[Server-devel] RACHEL, another developing world server project, would like to have a discussion with XS

Norberto Mujica nmujica at gmail.com
Thu Oct 1 20:12:46 EDT 2009

Hi Martin
I took a quick look at the content you guys have already packaged as
collections and available at http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Library_grid
It looks great, and it seems you guys are putting lots of efforts on
good content gathering.

Would you mind if we pilot a copy of some of this content in our
RACHEL repository?
If that is the case we can show you how it would look in one of our
repositories, and I think we can start sharing content as well as
packaging and distribution approaches. Let us know your thoughts.
Sometimes there is nothing better than some pilots..


On Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 12:41 AM, Martin Langhoff
<martin.langhoff at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 1:50 AM, Dennis Nguyen
> <denniskdnguyen at alumni.duke.edu> wrote:
>> Right now our content has a melange of licenses, with the majority being CC.
>> Of course we do request permission from all of our content holders before
>> packaging anything, which gets us past a few issues, but I suppose inclusion
>> in derivative work (including RACHEL in XS) remains sketchy... this will
>> require deeper study.
> Ok. If you add some lightweight metadata, including the license, then
> we can automatically pick the redistributable parts :-)
>> On another note, I just took a look through the XO content library at
>> http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Library_grid and to my delight discovered that
>> everything was a self-contained website in a .zip file! This is a great
>> thing. Perhaps we could work something out whereby on our content hunting we
>> could package some content for you folks, permissions and licenses
>> permitting.
> Yes! A simple zip with an index will do :-) -- this is limited to the
> space on the XO, so deployments can't preload too much, and end users
> can't download too much (there is an activity in the works to make it
> easier to browse for content, download and remove).
> One better is to add a little bit of DC metadata to the .zip -- that's
> what the IMS-CP format is -- and with that we can do a lot more on the
> XS. And not only the XS -- tons of other edu tools can browse, unpack
> and serve IMS-CP "formatted" content.
> cheers,
> m
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