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Use of Open Source Software Applications at Sultan Abdul Samad Library

Open Source Software refers to software licensed to users under certain minimum terms. Users have the right to use, copy, access, modify and distribute the software (either original or modified without royalties or other fees). There are differences in meaning and terms for Open Source Software and Free Software. Some of these differences are as shown in the following table.


Open Source Software

(Free Software)

• Free distribution of software by users without paying royalties / fees
• Source code is provided to the user
• Modification and creation of derivative works allowed
• Integrity of source code, ie owner may require user to distribute original version including modification
• No discrimination against persons who may / may not use the software
• There is no discrimination in specific areas, which can be used for any purpose
• The rights granted to the software do not require the implementation of additional licenses
• Licenses must not be restricted to certain technologies, ie technology neutral
• Licenses do not limit other software distributed together

• Free to use
• Free to copy
• Free to review and modify
• free to distribute
• free to improve

The Sultan Abdul Samad Library (PSAS), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) has begun adopting this Open Source Software since 2008, where PSAS began using EPrints software to develop UPM Institutional Repository (UPM IR). UPM IR was developed by the librarian in charge of the Information Technology and Systems Division. To date there are nearly four system that use the EPrints platform namely UPM eTheses, UPM MyAGRIC and PSAS Working Paper.

PSAS has also used KOHA Software, an Integrated Library Management System. This software is from New Zealand and has many libraries using this software, in PSAS there are 2 systems developed using KOHA namely KOHA PSAS and KOHA ELIB.

Later in 2010, PSAS used DSpace software to develop the AGRIS Portal as recommended by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The software version used is DSpace 1.7.

In 2013, the Information Systems and Technology Division developed a Memory @ Serdang portal, a gallery that houses collections of photos stored in the Media, Archives and Conservation Division (BMAP). The software used is ResourceSpace , this software released by a company in the United Kingdom.

In addition, PSAS also developed several portals using WordPress and Joomla software. All portals are developed and maintained by librarians at PSAS. Some of the portals developed using WordPress are UPM Sage Portal, UPM InfoHub, UPM Data Bank, Read @ Uni and MyUniNet Portal.

In 2019, PSAS has also developed a local information search portal (Discovery @ Lib) using Vufind software. This software is a discovery layer capable of indexing data from library systems, repository systems and portals.

PSAS has also developed its own e-Learning Portal using Moodle software, the Portal is intended to store all the training modules for the Library Introduction Session and to facilitate librarians during teaching classes and students to easily reference related training modules.

Date of Input: 08/02/2020 | Updated: 08/02/2020 | muizzudin


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