So I've imported some repository contents into Blogger to get some hands on experience, and I'd be interested in any feedback on whether this looks useful or compelling.
- The new blog is called Mike O'Lection - it's a little DSpace repository joke. .
- New views
- Sidebar: http://mikeolection.blogspot.com/view/sidebar
- Timeslide: http://mikeolection.blogspot.com/view/timeslide
- Mosaic: http://mikeolection.blogspot.com/view/mosaic (very Tumblr)
- Snapshot: http://mikeolection.blogspot.com/view/snapshot
- Flipcard: http://mikeolection.blogspot.com/view/flipcard
- Original repository pages: http://eprints.ecs.soton.ac.uk/17386/, http://eprints.ecs.soton.ac.uk/21289/, http://eprints.ecs.soton.ac.uk/21622/, http://eprints.ecs.soton.ac.uk/21030/
These views suit various different types of material, but the constant theme that is emerging is that a good visual is pretty much de rigeur for any resource. This means that relying on the thumbnail image of an article's first page is not going to be a good strategy (hint: they all look the same.) I can forsee the need to extract figures and artwork from the PDFs and Office Documents uploaded to a repository.
(Over the next few days I hope to put some more examples on the blog to help get a better feel for how this will work. But I think I might make a bulk Blogger exporter for EPrints because manual cut and pasting is only enjoyable for a few minutes!)