Names: Felix Ostrowski, Johann Rolschewski

Audience: People involved in open source software development projects

Short description:

The Linked Open Data (LOD) hype is, if not completely over, at least in it’s Trough of Disillusionment. The reasons for this are manifold, but one problem is most likely the evangelism of a technological paradigm as a solution to all problems. Looking more closely though, individual aspects have gained traction in the library world. Open Data is no longer an ideology, it has become reality. Along with Open Data, it seems that following in it’s wake LOD has lead to an increase in Open Source projects carried out by library institutions. It is no longer only about freeing data from proprietary system, but about free systems altogether.

This means that many libraries transition their IT, at least in part, from being customers to being providers. This is an entirely new role, and often sneaked into institutions from bottom up. Thus, there often are as many different workflows as there are developers. What many of them have in common though, is that Git(Hub) is increasingly used, resulting in Linked Open Development (LOD).

This workshop wants to find out what this transition means and what it necessary for it to be successful. It follows a [breakout session during SWIB15]( We would like to begin with short presentations of the participants’

projects. Which people are involved, and more importantly which roles do they take on? Which workflows are in place? Which tools are used to implement them? Following these presentations, the different approaches are discussed and categorized.

Workshop outcomes:

  • An overview of software development projects in the library realm
  •  A set of best practices on how to organize workflows under which circumstances
  •  A set of recommendations of what tools to use for which aspects