My name is Ajit Pyati, and I am a Ph.D. candidate at the University of
California, Los Angeles (UCLA), in the Department of Information
Studies. I am doing some research on the open source movement within
libraries, and had some general questions for members of the OSS
community in the library world.
At the helpful suggestion of Dan Chudnov, I am posting some 'big
picture' questions I had. If you are interested in answering them,
please send them to me, either as a Word attachment or in the body of
your e-mail to akpyati@... by Friday, October 13th. This is a
form of informal information gathering to serve as background for my
research, so feel free to answer some or all of the questions to the
extent that you see fit. Please e-mail me as well if you have any
questions or want to find out more information about my research
Many thanks in advance for your time and help.
1) Please describe your current and past involvement with open source
projects in libraries. What has been your main motivation in getting
involved with this work?
2) Do you see a philosophical match between librarianship and open
source software (OSS)? If so, in what ways?
3) How would you characterize the OSS movement in the library world today?
a. What are projects that you find particularly noteworthy, and why?
4) What do you think are some of the factors (institutional, economic,
social, political, etc.) that make certain library-based OSS projects
successful and others not so successful? What are some of the
barriers in preventing libraries from fully utilizing OSS?
5) Looking at the future of the OSS movement in general within the
library community, what are factors that can facilitate its growth,
and potential barriers that might slow its progress?
Ajit K. Pyati
Department of Information Studies
University of California, Los Angeles