BoF meeting title
SWORD Protocol Version 3
Collaborative session notes:
Short introduction describing the scope of the group and if any previous activities
SWORD (Simple Web-service Offering Repository Deposit) began 10 years ago as a protocol for automated deposit of papers into nascent Institutional Repositories. SWORD (V1 in 2007/8 and V2 some 5 years later) has seen wide adoption by repositories, publishers and systems that need to work with them.
Over time, the remit of repositories has grown to include a much richer variety of research outputs such as data and the need to update content with new versions has arisen.
Version 3 of SWORD - some 10 years after the original conception - aims to address these new requirements along with a rethink of the base protocol to align with current internet standards.
Much of the conceptual work around V3 has been completed. However, the spec can only be finalised when a reference implementation and validation suite have been successfully implemented and the lessons learnt fed back into the specification.
This (potential) working group aims to bring potential and actual implementers together under the auspices of the Repository Interoperability IG to achieve these goals and ratify a final specification with a view to it potentially becoming an EU Tech Spec rather than a de facto standard.
Additional links to informative material related to the group
www.swordapp.org provide comprehensive documentation on the
To bring together interested community members (newcomers welcome!), provide them with an update on progress to date and brainstorm the roadmap for a working group. We have some identified contributors to the spec, and developers interested in working on a first implementation but would welcome the chance to expand the community.
SWORD, as a standard, has typically been largely static between revisions which, while arguably a strength, has left later developers with less community support than would be desirable. A secondary goal of the WG would be to try and create sufficient community cohesion, including the establishment of some more formal structure, to ensure that this does not continue to be the case.
A Brief History of SWORD
What's New in Version 3 (for more experienced hands)
Dive into more Technical Detail
Discussion of WG Outcomes
Brainstorming a Roadmap
Developers/Owners or users of...
Repositories (any kind of content)
Systems that need to Interact with Repository Content
Systems that need to Exchange Digital Objects
For preparation, please visit www.swordapp.org and read through the SWORDV3 documentation
Group chair serving as contact person: Neil Jefferies
Type of meeting: working meeting