Over at Science in the Open, Cameron Neylon blogs about institutional repositories — data warehouses meant to archive scientific research — and why he and his colleagues can't be bothered to use them. Neylon says he prefers web 2.0 interfaces like FlickR and SlideShare, which is a good example of what a repository can be, he says. A repository's purpose is to make research available on the web, not to serve as a static archive with little functionality. Data type-specific repositories work, he says, because, "in each case the specialisation enables a sort of implicit metadata and for the site to concentrate on providing functionality that adds value to that particular data type. Science repositories could win by doing the same."
Bare Bones Just Doesn't Cut It Anymore
Jun 11, 2008