Repository Fringe Day Two: What We Found Out (and Who Won the Lego!)

We had a fantastic and very busy day two at Repository Fringe today!

A brief welcome from Repository Fringe Chair Nicola Osborne kicked off the day and was followed be a welcome and introduction to the city – and it’s many and varied repository activities – by Stuart Lewis. Our Opening Keynote Jacqui Taylor talked Open Data, Data visualisation and connecting up the supplier side and demand side of data sharing (see her slides here). She urged attendees to consider being part of the UK Open Data User Group and shared their call for members: Read the full live blog here.

Coffee,  served in the stylish Repository Fringe insulated mugs of course, was served during an extra long networking break to allow for serious business card exchange, with a prize for the most creative cards or handing out method. There was also cake to keep us all lively for networking!

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The Repository Fringe 2013 coffee mugs – a “collectors item” according to a tweet from Ann Green (@annthegreen)!

As the break drew to a close the Developer Challenge officially kicked off in the “cafe” area of the Informatics Forum. We have seriously good prizes this year and we are also extending our online submission deadline so it’s all to play for – even if you are not with us in person! Find out what happened today at the Challenge here and find out more about the hack, including the rules, here.

The morning continued with short presentations. Angela Laurans and Theo Andrew filled us in on what happened at yesterday’s OJS Workshop then Graham Triggs talked Vivo and FigShare. Pablo de Castro and Jackie Proven gave a double act on STARS – a project trialling various repository innovations at St Andrews. Then Chris Gutteridge explained why “It’s not open if nobody can find it” and Tim Gollins polished off the session with his energised low-slide-count “Parsimonious Preservation and Digital Sensitivity Review” talk. Read the full live blog of that session here.

After lunch we returned with three Round Tables looking at the Repository of the Future, Preservation and Digital Sensitivity, and Academia and open access. All three were busy and lively and we know there will be write ups for all three following shortly from our crack volunteer blogging team!

After a refreshing coffee break – and more cake! – it was back to our main room for the announcement of our Networking Prize winner, Lisa Ng from Herriot-Watt, who had pre-customised a large number of coffee mug holders with her contact address . She won a coveted Lego business card holder! Honorable mention goes to Muriel Mewissen – who skewered her business cards on free lollipops – and to Claire Knowles – who handed out free calendars from the University of Edinburgh library as her own unique calling card. Most importantly of all everyone got a great excuse to meet new people, chat and exchange ideas!

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The networking prize and some of the best contenders. Click through for an annotated image on Flickr.

Then it was on to the Pecha Kuchas which kicked off with a breakneck pace GoGeo and GeoDoc overview from Tony Mathys, followed by Sarah Jones giving a super calm guide to the new DMP Online tool. Sarah was followed by Dave Tarrant convincing us that little buttons make a big difference, Pat McSweeney telling a room full of librarians and library related staff that metadata was, basically, bad, and finally Muriel Mewissen went through the challenges and opportunities of RJ Broker. It was a fab sequence of presentations – full liveblog here – with just enough time for questions and instant voting!

We finished the afternoon with more short presentations kicking off with Robin Burgess’s excellent follow up to his 2011 Repository Song – video of this follow up and accompanying music video to follow shortly. Next up Robin Rice talked Use Cases and finally Stuart Lewis closed the day with his super concise overview of ResourceSync. Full notes from this session here.

The very final tasks of the day were the award of our first Pecha Kucha prize and our Symplectic Drinks Reception. After challenging voting – as all of the PKs were great – the winner was Pat McSweeney proving that, librarians and academics really do love a heated debate! Pat takes home a rather desirable Lego calendar and a bonus prize: the new CD from Scratchy Noises, one of whom is also a Repository Fringe delegates!

And the day closed with very convivial drinks, chat and plotting of evening Edinburgh Fringe shows for many. If you were only with us today please do fill out our feedback form. Otherwise we shall see you tomorrow for more Repository Fringe fun including our marvellous Closing Keynote Mark Hahnel, more Round Tables, the judging of the Developer Challenge and yes, more Lego Pecha Kucha prizes.

From the blogs

We are indebted to our volunteer blog and social media team who are tweeting, sketching, photographing and preparing a rich Twitter analysis of the event. We are sharing links here to posts that have already gone live but please leave a comment below or email us if your own post isn’t included here!

There will be more blogs, video, images, etc. to come after the Fringe so do keep an eye on the blog!


I am Digital Education Manager and Service Manager at EDINA, a role I share with my colleague Lorna Campbell. I was previously Social Media Officer for EDINA working across all projects and services. I am interested in the opportunities within teaching and learning for film, video, sound and all forms of multimedia, as well as social media, crowdsourcing and related new technologies.

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