[openbiblio-dev] github

Etienne Posthumus eposthumus at gmail.com
Thu Nov 17 11:01:58 UTC 2011

On 17 November 2011 10:52, Peter Murray-Rust <pm286 at cam.ac.uk> wrote:
> (http://openbiblio.okfnpad.org/catchup? ) and one of the ideas that came up
> was of using GitHub as a way of managing BibSoups. The idea is, I think,
> that each BibSoup has a Bibserver (probably running in a cloud somewhere)
> and that the raw content of the BibSoup is managed by Github. I include the


This is a very interesting idea. I have not studied the
BibSoup/BibServer use cases in detail yet so cant comment ón the
applicability of this idea to specific needs of the project yet.

It may be useful to mention that I made a system which is very similar
to this in the Cultural Heritage domain, basing a database of objects
on a Subversion repository as the primary data store. Using checkin
hooks in Subversion on various data types would fire off
import/validation/conversion scripts on the server, and populate the
(Python based) web application and indexing server.

This idea was the germ of the system that eventually became the
repository http://repub.eur.nl/ at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
They developed a very innovative institutional repository and have put
a huge effort into improving their data quality and workflows, all
made possible by treating their metadata as source text that can be
edited and modified with the comfort blanket of having excellent
version control.

Etienne Posthumus
Amsterdam, Nederland
skype: eposthumus
twitter: @epoz

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