April 11, 2008

Since OR08

Writing about web page http://pubs.or08.ecs.soton.ac.uk/

It's a week now since I was at the OR08 conference, and I can't believe it's flown by so fast. There's a nice video (I am in the background in one shot, proving that I was there!) and presentations and posters are online. There is always so much to do after a conference, catching up in the office... but it was a very good one, and plenty of people have blogged about it in great detail already. Here are my top few highlights:

The future of repositories is in storing data. It's great that we're getting started with storing journal articles, but the keynote speech and the people I met made me very sure once again, that this is just the tip of what can/should be achieved with repositories. 

Various sessions on repository statistics, how to measure them and what they mean: very useful as demonstrating value is particularly important.

Eprints 3.1 release. If only they'd made it so easy to edit metadata six months ago! It really would have saved WRAP a lot of time and angst. But it looks to be much easier to extend EPrints in the future, which is great.

And of course meeting and sharing experiences with so many other people involved in repositories... in the flesh, rather than just virtually!

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