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COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION AND CONTRIBUTION TO KOHA OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE PROJECT.

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Open Source softwares are the products of voluntary effort of developers and end users. Koha is an active Open Source library management system project make using voluntary effort of programmers and library professionals. As non developers, library professionals involvement is very necessary in various stages of the software development. Koha user community is a growing one and the project offer variety of non developer roles for library professionals. Library professionals can report bugs, documentation writing, plugin development and training. The main aim of the survey is to know the participation and contribution of Library professionals in Koha Open Source software project.

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COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION AND CONTRIBUTION TO KOHA OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE PROJECT.

  1. 1. COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION AND CONTRIBUTION TO KOHA OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE PROJECT. Vimal Kumar V. Technical Assistant Mahatma Gandhi University Library Kottayam Democratic Alliance for Knowledge Freedom State Meet 26-28 September 2014 Cochin University of Science and Technology.
  2. 2. Fallacy of FOSS uptake In India The habit of looking at FOSS as an endless well to draw from Little active contribution The constant worry of livelihood Tendency of creating ivory towers Isolated islands of development Reluctance to share knowledge Lack of inter-disciplinary approach
  3. 3. We have to LOCALISE
  4. 4. KOHA COMMUNITY AND OPENNESS GPL License, Busy email discussion forum, Community participation from various countries, Public source code view.
  5. 5. FOSS and peer review
  6. 6. "given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow" CATHEDRAL MODEL: Code developed between releases is restricted to an exclusive group of software developers. BAZZAR MODEL: code is developed over the Internet in view of the public.
  7. 7. Open Core vs FOSS Open Core is like Dr. Frankenstein's monster, it will turn on its own creator ultimately.
  8. 8. Example of an Open Core Project
  9. 9. INVOLVEMENT IN DISCUSSION FORUM Habit of posting in Discussion forum? 58% 42% Koha discussion forum response time
  10. 10. Busy and responsive email discussion
  11. 11. 'Karma' is NOT living off what you did YESTERDAY Like “recurring deposit” - more you do, more you grow Like mobile “top-up” - re-charge from time to time or your 'Karma' balance goes down over Time. Higher the 'Karma' → Greater Visibility in Project → Greater responsibility → PROJECT LEADERSHIP
  12. 12. 'Karma' means EVERYTHING counts ● Did you find a bug and report it? ● Did you fix a bug and posted the solution? ● Did you help in brainstorming a project? ● Did you answer new users' questions on mailing lists? ● Did you design logo and artwork? ● Did you help maintain the website? ● Did you organise a local event around the project? ● Did you translate the project into your own language? ● Did you code?
  13. 13. 'Karma' means even the 'squirrel' is credited
  14. 14. But we are NOT Programmers! You are absolutely correct! A majority of developers of Koha hold advanced LIS degrees Only 5% of LIS professionals dabbling with coding would be good enough What about the rest ? USERS → Power Users
  15. 15. 1 2 3 4 5 Users involvement in FOSS development process.
  16. 16. Koha dashboard
  17. 17. CONCLUSION Koha project offers lot avenues for cooperation, Community support is very strong, Need more training and awareness among LIS professionals and students , Need more cooperation between LIS professionals and developers community, Government should frame policies to encourage the use Open Source software in libraries,
  18. 18. Courtesy The ideas organized for the presentation based on discussion on 22 September 2014 with Sri. Indranil Das Gupta. He is an active computing technology enthusiast and user since 1987. He is one of the few Koha master code developers from India. I have borrowed few slides from his presentation titled “Of Dodos, 'Karma' & Free Software in the Library” http://tinyurl.com/owpla28

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