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Government of Kerala decides to use Koha

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| The Government of Kerala,a tiny well-developed state lying in the south-west
| part of India, has made a decision in principle to make Koha as its official
| software for computerization of libraries under Government control.
| The Government of Kerala,a tiny well-developed state lying in the south-west
| part of India, has recently made a decision in principle to make Koha as its
| official software for computerization of libraries under Government control.



Free for All: Open Source Software

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| If you’re curious about open source software, first ask yourself if you’re
| already using an OSS product such as Firefox. I like recommending Firefox as
| an entry point for grasping OSS because it’s one of my favorite software
| programs. Plus, because Firefox is open code, it’s easy to write add-ons,
| which I’ve done, tricking out Firefox with all kinds of fun and useful tools.
| Also, try speaking with peers who are using open source software in their
| libraries. Our community is moving to OSS for sound, rational reasons—not
| just to use good software, but also because OSS means they can help steer the
| course of the products they use. Particularly for software “Developed for
| librarians, with librarians, by librarians,” you might be surprised by what
| you find.



Open Minds, Open Books, Open Source

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| Meanwhile, the increasing availability of open-source software has nudged
| some libraries to reconsider the role of their in-house technology gurus, and
| to wonder whether it would make more long-term financial sense to hire more
| developers than to continue paying for products over which they have limited *
| control. *


Romanian public libraries to use Open Source

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| The Open Source software for library automation IBLA, was developed over the
| last two years by a group of IT consultants working at the Military Technical
| Academy and Contact Net, a Romanian company. The developers Adina Riposan,
| Emil Mieilica and Iosif Biro hope the project will increase the use of Open
| Source software in the country. * *
| The library project is financed by the Romanian and the Italian government,
| both countries wanting to develop an integrated public library system. The
| project was finished earlier this year. *


Linux at the Library?

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| It is friendly and it is free and it is being used at the Geneva Public
| Library. Come and visit and see what all the fuss is about. I bet you will
| like it. *


How Open Source Software Can Improve Our Library

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| Ubuntu - the most popular player in the Linux based operating system game.
| (Linux is the open-source answer to Microsoft's Windows operating system;
| Ubuntu is a modification of Linux). Ubuntu is a perfect solution for
| libraries who need to upgrade their older computers using outdated Windows or
| for bulk computer purchases requiring a new operating system. * *


So This Penguin Walks Into The Library...

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| I and a handful of volunteers from Lobby4Linux have been conducting Linux
| Labs for the better part of 2 years. During that time, I have stressed the
| point that the Austin Public Library will always have at least one distro
| available for checkout, should they ever find themselves in a pinch and not
| have a way to lay hands on one. * *


Announcing the Open Library

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| Early this year, when I left my job at Wired Digital, I thought I could look
| forward to months of lounging around San Francisco, reading books on the
| beach and drinking fine champagne and eating foie gras. Then I got a phone
| call. Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive was thinking of pursuing a
| project that I'd been trying to do literally for years. * *
| [...]
| So today I'm extraordinarily proud to announce the Open Library project. Our
| goal is to build the world's greatest library,


Protest DRM at the Boston Public Library *

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| the BPL [Boston Public Library] has launched a new service powered by a
| company called OverDrive. The system gives BPL patrons access to books,
| music, and movies online -- but only if they use a Microsoft DRM system. *
| There are lots of problems with the introduction of this system: it bars
| access to users of GNU/Linux and MacOS and creates a dependence on a single
| technology vendor for access. These are important issues, certainly. The
| worst problem, however, is much more fundamental. *
| By adopting a DRM system for library content, the BPL is giving OverDrive,
| copyright holders, and Microsoft the ability to decide what, when, and how
| its patrons can and cannot read, listen, and watch these parts of the BPL
| collection. *


Taxation without web presentation

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| The Library of Congress recently signed a deal to accept 3 million dollars
| worth of "technology, services and funding" from Microsoft towards building a
| new website powered by Microsoft's Silverlight plug-in. I (Casey) usually
| leave the blogging to Tim, but I've got to say something about this. *
| [...]
| Most disturbingly, users are locked in, too: anybody using an iPhone, an old
| version of Windows, any version of Linux, or any other operating system or
| device not supported by Silverlight will be unable to use the Library of
| Congress' new website. *


2008 Annual General Meeting

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| Whereas the preservation of and long-term access to government information
| are vital in a democratic society;
| And whereas in order for libraries to fulfill their role of preserving and
| providing access to information, it is essential that governments and other
| public bodies take steps to ensure that future generations can access
| information created today;
| And whereas open, interoperable, vendor-neutral file format standards play a
| key role in ensuring preservation and future access;
| And whereas the OpenDocument Format (ODF) is such a standard;


Good bye, British Library

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| This is an image from the good old days. Microsoft's Jean Paoli hands over
| the OOXML specification to Jan van den Beld, the general secretary of ECMA.
| And you find Adam Farquhar from the British Library, the bearded person on
| the right. The British Library was instrumental to legitimizing the whole
| ECMA and ISO OOXML standardisation process as an 'independent' participant in
| the committee work. ECMA did a brilliant job to mature the specification text
| to get it ISO fast-tracked. Or as the ISO BRM convenor and recent consultant
| for the British Library Alex Brown reflects1:
| * * Ecma made the road very rocky though, by initially producing a text that
| * * was so lousy with faults.


Ecma - a case study for vendor capture

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| A small network of people of ECMA International dominated the whole ISO
| process around OOXML while technical experts of national ISO members were
| impeded by committee stuffing, rules bending and political intervention and
| the general restrictions of the revamped ISO/IEC fast-track process. *
| [...]
| On the right you find a picture of Jan van den Beld, back then general
| secretary of ECMA international who received the 2000 pages from Microsoft
| represented by its employee Jean Paoli (center). Jean Paoli is probably best
| known for taking the Microsoft credit for the standardization of XML. The
| other person with the beard is Adam Farquhar from the British Library, chair
| of ECMA TC 45. You also find the picture on the right in Adam Farquhar's May
| 07 presentation which advocates for OOXML. * * *

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