National Conference on Organized Resistance 2007

Open Source Software and Community Activism: The Radical Reference Model presented at NCOR, 2007.

  1. Survey the room to see what the level of technical and library expertise is, and, if it's a small group, what people want to get out of the session.

  2. Open source development and librarianship: perfect examples of organized resistance

  3. Introduction to Radical Reference (mission and tactics)

  4. InterActivist Network model

    • Network of trust
    • Build vs. steal (f/oss vs. piracy)
    • Low maintenance
    • Digital representation of real-world community
    • association with other technology groups built through active collaboration on individual projects (tao, silc) (autonomedia, Info Exchange) (IAA, txtmob) (Mayfirst/Peoplelink, USSF)
    • small scale (think of low-power FM vs. Democracy Now, both are valueble, one is easier for small groups to replicate)

  5. F/OSS definition & history
    • what we mean by free
    • Licensing: protecting the public domain from capitalism
    • Google (when free is not free)
    • Community centric decision making
    • Open source development contrasted with organizing work
    • Openness, transparency

  6. Privacy vs. openness in libraries and Rad Ref

  7. Tools

  8. Favorites from the group

  • Cinelerra media editing for Linux
  • Firefox web browser
  • GIMP graphic/image creation/manipulation (alternative to photoshop)
  • Grass GIS
  • Linux operating system
  • OpenOffice and NeoOffice Microsoft Office clones
  • Scribus desktop publishing
  • Songbird media player
  • SourceForge repository of f/oss tools
  • VLC media player

  • Barriers to using open source tools

  • The Internet as a mass movement
    • Techies as activists
    • Getting help (search on your error messages)
    • Giving back (blog your experiences and problems)(participate in development community as a user)

  • Open discussion