Roundup 14th Dec

December 14, 2007

It’s been a tough week for (especially institutional) repositories: – with some of the criticism specific (David Flanders, Dorothea Salo) and some a little more general (“centralization is a bug”). But it’s not all doom and gloom; Paul Walk clears up being taken out of context and Peter Murray-Rust announces the Microsoft e-Chemistry project, which I’m optimistic will make big advances in practical repository interop.

On a complete tangent, I discovered Mark Nottingham’s blog and read with delight about his HTTP caching extensions. My relationship with HTTP has been like one of those infernal teen movies where the in-crowd-but-with-a-conscience kid finally dispels the fog of peer pressure and preconception, and invariably finds the class dork to be the member-of-opposite-sex of dreams. Not that an in-crowd kid could ever utter the words “my relationship with HTTP”.

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