Infomotions' Musings on Information and Librarianship
This is a collection of the things I've written -- my musings. It includes pre-edited as well as formally published articles, travel logs, descriptions of software applications, and the hand-outs of workshops and presentations. Here is a randomly selected item, and it will change when you reload the page:
- Gift cultures, librarianship, and open source software development
- Description: This short essay examines more closely the concept of a "gift culture" and how it may or may not be related to librarianship. After this examination and with a few qualifications, I still believe my judgements about open source software and librarianship are true. Open source software development and librarianship have a number of similarities -- both are examples of gift cultures.
- Date: 2000-12-28
- Source: Frankly, I forget where this article was published first. Alas.
- Subject(s): open source software; gift cultures; librarianship;
- URL: http://infomotions.com/musings/gift-cultures/
My day job resides in an academic environment, and I believe it is my responsibility to act academically. A lot of the time, this means thinking, studying, writing, sharing, and repeating the process. The exciting thing about writing, and while it may sound corny, is it transcends both space and time. It is entirely possible for someone to write something down and have those written words to be communicated to other people on the other side of the world days, weeks, or even years later.
I believe it is important to share one's ideas freely. That is why I have never completely signed away my copyrights and retained the rights to post my articles on my own website. This collection is a manifestation of that idea. I have been practicing "green" open access publishing for more than a dozen years.
To these ends I am sharing the texts in this collection with you. Feel free to use the items in this collection as you see fit, but please don't call the works your own. Place the blame and/or credit where the blame and/or credit is due.