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SVN for managing and synchronising scientific data (hydrology and meteorology) in a non broadband environment.

From: IRD - Thierry VALERO <thierry.valero_at_mpl.ird.fr>
Date: 2007-05-11 01:10:07 CEST


I am already a SVN (and TortoiseSVN) users, as well for code source as
for office documents, with one year of experience, working with many
repositeries, including commercial ones.

SVN may be a solution for managing and synchronising scientific data
(hydrology and meteorology), where broadband is not so common (e.g. West
Africa). We already share office documents with some users (normal
users, not hackers) there (Burkina Faso and Niger), and the user
experience is pretty good ; from their point of view, bandwidth
optimisation is incredible. Thanks to SVN 1.4. And it's work very well
with servers located in Texas (USA).

So, I would like to share lessons learned and ideas about using SVN for
managing and synchronising hydrological and meteorological data through
SVN. I did some research (Google) and I found roughly nothing on this
topic. That can be easily understood. Broadband plus grid technology
plus big datacenter may be the preferred solution in the broadband world.

The idea is to have the support of SVN technology (and perhaps also
TortoiseSVN and perhaps also SVNkit) as a low tech grid technology to
support the aformentionned purposes.

Is someone there to discuss on this topic ?


Thierry VALERO
(civil servant)

PS: African users saw the turtle of TortoiseSVN and they ask question
about the choice of this animal. "This system is like a girafe" they
said. Why ? "Because the girafe walks slowly but can go very far to
find water". Low bandwidth environment.

The view expressed here are personal view.... etc... legal stuff as usual.

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