Why you should enter the OR10 repository challenge

Are you headed to Open Repositories 10 this year? You are? Excellent. I’ve got a couple of questions for you:

When you look at a record page from your repository (this is the kind of page I mean) can you think of links to other content that could be added to this page that would be useful to someone who happened across this record?

Can you think of a source for the other content that a clever developer could use to automatically add links to the record page?

If you answered yes to both these questions then you are well on the way to entering a competition that could win you a juicy prize and the recognition of your peers and could benefit the rest of us by improving repository interfaces.

Of course, an idea isn’t enough, here is what you do next:

  • Step 1: Read more about the challenge
  • Step 2: Write down your idea at the repository challenge forum
  • Step 3: Form a team consisting of at least one developer and one repository manager/administrator/user. Missing a team member? You could advertise for someone to join your team on the challenge forum.
  • Step 4: Develop your prototype.
  • Step 5: Advertise it widely to get comments for improvement and support
  • Step 6: Prepare a presentation for the event
  • Step 7: Victory, fame, fortune, a better world. (Maybe)

I’m really excited about this challenge because it should combine the talents and outlooks of repository users and developers to create practical and immediately useful interface improvements for repositories that can be picked up and used or improved upon by other repositories. I’m going to be one of the judges for the challenge and I can’t wait to be impressed by your ingenuity.