Jul 182012
 

OR2012 has wrapped up, tweets are now just slowly fluttering in, and blog posts are popping up like new database entries in springtime. We wanted to gather together a sampling of the best stuff we’ve come across since last week and put it all in plain sight. We know you guys eat broken links and buried content for breakfast, but we figured this could be your pre-meal cup of coffee. …or something. Anyway, here’s what we’ve got.

Keita Bando was active throughout the conference. Here's a shot taken at the drinks and poster session. Click through to see the rest of Keita's lovely photos

Natasha Simons was one of our volunteer bloggers, and she did a fantastic job of it. Mixing summary, analysis, and flair into each post makes each and every one a pleasure to read. Here’s one on arriving in Edinburgh and hearing about the ‘Building a National Network’ workshop, one on conference day 2 (and haggis balls), and one with a sporran full of identifiers chat.

Rob Hilliker immortalized some of the software archiving workshop whiteboard notes for us. Linked to his Twitter post, which leads to a few more pictures and his epic stream of OR2012 tweets

Nick Sheppard, another of our volunteer bloggers, wrote up his reflections of the first two days of the conference on the train ride home. He was keen to write it, and you should be keen to read it. Trust us.



Owen Stephens put together some notes and commentary on repository services, and especially on ResourceSync for folks that are into that sort of thing.

We’re also pleased that discussing the Anthologizr project inspired an Edinburgh University MSc student to focus on that work for his e-Learning dissertation.

An amazing bit of #OR2012 activity analytics by Martin Hawkseye using Carrot2. Click through for full details on how it was made.

The JISC MRD folks took superb notes about the session on institutional perspectives in research data management and infrastructure.

Brian Kelly weighed in on Cameron Neylon’s opening plenary and the significance of connectedness, with particular focus on social media platforms. His site is always worth a browse, so keep tabs on it. View the plenary below.
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The DevCSI developer challenge was quite a lively segment of the conference, no matter which side of the mic you were on. Stuart Lewis drummed up excitement about the collaboration between developers and managers that the challenge aimed for this year, and the result was more than we could hope for. The number of submissions was higher than ever. Check out the competition show and tell and read about the winners.

A mockup of Clang! It was the runner-up project in the DevCSI developer challenge. Click through for a post about the idea

That’s what we’ve gathered so far, but it isn’t enough to do you all justice. That’s why we want you to comment, write in, tweet, and photograph everything you think we missed. We need slide decks, papers, pictures, and everything else. Speakers, if you haven’t passed on slides to session chairs, don’t be shy. And everybody else, drop us a line. We’ll be sure to include whatever you’ve got.

"Coder we can believe in." Click through for Adam Field's first tweet of the image

All this work isn’t just for the website. Everything we gather up will be going into a repository of open repository conference content. What can we say, we’re pretty single-minded when it comes to keeping it all open access for you lot. Get sending, and we’ll share more soon.

 July 18, 2012  Posted by at 11:02 am Updates Tagged with: , ,  Comments Off on Highlights (so far)
Jul 042012
 
Uncle Sam I Want You Poster

(Original image by DonkeyHotey, Flickr, 28-04-11. Painting by James Montgomery Flagg, via the Library of Congress)

The developer challenge isn’t just for developers anymore. It doesn’t matter if you speak Perl or Ruby or if you bash your Fedora, so long as you speak repository. We want curators, managers, and users of every sort to join. It takes all kinds to make great new toys, so you should consider signing up and pitching an idea. If metadata gets you going, or if you revel in getting your hands dirty with big data sets, there’s no better place to be this Tuesday night than the developer challenge at OR2012.

Show us something new and cool in the world of Open Repositories

That’s the pitch, and we want to see what you’ve got. It’s going to take a collaboration between code ninjas, database wizards, and SWORD-wielding users to take home the prize. We know there are all sorts of innovations bouncing around amongst the array of attendees, and we want to showcase the best of the best.

You don’t even have to worry about making it work yet, though it certainly wouldn’t hurt. Just refine your idea a bit and get ready to talk about it. On Tuesday all of the challengers will get together and shout it out, airing their plans and giving each other feedback.Then you’ve got just under a day to make any finishing touches before presenting to an audience and judging panel on Wednesday night at 5:00pm.

To the victor go the spoils

Funding, vouchers, widgets, and the attention of the entire conference on Thursday morning are all up for grabs. Not too shabby. So head over to the DevCSI challenge page to iron out the details, then submit your idea in the comments of the entry page before Tuesday the 10th.

Need some inspiration? We’ve got just the thing – here are a few prize winners from OpenRepo DevCSI challenges in 2009 and 2011.

 

Jun 152012
 

DevCSI will once again be organising the very successful Developer Challenge at Open Repositories 2012.

Whether you are a developer or user, we want you to be involved this year!

Tell us when you book for OR12, email us, post ideas on the Developer Challenge Ideas page, or let us know when you come to the registration desk for the event.

For the full challenge, information on the glittering prizes, the rules, the judges and other essential information head on over to DevCSI’s dedicated Developer Challenge page.

This year’s Developer Challenge is sponsored by Microsoft Research and there will be an additional prize to any developers who submit an entry to the challenge that also makes an innovative use of Microsoft technologies.

Microsoft Research

 June 15, 2012  Posted by at 3:36 pm Updates Tagged with: , ,  Comments Off on Developer Challenge Announcement