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Working Together Out West

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Recently (ok, VERY recently, as in less tha 24 hours ago), we here at the Alliance submitted three different program proposals for the upcoming Open Repositories 2011 conference in Austin later this summer. The proposals, ranging from a consortial  panel to a seven-minute/twenty-four-slide overview of our soon-to-be-launched ADR Basic repository software platform built on Islandora and supported by DiscoveryGarden, capture much of the good that has emerged from the not-so-good ADR drama of 2010  - and yes, apparently we can have drama in repository services. Even if the sessions are not accepted, the process of preparing them has been beneficial to our activities here, it has codified our understanding of  day-to-day work we do, and helps us think about how we approach that work.

I’ll share the proposals’ working  titles here and note that we are also listed on proposals from UPEI and DuraCloud –  you can “read between the lines” if you’d like. if you want the full story, buy us the proverbial “drink” at Open Repositories…or an LTO4 tape or two, or some RAM for the VM boxes…come to think of it, a couple of cloud-based terabytes would be much appreciated, too!

OR2011 Program Proposal Titles:

Working Together Out West: Conosrtial Repository Services and Local Implementations
The Occasional (Un)Realities of Managing, Manipulating, and Migrating a Conosrtial Digital Repository Service
ADR Basic Digital Repository Platform: One to One…to Many

ADR Reading List:”Augmenting Interoperability Across Scholarly Repositories”

Friday, October 12th, 2007

What we are reading right now…

Under guidance of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), the Digital Library Federation (DLF), the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and Microsoft, a meeting was held in April 2006 aimed at identifying concrete steps that could be taken to augment interoperability across heterogeneous scholarly repositories. The specific goal of the meeting was to try and reach a common understanding regarding a data model and a limited set of core, protocol-based repository interfaces that would allow services and downstream applications to interact with heterogeneous repositories in a consistent manner. Such repository interfaces include interfaces that support locating, identifying, harvesting, obtaining and depositing compound digital objects.

Access report here: http://msc.mellon.org/Meetings/Interop/FinalReport

The “common understandings” included in the report may be in terms of multiple repositories, but I think we can learn some things, as well as gain some perspectives about the similar needs of a consortial repository…