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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is 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.
We’ve recently added an interesting new feature to The One Repo’s user interface. Now, any subdomain of the onerepo.net domain can be configured to provide access to a regional, national or subject-based subset of the harvested targets. For example, us.onerepo.net is set up to search only the US-based repositories.
We could equally set up physics.onerepo.net for the union of all physics repositories, for example; or eu.onerepo.net for European repositories.