- Pluggable (extendable) repository systems
DSpace 2 was initially designed to support plugins and there were some suggestions which will improve it further. The Eprints team showed off a really cool proof of concept of a plugins store which allows browsing, downloading, and installing from within eprints. The Fedora Commons team indicated interest in using OSGi to manage their services and enable plugin points.
- ReST interfaces
All the major systems have some ReST in place now and are working on having fully restful access available in the fairly near future. I think (and hope) this will lead to more mashup style integrations and easier access to repository data which can only be a good thing.
The merging of the DSpace and Fedora Commons communities into DuraSpace is cool because it means 2 teams of great developers will now be one. They also showed off the DuraCloud distributed storage service which is interesting from a scaling and backup perspective.
- Developer Repo Challenge
There were some really cool projects and ideas demonstrated for the repo challenge. My personal favorite was the EprintsAppStore. I also really liked the FedoraFS entry from a technical coolness perspective and MentionIt (the winner) for its simplicity.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Open Repositories 09 developer view
I just got back from the Open Repositories 2009 conference in Atlanta, GA, US and wanted to highlight a few things which were interesting to me (from a developer's perspective).