Libraries and open source software share a common thread: an innate desire to work together to solve a problem that an organization standing alone couldn't solve. In the library profession, this takes the form of shared cataloging records, cooperative reference, consortia and interlibrary loan agreements, and regional book depositories. In open source software, organizations work together on discovery layers, integrated library systems, and digital archives.
Smooth cooperation cannot be assumed, however. Conflicting goals, uneven institutional support, and challenges communicating across distances can hinder any project. How do open source projects move past these issues?
In this moderated panel discussion, participants from open source projects address these questions:
How does the project scale in an organized manner?
How do participants provide input, help define requirements or contribute code?
How do features, in fact, get prioritized for delivery and by whom?
Panelists will offer experiences from their communities and participants will be able to ask questions about how open source software is developed across this broad set of communities. Participants will come away from the session with knowledge about how open source projects work and how they can get involved in a project’s goals and outcomes.
FOLIO – Paula Sullenger, Texas A&M University
Koha – Galen Charlton, Equinox Open Library Initiative
Evergreen – Kathy Lussier, Massachusetts Library Network Cooperative
Fedora – Rosalyn Metz, Emory University
VuFind – Chris Hallberg, Villanova University
Samvera – Evviva Weinraub, Northwestern University
Peter Murray, Index Data
ALA Unit/Subunit: UNO
Meeting Type: Affiliate Session,Exhibitor Session
Cost: Included with full conference registration.