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Sustainability of Targeted Open Source Repositories: Open ONI for Newspapers
Sarah Seymore1, Karen Estlund2, Karin Dalziel3, Natasha Hollenbach4
1University of Oregon, United States of America; 2Penn State University, United States of America; 3University of Nebraska–Lincoln, United States of America; 4Montana Historical Society, United States of America
The Library of Congress developed software to host digitized newspapers for the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The software was released as open source in 2011 and adopted by a few individual state-wide projects. As sustainability of code contributions and adoption increased, the need for a version that could host born-digital newspapers, be easily customizable for local instances, and quickly adopt new standards such as IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework) was needed. In 2015, a small group of developers gathered to plan a transition to what would become Open-ONI (Online Newspaper Initiative) to support digitized and born-digital newspapers. This presentation will review how small and targeted open source repositories can be effective when efficiently designed, with open communication, and shared needs. The panelists will describe the features of Open-ONI and future directions for the community, the development process, the lessons learned from small development sprints and digital newspaper programs, and the importance of community development, while showcasing unique implementations of Open-ONI for each program. This talk will be relevant for developers, designers, and librarians who manage digitization production, use digitized newspaper resources, and are interested in light-weight targeted software solutions.