Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Need a quick tutorial on what Open Source is? Try here. The short version: the source code for software is made available to developers and consumers to tweak and improve as they see fit, with the understanding that improvements, modifications and interractive applications will also be available, for free, to anyone who wants to use/modify it.
What does this have to do with libraries? It provides new opportunities to experience and contribute to the development of software to better suited to specific needs. In many cases, software is developed in a vacuum, where software engineers diligently attempt to guess at what users will need. Open Source Software tends to develop a bit more organically, with an easier mechanism for the integration of feedback. This new guidance could lead to software that more readily fits existing needs, without the lag time usually associated with development.
For some more information and commentary, check out: http://opensource.sys-con.com/node/1161812 http://powdermonkey.blogs.com/powdermonkey/2009/10/department-of-defense-new-guidance-on-open-source-software.html (Both link to the memo talked about here)
Monday, October 5, 2009
Through their partnership with the National Archives, Footnote.com has scanned and indexed valuable records that help tell the story of the Holocaust. Explore everything from Holocaust assets, to death camp records, to interrogation reports from the Nuremburg trials.Additional information: http://www.businesswire.com/news/google/20090929005219/en http://go.footnote.com/holocaust_records/#
Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Press On!: Selected works of General Donn A. Starry Volume I and Volume II by General Donn A. Starry. General Donn A. Starry's intellectual legacy is a rich collection of speeches, articles, cables, and letters on a myriad of professional topics. He was the second commander of the Army's Training and Doctrine Command (1977-1981), then headed US Readiness Command (1981-1983) before his retirement after 35 years of service. As the materials in this collection illustrate, General Starry operated from the conviction that "doctrine rules". Selected, Edited, Annotated, and with an Introductory Essay by Lewis Sorley Available Formats: Volume I PDF -- Volume II PDF (Request a Hard Copy)
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