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RepoCamp ‘08: “The coolest thing to do with your data will be thought of by someone else”

London, UK Join the RepoCamp ‘08 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. on Friday July 25th 2008. For information about how to participate click here.
This is the final event of the JISC Common Repository Interfaces Group (CRIG) Roadshow due to head out on July 12 for a 2 1/2 week, multi-city event called “CRIG Roadshow.” The event will feature developers who will pitch and share on-the-spot ideas in hopes of convincing whoever is on hand to participate in expressing CRIG’s collaborative slogan: “The coolest thing to do with your data will be thought of by someone else.”
If you attend you can expect to be asked to participate by sharing a 5 minute “elevator pitch” loosely based on what’s currently inspiring or bothering you. The group then organizes around flip charts with notes from pitches listed so that interested people can gather to continue to contribute their thoughts. Ad hoc prototyping begins in the afternoon. Often “gurus” are declared to spearhead the afternoon’s prototyping and hacking on ideas. The event concludes by sharing a new round of elevator pitches based on what’s been developed: this can be anything from a paper-prototype to a working interface or a new revelation all together. At this time the group sometimes makes their way to a local bar for continued discussions where the best ideas often seem to occur.