At the repofringe09 this year as well as some very good talks there was a developer challenge. The challenge was to give a user something that would benefit them using only theyre name and email address. For the challenge i knocked up a profile page combining information from eprints.ecs.soton.ac.uk with information from the ecs RDF system. page (users.ecs.soton.ac.uk/pm5/repofringe) included: picture automatically generated bio, a selection of statistics and graphs about user deposits, a graph of co authors, a keywords tag cloud, graphical-paper-mashup-slideshow-thing, google maps of where the user had presented, an automatically generated working bio (from the RDF) and the persons “Mention-it” search (props to Tim Donohue http://code.google.com/p/mention-it/)
The entry one and it was only as i was presenting it i realised “most of this would make a really good set of widgets for meprints”. This confirms our suspicions about users having a central focal point in the repository being attractive and gave me some great ideas for widgets.