From: Karl Fogel <kfogel@fl...> - 2004-12-07 19:13:42
Is the oss4lib project getting any formal support from libraries or
By "formal", I mean direct financial support, hardware and bandwith
contributions, employees able to use work time for oss4lib work, etc.
I've been reading this list for a long time, but have never been clear
on the answer to this question. From http://www.oss4lib.org/about.php
and a few other pages on the web site, I get the impression that
oss4lib is run entirely by volunteers. Well, probably some people are
devoting *some* of their work time to oss4lib, but it's not clear
whether this is officially acknowledged by their employers :-).
Thanks in advance for any answers,
From: Daniel Chudnov <dchud@um...> - 2004-12-07 20:02:16
Karl Fogel wrote:
> Is the oss4lib project getting any formal support from libraries or
> other institutions?
No, it's entirely volunteer.
In the early days it was hosted on equipment at the Yale School of
Medicine, and we had support from the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library
there in that it was okay to get it running on work hours, and in that
it was "okay (or even good) that the library be seen as doing that."
Indeed it was probably more than okay at the time. It's now hosted on a
The work of the site/list, such as they are, mainly involves posting
news (which lots of different people do, if infrequently), keeping the
project list up (which I do, too infrequently), and praying daily to the
mailman-spam-catcher. These require just a little time, and barely any
Over the years there have been discussions of the "oss4lib project" or
something parallel doing something more, some of which discussions were
on-list, some not. Some of the discussed things a coordinated effort
might do have included:
- Formal project maintenance/leadership
- Project review/rating
- Infrastructure hosting (a la sourceforge)
- Consulting of various kinds
- Focused marketing
- Focused training
But none of those things has been taken up in any new kind of
centralized organization, as far as I know. Many of those tasks are
occurring elsewhere, of course, if perhaps not in such a coordinated way.
In the meantime it has remained useful to many people to have a
freshmeat-for-libraries news page and project list, and a discussion
list, so I maintain (such as it is) those things. It would be nice to
see more coordination among some of the above tasks, whether "within
oss4lib" or not, but all would require initiative and support by others.
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