EIFL FOSS Program 2010-11 Free and Open Source Software Simon Ball EIFL FOSS Program Manager
EIFL-FOSS: The Advantages Licence fees for commercial software applications can be a barrier to the development of a modern ICT infrastructure in libraries Libraries in developing and transition countries require affordable, up-to-date software that can be adapted to suit local needs and languages
EIFL-FOSS: The History EIFL-FOSS has been working for 3 years already, with a series of pilot projects on ILS software (Koha, Evergreen) as well as some support work with the Greenstone network in Africa
EIFL-FOSS: What we do A wide range of free and open source software (FOSS) applications is available for libraries, but staff often lack the IT skills required EIFL supports the deployment of FOSS and provides the necessary training, enabling libraries to achieve significant cost savings EIFL aids advocacy of FOSS to library directors and decision-makers
EIFL-FOSS: Priorities 1 Advocate FOSS benefits to library managers / directors / decision-makers These people are key to embedding FOSS in libraries, and the EIFL-FOSS program will target this area as a priority.
EIFL-FOSS: Priorities 2 Promote engagement with FOSS development and user communities Responds to community need for areas requiring support for FOSS skills training Raise awareness and understanding of FOSS use in libraries
EIFL-FOSS: Priorities 3 Extend network of librarians who can serve as FOSS champions No nominated FOSS Coordinator (yet!) in: Albania, Belarus, Botswana, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Kenya*, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Nepal*, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania* (* possibly soon) But ALSO seeking a second network of FOSS advocates who can effect change at library director level – not necessarily technical but influential.
Two discussions: please contribute! <ul>1. The previous FOSS program focussed on ILS tools (eg Koha, Evergreen). Which areas would also benefit from skills development? <ul><li>Access To Resources (eg Shibboleth, CUFTS, dbWiz, GODOT)?
Disability Access (eg free tools to aid users with physical or sensory impairments get access to library resources)?
Any other? </li></ul>2. How might we advocate benefits of FOSS to library directors / decision makers? </ul>
Activity 1 <ul>1. Please gather into regional groups around the group chairs, who will each nominate a scribe. 2. Each person spend 2-3 minutes writing down on Sticky Notes areas of library operation or services (or names of software tools if you prefer) where FOSS projects may be useful. 3. With your group chair, discuss your suggestions and arrange the Sticky Notes in order of priority for your group. </ul>
Activity 2 <ul>1. Please remain in regional groups. 2. Each person spend 2-3 minutes writing down on Sticky Notes barriers to senior management engagement with FOSS. 3. Take turns nominating one barrier and discussing in the group how EIFL-FOSS might be able to help reduce the barrier. 4. Enter a summary of each discussion on the TitanPad document. </ul>