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about oss4lib

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.

support us!

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 too. Thanks!

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.

syndicating headlines

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...

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