Jisc funding) with the ResourceSync specification project, being led by Herbert Van de Sompel of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The project has just released a draft specification, which is available at http://www.openarchives.org/rs/. The draft will be available for public comment until March 15th 2013 - you are invited to comment via the ResourceSync Google Group. Group discussions are openly accessible; posting requires group membership.

RIOXX application profile - draft 1

Together with Sheridan Brown, I have been tasked with developing some guidelines and a metadata ‘application’ profile for institutional repositories (IRs) in the UK. We are calling this work RIOXX. This post focusses on the application profile more than the guidelines, and describes phase 1 of the project, which aims to deploy this application profile across IRs in the UK by the first quarter of 2013. Objectives to develop an application profile which enables open access repositories to expose metadata more consistently and which, in particular, conveys information about how the item being described in the metadata was funded to develop general guidelines for repositories which support the use of the application profile to support such technical development as is necessary to implement these recommendations and the application profile in common repository platforms to develop these such that they pave the way for a likely CERIF-based solution in the medium-long term.

Web preservation - a minor anecdote

I have recently resurrected a domain I used to use actively - sockdrawer.org. 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 www.sockdrawer.org, I had cause to examine the server logs.

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.

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.

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?

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

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.

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.

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