Exploration. Evaluation. Deployment. Management. ICPSR is constantly looking at developing technologies, implementing the most promising ones for new projects, and surveying the landscape for new ways of managing our existing systems. It's a very busy place, and always very interesting.
I'm intending to use this space to let people know what's going on with technology at ICPSR, and hoping that people will find it interesting and informative.
I'll be spending a lot of time over the next month or two working with the Fedora, looking at ways of storing social science data and documentation in this open-source repository software. ICPSR already has a rich system of content delivery and existing preservation systems, and exploring the best way of integrating (or replacing) them with Fedora will be one of the first tasks to undertake.