I flew in early Friday morning and just made it in time for the opening Keynote. Both Susan and Lauren have talked about this presentation already but I was struck with the statistics she presented from some Pew Internet Trust research. I have to admit that while I agree with the premise that libraries should deliver collections and services on mobile platforms, ‘going mobile’ includes a whole new set of technical and service issues that need to be addressed.
Lita is always a good chance to catch up with folks and today was no exception. A brief conversation with Aaron Trehub at Auburn pointed me to their soon-to-be-public Qualified Dublin Core version of vufind. Following the keynote I caught a session on how the Library of Congress is releasing Open Source Software, a session on how to secure and deploy Linux on public workstations in your library, and the tail end of Lauren’s talk on Bite Sized Repositories.
In short the LOC open source release experience documented their release of an archive specification, initial set of tools called Bagit (http://sourceforge.net/projects/loc-xferutils/). Some interesting issues that came up during that process included:
- Questions from the legal office about the source, content, intended use, and legal history of the code being released
- A discussion about whether/how to form a developer community for their release – being a release manager for a community is a significant investment of time
- Forming an informal group of people to discuss related issues (http://groups.google.com/group/digital-curation)
More to come on Saturday I am sure!