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Open Source Publishing

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anon writes in: "I saw a cool new company that promises to bring open source to the publishing world, specifically the text book world... What do you think?" See openmindpublishing.com for more. A chief rule (as told by ESR) of open source is that you must present a plausible promise of working code; I can't find anything on their site to evaluate so it looks like vapor to me. Give us at least one textbook to review before more press releases...

Tim O'Reilly on Collaboration

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Jeremy F. sent in a pointer to this piece at oreillynet.com, a transcript of everybody's friend Tim's talk entitled "Open Source: The Model for Collaboration in the Age of the Internet". The talk was delivered at Computers, Freedom and Privacy in Toronto last week. Besides being a good read, anyone who follows all the links in this piece and reads on will be pretty much up-to-date with many major open source goings-on.

LITA OSSIG@ALA meeting notes

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as seen at the osdls site: "The Open Source Systems for Libraries Interest Group of LITA held its initial business meeting at ALA Midwinter in San Antonio, Texas, on Jan. 15 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM. 24 people were in attendance..." More info, including how to join the OSSIG listserv, is available here. Great turnout, but I guess Jeremy didn't bring his camera this time... :(

now playing: www.oss4lib.org

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It's true; click on over and check out www.oss4lib.org. Everything should be working ok but let me know if anything seems broken.

Ahhh... :)

Chronicle and slashdot on LOCKSS

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slashdot is running this story on the Highwire Press-led LOCKSS project for distributed long-term journal storage. The /. blurb references the months-old Chronicle piece on the topic. The LOCKSS page hasn't changed in a while... hope we see some source code and reports soon.

your ideas sought for oss4lib articles

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There is now a place for you to post articles, whitepapers, opinion pieces, etc. related to oss4lib and Open Source projects for libraries. Anyone can post comments on your article, too. Click -articles- above, check it out.

oss4lib: getting started

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This thread to be used for discussion of said article.

legal limits of open source in health care

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dashTomdot pointed out an article at Salon that asks the medical/legal question "Who's at fault when software fails?" It's a good reminder that the upper bound is never simply what is possible...

ARL report on electronic reserves

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According to ARL SPEC Flyer #245, Electronic Reserves Operations in ARL Libraries, "23 libraries (59%) were using their own "home-grown" web-based systems." We've already seen two pop up here (OSCR and FreeReserves)...

"Linux in the Library: What can it do for you?"

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according to the author, the presentation on this page "may be of interest to anyone interested in what Linux can do at a Library... It might be of interest to you even if you don't work for a Library, but are curious about what Linux can do."