The CRIG is promoting interoperability of repositories with other services during a roadshow in the summer of 2008. It will be doing this by setting up a “Developer Lounge” where people will be encouraged to stop by and pitch their innovative technology ideas. The primary motive of this Roadshow is to interface repositories with other *non-repository* services for the purpose of finding out how repositories can better integrate in the current scholarly landscape.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Maybe we shouldn't be using the term "Repository" to describe ourselves?

In trying to explain what we do to a group of computer scientists, we've discovered that the word 'repository' is not a helpful word.  'Repository' is really seen as a place that holds code, (subversion, mercurial[Hg], git, .rpm/.deb repos, etc).  The same with talking about the word 'data' with them which is really seen as 'data' within 'database'.  However, what they do understand is 'resource', and specifically in regards to 'what they consume and produce in their daily scholarly routine'.

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