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Open source and libraries: an interview with Dan Chudnov

Online [January 2001]


Copyright (c) 2001 Online Inc.

Abstract: Review by Roy Tennant:

Current Cites readers and others will remember Dan Chudnov from his Docster article in Library Journal, in which he had the audacity to suggest a Napster-like model for interlibrary loan. His piece on open source software in Library Journal did not escape our notice either. In fact, the library community had better keep a close watch on this guy, since he is out to change not just what we do, but how we do it. How? By getting together and writing the software we need in an open, cooperative environment. By using our imaginations instead of our checkbooks. And by not accepting "we''ve never done it that way" as an adequate excuse. Yes, I would keep my eye on him if I were you. And this interview is as good a place to start as any, although at the time this piece was written he was still at Yale (he has since quit to start his own venture). In this interview Chudnov makes a case for open source software in libraries, in a way that makes it clear he is excited by this. We should be too.

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Publication Year:2001
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Online
Issue:January 2001
Publisher:Online Inc.
Place of Publication:Wilton, CT
Notes:Review courtesy of : Current Cites 12(2) (February 2001) ISSN: 1060-2356 Copyright 2001 by the Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.
Subject: Open source software
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Record Number:8903
Last Update:2012-12-29 14:06:47
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00