This just out, on some short notice, beginning to bring together a focus on Open Source, Open Content, Open Formats, and Open Access at the UNC School of Information and Library Science. Your ideas and suggestions welcome (come, write and/or comment)

Noon on Wednesday, July 9, in room 214 of the True Manning Hall. See you there.

Open Source Brainstorming session July 9 at high noon

Many of us in SILS make use of open source technologies, of open source licenses (like GPL and Creative Commons), of open access journals (like PLoS journals), and favor open access to information. One of the world’s most successful Open Source companies is our neighbor (Red Hat) and other companies with strong interest in open source hire our graduates (including IBM, Cisco and others). Many of us use and even contribute to the opensource ecosystem (like all of ibiblio and open-video). In 2010, the theme for the Triangle-hosted World Wide Web Conference will be Open Source, OpenAccess, Open Formats.

Now is the time for all good people to come and begin a more serious discussion on how we, as a school, can make a coherent place in our teaching, research, and service for the way of openness.

This aims to be the first of several meetings to help set directions for our efforts.

See also:

“Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software” by Christopher M. Kelty (2008, Duke University Press)

“The Cathedral & the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary” by Eric S. Raymond (2001, O’Reilly)

“Producing Open Source Software: How to Run a Successful Free Software Project” by Karl Fogel (2005, O’Reilly)

“Open Source for the Enterprise: Managing Risks, Reaping Rewards” by Dan Woods and Gautam Guliani (2005, O’Reilly)

“Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution (O’Reilly Open Source)” by Chris DiBona, Sam Ockman, Mark Stone, and Brian Behlendorf (1999, O’Reilly)

UPDATE: Notes, reading list, and soon video and whiteboard from the meeting today are here at the wiki.