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Listserv for homegrown OpenURL developers

Anna writes "If you are developing (or plan to develop) your own OpenURL link resolver, John Weible of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has created a listserv for you.

A small but growing number of libraries have already or are now developing non commercial link resolving solutions with OpenURL at the core. These libraries need a peer support group for the exchange of ideas and solutions. Specific information about how to construct deep linking URLs for a particular target site is likely to be a frequent topic. I expect that the exchange of open source software tools related to link resolution will also be a frequent topic.

So, if you are involved in the development or maintenance of an open source or "homegrown" OpenURL link resolver at your library or institution or interested in doing so, this list is available for you.
To subscribe, send a message to [email protected] The body of the message should be:
subscribe lib-openurl-dev-l Your Name"

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Securing Wireless LANs - A Windows Server 2003 Certificate Services Solution

http://whitepapers.informationweek.com/data/detail?id=1066238594_198&type=RES&src=KA_RES

DESCRIPTION: The Microsoft Solution for Securing Wireless LANs is
a prescriptive guide addressing the vulnerabilities of todays wireless
networks.
PUBLISHER: Microsoft Corporation
COST: Free

Preserving software

Bibliofuture writes "There is an article at Wired.com about preserving software for future study. Problems include copyright and the fragility of the digital medium."

The problem is, most software is stored on media that is rapidly degrading. Before long, the data on those original WordStar or Lotus 1-2-3 floppies will be about as useful as a piece of cardboard. Brewster Kahle and his nonprofit Internet Archive have petitioned the U.S. Copyright Office about the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA, which governs the circumvention of anti-piracy measures. Kahle's organization is seeking exemptions from DMCA provisions that prohibit the archiving of software titles. If the Copyright Office says no, Kahle fears millions of programs eventually will be lost forever.

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Snoop Software Gains Power and Raises Privacy Concerns

Steve Fesenmaier sent over A NY Times Piece on snoopware.
Makers of "snoopware" — as opposed to the software known as "spyware" that many businesses use to monitor the activities of Web site visitors and to send them pop-up ads — enthusiastically pitch their products' ability to be installed remotely. They typically skirt the ethical and legal issues with fig-leaf disclaimers and check-off boxes where buyers promise not to violate the law.

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Microsoft developing software to track child porn

Steffers writes "Stemming from an e-mail sent by a Canadian cop, Microsoft Canada is developing an open source software to assist police investigations of child pornography. The article makes me wonder what (if any) applications there would be to track "inappropriate web materials" in libraries? Not being a techie I don't know what to expect/think, what are the thoughts of the tech gurus out there?"

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Open Source Software in Libraries: A Workshop

Eric Lease Morgan has created This Site is a part of a hands-on workshop for teaching people in libraries about open source software.
Given the linked texts, the accompanying set of software, and reasonable access to a (Unix) computer, the student should be able to read the essays, work through the exercises, and become familiar with open source software especially as it pertains to libraries. More specifically, the student will learn the ideas behind open source software, a bit of its history, and how it is similar and dissimilar to librarianship.

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Opportunities for Open Source software in the publishing industry

NewsForge has an article, Opportunities for Open Source software in the publishing industry, that looks at how to apply open source tools in the many areas of publishing. Publishing -- by firms that produce newspapers, magazines, books of all kinds, and even corporate documents -- is a very well understood business where the leaders are firms who have cut costs to the absolute minimum and exist on very thin margins, thanks to intense competition from other publishers and other media, including, nowadays, the Internet.

"Open Source developers can also find lots of niche opportunities -- publishing is a huge and varied field, and these customers will listen to developers who can save them money. Where Gutenberg failed, an Open Source developer may well succeed."

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Herodotus: A Peer-to-Peer Web Archival System

Ender, The Duke of URL spotted An Interesting MIT Paper [That's a PDF, Google has an HTML Cache As Well] that proposes the design and implementation of Herodotus, a peer-to-peer webarchival system. Like the Wayback Machine, a website that currently offers a web archive, Herodotus periodically crawls the world wide web and stores copies of all downloadedweb content. Unlike the Wayback Machine, Herodotus does not rely on a centralized serverfarm. Instead, many individual nodes spread out across the Internet collaboratively performthe task of crawling and storing the content. This allows a large group of people to con-tribute idle computer resources to jointly achieve the goal of creating an Internet archive. Herodotus uses replication to ensure the persistence of data as nodes join and leave. Herodotus is implemented on top of Chord, a distributed peer-to-peer lookup service. It is written in C++ on FreeBSD. Their analysis based on an estimated size of the World Wide Web shows that a set of 20,000 nodes would be required to archive the entire web, assuming that each node has atypical home broadband Internet connection and contributes 100 GB of storage.

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RFID Moves into Public Library

The RFID story continues to get some good press.
Not suprisingly, the EFF Has Privacy Concerns. An AP Story looks at San Francisco Public Library's plans to track books by inserting computer chips into each tome. Another AP Article says a University of Pittsburgh electrical engineer has developed a "smart tag" that he says addresses consumer privacy advocates' concerns surrounding radio frequency identification tags, which are becoming the next generation of bar codes. The NYTimes has a good general look at applications for RFID tags.
The Wireless Data Research Group says it has found the market for RFID hardware, software and services will increase at a 23 percent CAGR from more than $1 billion in 2003 to $3 billion in 2007.
CIO.com Says Convenience Trumps Privacy, with an interesting projection:
"Tomorrow's RFID chips won't just spit out serial numbers; they will also carry data and myriad sensors, transforming inert objects into "smartifacts"—intelligent artifacts that interact with the surrounding environment. Add this all on top of today's search engine craze, and I'll bet we'll eventually have "IndexBots" running around the landscape hunting and cataloging every RFID chip they find."
There's already at least two "RFID solution designed to improve library operational efficiency".
Update: 10/05 18:44 EST by B:Glossary of RFID Terms offered up by Gary Price.

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Wireless at O'Reilly

I found this new resource by accident at one of my favorite technical book publisher's website:

http://wireless.oreilly.com/

You can find lots of free information there as well as information from O'Reilly's great books.
Bill Drew

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