Fedora Conference — Second Session

The second session of the conference showcased how Monash University is using Fedora to do collaborative research with the DART project. Their example was with annotating DNA stands in crystals; researchers can creation their visualization of the the stands, and then using Fedora, go in and start annotating the compounds in the structure maps.

DART approached their projects by using the Pathways Model that rethins scholarly collaboration. Essentially this model of collaboration endeavors to create "a loosely-coupled, highly distributed, interoperable scholarly communication system." They pointed out an important article entitled Rethinking Scholarly Communication: Building the System Scholars Deserve. This is definately going onto my "to-read" list.

The closing talk was on the German eSciDoc project. They covered how they approached their project for the Max-Planck Society. This is a huge research conglomerate with a budget in the billions. The eSciDoc project is their attempt to create a repository for that research.

It's very interesting to see how these different projects have used the same back-end to approach their projects in very different ways. The nice thing is that these large projects are giving back to the community and releasing their code to other projects. It's nice to see scholarly projects that are tackling the same problems sharing with one another! 

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