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Resources for libraries exploring the open source option

library tools for open source

Libraries of all types have the same questions about open source software that are asked by technologists in other fields. Does open source make sense for me? What open source packages mesh well with the skills already in my organization? Where can I go to get training, documentation, hosting, and/or contract software development for a specific open source package?

With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, we set out to build tools that help libraries answer these questions. These questions and answers may be useful to others as well. » Read more

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Book contest for Open Library Week

Open Libary Week book contest

It's Open Library Week at Opensource.com, and we're celebrating open source tools and methods for libraries with a contest.

Enter for a chance to win two books of your choice from O'Reilly Media. When you enter, be sure to select your favorite public library becuase they could win too. If you win, the library you selected will recieve five free books of their choice. » Read more

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Makers are the new industrial revolution

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Following up on the recent review of the Maker's Manifesto, I ran across the book Makers: The New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson. Anderson is a former Editor in Chief of Wired and no stranger to the economic paradoxes of peer-production and open source. He has written about both in previous books The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More and Free: The Future of a Radical Price.

In his most recent book, Anderson examines the historical parallels between the Maker movement and the second Industrial Revolution, » Read more

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Three free eBooks: open always wins, video editing, and open source thought leaders

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Opensource.com free eBooks are one of the many ways we strive to share open source knowledge and passion for implementing it beyond technology (but there too)—in business, education, government, law, health, and other areas of our lives. 

Open source in the the cloud, open source hardware and the Maker movement, open source software showing up in government and other unlikely places... we could go on...

But, we'll hand it over to you in an eBook instead. Read one of our new eBooks, downloadable from our site in .odt and .epub formats. » Read more

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Creating an eBook using the AsciiDoc markup language

eBook open source way

For manuals and guides, Wikis are an excellent way of organizing content. Yet, they often don't work as well for larger articles or books because individual content is spread across many pages and the reader has to click around. Additionally, when you want to read online content while in a place where you cannot get an Internet connection (like, reading on the plane), another mode of content delivery is needed.

Recently, I was quite thrilled to see Opensource.com offer a thorough and skillful way of How to create an eBook the open source way. But, I am not a big fan of Wysiwig editors and prefer markup languages like LaTeX, Markdown, AsciiDoc, or even Wiki-Markup. So, here I give you an alternative: preparing content for an eBook editing AsciiDoc documents. [You can also do this on the go, in an email editor on your mobile phone or tablet.]

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How to create an eBook the open source way

Publishing the open source way

Astute readers will have noticed that we’ve begun publishing our "Open Voices" eBooks in the ePub format. Now, some of our best essays and interviews are available as lightweight and portable files, and can be read on any electronic reading device that supports this open standard.

And who better to undertake the task of converting our library than your friendly opensource.com intern? This summer, I’ve refined what I consider a simple, reliable method for creating eBooks the open source way. Today, I’d like to share it.

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Open source summer reading list

2013 Summer Reading List

Earlier this month, Facebook officially announced its implementation of hashtags, prompting both celebration and outcry from users. But the event also sparked a spate of critical analyses addressing the nature of conversations today, as well as the ways technologies facilitate and organize even the most banal ones. Love them or hate them, hashtags have become an overwhelmingly popular convention for pursuing those recurring questions: What's going on right now? And how should we make sense of it? » Read more

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The Open Book (Free Stuff Friday!)

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The Open Book is an essential reference point for those interested in the culmination of a global movement for change in a time of rapid social progress.

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10 ways to get started with open source

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My experience tells me there are a lot of people interested in trying open source, but they don't know where to start. And the perception that you have to write code to contribute to is a barrier to that curiosity. So, I've outlined 10 ways that anyone can get started with open source—no code writing involved.

I welcome your ideas and additions, there are without a doubt more than 10 ways—let's get started.

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The elusive book publishing process: A little risk, a little reward

Publishing the open source way

My favorite thing about the Internet is the way it makes so many of us into storytellers. It turns people on to sharing their own experiences, especially experiences they might be uncomfortable relating in person. My enthusiasm for the Internet’s encouragement of transparency extends beyond digital confessionals and group therapy and well into the mundane: instruction manuals; wikis packed with the sort of minutiae one used to have to wait to overhear at a cocktail party; and the open listserv a friend maintained as a shared journal, where my every entry addressed the lone lurker no one knew (but who seemed to be named Paul and kept showing up in the output of a REVIEW DIARY-L).

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