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  1. Open Source software for libraries By Katharina Penner

  2. What is Open Source? • A specific set of software license • allow others to freely redistribute the software • source code for the software must be available • allow derived works based off of the software • A practical method of developing software • A community of developers and users who support #1 and #2

  3. Free? • free as in „beer“ • free as in „free speech“ • free as in „free kittens“ Phipps, S. 2002

  4. Advantages • Reliability • Better support • User driven • Innovation • Cost Adapted from http://liblime.com/open-source

  5. Disadvantages • Many libraries do not have the in-house expertise to support open-source software • Don't have the ability to train staff on the use of the new technologies • Open source alternatives weren't perceived as feature-rich enough to handle the complex needs of libraries • Hidden costs (staff time)

  6. Koha Open Source Library System • http://www.koha.org/ • A full featured modern integrated library system (ILS): circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, reserves, patron management, branch relationships, and more. • Linux, Unix, Windows and MacOS platform • Can be fully integrated into the library website; Web based OPAC system • Copy cataloguing and z39.50 • MARC21 and UNIMARC for professional cataloguers • Use as a document manager or digital library; manage online and off line resources with the same tool • RSS feed of new acquisitions

  7. Greenstone • Tool for digital library • Publish on internet or CD-ROM • Windows, Unix and Mac • Interoperability • Two interfaces: librarians and readers

  8. Metadata formats • Dublin Core • Marc • XML • OAI • DSpace

  9. Document formats • PDF • Word • RTF • HTML • Plain text • ZIP archives • Excel • PPT • Email

  10. Languages • English • French • Spanish • Russian • Kazakh • Some in Vietnamese

  11. NVU (new view) – web design • complete Web design system • Linux, Windows and Macintosh • open source alternative to FrontPage and Dreamweaver • create web pages • manage a website with no technical expertise or knowledge of HTML • available in different languages (I use German)

  12. Used sources • Phipps, Simon. „Free speech, free beer and free software.“ c/net news.com available at http://news.com.com/2010-1071-954384.html?tg (accessed March 1, 2007). • Muir, Scott P. „An introduction to the open source software issue.“ Library Hi Tech 29/4 (2005): 465-468. • http://www.koha.org/ • http://liblime.com/open-source • http://greenstonewiki.cs.waikato.ac.nz/wiki/index.php/GreenstoneWiki • http://www.greenstone.org/cgi-bin/library?e=p-en-home-utfZz-8&a=p&p=examples • http://www.nvu.com/index.php) • http://www.gtalbot.org/NvuSection/NvuWebDesignTips/