[Olpc-open] [OLPC library] Working on a repository system for Nepal's OLPC pilot

Bryan Berry bryan.berry at gmail.com
Thu Dec 13 09:52:13 EST 2007

Hey Michael,

It is a small world. As you are probably aware, your office mate Bert
Freudenberg is here in Kathmandu w/ us helping us ramp up our Squeak
development. We talked a good bit today about Sophie.

Did you compare Fedora w/ DSpace at all? 

It is a shame that your port to the XO did not progress. It sounds like
a really awesome project.

The webreader sounds fantastic because we want most of the content we
develop to work on as many platforms as possible, primarily because we
want people who don't have XO's to comment on, tweak, and otherwise
improve our work.

When you say that you were porting Sophie to the XO do you mean that you
were porting the entire authoring environment just like Squeak? It would
be a shame if you couldn't read Sophie books on the XO at all but
perhaps your web plugin will solve that problem

On Thu, 2007-12-13 at 15:17 +0100, Michael Rueger wrote:
> Bryan Berry wrote:
> > I have put a lot of work these two weeks into building a prototype
> > library for Nepal's pilot of OLPC. It is my understanding from an e-mail
> > conversation with S.J. that OLPC hasn't decided on a repository system
> > for the library. For the time being I am much more concerned about the
> As part of the Sophie project (http://sophieproject.org) we worked on 
> porting Sophie to the XO, but the ongoing changes and no funding stopped 
> that effort.
> However, we do have a Sophie book server, where Sophie books can be 
> uploaded to and downloaded from. At Impara we have been also working on 
> a web reader for Sophie books, which would allow to read Sophie books in 
> a normal web browser without the need for a plugin.
> With the HPI in Potsdam we extended an early prototype to support 
> annotations. comments etc 
> (http://www.swa.hpi.uni-potsdam.de/projects/sos/index.html).
> If you are interested I can give you access to our test versions.
> > I have posted an image of the prototype on to OLE Nepal's blog
> > http://nepal.ole.org/home/?q=node/104
> > fedora -- not to be confused with Fedora Linux 
> With Sophie we have implemented a web service to access OKI supporting 
> repositories, but are not very happy with it for a variety of reasons.
> We are looking at using Fedora as a repository back-end with Sophie. I 
> installed Fedora and did some tests. Their web service API is well 
> thought out and it runs in small installations as well as large, 
> distributed systems. Definitely my favorite so far.
> Just MTC (€)
> Michael

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