I intended to go to this but couldn't. Best to do then is read up on the goings-on, starting at the p2p conference page, but don't miss the report on the keynote by Our Hero Professor Lessig, various weblogs of O'Reilly staffers, and Bill Joy announcing a new library of p2p primitives for java. Really, really sorry I missed it, sounds like a great event. [note 2000-2-21]: there's a call for participation out already for the next event, to be held in Washington, DC, September 17-20, 2001.
Jeremy writes to oss4lib-discuss: "Here is a white paper that talks about copyright issues as relate to p2p tools (like Napster). Worth a read:" It's Peer-to-Peer File Sharing and Copyright Law after Napster, by Fred von Lohmann, published by the good folks at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
among other news seen on w3c-announce: "The W3C XML Query Working Group has released the first public Working Draft of XQuery: A Query Language for XML. The XQuery language is designed to be broadly applicable across all types of XML data sources from documents to databases and object repositories." [Also...] "the XForms Working Group has released a new Working Draft of XForms 1.0. The draft describes the architecture, concepts, processing model, and terminology underlying XForms, the next
generation of Web forms." Find out more at w3c.org.
Today's the day: the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting is posted, and the public forum in D.C. is going on as we speak. Everyone in our community would do well to take a close look at 1.0 and consider the opportunities this new standard provides. Maybe we can get someone attending the meeting to report back, too (hint, hint). More info on the overall project can be found at the Open Archives site. Congrats to Herbert and Carl, et al.!
In the ever-searching quest to hype oss4lib and make it useful we've made some bad moves in the past, I'll admit. Catalog Card Day at Yankee Stadium made for a few laughs, though, and while we're still negotiating a settlement of that class action suit from Cincinnati residents after the Great Thanksgiving Day Microfiche Reader Drop we're betting that the new oss4lib wiki will really put us over the top this time.
Ben writes: "Although The Alexandria Business Plan is filled with business speak (thanks to a well meaning business student) it is actually about creating an inter library card catalog & collaborative filtering network. There is also a link to comments on the plan."
Dew writes in: "An 'Ask Slashdot' query asks about the existance of 'Open Source software for maintaining a small to medium sized library card-catalog.' The library in question is about 5K volumes. Hilarity ensues." Hmm maybe the underground should take off hits for this one as ask /. links back to us... :P
howdy, y'all, we're live and direct from the McCormick Center exhibit hall, the O'Reilly and Associates booth (#1438), ground zero for all things open source at ALA. Jeremy, Dave, Peter, and I are chatting up everybody we can find, and the amazingly gracious O'Reilly folks are giving away copies of Running Linux and the MacOS 9 Missing Manual, so stop on by if you're here.