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Slide 1: Open Source Projects: The Prospero Experience Eric H. Schnell Assistant Professor Head, Information Technology Prior Health Sciences Library The Ohio State University
Slide 2: Open Source, not Open“Sores” FoxTrot By Bill Amend Appeared 2/7/2000 Copyright 2000 United Features Syndicate
Slide 3: What is Open Source?    A Philosophy of Software Development where Source Code is Distributed Openly Modifications / Derivatives are Encouraged Software Licensed Free (“as free as a free kitten…”)  Community / Network Involvement (Linux, Apache Web Server, PHP, MySQL)
Slide 4: Why Open Source?       Commercial Developers Slow to Respond to Internet Driven Needs Niche Vendors Gain Monopoly / Single Source Strategy Commercial Product Lifeline Uncertain Program is Customizable Reduces Direct Software Costs No Vendor Software Maintenance “Fees”
Slide 5: Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller Appeared 6/6/1997 Copyright 1997 Wiley Miller
Slide 6: Library System Paradigm     Software Vendors do not Sell Software, they Sell “Licenses” The Vendor Controls Functionality and Features Maintenance Fees are Often Not Optional Decisions Often Based on Budget, Not Patron Need
Slide 7: Library System Paradigm  Libraries make Significant Investments to License, Maintain, and Train  Few Switch once Committed to a Specific Technology
Slide 8: Dilbert by Scott Adams Appeared 3/19/2000 Copyright 2000 United Feature Syndicate, Inc
Slide 9: Open Source for Libraries    Development of New Systems to Support Library Services Timely Response to Internet Driven Needs By Libraries; For Libraries
Slide 10: Why Open Source for Libraries?     Reduce Electronic Service Implementation Timetable Reallocate Funds to Other Needs Creation of New Consortiums Break away from the Library System Paradigm
Slide 11: What is Prospero? Electronic Document Delivery System Originally Designed to Work with Ariel®    Can be Used as Stand Alone    Converts Ariel TIFF Documents to PDF Places them on an Authenticated Web Site Like Ariel, Prospero is a Character in Shakespeare's “The Tempest”
Slide 12: Why Prospero? Advisory Committee Recommendation Full-Text Journals Online, Why Not ILL? Shorten Document Delivery Time Any Time, Any Place Access Commercial Alternatives Not Economical     
Slide 13: Prospero Modules  Staff Interface    Installed on Ariel PC Uses Ariel Directories Can Scan Direct or Import
Slide 14: Staff Interface
Slide 15: Prospero Modules  Staff Interface    Installed on Ariel PC Uses Ariel Directories Can Scan Direct or Import Install on Windows/ Unix-Linux Server Any Web Server Software  Patron Interface /Server Side  
Slide 16: Patron Interface
Slide 17: Prospero Timeline  March 1999 – Began Search for Existing Systems    NLM’s DocView ILLiad Marshall’s WebEDD     April ‘99 – Decided to Create Homegrown System April ‘99 – Discovered Yale’s EDD Software May ‘99 – Released Prospero 1.0 April ’00 –Version 1.35 (15th revision)
Slide 18: Prospero Team  Project Manager    Communications Web Site & Message Board Management Contact for Administrators / Prospero Implementers Wrote Code Debugged Problems Used Beta Code Identified Initial Features  Programmer    Evaluators  
Slide 19: Prospero Team 40+ Outside Contributors  3 High Use Sites  Local Staff 
Slide 20: Time Commitment  Project Manager   60 hours initial Web site Development and Creation of Support Materials. < 1 Hour a Day Ongoing Support ~100 Hours Initial Development. 8 Hours per Week Ongoing Support Feedback Through Regular Use  Programmer    Evaluators 
Slide 21: Customer Service     Web Site Questions and Feedback via Email Web Discussion Board “Users Helping Users”
Slide 22: Development Costs     No Direct Software Costs No Direct Ongoing Software Maintenance Costs Utilized Existing Hardware Staff Time (~ $3500 1st year indirect cost)
Slide 23: Benefits      Established Service When Needed Allows Others to Establish Similar Services, Cheaply Staff Learning New Skills Creating New “Network” of Library Development Partners Break Away from the Library Systems Paradigm
Slide 24: Hidden Benefits     Over 260 Organizational Downloads from 21 Countries Promotes the John A. Prior Library and The Ohio State University Publication, Presentation, Award, and Grant Opportunities Local Recognition
Slide 25: Lessons    Haven?)   User Expectations Implementation Issues Individual Privacy (Open Source a Safe Systems Security Library System Paradigm is Alive
Slide 26: Words of Advice “One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth.” -- Abraham Maslow
Slide 27: Thanks! Merci! E-mail: schnell.9@osu.edu Project: bones.med.ohio-state.edu/prospero/ oss4lib: www.oss4lib.org

   
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