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
http://Creativecommons.org : 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
Bug fixing and troubleshooting
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.
OPEN SOURCE FOR EVERYONE
Apache powers around half all web servers
Linux grows in importance
Even the new Mac OS was built on top of BSD
GETTING OPEN SOURCE
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 – http://www.eprints.org/ simple design, widely used Britain. For Digital Repositories
DSpace – http://www.dspace.org/ 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 - http://fedoraproject.org/ Red Hat Most flexible
Koha – MassCat, Vermont and CT
Open office http://openoffice.org
Thin client public workstations based on GNU/Linux http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thin_client
http://www.edubuntu.org/ 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
NELINET’S TECHNOLOGY SANDBOX
DSpace Evergreen Harvester2 Koha Zoom Moodle MediaWiki TDNet WordPress
GO GET ‘EM
Reject the status quo
Make real contributions to the profession and society
Today’s open source will shape tomorrow’s commercial products