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

Bryan Berry bryan.berry at gmail.com
Thu Dec 13 09:59:30 EST 2007

Hey Todd,

For the moment I have just added a note on repositories to the Library

You can read more about the OLPC pilot in Nepal at www.olenepal.org

On Thu, 2007-12-13 at 06:41 -0800, tekelsey at gmail.com wrote:
> I am not an expert but have been impressed with what I witnessed of subversion. I think that there was also an earlier post about another system that might open up as an extension of the local filesystem.
> Perhaps you might wish to create a wiki page, "content repositories", and a page linking to it called "content repository", to catch search terms, and put brief bullets on there with profiles of systems, as well as a link to the nepal project.
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> 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
> back-end of the library than the user interface. I don't think that it
> will be incredibly hard to design a simple user interface for kids to
> search a repository. The harder part is to find a powerful back-end that
> will be able to accommodate our needs as they grow over time.
> I have posted an image of the prototype on to OLE Nepal's blog
> http://nepal.ole.org/home/?q=node/104
> I think this current UI will be good for teachers. I will need a much
> simpler one for kids.
> After some cursory research, there appear to be three leading
> open-source repository systems
> Eprints
> Dspace -- used in OpenCourseWare, and
> fedora -- not to be confused with Fedora Linux 
> I will also be testing out the DiVA repository set up by SF State some
> time next week, thanks to Sameer Verma. I had to get something up and
> running by this Friday (Dec. 14th) per a self-imposed deadline.
> Being the incredibly lazy person that I am, I did not go to the trouble
> of installing and testing each one of these repositories. Instead I
> spent half a day reading reviews, blog posts, and news group discussions
> comparing various repository packages. After reading this evaluation of
> the leading three repository systems and watching this video, I decided
> to try out fedora.
> After many painful hours I got fedora set up. Actually, it is quite easy
> to set up fedora, which is a pure web service. I found installing the
> most popular UI Fez rather difficult to get set up. I see this
> decoupling of service and UI as a strong positive in fedora's favor. We
> need a very simple kid-friendly UI for kids, a more advanced one for
> teachers, and a very advanced one for the people who will load materials
> into the library. 
> I would love to hear from someone who actually knows about repository
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