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gy.' She thought that sophisticated, easy, Open Source
tools were not readily available. There were a few
good prototypes, she said, but interface development
in the public domain was primitive.
The Tennessee librarian's mention of `Open Source'
tools reflected many other expert commentaries.
Kirk Martinez thought there was too little re-use
made of technologies created for a particular project.
Software was written and died or was archived rath-
er than used. He said: `The Open Source community
shows us the way to keep the ball rolling on this area.'
And he saw a major advantage in `maintained and
used open source components we can all use to build
rather than reinvent in each project'.
Brian McLauglin, Acquisitions Officer at the Syr-
acuse University Library, US, was certain of his wish
list: `Creation of open source standards, vocabular-
ies for indexing objects and next-generation XML
resources.' And he wanted answers to the question
of `what or who controls the marketplace.' Address-
ing what he observed to be the situation in the Unit-
ed States, but may be the case in other countries, he
said: `State historical associations compete with their
own state libraries and they both, individually AND
together, compete with the Elseviers of the world.
This effort MUST be larger than "Ivy-League" uni-
versity research projects!' he said.
As a major step forward, he considered: `We have
National Academies of Science, and National Acad-
emies of Education and we could use a "National
Academy" (that visible!).' It could sponsor conferenc-
es and raise the questions DigiCULT's roadmap was
asking. Further, he sought: `An investment in iden-
tifying stakeholders who may not KNOW they are
stakeholders! DigiCULT's thematic approach is useful
for framing data collection and synthesis.'
His colleague, George Abbott, Director of the uni-
versity's Library Media Services Department, had
similar hopes. He wanted to see more attention giv-
en to `maintaining accessibility across a number of
See DigiCULT
Technology Watch Report 3,
December 2004 (chapter:
Open Source Software and
Standards). http://www.
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