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Open Source Software and Libraries
MSU Academic Library Symposium: October 4, 2007
Abstract: Open Source software and the ...
http://web.media.mit.edu/~nicholas/
Open source: Cons
 •   Lack of documentation, support
 •   Lack of focus on user interface design
 •   Tendency to program...
Open Source: Pros

 •   Fewer conflicting priorities due to marketing
     pressures
 •   There is no single entity on whi...
Open source: Discovery

OpenSearch Plugins
http://www.lib.montana.edu/~jason/dev/tools/
Open Source: Experiments and Innovation

Montana State ETD Application

http://etd.lib.montana.edu/etd/view/
http://etd.li...
Open Source: Standard Skills and
Programming Techniques

Montana State Libraries People and Resources
Management Tools

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Open Source Software and Libraries: Practical Applications [panel discussion]

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Abstract: Open Source software and the programming habits surrounding Open Source software are becoming more and more popular in library settings. We’ll take a closer look at the possibilities and drawbacks of Open Source as well as some practical examples of Open Source applications in libraries.

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  1. 1. Open Source Software and Libraries MSU Academic Library Symposium: October 4, 2007 Abstract: Open Source software and the programming habits surrounding Open Source software are becoming more and more popular in library settings. We’ll take a closer look at the possibilities and drawbacks of Open Source as well as some practical examples of Open Source applications in libraries. Jason A. Clark Digital Initiatives Librarian Montana State University jaclark@montana.edu www.jasonclark.info
  2. 2. http://web.media.mit.edu/~nicholas/
  3. 3. Open source: Cons • Lack of documentation, support • Lack of focus on user interface design • Tendency to program with open source developers as an intended audience, rather than the general public • Reinventing the wheel syndrome - refusing to learn lessons from proprietary software
  4. 4. Open Source: Pros • Fewer conflicting priorities due to marketing pressures • There is no single entity on which the future of the software depends. • Availability of the source code and the right to modify it
  5. 5. Open source: Discovery OpenSearch Plugins http://www.lib.montana.edu/~jason/dev/tools/
  6. 6. Open Source: Experiments and Innovation Montana State ETD Application http://etd.lib.montana.edu/etd/view/ http://etd.lib.montana.edu/etd/view/itunes.xml
  7. 7. Open Source: Standard Skills and Programming Techniques Montana State Libraries People and Resources Management Tools http://new.lib.montana.edu/people/ http://new.lib.montana.edu/resources/
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