A facelift for The One Repo

The One Repo demo has been given a facelift. Here’s the old version:


And the slimmer, more elegant new version:


Many thanks to Corina Wong for putting together the new UI.


The One Repo in six minutes and 46 seconds

Between the 9th and 11th of March, I was at the annual conference of RLUK (Research Libraries UK). I had the privilege of explaining the One Repo project in a lightning talk in the 20×20 format — exactly 20 slides, each shown for exactly 20 seconds. The video of that talk is now available:

Obviously I had to cut some corners in the time available, so it’s not quite a comprehensive presentation — but I think it’s a pretty good introduction.


The One Repo demo supports HTTPS

Not a wildly exciting development, but an important one in these times: the One Repo demo, which was previously available under the HTTP protocol (http://onerepo.net/) now also supports the secure variant HTTPS (https://onerepo.net/). This means that your connection is strongly encrypted, and no-one can see what you’re searching for or finding.

That may not seem important — who cares if people can snoop on your searches? But as the Web as a whole moves towards tighter encryption, it’s going to be increasingly important. For example, as part of its drive towards a more secure Web, the Mozilla Foundation announced in April 2015 that they plan to phase out support for non-encrypted web-sites.

The new support for HTTPS keeps the One Repo ahead of the curve.

Introducing the One Repo mailing list


There is now a One Repo mailing list, hosted by Index Data’s installation of the GNU MailMan software.We’ll use that list (as well as this blog) for announcements. It’s also a good medium for discussions that aren’t associated with a blog-post. Please note that the archives are public.

Subscribe here.

One Repo guest-post on the BioMed Central blog

It was our pleasure to write a guest post, The world needs One Repo, for the BioMed Central blog. That post is up today, and it’s a privilege to be featured on the blog of what I believe is the world’s biggest open-access publisher.


Read it here.

The One Repo featured in the Charleston Advisor’s Heard on the Net

We’re pleased that the One Repo, alongside Advancing Research Communication & Scholarship and the Open Library of Humanities, is featured in this week’s Heard on the Net piece in the Charleston Advisor.


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FAQ: How is The One Repo different from SHARE?

This logo-share-177x131is a question that comes up again and again when we’re talking about the One Repo: how is it different from SHARE?

SHARE stands for SHared Access Research Ecosystem. It is an initiative of academic libraries in the USA, initially created as a response to the OSTP memo on public access. This memo was an important game-changer for how scholarly publishing will work in the USA, effectively expanding the NIH’s very successful public access policy across most federally funded research.

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