"Open Source software for libraries"
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 A practical method of developing software A community of developers and users who support #1 and #2 Free? free as in „beer“ free as in „free speech“ free as in „free kittens“ Phipps, S. 2002 Advantages Reliability Better support User driven Innovation Cost Adapted from http://liblime.com/open-source 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 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 Tool for digital library Publish on internet or CD-ROM Windows, Unix and Mac Interoperability Two interfaces: librarians and readers Metadata formats Dublin Core Marc XML OAI DSpace Document formats PDF Word RTF HTML Plain text ZIP archives Excel PPT Email Languages English French Spanish Russian Kazakh Some in Vietnamese 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 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/Gree nstoneWiki 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/