Tuesday Dec 09, 2008

Baltimore is not Paris

Recently I was in Baltimore for a few days for the PASIG [Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group] conference. This is a conference that is on roughly every 6 months. I was fortunate to visit the Paris in November last year for the conference. Admittedly in Paris there was a metro strike so I was pretty much limited to hanging around the hotel. However, we were right next to the Eiffel Tower and it definitely looked pretty good at night. Most nights were spent helping debug the upcoming 1.1 release for Honeycomb though.

PASIG in Baltimore was pretty much a fly in and fly out for me. The plan had been to meet and discuss repository architectures. James Simon presented a proposal. Unfortunately I wasn't able to see his presentation, but after I arrived we did stay up till 2am discussing it and it's implications. There is a lot of interest in the future of Object Oriented research, there are a collection of folks from PASIG who are looking into where to go next. One of the things that came out of this was a desire to look more carefully at Celeste.


I spent a bunch of time talking to some of the Honeycomb early adopters about what their needs are. I also continued to learn more about about Fedora, DSpace, Eprints and now IRODs. It seems that you can teach an old kernel dog new tricks. I still have to work on being an old, crotchety Unix dude though.

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