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Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Variations Unleashed

Variations, a digital library system dedicated to music, is now available as an open-source project. No, Variations, will not replace your iTunes/WinAmp/Pandora/etc. But for universities and other organizations that want to make a large collection of music available to students, it might be just the thing they have been waiting for. In addition to basic [...]

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Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

Open Repositories 2008

The 2008 OpenRepositories conference was a lot of fun, but extremely tiring. Many of the days lasted 13 hours, and one day went to 15. As one of my fellow attendees stated, someone was trying to make sure we experienced every last bit of “conferencely goodness”. This, combined with the fact that I had some [...]

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Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Stop picking on the EOL!

Last week, the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) released the first public version of their system. Although they had a huge amount of traffic, most critical reaction was neutral and/or negative. Notably, Rod Page posted a review which was categorized under the heading “suck”. And the comments from Slashdot were largely negative as well.
In general, it [...]

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Friday, November 30th, 2007

Don’t read this blog!

Why should you read this? Frankly, I have no clue. I’m not even quite sure why I’m writing I. it suppose I could say Stevey told me to. Or I could claim that the Great and Powerful Flying Zumwalt wasn’t tired of hearing my ramblings yet.
But the truth is, I’m writing this for me, not [...]

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