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.
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
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...
The coming service announced in Netprints: the next phase in the evolution of biomedical publishing (BMJ 1999;319:1515-1616) is now up and running at clinmed.netprints.org. Warning: useless warning page approaching...
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.
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...
folks, we've got a whopping 25 free software projects listed at the oss4lib projects page. rumor has it, too, that Bill Gates' recent decision to refocus on software is a smokescreen sabbatical so he can repartition his house to dual-boot linux, so you know the open source buzz is catching. if you haven't taken a look lately, what are you waiting for?
Ben writes in: "In an e-mail response to my suggestion that epixtech (formerly Ameritech Library Services) consider open source for their next product, epixtech President Lana Porter said that they have indeed been considering open source:
'We have certainly discussed this possibility about some of our products and will continue to do so. Some products certainly seem to be better candidates for this than others and we will solicit input from customers such as you when we determine which products would be good candidates for this... We try to develop quality products that provide solutions to help customers do their jobs better and having them in in an open source environment would add to their value I am sure.'
It's encouraging to see that they're thinking about the benefits of open source."
If you're a librarian and you haven't thought through what napster means yet, get thinking. Many folks are perturbed about how easy it is to violate copyright using napster. "Docster: Instant Document Delivery" describes a napster-like system for libraries which builds copyright compliance in from the start.
in support of the upcoming NEASIS conference on Open Source and Free Systems/Software: Implications for Libraries, everybody's favorite tech publisher--O'Reilly and Associates, natch--has kindly donated door prizes. three copies each of Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution and The Cathedral & the Bazaar arrived at my door recently... come to the conference (at Yale University on Dec 6, 1999) and you just might take one home.