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[News] Koha Community Grows with Free Software Spread Through Libraries

  • Subject: [News] Koha Community Grows with Free Software Spread Through Libraries
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2010 03:28:38 +0000
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Koha Optimistic That Forked Tree -- And Troubles -- Are History

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| Koha developers, contributors, and users 
| might sum up the past year with a bastardized 
| comic book tag line: "With great adoption 
| comes great growing pains." Many now, 
| however, hope the worst of it is ready to be 
| shelved away.
| Koha, incidentally, was my first introduction 
| to how great the open source developer 
| community is. I was installing it on my home 
| machine -- to see how it stacked up, and to 
| file away for a later date when licenses were 
| begging for renewal. While I wasn't someone 
| with much say in renewing proprietary 
| licenses on the consortia level, I was very 
| impressed with how Koha worked. I was more 
| impressed, however, when I pondered aloud on 
| my personal site why I was having such a 
| problem with a Perl script, that then-release 
| manager Chris Cormack left a suggestion in my 
| comments as to where things were going wrong.



Another Microsoft horror story, the Huntington Indiana public library

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| The library in Marion, Indiana, just 15 miles or so south of me, uses Linux. Not only do
| they use Linux, they use a distribution based on the free Fedora Linux called Userful
| Discoverstation which uses terminal multiplexing. This allows one tower to power 10
| workstations with their own monitors, keyboards, and mice. This is not only much better
| for the environment than having 10 boxes running their own copy of the OS, it saves on
| the electric bill, and they donât have to buy licenses from Microsoft. (You could set up
| a free Linux distro to get the same effect, Userful just makes it easier).


British Library Turns Traitor

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| This once-great institution used to be about opening up the world's knowledge
| for the benefit and enjoyment of all: today, it's about closing it down so
| that only those who can afford to pay get to see it.
| What an utter disgrace.


British Library fears loss of history

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| Lynne Brindley, director of the British Library, said that data and
| information on our time that has been entrusted to the web is being lost as
| some sites close or the technology they have stored the information on
| becomes obsolete.



No need to burn books you can't read - DRM and public libraries

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| As my correspondent says: "After all that I still couldn't open the document
| (which I've only opened once before) and got this. Now I know I haven't
| opened the document at another computer because this is my only computer with
| a printer - so I didn't open it anywhere else. I am never using this service
| again. The British Library, Microsoft and Adobe can go shove their DRM up
| their document delivery service exit. "
| This, let me reiterate, is a public body providing publicly paid-for research
| to a highly-qualified professional engaged in impeccable work for the public
| service.
| It is hard to imagine something more expensive, condescending, inaccurate,
| frustrating and enraging â nor something better calculated to restrict
| knowledge and broadcast ignorance.
| It's almost as if the parties involved actively want to prevent people
| learning. It certainly feels that way.


BL = Betrayed Library

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| So the BL's idea of progress is locking down books - you know, those
| old-fashioned things without DRM - with patent-encumbered technology.
| That's "giving as wide an audience as possible the most accurate experience
| of reading the real thing"? Only in the minds of rather dim librarians who
| understand nothing about the broader implications of the shiny technology
| they choose. Me, I call it a betrayal of everything the once-great BL stood
| for....


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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| And the company Griffin Brown, of which the BRM convenor Alex Brown is the
| director, sent out a press release 13 March 08 celebrating the 10th
| anniversary of XML:
| "Recent moves by Microsoft to standardise its Office products around XML file
| formats merely confirms that most valuable business data in the future will
| be stored in XML. â Alex Brown is convenor of the ISO/IEC DIS 29500 Ballot
| Resolution Process, and has recently been elected to the panel to advise the
| British Library on how to handle digital submission of journal articles."
| [PJ: A bit of background on the British Library here, but the short version
| is that it uses Microsoft, was a co-sponsor of having Ecma put what is now
| OOXML on the fast track, and says today it is "pleased".] - No OOXML


British Library books go digital

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| Digitised publications will be accessible in two ways -initially through
| Microsoft's Live Search Books and then via the Library's website.


Britain: E-Mail Time Capsule in Works

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| Now the British Library is appealing to ordinary Britons for their
| e-mails, saying it wants to create a snapshot of British life in 2007.
| [...]
| The e-mails will be collated and indexed by Microsoft Corp., which
| has previously partnered with the library to digitize books from
| its archive, and they will be available to researchers before
| the year's end.


Vista and British Library put da Vinci online

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| Microsoft and the British Library have digitised two of Leonardo da
| Vincis' notebooks.
| [...]
| The British Library has created an updated version of its application
| called "Turning the Pages" which allows people to browse parts of
| its 150 million piece collection via a web browser. We heard how
| this works better using Vista.


Publish And Perish

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| Alexander Rose, the executive director of the futurist Long Now
| Foundation, worries about the impermanence of digital information.
| "If you save that computer for 100 years, will the electrical plugs
| look the same?" he asks. "The Mac or the PC--will they be around?
| If they are, what about the software? " So far there's no business
| case for digital preservation--in fact, for software makers like
| Microsoft, planned obsolescence is the plan.
| "The reality is that it's in companies' interest that software should
| become obsolete and that you should have to buy every upgrade,"
| Rose says. We could be on the cusp of a turning point, though, in the
| way businesses and their customers think about digital preservation.
| "Things will start to change when people start losing all of their personal
| photos," Rose said.


British Library calls for digital copyright action

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| In a manifesto released on Monday at the Labor Party Conference
| in Manchester, the United Kingdom's national library warned that the
| country's traditional copyright law needs to be extended to fully
| recognize digital content.
| "Unless there is a serious updating of copyright law to recognize
| the changing technological environment, the law becomes an ass,"
| Lynne Brindley, chief executive of the British Library, told ZDNet
| UK.

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