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Open Source software for libraries. By Katharina Penner. 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

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what is open source
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
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Free?
  • free as in „beer“
  • free as in „free speech“
  • free as in „free kittens“

Phipps, S. 2002

advantages
Advantages
  • Reliability
  • Better support
  • User driven
  • Innovation
  • Cost

Adapted from http://liblime.com/open-source

disadvantages
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)
koha open source library system
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
greenstone
Greenstone
  • Tool for digital library
  • Publish on internet or CD-ROM
  • Windows, Unix and Mac
  • Interoperability
  • Two interfaces: librarians and readers
metadata formats
Metadata formats
  • Dublin Core
  • Marc
  • XML
  • OAI
  • DSpace
document formats
Document formats
  • PDF
  • Word
  • RTF
  • HTML
  • Plain text
  • ZIP archives
  • Excel
  • PPT
  • Email
languages
Languages
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Russian
  • Kazakh
  • Some in Vietnamese
nvu new view web design
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)
used sources
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/