OCLC is to Microsoft …

… as OpenLibrary is to open source?

There seems to be a bit of buzz about OCLC becoming a monopoly (hence the reference to Microsoft).  So is OpenLibrary the equilvalent of open source?  Well according to their site the software is open, the data is open, the documentation is open, and the site is open.  The more I move around their site and read the more interested in this project I become.  Not being a cataloger I don’t understand all the implications but as someone who supports open source and free access to information this project seems to be one worthy of my attention.

Interested?  You can participate in a couple of ways.  From the OpenLibrary site – how you can help.  Or if you’d like to there is a petition to OCLC that you can sign.

Let my information go!


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