The best and worst thing about delving down into the lower reaches of my RSS list is that I occasionally stumble across pieces on things that were on my mind anyway. Probably important, definitely interesting, they are nonetheless a sunny path that leads into the woods as far as the morning’s productivity goes. Usually they are scanned, and then stay in the tab stack waiting for a more thorough reading until firefox crashes a few days later.

So if you’re in need of diversion and you were thinking about XForms, scalable web architectures and things of that nature too; don’t hesitate to ramble through this post by Koranteng, particularly taking in this piece by Mark Birbeck, and the excellent presentation by Adam Bosworth.

A thought provoking piece from Jeffrey Zeldman, which hypothesizes that web design (by which I think he means “design of the web” rather than “graphic design that happens to be on the web”) is a hidden profession.

This is increasingly true here also. CrystalEye is as much a web design project as well as a data project. When we talk about web information architectures for data repositories, for WWMM, for polymer and other chemical ontologies, for data QA, we are talking about web design.

In academic research I suspect that things have ever been thus – job descriptions rarely describe the entirety of the skills an individual will use. But web design, just like software engineering, is an important part of progressing the chemoinformatics state-of-the-art.

Some great news from MacKenzie Smith to the DSpace-general mailing list: –

… I would like to take this opportunity to announce that Michele Kimpton has accepted the position as Executive Director for the [DSpace corporation] organization. The DSpace non-profit corporation will initially provide organizational, legal and financial support for the DSpace open source software project. Prior to joining DSpace, Michele Kimpton was one of the founding Directors at Internet Archive, in charge of Web archiving technology and services. The Internet Archive is a not-for-profit organization in California, During her time at Internet Archive Michele initiated and managed several open source software projects to collect, access and preserve web pages.

Michele developed an organization within Internet Archive to help
support and fund open source software and web archiving programs, so she comes to us with a lot of experience in both open source software and long-term digital
curation. Her organization worked primarily with National Libraries and Archives
around the world, so she is familiar with large, widely diverse and distributed
communities. Michele was one of the co-founders of the IIPC ( International Internet Preservation Consortium,, whose mission is to work collaboratively to develop tools, standards and processes for archiving and preservation of web material.

The DSpace non-profit corporation is in the final stages of completing
filing status as a not-for-profit corporation of Massachusetts. By summer 2007 we
expect to have this legal entity in place, and a complete Board of Directors. Both
MIT and Hewlett Packard have provided the start up funding to establish the
organization over the next several years. The organization will reside initially on
the MIT campus. Over the next six months Michele will be talking with members of the DSpace community to help formulate the strategy for what organizational support would be helpful and needed from the DSpace organization. You can contact Michele directly at

The latest version of the JCamp-DX library ( is available from the wwmm maven repo (Group:net.sf artifact:jcamp-dx, version:0.9).

Peter Murray-Rust asks whether IRs should be authoring support tools. Dorothea says no, but there need to be better APIs for ingesting content. JISC agrees, and funds project SWORD, kicking off next week.

A problem with a solution and a solution with a problem – how often does that happen?

Wow, I hope the US gov goes ahead with this plan to put all data from public science into open repositories. A short article can’t, of course, capture either the enormity of the difficulties involved, or the incredible benefits of success.