Open Source Projects: The Prospero Experience

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  • Open Source Projects: The Prospero Experience

    1. 1. Open Source Projects: The Prospero Experience Eric H. Schnell Assistant Professor Head, Information Technology Prior Health Sciences Library The Ohio State University
    2. 2. Open Source, not Open“Sores” FoxTrot By Bill Amend Appeared 2/7/2000 Copyright 2000 United Features Syndicate
    3. 3. What is Open Source? <ul><li>A Philosophy of Software Development where Source Code is Distributed Openly </li></ul><ul><li>Modifications / Derivatives are Encouraged </li></ul><ul><li>Software Licensed Free (“as free as a free kitten…”) </li></ul><ul><li>Community / Network Involvement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Linux, Apache Web Server, PHP, MySQL) </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Why Open Source? <ul><li>Commercial Developers Slow to Respond to Internet Driven Needs </li></ul><ul><li>Niche Vendors Gain Monopoly / </li></ul><ul><li>Single Source Strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial Product Lifeline Uncertain </li></ul><ul><li>Program is Customizable </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces Direct Software Costs </li></ul><ul><li>No Vendor Software Maintenance “Fees” </li></ul>
    5. 5. Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller Appeared 6/6/1997 Copyright 1997 Wiley Miller
    6. 6. Library System Paradigm <ul><li>Software Vendors do not Sell Software , they Sell “Licenses” </li></ul><ul><li>The Vendor Controls Functionality and Features </li></ul><ul><li>Maintenance Fees are Often Not Optional </li></ul><ul><li>Decisions Often Based on Budget, Not Patron Need </li></ul>
    7. 7. Library System Paradigm <ul><li>Libraries make Significant Investments to License, Maintain, and Train </li></ul><ul><li>Few Switch once Committed to a </li></ul><ul><li>Specific Technology </li></ul>
    8. 8. Dilbert by Scott Adams Appeared 3/19/2000 Copyright 2000 United Feature Syndicate, Inc
    9. 9. Open Source for Libraries <ul><li>Development of New Systems to Support Library Services </li></ul><ul><li>Timely Response to Internet Driven Needs </li></ul><ul><li>By Libraries; For Libraries </li></ul>
    10. 10. Why Open Source for Libraries? <ul><li>Reduce Electronic Service Implementation Timetable </li></ul><ul><li>Reallocate Funds to Other Needs </li></ul><ul><li>Creation of New Consortiums </li></ul><ul><li>Break away from the Library System Paradigm </li></ul>
    11. 11. What is Prospero? <ul><li>Electronic Document Delivery System </li></ul><ul><li>Originally Designed to Work with Ariel ® </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be Used as Stand Alone </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Converts Ariel TIFF Documents to PDF </li></ul><ul><li>Places them on an Authenticated Web Site </li></ul><ul><li>Like Ariel, Prospero is a Character in Shakespeare's “The Tempest” </li></ul>
    12. 12. Why Prospero? <ul><li>Advisory Committee Recommendation </li></ul><ul><li>Full-Text Journals Online, Why Not ILL? </li></ul><ul><li>Shorten Document Delivery Time </li></ul><ul><li>Any Time, Any Place Access </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial Alternatives Not Economical </li></ul>
    13. 13. Prospero Modules <ul><li>Staff Interface </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Installed on Ariel PC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Uses Ariel Directories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can Scan Direct or Import </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Staff Interface
    15. 15. Prospero Modules <ul><li>Staff Interface </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Installed on Ariel PC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Uses Ariel Directories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can Scan Direct or Import </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Patron Interface /Server Side </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Install on Windows/ Unix-Linux Server </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Any Web Server Software </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. Patron Interface
    17. 17. Prospero Timeline <ul><li>March 1999 – Began Search for Existing Systems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NLM’s DocView </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ILLiad </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marshall’s WebEDD </li></ul></ul><ul><li>April ‘99 – Decided to Create Homegrown System </li></ul><ul><li>April ‘99 – Discovered Yale’s EDD Software </li></ul><ul><li>May ‘99 – Released Prospero 1.0 </li></ul><ul><li>April ’00 –Version 1.35 (15 th revision) </li></ul>
    18. 18. Prospero Team <ul><li>Project Manager </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Communications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web Site & Message Board Management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact for Administrators / Prospero Implementers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Programmer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wrote Code </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Debugged Problems </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Evaluators </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Used Beta Code </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identified Initial Features </li></ul></ul>
    19. 19. Prospero Team <ul><li>40+ Outside Contributors </li></ul><ul><li>3 High Use Sites </li></ul><ul><li>Local Staff </li></ul>
    20. 20. Time Commitment <ul><li>Project Manager </li></ul><ul><ul><li>60 hours initial Web site Development and Creation of Support Materials. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>< 1 Hour a Day Ongoing Support </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Programmer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>~100 Hours Initial Development. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>8 Hours per Week Ongoing Support </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Evaluators </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Feedback Through Regular Use </li></ul></ul>
    21. 21. Customer Service <ul><li>Web Site </li></ul><ul><li>Questions and Feedback via Email </li></ul><ul><li>Web Discussion Board </li></ul><ul><li>“ Users Helping Users” </li></ul>
    22. 22. Development Costs <ul><li>No Direct Software Costs </li></ul><ul><li>No Direct Ongoing Software Maintenance Costs </li></ul><ul><li>Utilized Existing Hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Staff Time (~ $3500 1st year indirect cost) </li></ul>
    23. 23. Benefits <ul><li>Established Service When Needed </li></ul><ul><li>Allows Others to Establish Similar Services, Cheaply </li></ul><ul><li>Staff Learning New Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Creating New “Network” of Library Development Partners </li></ul><ul><li>Break Away from the Library Systems Paradigm </li></ul>
    24. 24. Hidden Benefits <ul><li>Over 260 Organizational Downloads from 21 Countries </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes the John A. Prior Library and The Ohio State University </li></ul><ul><li>Publication, Presentation, Award, and Grant Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Local Recognition </li></ul>
    25. 25. Lessons <ul><li>User Expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation Issues </li></ul><ul><li>Individual Privacy (Open Source a Safe Haven?) </li></ul><ul><li>Systems Security </li></ul><ul><li>Library System Paradigm is Alive </li></ul>
    26. 26. Words of Advice <ul><li>“ One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth.” </li></ul>-- Abraham Maslow
    27. 27. Thanks! Merci! <ul><li>E-mail: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Project: </li></ul><ul><li>bones.med.ohio-state.edu/prospero/ </li></ul><ul><li>oss4lib: </li></ul><ul><li>www.oss4lib.org </li></ul>

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