The Repository Handshake workgroup started its activities along the International Repositories Workshop held in Amsterdam on Mar 16-17, 2009. This workshop was organised by JISC, Surf Foundation and DRIVER in order to (i) identify the essential components of an international repositories infrastructure and (ii) agree ways to resolve any issues identified as such essential components, including areas where practical international collaboration would help. Task analysis was divided up among four workgroups, Repository Handshake being one of the strands. Its objective was to improve the ways in which repositories can be populated with research papers from a range of sources by automating negotiation between depositing agent and repository(ies), building from the SWORD protocol. At the end of the Amsterdam work sessions several relevant use cases had been identified and an action plan was designed for carrying out further analysis on the main ones along a preliminary 6-month phase that would lead to funded projects. The Repository Handshake workgroup would deal with this preliminary phase analysis.
Later on the Repository Handshake strand was renamed Scholarly Output Notification and Exchange (SONEX) by the members of the workgroup, in order to get a more accurate picture of the scope of the works. The new name narrows the scope of the analysis to the actual operations that are being examined, that is, metadata and digital object exchange, leaving out the potentially misleading Handshake terminology.
More information on the other strands developed at the Amsterdam International Workshop in: http://repinf.pbworks.com/