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ALA#2: LITA's OSSIG, the Big Event

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Jeremy writes to oss4lib-list:

Saturday, July 8, 2000, 2:30-5:30

Join LITA's Open Source Systems Interest Group for its program,

Practical Solutions for Libraries: Open Source Software

Learn how and why libraries are thinking outside the box and developing their own services from within, using the Open Source model. Libraries are primed not only to use Open Source to their advantage in the future, but are currently using it to enhance Reference services and Reserves services. This program will present current projects using Open Source software in libraries: OSCR (Open Source Course Reserves), Jake (Jointly Administered Knowledge Environment), and Avanti, an evolving Open Source Integrated Library System. The program will conclude with a broad view of Open Source by Tim O'Reilly of O'Reilly & Associates. See what Open Source software can do for your library and why it is of importance to the profession.

Speakers:

  • Keynote: Tim O'Reilly, President, O'Reilly & Associates, Sebastopol, California
  • Jeremy Frumkin, Meta-data Librarian, University of Arizona
  • Daniel Chudnov, Systems Architect, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Yale University School of Medicine
  • Peter Schlumpf, Information Systems Specialist, North Suburban Library System, Wheeling, Illinois

    [Wow, the OSSIG really outdid itself, getting Tim O'Reilly to join us. This should be a fantastic event... hope to see you there. :P]

  • jake at MARS Hot Topics, ALA Chicago

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    MARS will be hosting a session on jake on Saturday, July 8 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown. Several of us from the jake project will be there presenting and discussing. Hope you can make it too... for more info see the MARS Hot Topics site.

    Prospero Wins Medical Library Association Award

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    Eric writes in: "The Prospero project is the recepient of the 2000 Frank Bradway Rogers Information Advancement Award. The award was presented on May 9th by the Medical Library Association at the association's annual meeting, held in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The award is sponsored by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI).

    In a presentation about Prospero given later in the conference, Eric Schnell publicly thanked ALL of the developers who have contributed to the project."

    Wooh-hooh! Congratulations Eric, and Eric, and everyone else involved. You really earned this one with your commitment to supporting and improving Prospero for the whole community. If anyone still questions whether free software could really have an impact in libraries, tell them all about Eric et al. Btw the MLA Rogers Award page will be updated soon I hope... :)

    Dialog Descending to its Doom?

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    as seen at lisnews: Dialog is not healthy, and if the reasons don't signify the changing times in libraries who knows what what does. See the full story here, evidently from forbes.com. And don't miss the "Demolition Derby" table attached to the story, which profile the struggles of competitors... note that J Gastro is anything but obscure... hmm, maybe JWJ will have to switch to google and mp3.

    oss4lib at Open Source/Open Science

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    Anyone attending the Open Source/Open Science conference starting tomorrow should stop by and visit the oss4lib poster/demo table. That's right... oss4lib is taking its first road trip. I'll be mostly talking about Jake and Prospero, but am definitely looking forward to meeting folks and such. Hope to see you there... (afterward: the conference went really well, with lots of very good feedback. in particular, Jon "Maddog" Hall suggested during his talk that librarians should reclassify free software to make it easier for folks to find... and one of the folks from openscience.org suggested something like science citation index for code, so programmers could get credit for reuse of their work by others. and i got a tour of a superconductor. all in all, it was a very worthwhile day on at our friendly neighborhood national lab... look for it next year. -dc

    help us test

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    i am working on enabling project/topic specific discussion threads. click -comments- and add one or two to help test it out.

    SilverPlatter ERL shipping on Linux

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    from the press release: "SilverPlatter is pleased to announce that ERL Database Server version 4.05 for Linux, is now in general release... SilverPlatter Information has responded to many customer requests by developing ERL Dbserver on the Linux platform. This release is fully year 2000 compliant, runs on RedHat v6 for Intel and incorporates the latest software improvements for statistics retrieval and searching." good news... and you can get it here.

    the scoop on linux-2.4

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    If you've been a linux fan for a while you're probably familiar with Joe Pranevich's timely overviews of what's new in major kernel releases. As seen at slashdot, he's recently updated Wonderful World of Linux 2.4 to cover everything in Linux 2.3.99-pre3 (i.e. the kernel is in feature-freeze (aka bugfix only) until 2.4 shows up). His overview comes from LinuxToday.com.

    conference: Open Source and Free Systems/Software

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    Step wrote to the list that the December 6, 1999 event to be held at Yale University is on, and sponsored by NEASIS. Speakers will include Richard Stallman, Eric Raymond, and yours truly. Attendance is limited, so get signed up now...

    submit-it-yourself

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    there's now an easy-to-use news submission form up and ready for you to use at the oss4lib site. feel free to use this to announce new projects, upgrades, interesting articles anywhere on the net, etc. look for the Submit link in the corner...