DataFlow Developers Success in the OR12 Developer Challenge

Left to right – Ben O’Steen, Mahendra Mahey of DevCSI, Richard Jones

The DataFlow project is very much about development, so it’s not surprising that two of the entries for the Developer Challenge at the OR12 conference where from members of the development team, Ben O’Steen and Richard Jones, both of Cottage Labs.

Ben worked on an idea that originated with Cameron Neylon of the Science & Technology Facilities Council and developed Is This Research Readable?. The idea was to develop a service that checks whether published articles are actually able to be read. Based on DOIs, the service will check a DOI to see whether the article is available and readable or is, in fact, hidden behind a paywall.  The full pitch and proof of concept are now available. Contact Ben and Cameron via Twitter.

Richard worked with Mark MacGillivray (also of Cottage Labs) on SWORD IT! a javascript widget that a researcher could easily embedded in their own web pages. Once in place, the widget would automatically track the repository deposits of the researcher, providing useful statistics and other information. Their demo showed the basics and described how they would develop it further. You can watch Mark describe the idea in more detail, and check out their work so far. Contact Richard and Mark on Twitter.

Photo by zaleary, via Flickr.


DataFlow at Open Repositories 2012

The DataFlow project presented two posters at the Open Repositories Conference 2012, in Edinburgh this week. The posters covered DataBankDataStage and an overall view of DataFlow. The project was represented at the conference by Anusha Ranganathan, Ben O’Steen and Steph Taylor. Sander van der Waal of OSSWatch, partners in the project, and Richard Jones who developed the SWORD2 integration for DataFlow were also on hand to talk to delegates about the project.

There was a Minute Madness session for all posters during Tuesday, with one minute only to explain your poster and interest people in coming to see the posters in more detail at the poster drinks reception that evening. Anusha pitched for the DataBank poster and Step pitched for the DataStage poster. The session was strictly controlled, with presenters being stopped by a strictly enforced whistle after 60 seconds. Anusha pitched perfectly within a minute, but Steph was stopped by the whistle.

Anusha presenting her Minute Madness for DataBank

This didn’t affect interest in the project at the drinks reception, though, with the team answering questions and chatting with lots of delegates about the project.

And later, a calmer chat, with the poster, at the drinks reception.

The Minute Madness sessions were all filmed by the conference and will be available shortly. A link will be posted here once they are online.

Photos by eurovision_nicola, used, with thanks,  under CC license