Everyone is home from Open Repositories 2011 now. As usual it was a great conference, and we were once again surprised by how often SWORD is referred to in different presentations.
SWORD was promoted by the team twice at the conference:
- The SWORD Course: The course was presented by Stuart Lewis and Richard Jones. The slides from the course are available online. This year saw the addition of a new module, ‘An introduction to SWORD v2′.
- SWORD v2 debut presentation: This was the first time that SWORD v2 has been presented at a large conference. The presentation was delivered by Stuart Lewis and Richard Jones, and showed the evolution of SWORD v1 to v2, demonstrated the benefits and use cases of the new version, and looked at the implementations that are under development. The slides can be viewed on slideshare.
SWORD also played a part of the Developer Challenge, with a special prize being offered to the the most innovative use of SWORD in an open-repositories context. The prize was won by a group made up of DSpace developers from New Zealand (The University of Auckland Library, and the Library Consortium of New Zealand) and an EPrints developer from the UK, currently living in Korea. Part of their submission involved an Android mobile application they had created that could deposit geo-tagged photos directly into a repository using SWORD.