Our mission is to cultivate the collaborative power of open source software
engineering to build better and free systems for use in libraries. Toward this
end, we maintain a listing of free software and systems designed
for libraries (the physical, books-on-shelves kind), and we track
news about project updates or related issues of interest.
oss4lib started at the Yale Medical
Library in early February 1999 thinking there were probably other folks like
us out there who might be working on free library software or looking for
same. Our reasons for wanting to see Open Source take off in the library software
arena are straightforward, fairly typical, and mostly outlined in the
Open Source Systems for Libraries:
Getting Started piece. You would think librarians would have figured this
shared software thing out years ago. :)
who we are
Dan Chudnov (dchud)
started oss4lib and maintains it, along with the many readers who
often post news (use the submit link above!). Gillian Mayman designed the
site. We like pinstripes.
oss4lib is a volunteer effort. If you like oss4lib, consider buying
snazzy oss4lib tshirts and
mugs; we'll get $3/shirt or $2/mug, which doesn't sound like
much but actually really helps. Or if you like to buy books online
consider using this
link to Powell's first... 10% of your purchase comes this way
how it runs
The dynamic pieces of the site are written in php, with stories held
in mysql tables. Plain, simple stuff. As of March 2000 it's all hosted at sourceforge.net. If you are looking
for a place to host your library (or any other kind of) open source
project, check it out.
Rough statistics for this site are available here.
You can use the Rich
Site Summary (RSS) format to get our headline feeds; use the url www.oss4lib.org/topics/list.php?func=rss. Enjoy...