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FOSS is not just about software, but rather about people, knowledge and infrastructure. Deploying FOSS means not just acquiring software at zero licensing costs, but also introducing a new mode of operation for the library. In that sense, it allows the production of local knowledge and allows for sustainable development. FOSS should be part of a broader open strategy for a library and should link to the research, the public and business sectors. FOSS is about knowledge and not just about code.

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Coha con2016pdf

  1. 1. #KohaCon2016 @prodromos Using FOSS in Libraries: Crisis and Hope
  2. 2. software ecosystem legal strategy conclusions
  3. 3. 1 Software&Humans
  4. 4. 27,319 commits
  5. 5. 369 contributors
  6. 6. 720,843 lines of code
  7. 7. 198 years of effort
  8. 8. Software is not just about code * Collective * Knowledge intensive * Learning Experience * Infrastructure dependent * Institution building
  9. 9. FOSS encompasses tremendous amount of value * years of man-effort * organic community development * global expertise - local knowledge * sustainable development model * ideal for knowledge intensive organisations
  10. 10. 2 TheKohaEcosystem
  11. 11. bug tracking collaboration tool knowledge base project monitoring video channel
  12. 12. 3 Legal
  13. 13. Licensing Features: • GNU GPL v.2 • User option for • GPL v.3 • Affero GPL v.3
  14. 14. Key FOSS Freedoms the freedom to use the software for any purpose, the freedom to change the software to suit your needs, the freedom to share the software with your friends and neighbors, and the freedom to share the changes you make.
  15. 15. FOSS Collective Activity Human Centric Brings Sustainability Part of a broader strategy
  16. 16. 4 Strategic
  17. 17. Developing a FOSS strategy I * People and Roles * Developer(s) * Community Management • Find other communities • In your country and elsewhere • Organise meetings • Organise conferences • Procurement •Buy man-hours not products •
  18. 18. Developing a FOSS strategy II • Releases • Release from day-one • Understand what you are developing • Have a set of goals for the duration of the project •Share • Experience • Expertise • Resources
  19. 19. Developing a FOSS strategy III • Link • To your University departments • Computer Science • Engineering • Information Science (Librarians) • Students • Research •Policy Makers •Second level organisations (HEAL-link)
  20. 20. Developing a FOSS strategy IV • Develop: •policies (including IPR protection policy) •Public Relations policy (community driven) •standard procedures •events •knowledge base •business ecosystem around your software
  21. 21. 5 conclusions
  22. 22. Thinking of FOSS in libraries: * part of a broader FOSS strategy * not just cost reduction * development of sustainable expertise * linking to research and development * related to open science and open data policies * knowledge instrument
  23. 23. +q a @prodromos