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1 September 2008
John Blyberg, Darien Library’s Head of Technology and Digital Initiatives, has created our website and the connection to our online catalog using open source software, and at his initiative, we are making it freely available to all libraries, as a contribution to strengthening the role of all libraries in their communities.
I’m really happy to see John’s work on SOPAC go live, and not just because I went to middle school with him years ago. The suite he’s developed to allow libraries to integrate internet social media with their internal systems is really amazing. Effective searches need interoperable data to be successful, and SOPAC helps libraries assemble that in an inexpensive, sustainable way.
There’s a good (if lacking in Safari 3 comparisons) overview at Blogoscoped, which notes:
I think it can’t hurt to have more competition in the browser area.
I just hope that the comic isn’t the best thing about the browser.