The Challenge

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Repository Fringe Challenge 2009

We have flipped the idea of a Challenge on its head: instead of coming to the event, and having two days to work on something of your own devising, we have come up with the "Problem", and give you a full month to come up with a solution

The Challenge

"Design a REPOSITORY FOCUSED/ENHANCEMENT service to a researcher/academic/teacher that they would feel is intuitively useful TO THEM PERSONALLY"

One caveat:

The only information the researcher will type in and give your service is their name, email, and possibly their current institution.
Any other details that the service asks for will have to be hard fought for and must provide instant positive results from the point of view of the researcher.


Some ideas for useful services:

  • 1-click deposit from any application or any item in any form? No... We ask for miracles!
  • mining repos, research council data and other centres for the abstracts of projects that the researcher has worked on, and use that to get keywords which the service uses to find collegues working in similar areas.
  • Compiling a list blog pages, tweets, journals, and websites which mention the researcher and/or the researcher's work and providing the researcher with a way to track how their individual efforts ripple through their network.


So people, come to the event and pitch your ideas (based on the above criteria) to a panel of judges. You are allowed to present anything from a paper prototype, to a screencast, to a working UI, to a full-blown prototype. The presentations will be part of the "Show and Tell" sessions on the Friday afternoon.

The submissions are judged on both their appropriateness and their technical achievability: this means that a paper prototype might well beat working code if it satisfies these criteria AND is technically feasible. If there is doubt about the feasibility of a design, the onus is on the entrant to demonstrate this - so working code, all other things being equal, will count for something.

The reward

Isn't taking part enough of a reward?

OK... there will be a first prize and two runners-up prizes.

(If the judges so like a particular submission, then they may recommend it for a small (up to £5,000) grant to give the developer some time to develop the idea into a working prototype. The actual amount recommended will be at the discretion of the judges and will be based on their assessment of how many days development might best be spent on this.)

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