[OAI-general] Technical report on Open Source Repositories

Jean-Yves Le Meur jeanyves at mail.cern.ch
Tue Sep 26 08:03:01 EDT 2006

 	In this report is stated:
CDSware (now recently changed to CDS Invenio) has been excluded from
the in-depth analysis for the following reasons
It has extremely complex installation steps. These steps can be seen here:
CDSware also does not have a good community around it. The mailing
list has had very limited traffic since 2002, which indicates that this
project may have sustainability issues going forward:


         These two statements about CDS Invenio are not correct. 
Understanding that the authors may have wanted to narrow the field of 
study to make the task easier, they should not have justified this using 
false statements which would misguide the community.

         About the first point, the "complex installation" instructions: 
they are mostly full and explicit details for the curious or novice 
sysadmin.  The impatient installer is simply directed to 20 lines of 
instructions in the middle.

         About the second point, the community around Invenio: the adopter 
community is growing, as is the developer community which is now wider 
that just the CERN site with formal collaboration established with EPFL 
and many other contributions world-wide. The developper listbox is very 
active but the authors of the report did not subscribe to it... The 
authors of the report also missed the 'Demo' link where quite a few sites 
using Invenio are linked to; among them are the biggest OAI data provider 
in terms of number of documents...

 	It is a pity to write such a report without taking into account 
one of the biggest and most used Open Source Repository software. At 
least, the exclusion of CDS Invenio from the study should not be justified 
by misleading arguments.

 		Jean-Yves Le Meur.

On Fri, 15 Sep 2006, Wyles, Richard wrote:

> Hello,
> We have just finished a report on open source OMI-PMH compliant systems.
> https://eduforge.org/docman/view.php/131/1062/Repository%20Evaluation%20Document.pdf
> The project is at https://eduforge.org/projects/oarinz/
> It is early in the project but if you would like to know anything further please let me know.
> regards
> Richard Wyles
> Tel: 64 4 913 5987
> Mailto:richard.wyles at openpolytechnic.ac.nz
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