Howdy all. It's a crazy time all around, and wherever you're at I very
much hope that all is well as can be with you and yours. Forgive me for
the following minor imposition...
I've been managing the oss4lib site and list for the better part of nearly
three years now. It's been an incredibly rewarding activity and what's
really amazing is how such a little, narrowly focused weblog and mailing
list can pull people together in surprising ways. So for what it's worth
I hope there's value in this effort, however minimal, for a very long
time, and that I can continue to help support that as long as it's needed.
At the same time, I've been through a job change, absorbed a signifcant
commute, and picked up a new professional focus that directs my attention
away from open source activities in general... not that I'm not doing free
software stuff anymore, and indeed the project I'm primarily employed to
work on will be a free software project soon, but we've been in heads-down
development for a while and will stay there a little while longer before
we can start looking outward full-time, open source style.
Anyway, my schedule has shrunk down and I need some help managing the
oss4lib site. I am hoping that a few of you might volunteer to help.
Keeping the weblog going basically consists of two activities: first,
watching a wide range of software, software project, and industry news
services, and reporting news in scope for oss4lib to the site. At a
minimum, this entails:
o following mailing lists for all projects listed at oss4lib
o following the daily freshmeat newsletters
o keeping an eye on slashdot, k5, lwn, lisnews, advogato, library juice,
current cites, LJ, AmLibs, C&RL news, and more as appropriate
...ok, so many of you already do this. That means you're already halfway
The second thing is to help manage incoming news posted to the site.
This basically looks like story moderation on every other weblog, just
with our focus: it's got to be about free software and libraries, or
relate very importantly to the work of one or the other. There's a rather
simple web interface for this.
So for all of you folks who've posted one or more of the hundreds of news
bits that have run on oss4lib since 1999, thanks! To all of you, please
keep oss4lib in mind when you see something interesting.
For any of you who've been following this stuff for a while, or are new
and want to get involved, and might want to help moderate postings, let me
know and I'll get you set up. It's real easy, and the whole process is
about keeping a steady watch on what's going on so the news stays reliably
focused with consistent coverage. There isn't really _that_ much
day-to-day work to do, it just needs more and fresher eyes right now!
I'm really hoping a few of you can help out... I know I've slipped a bit
on all of this in recent months. There are obvious stories I've missed or
been slow on, and that's not fair to the folks whose great efforts should
get reported to our three hundred-strong community. Maybe we could be
doing lots of other stuff, but at least the site and this list give people
a known place to find news of our particular sort. I'm sorry if that
feed's been below par lately, and I want to get it back up to snuff but am
just gonna need a little help.
So if you want to help: tell me which news sources you watch and would
agree to post from (at a minimum, we have to cover each project listed at
oss4lib); let me know if you want to help moderate stories; let me know if
you have ideas for improvements, small or otherwise. I'll gather up names
(hopefully! :) and post again if there are still some gaps in coverage.
Thanks in advance, and warmest regards, -Dan