New SWORD website and blog

By | August 8, 2010

Welcome to the new SWORD website and blog!

SWORD is now over three years old, and as part of growing up it is time for a new website, a new look and feel, and time to look forward to how the standard should develop over the next three years. Watch out for new blog posts concerning general developments about SWORD, new client and server implementations, new demo systems, and most excitingly, the proposed SWORD version 2 developments.

There are bigger changes being made too relating to the governance and leadership of the project. SWORD v1 was developed and steered by a small group of developers and advocates representing UK repository interests, and the DSpace, EPrints, Fedora and Intralibrary communities. Whilst the small group developed the SWORD v1 standard in a lightweight, agile and efficient manner, it has been decided to open development of SWORD v2 to all international interested parties, platforms, and organisations. This process will be facilitated by a technical lead and a community manager who will ensure the new standard develops in a technically sound way, whilst making sure the whole community is involved in its design.

More details will be posted shortly, but please get in contact at info@swordapp.org if you are interested in joining in!

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About Stuart Lewis

Stuart Lewis works for The University of Auckland Library as their Digital Development Manager. He has played a part of all the past SWORD projects, initially by being the joint creator of the DSpace and Fedora implementations, but also by writing clients such as the Java web client, the PHP API, and the Facebook client. More recently he has contributed by creating the EasyDeposit SWORD client creation tookit, and for writing ‘The SWORD Course’ (http://www.slideshare.net/swordapp/tag/theswordcourse / http://vimeo.com/channels/swordapp) that was first delivered at the Open Repositories 2010 conference.

Stuart blogs regularly about SWORD developments (http://blog.stuartlewis.com/tag/sword/) and has co-authored two papers concerning SWORD:

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