Innovation Zone: Support for Developments in Repository Infrastructure
Thom Bunting gave a presentation on the Innovation Zone as part of the UK RepositoryNet+: showcase of Wave 1 service components and ideas workshop for Wave 2 session at OR2012.
Thom explained that the Innovation Zone is a JISC-funded initiative focussing on supporting developments in repository infrastructure in the UK, managed by the Innovation Support Centre at UKOLN and the RepositoryNet (RepNet) at Edina. Support is within four main areas: technical knowledge-exchange through expert workshops; sharing of key information on repository components and use cases via a knowledge base; trials of APIs with developer communities through DevSCI; and the incubation of prospective services, an area currently under development and available soon.
Thom is keen to hear from anyone who has repository-related service with an API they would like to trial with developers. The Innovation Zone is able to offer help in putting you in touch with developers and making links with other projects in complimentary areas of work.
The incubation aspect of the Innovation Zone support will be available soon and can help with new development initiatives such as repository infrastructure innovations, prospective components and microservices. Again, Thom is keen to hear from people who have projects that could benefit from incubation.
To find out more and engage with the Innovation Zone, leave a comment here and/or contact Thom.