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F/OSS in the Library World: An Exploration



Existing research into free/open source software development has largely ignored the nature of the application domain the software is for. Jørgensen and Sørensen’s ‘development arena ’ [12] provides a useful conceptual framework for grouping and comparing projects. This paper applies the framework to free/open source software projects in two library and information management application spaces: integrated library systems and institutional repositories. The preliminary analysis shows that F/OSS projects to develop integrated library systems are generally small scale, and the software is used mainly by smaller libraries. Institutional repository software, not widely available from commercial vendors, is being developed by larger libraries, often with the assistance of research funding from other bodies, and is being implemented by university and research libraries worldwide

Topics: Library management systems
Year: 2012
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