First attempt at a thesis paragraph for my Current Issues paper:
“Public libraries organize information for the purpose of making information resources free and accessible to the public. Similarly, open source software provides resources in the form of free computer applications with publicly accessible source code that is open to revision and improvement. In fact, an open source software Integrated Library System known as Koha has been developed, allowing users to expand and improve the system’s efficiency and effectiveness of information organization. Open source software allows individuals to organize information according to the methods that best meet their needs, while proprietary software is much slower to accept and manifest revisions. However, because open source software evolves so rapidly, it frequently faces compatibility and security issues. Moreover, the library’s traditional support of intellectual property rights and protection of copyrighted material seems at odds with the open source premise. Open source software is an admittedly flawed, but ever evolving tool of enormous potential for the field of information organization.”
I’m struggling to reconcile the public library’s position on free access to information with its position on intellectual property as one of the issues related to open source software. But maybe that doesn’t belong in this paper. It didn’t seem to fit smoothly into my paragraph.
I know there’s more to this issue, but I haven’t had time to read everything about it yet. There’s a lot of information out there about open source.