Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Distributed Metadata Control Systems

Distributed Version Control and Library Metadata by Galen M. Charlton.
Distributed version control systems (DVCSs) are effective tools for managing source code and other artifacts produced by software projects with multiple contributors. This article describes DVCSs and compares them with traditional centralized version control systems, then describes extending the DVCS model to improve the exchange of library metadata.
Interesting suggestion. Network theory applied here. Only one node would be useless, two or three nodes interesting depending on the institutions, something like the old Linked System Project. More widespread adoption would make it much more useful.

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