Friday, May 9, 2008

Open Source in Your Library Friday, May 9 3:15p - 4:30p

Open Source in Your Library Friday, May 9 3:15p - 4:30p
Stephen Spohn: Consultant for Information Access and Service Assessmentspohn@nelinet.net508-597-1937 (Direct Dial)508-597-1987 (Direct Fax)

Stephen’s interes is More learning technologies and productivity. He is formerly from U MD and Harrisburg Univeristy

Copy left : a way for people to selfpublish and allow certain rights and restrictions.

TYPICAL OPEN SOURCE ENVIRONMENT linux operating system, apache web server, PHP, MySql

REASONS TO USE OPEN SOURCE (He uses Moodle, Wikis and Blogs)
Active user/developer communities
Decent Documentation
Bug fixing and troubleshooting
Lower pricetag

He integrated Moodle LMS (learning management system) with Active directory for single signon so there’s no extra username and password.. Moodle will be used at NELINET for classes.

Apache powers around half all web servers
Linux grows in importance
Even the new Mac OS was built on top of BSD


System Configuration and open source: Commercial stuff just looks flashier and more user friendly

Remember, most of our first ILSs were started as non-commercial projects at large institutions. Commercial ILSs have become stagnant.
It’s now time to take them back

Eprints – simple design, widely used Britain. For Digital Repositories
DSpace – an open-source platform for accessing, managing, and preserving scholarly works. Developed by MIT Libraries and HP Labs, used in MBL/WHOI digitization projects
Fedora - Red Hat Most flexible
Koha – MassCat, Vermont and CT

Open office
HTML-kit instead of Dreamweaver (a full-featured free editor for HTML, XHTML, XML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP and other text files. Over 400 plugins are available for it, including HTML Tidy for creating standards -compliant web pages. HTML-Kit has been downloaded by millions of developers)

Thin client public workstations based on GNU/Linux Edubuntu (a thin client) is aimed at classroom use, and future versions of Edubuntu will expand to other educational usage, such as university use.

IT staffing and expertise needed to:
· Install and update software
· Modify software, installing modifications created by users
· Integrating the software with existing systems.
But the user community can contribute to the development

Hosting options

DSpace Evergreen Harvester2 Koha Zoom Moodle MediaWiki TDNet WordPress

Reject the status quo
Make real contributions to the profession and society
Today’s open source will shape tomorrow’s commercial products


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