The CRIG developer challenge at Open Repositories 2008 was a real success (props due to David Flanders for making it happen). I’m sure the cash prize helped to motivate people, but it can’t account for all that effort, so what was the magic ingredient X? More on that in a moment, but first…

I’d like to add my congratulations to the chorus for Dave, Tim and Ben! I’d also like to make some honourable mentions: –

Oh, and from my point of view, the magic ingredient was “the opportunity to have your work toasted by a room full of your peers, and then around the blogosphere”. Money can’t buy it.

Slides from the presentations I gave at OR08 are now available from DSpace@Cambridge: –

CrystalEye – from desktop to data repository.

Preview of the TheOREM Project.

They should also be appearing (possibly with video, who knows?) at the official conference repo at

This seems to be doing the round this morning (e.g. Toby). From this you could probably deduce that my hard drive is getting full…

greyarea:~ jimdowning$ history|awk ‘{a[$2]++} END\
> {for(i in a){printf “%5d\t%s\n”,a[i],i}}’|sort -rn|head
104 texi2pdf
78 ls
75 cd
38 svn
21 less
17 rm
10 ssh
10 eclipse&
10 curl
9 du