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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... :)

    oss4lib get-together at ALA, New Orleans

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    Who can come Sunday evening at 8pm? We can meet at the end of the RLG-led Ariel Users Group session (where, by the way, Prospero and EDD will be demoed among other things). Email Dan or post here if you can come.

    Scout Report funding to end

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    today's New York Times reports that "The Scout Report, a highly regarded publication that monitors the Internet for new and useful research resources, is facing a loss of financing when its three-year grant from the National Science Foundation runs out next spring." it would be a shame to see this consistently high-quality service go by the wayside. the NYTimes article is available for free if you've signed up...

    NEASIS Open Source symposium

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    from Step, on oss4lib-list yesterday: "The New England Chapter of the American Society for Information Science is sponsoring a symposium on "Open Source (and Free) Systems and Libraries" on December 6, 1999 at Yale University. NEASIS looks forward to the participation of Daniel Chudnov, Eric Raymond, Richard Stallman, and others at this event. A formal announcement will be sent out to various listservs, including OSS4LIB, in September."

    SilverPlatter statement: no source for you

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    SilverPlatter responded on SPIN-L to a brief thread (just click around for it) asking if SP had considered the free software model. The answer, to paraphrase, was "we thought about it, but it wouldn't work with our business model." Understandable... but hey, there are other business models out there, too: just ask Cygnus, RedHat, Caldera...

    article: The GNU Project FTP Site

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    Michelle Bejian of the UMich School of Information has written "The GNU Project FTP Site: A Digital Collection Supporting a Social Movement". It's an overview of the combination of volunteer and mechanical processes which enable ongoing development of that very large collection along with its history. Particularly interesting is how it's all driven by the free software ethic. Funny, when I was a umich i-school student I was fascinated by micropayment schemes... ;)

    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.