The SIRSI/Dynix marketing document, Integrated Library Systems Platforms on Open Source, has generated much critique in the last few days. To catch up with it, there are a number of places to go.
I have added my own point by point comments on the google doc embedded at the end of this post.
Stephen Abram’s blog
There has been vigourous debate in the comments on Stephen Abram’s blog post – often disjointed due to the fact that comments appear only after Stephen has checked them and added his 2c worth. I understand that he has a spam problem, but it makes it very hard to keep a fluid, open and timely dialogue. Several SIRSI/Dynix customers have weighed in. They present a rather different picture of the product to that depicted in the position paper.
Joint Google Doc annotation
Jason Griffey – while stuck in an airport on the way back from a conference – set up a google document for anyone who wanted to add annotations. He has blogged about this: Sirsi-Dynix vs Open Source Software .
The google doc is here, SIRSI Dynix Position Paper on Open Source annoted by other libraryfolk and embedded at the end of this post. I contributed to this. Editors included: Jason Griffey Nicole Engard, Chris Cormack, Toby Greenwalt, Kathryn Greenhill, Karen Schneider, Melissa Houlroyd, Tara Robertson, Dweaver, Lori Ayre, Heather Braum, Laura Crossett, Josh Neff, and a few others who have usernames that Jason could not can’t decipher.
Scroll down half way to see the start of the commentary, colour coded and initialled so you can see who said what. The start of the document is a collation of the points made below.
Tim Spalding set up a Etherpad document , limited to 16 editors, where a different set of people have been adding their notes.
Code4Lib wiki pages
There is a page on the Code4Lib wiki pointing to all the commentaries on the document . Another page on the same wiki has a dump of the Etherpad as on 1 Novemember .
(I started creating a dump of the doc on the Code4 Lib site, with a view to merging it with the etherpad, but time overtook me…If anyone has time to do this – and maybe add in the material from Stephen’s blog , I think a very interesting and comprehensive picture would emerge).
Here is the SIRSI Dynix Position Paper on Open Source annoted by other libraryfolk Google Doc embedded: