Biking home from work today I was listening to the video of the second day of the NIH Generalist Repositories Workshop and heard mention of a spreadsheet being used to compare data repositories. Sure enough, the notes for that day mention a spreadsheet called Repository and Index Software (Work in Progress) as well as a repo on GitHub that was recently updated to include this spreadsheet.
The repo says,
“We created this list to:
- Provide a “lay of the land” summary of existing software
- Identify important features (especially those that fall in the “next generation repository” category) for InvenioRDM
- Identify other tools that may have some level of interoperability with our project”
So I guess the spreadsheet comes from InvenioRDM, which seems to be a flavor of Invenio.
Dataverse is in the spreadsheet but, sadly, the information seems to be stale. For example, while a “no” for “Internationalization Support” was accurate a while back, Dataverse has since been translated into 11 languages:
- English (US)
- French (Canada)
- French (France)
- German (Austria)
Hmm, maybe 10 is more accurate since the two French translations are probably similar. Anyway, I left a comment about this in the spreadsheet. 😄
I also left a comment about how Dataverse now supports OpenID Connect 1.0. This is quite a recent development, only available in the latest release, 4.19.
It's late and I don't have the energy to leave more comments but I'm hoping that I get a reponse on the two I left. And maybe I'll listen to that part of the video again to make sure I understand what was said.
I sympathize with how hard it is to keep comparisons like this up to date. I saw a tweet recently saying, “I've seen this older compilation before from @dataverseorg (2017). Any updates or other sources?” This is a reference to the a spreadsheet and associated blog post called A Comparative Review of Various Data Repositories, which is indeed from 2017.