In September, the day before the UK User Group Meeting, John Salter and I organised a hack-day for the EPrints developer community. Slides available here. Not only was the EPrints code base moved forwards, but we also got most of the way to building a deployable development environment. Most importantly, it was an opportunity for networking and training for newer members of the community. We planned at the time to run another hack day a couple of months later.
So, two months later, Rachel Proudfoot, Valerie McCutcheon and I are organising a Community Contributions day, which will cover a broader set of activities than just development. We’re making this as inclusive as possible and putting together streams of work where anyone in the community can contribute code, documentation, logistics or policy. The day is being organised on the EPrints Wiki, and participants should sign up for an interest group (or two) that matches their areas of interest and expertise.
We’re hoping that we can replicate the success of the developers over a much broader set of EPrints Community demographics. If successful, the Codebase, Documentation and Community will all have been improved.