DevCSI Challenge @ Open Repositories 2011
As usual the standard of the entrants were very high and the solutions were diverse. There was also high energy and an infectious buzz in the room during the presentations! See videos at http://devcsi.ukoln.ac.uk/blog/2011/07/29/or11-developer-challenge-videos/
“Repository as a Service (RaaS). Stuart Lewis, Kim Shepherd, Adam Field, Andrea Schweer, and Yin Yin Latt (University of Auckland, DSpace Committers, EPrints services and the library Consortium of New Zealand.
Repository as a Service (RaaS) is the idea that the repository is a commodity which provides a service. In order for current repositories to act like this they need standard interfaces to get data in and out. Once these standard interfaces are in place, the repository becomes a commodity which can be swapped in and out, and the ‘repository service’ can be provided by many repositories or one. The entry demonstrated an Android mobile app that used SWORD to deposit photos into both DSpace and EPrints. Then using solr indexes as a common interface for getting access to the items in the repository, a tool called Skylight was demonstrated that could display the repository collections. Identical experiences were provided by both EPrints and DSpace because of the common interfaces in and out. In addition, the repository as a commodity was shown to be useful for providing further services – examples including translating the content of the repositories using the Microsoft Translation API, and extracting geo-location data from GPS-tagged photos. The idea for RaaS was conceived and worked up during the conference and it demonstrated strong collaboration and agile development.
JISC Runners up:
“Distributed Research Object Creator” D-ROC Patrick McSweeney and Matt Taylor, University of Southampton
D-ROC is a data driven interface collating resources which already exist on the web to tell a story of research from the research object creators perspective. The author uses a tool to explain how resources from web sources like institutional repositories, slideshare, data repositories, youtube and other online sources are linked together to make up a full piece of research. Behind the scenes this makes an RDF linked data document which could be reused in a number of ways. For their competition entry Patrick and Matt chose to make a data driven website which aggregates attention metadata (views, dowloads, citation counts) from the various web sources but they invision far wider scoped applications for this kind of rich data. One of the key selling points is that a user can imediately see value from there time invested using to tool. To be able to design a project website in half an hour illustrates the power of the tool. http://blogs.ecs.soton.ac.uk/oneshare/tag/erevnametrics/
“Dynamic Deep Zoom Images and Collections with Djatoka” – Rebecca Sutton Koeser, Emory University Libraries
This entry used the Microsoft and Deep Zoom and Pivot applications on top of special image collections in their Fedora repository. This has wider application to other image-based repository collections and it was impressive to see what was achieved in the time constraints of the developer challenge.
Special mention goes to Sam Adams from Cambridge University for his use of the PIVOT tool over the chempound semantic data repository (JISC Clarion project) which allows rich domain access to physical science data.
Special mention goes to Dave Tarrant from Southampton University for using the XBOX Kinect technology to drag and drop items into ePrints. It was very ingenious and entertaining watch.
Use of SWORD prize:
RaaS – same as above. The project produced a SWORD App for Android mobile devices to allow photos to be deposit from smartphones. The potential for this implementation as a mobile deposit device is fairly extensive, potentially allowing for geo location, orientation, audio, video, stills to all be recorded to an archival location in near real time, or to enable ‘citizen science’ via data collection from thousands of remote devices. http://www.appbrain.com/app/sword-share/org.skylightui.swordshare
Thank you to:
- University of Texas at Austin for hosting or11 and supporting DevCSI.
- Microsoft Research for supporting DevCSI
- Mahendra Mahey for organising the event
- Peter Sefton for supporting the event and chairing the presentations and keeping the judges in order