September 2008: Volume 13 Issue 3
The inaugural JISC-funded Repository Fringe event was held at the Playfair Library, University of Edinburgh on 31 July/1 August 2008.
The seeds of an idea regarding a 'fringe' event were sown at the Open Repositories 2008 by noted enthusiasts with a view to fostering coordination, co-operation and cross-pollination within the community working on the fringes of the repository world.
Over 80 delegates attended the event, which consisted of two plenary speakers, short "Soapbox" parallel sessions, "Group Improv" sessions (aimed at audience participation), and "An Audience with ..." presentations.
Dorothea Salo's (University of Wisconsin) keynote speech provided a controversial overview of why institutional repositories are dead and need to be resuscitated, claiming that idealism isn't enough – it's time to rethink the initial assumptions.
EDINA's "Soapbox" and poster contributions included: Guy McGarva and George Hamilton's "Geospatially enabling a DSpace repository – examples from ShareGeo and DataShare"; Fred Howell (textensor Ltd) with Ian Stuart and Theo Andrew: "Using PublicationsList.org as a researcher-friendly front end for repository submission – a collaboration with The Depot using SWORD"; Ian Stuart: "The how and why of Repository Junction"; Robin Rice: "DISC-UK DataShare project – opening the doors to data: minding the gaps".
Stuart Macdonald presented "Mashups and open data utilities in Web 2.0" as part of the "An Audience with..." sessions for DISC-UK DataShare.
The closing Plenary by David De Roure (Southampton) highlighted how the successes and failures of the GRID can be translated to the Open Access Repositories and how Web 2.0 can be utilized to address some of the shortcomings.
Positive feedback on the event has been encouraging, and planning has already begun for Repository Fringe 2009.