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Practical Open Source Software for Libraries by Nicole Engard

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Community and open source

The best person to do a job is the one who most wants to do that job; and the best people to evaluate their performance are their friends and peers who, by the way, will enthusiastically pitch in to improve the final product, simply for the sheer pleasure of helping one another and creating something beautiful from which they will all benefit.1

Open source is about so much more than the code and the programmers; it’s also about the community and the power of the crowd to produce amazing products. Every successful (the key word being ‘successful’) open source project is backed by a community of developers and application users who keep it alive and kicking. While there are ways to make money from working on open ...

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