Open Source Library Related Software

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Slides from a talk I gave at the Library 2.0 "Unconference" in Perth Western Australia, 3 Aug 07

Slides from a talk I gave at the Library 2.0 "Unconference" in Perth Western Australia, 3 Aug 07

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  • 1. Open Source Library-Related Software A Quick Tour
  • 2. A Lot Of It About
    • The library OS “movement” has grown with OS generally
    • More IT expertise in the profession
    • More IT professionals working in libraries, especially academic
  • 3. Types of Library OSS
    • The stuff you would normally pay for:
    • The whole ILS
    • OPACs
    • Digital Collection management
    • E-resource access – OpenURL resolvers and metasearch
    • Under-bonnet stuff
  • 4. ILS - Koha
    • http://www.koha.org
    • Developed initially in NZ
    • Now international
    • Small to medium libraries, especially public
    • Written in Perl
    • Runs on most platforms
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  • 9. OPACs - VuFind
    • http://www.vufind.org/
    • “ Library resource portal”
    • Catalog records, E-journals, Digital repository, Bibliography, Etc
    • Highly customisable
    • Runs on Solr - http://lucene.apache.org/solr/
    • Solr is based on Lucene http://lucene.apache.org/
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  • 12. ILS - Evergreen
    • Georgia Public Library Service
    • Ideal for Consortia
    • Combined patron database
    • Staff Windows client
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  • 15. Digital Collections: Greenstone
    • http://www.greenstone.org/
    • New Zealand Digital Library Project
    • UNESCO
    • Build and distribute digital library collections – internet or CDROM
    • Multilingual
  • 16. Digital Collections - Fedora
    • http://www.fedora.info/
    • Digital Repository software
    • Cornell Uni and Uni of Virginia
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  • 18. Metasearch - Libraryfind
    • http://libraryfind.org/
    • Federated search
    • Bulit-in OpenURL resolver
    • Local indexing
  • 19. OpenURL Resolver - CUFTS
    • http://cufts.lib.sfu.ca/
    • Designed for consortia
    • Knowledgebase of 350 resources/ 422,000 titles
    • Journal A-Z + Print holdings integration
    • ERM data storage (licenses etc)
    • Perl, PostgreSQL, Apache
  • 20. Bits and Pieces
    • Small local projects that are shared
    • Olivet Nazarine University Library:
      • ILL Wizard – ILL web request form
      • WARP – course reserves web application
  • 21. Things to Consider
    • OSS is a different world in many ways
  • 22. Free as Kittens?
  • 23. Free as Kittens?
    • Free software, but hidden costs/issues:
      • hardware and deployment costs
      • More in-house technical expertise may be required
      • Data conversion etc
      • Training – where is the expertise?
  • 24. Free as Kittens?
    • OSS is often designed to meet the developers needs, not necessarily the general marketplace.
      • Good if your needs are similar
    • Documentation – programmers are notoriously weak on it!
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  • 26. Free as Kittens?
    • Support and maintenance – often a different model
      • Some or all development is by the users, not just original developer
      • Software can be designed to be modular, with capacity for “plug-ins” to be developed and added by users.
      • Support from users by public forums – very common in OSS
  • 27. A Possible Solution
    • Commercialize the distribution and support
    • Eg Redhat Linux
      • Adds value to OS product – support, quality control, security
  • 28. Liblime
    • http:// liblime.com /
    • Support for Koha, Evergreen, metasearch and digital library software
    • “… commercial support services - hosting, migration assistance, staff training, support, software maintenance, and development”
  • 29. Thank You
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