We here at oss4lib get a lot of queries from folks interested in learning more
about open source hacking, or how librarians approach open projects, or
how new technology XYZ will fit in with libraries. We'll post original
pieces you write covering anything around the intersection of free software and
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We'll also post brief reviews of books you might suggest as useful, on-topic titles.
Source Software and Libraries Bibliography by Brenda Chawner
standards and software for bibliographies and cataloging by Bruce
D'Arcus and John J. Lee (2003-12-05, last updated 2003-10)
Building WebPAC for Faculty of Philosophy Libraries - experiences and lessons learned by Marijana Glavica and
Dobrica Pavlinusic (2002-10)
The Open Source
Movement by Richard Poynder, in Information Today (2001-10)
with Paul Everitt and Ken Manheimer of Digital Creations, publishers
of Zope, by Daniel Chudnov (2001-03)
Docster: Instant Document Delivery by
Daniel Chudnov (2000-04)
The GNU Project FTP Site: A Digital Collection Supporting a Social Movement by Michel Bejian (1999-12)
Open Source Systems for
Libraries: Getting Started by Daniel Chudnov (1999-02)
books you might like:
- The Cathedral & the Bazaar by Eric S. Raymond
- 100% required reading. In the title essay, ESR defines what makes
open source projects work -- dead on, not too technical, and amusing to boot. The
extra essays explore the sociological
and economic space around the culture of open source. Read it.
- Open Source Development with CVS by Karl Fogel
- If you're going to run/hack on an open source project, this is required reading #2.
The most lucid discussion of how to live in a cvs world (a Good Place to be) you can find. The printed book
also includes useful explanations of open source culture which expand nicely on ESR's
- Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution,
edited by Dibona, Stone, and Ockman (O'Reilly)
- A whirlwind tour of who's who and what's what in the free software world. Start with
RMS; bounce around as you wish after that, learning more at every turn.
- Caught in the Web of Words : James A. H. Murray and the Oxford English Dictionary, by K. M. Elisabeth Murray and R. W. Burchfield (Yale)
- Now that you're up to speed, discover how broadly the principles espoused by RMS,
ESR, and others you've read apply by studying how Professor Murray lived by those
principles 100 years ago.
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