Tom Jacobson pointed me toward a recent article in the Chronicle on MIT’s Dspace project. It aims at allowing researchers to make their research and data easily available, and aims at making this archival software open source and customizable.
Eventually, MIT officials hope, professors will be able find scholastic research as easily as college students search for MP3’s of their favorite music.
This is a very exciting idea, not the least because it is more than just an idea. It has received some support and some heavy hitters are behind it. That never guarantees success, but it at least allows for it. And since many universities are now trying to make use of the software, they might just develop a critical mass of users that push it forward.
It looks as though there are some on this campus who want to push related projects forward, which would be very exciting.