Looking back at Open Repositories 2011

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… Read More »

Where does SWORD fit into the future?

Are you coming to the Open Repositories 2011 conference?  If so, you might be interested in the ‘Developers Challenge‘.  The theme of the the challenge this year is: “Show us the future of repositories!” This competition will be fascinating, as it will allow repository users, managers, and developers to team up in order to show us… Read More »

SWORD at Open Repositories 2011

The Open Repositories 2011 conference is less than 5 weeks away now, so we thought it would be a good time to tell you about about what the SWORD team will be up to at the conference. SWORD will be represented at two different parts of the conference: The SWORD Course If you would like… Read More »

SWORD v2 development effort starts

Following a meeting of the SWORD v2 developers earlier this week, development work to implement the proposed SWORD v2 standard has now started.  Our aim is to have things to show by the time of the Open Repositories 2011 conference in June this year. The SWORD v2 standard is not yet finalised, however it is… Read More »

Next draft of the v2 specifcation

A new copy of the proposed SWORD v2 specification has been posted based on recent feedback from the Technical Advisory Panel: http://swordapp.org/sword-v2/sword-v2-specifications/ The main changes that were made are as follows: 1/ Changed all relevant instances of URI to IRI. 2/ Provided a better introduction with text from the business case/technical approach document. 3/ Corrected… Read More »

Discussing the scope of SWORDv2

As part of the SWORD v2 developments, the Technical Advisory Panel have been busy discussing many aspects of the proposed new version of the standard.  This has been a lively and engaging process.  If you would like to read these discussions and contribute any feedback, you would be very welcome! One particularly interesting thread came… Read More »

Retirement of old demonstration servers

Since the very first SWORD project, there have been two demonstration SWORD servers provided.  These were funded by the original SWORD project.  They have been in existence for a number of years, and have served as excellent demonstration servers for SWORD clients. However, they have now had to be retired. http://dspace.swordapp.org/ used to provide a… Read More »

Video introduction to SWORD v2

The team over at CottageLabs.com have created a nice 2 1/2 minute technical introductory video to the SWORD v2 standard.  You can view it via their blog: http://cottagelabs.com/intro-to-sword-2/ The narrator is Richard Jones, the Technical Lead for the SWORD v2 initiative.  The video provides a great high-level introduction to the main technical concepts of the… Read More »

Decisions regarding the challenges of SWORDv2

Following some great recent discussions by the SWORD Technical Advisory Panel, we’re pleased to announce a few decisions that have been made regarding some of the details for the new version 2 of SWORD.  The full email announcing the decisions is shown below, or can be seen in the list archives of the technical advisory… Read More »

SWORD wikipedia entry

SWORD now has a wikipedia entry! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SWORD_(Protocol) The page does not have much detail on at the moment, so if you have a minute or two, please take a look at the page, and see if you could add / edit / correct / improve / enhance the page.  If you know of any other… Read More »