This year’s keynote, “Open source software and why it is important to librarianship” will be delivered by Eric Lease Morgan of the University of Notre Dame Libraries.
Eric Lease Morgan is the Head of Digital Access and Information Architecture Department at the University Libraries of Notre Damewhere he helps the Libraries “do stuff digital”. He considers himself to be a librarian first and a computer user second. His professional goal is to discover new ways to use computers to increase library collections and improve library services. Some of his more notable investigations have surrounded the automatic collection of electronic serials, the indexing of open access content, and the personalization of library websites. He has been writing library-related software since 1984 and has made all of his writings and software freely available online. Eric has been practicing open source software development and open access publishing years prior the phrases being coined. In his spare time, he can be seen folding defective floppy discs into intricate origami flora and fauna. More information about Mr. Morgan can be found on his homepage.
The canonical text for open source software is called The cathedral and the bazaar : musings on Linux and Open Source by an accidental revolutionary, by Eric S. Raymond. As the foundational piece of the Open Source movement, we ask that participants at least familiarize themselves with the concepts put forth in it. It is available in both print and web formats (although it is currently out of print).
Here is a pdf (303K) version of The Cathedral and the Bazaar
Other pieces by Eric S. Raymond are available at: http://catb.org/~esr/writings/cathedral-bazaar/cathedral-bazaar/