Open Source Software For Library Services Dr. Sunita Barve Librarian National Centre for Radio Astrophysics PO Box 3, Pune Univ. Campus Pune – 411 007 Email : [email_address] NIA Workshop on Web Technology in Library Services, 24 th January 2011
Introduction <ul><li>Due to developments in computer technologies it is now possible to provide various library services to end users through web.
Various software are available to provide web based services.
These software are either commercial or open source. </li></ul>
Open Source Software Open source software are available free under open source license terms and conditions where source code of the software is available free to the end user for any developments, redistribution, customization . <ul><li>http://sourceforge.net (As of February 2009, the SourceForge repository hosts more than 230,000 projects and has more than 2 million registered users).
openEyA allows to archive (in Flash format) and share (via web, zip) traditional scientific lectures and talks carried out using, chalkboards in classrooms and/or using modern presentations (PPT, PDF, animations, etc).
Zotero is a free easy-to use citation management tool.
It helps you to collect, organize, cite and share your research sources. It lives right were you do your work – in the web browser (Mozilla Firefox) itself. </li></ul>
Zotero <ul><li>Zotero allow to grab books, articles, web pages, and whatever else you can find and allow to cite and then organize and annotate your items as well as allow to export citations into variety of style formats. </li></ul>
Zotero <ul><li>Zotero not only allow you to manage all your refereces as per different categories but as well allow you to upload the full text files along with each reference and these full text files get indexed so that you can search inside the pdf files as well.
Very powerful tool and easy to use tool. </li></ul>
Open Office <ul><li>Openoffice.org ( http://www.openoffice.org )
OpenOffice.org 3 is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more.
It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format.
OO can read and write files from other common office software packages. </li></ul>
Open Office <ul><li>Allow to export any ppt, word, excel files into PDF format with one click.
OSS Tools <ul><li>To edit, combine and manage several PDF files : pdfedit, pdfjam, pdfjoin, pdf90, pdf180, etc. These tools work on Linux and very useful tool to edit any pdf file join number of PDF files into one PDF, rotate PDF file particular pages etc. </li></ul>
Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as CMYK colors, spot color support, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation.
It is an application designed to do page layout, such applications are more commonly known as Desktop Publishing (DTP) programs. These programs give users great flexibility in placing objects like photos, logos, text frames and shapes in an exact position and orientation with great precision. </li></ul>
Drupal Content Management System <ul><li>http://drupal.org
Drupal is a content management system software used all over the world to build dynamic web sites either of an institute or of a library.
Drupal 7, is friendly and powerful content management platform for building nearly any kind of website: from blogs, RSS Feeds and micro-sites to collaborative social communities .
7.19 million web sites are built using Drupal software as of July 2010 data. </li></ul>
Drupal <ul><li>In a CMS, data can be defined as nearly anything: documents, movies, pictures, phone numbers, scientific data, etc.
Drupal supports handling of huge amounts of traffic as well as supports handling large amounts of documents which can be anything.
It is a system that help to organize, acquire, store, index, retrieve and make available contents through web. </li></ul>
Drupal <ul><li>With a CMS, users can create and import content with a very low technical knowledge.
One can quickly create forms that take the style HTML and you don’t have to fight the HTML.
Drupal supports classifying all contents, organize entire site, cross-post stories, blog entries, etc.
Easy to download record from library of congress and upload in local koha installation. </li></ul>
Koha Open Source Software <ul><li>It allows all new features and is one of the good option for libraries to automate their library holdings data.
DRTC Bangalore has created a LiveCD of Koha and Dspace with Ubuntu preinstalled. For any queries relating to this LiveCD write to [email_address] OR [email_address] OR email@example.com </li></ul>
Next Generation OPACs <ul><li>The newest generation of library catalog systems are distinguished from earlier OPACs by their use of more sophisticated search technologies </li><ul><li>including relevancy ranking
Moodle is a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a Free web application that educators can use to create effective online learning sites. </li></ul>
Challenges for Libraries/Librarians <ul><li>Physical visits to libraries.
User Expectations <ul><li>With exponential growth of information user expectations are growing and more and more “personalized” services are required by users and there is a great opportunity available for librarians to play a leading role in organizing and presenting filtered digital information. </li></ul>
Conclusion <ul><li>Open source, offers new opportunities. But it also raises a number of challenges for the information and library community. </li></ul>
Conclusion <ul><li>Create open access digital repositories/digital libraries/institutional repositories.
Preferably use open source software (Use LINUX any flavor such as Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, SuSE, CentOS, Mandrake, Gentoo, Skackware etc. ).
Use open standards & open formats for data preservation.
Update digital contents with current hardware and software for 100% preservation and retrieval. </li></ul>