Talk:Open Source, Open Access, Open Format, Open Content at SILS and UNC

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SILS and/or UNC?

I'm wondering what the end goal is for these discussions. Is the goal to impact SILS, UNC, or both? Most of the participants at the July 9 meeting were from SILS. If the goal is to have a broader impact, I suggest recruiting more heavily to get others on board from the very beginning in order to assist in the planning process and provide diversity of perspectives. I doubt very seriously that a plan developed almost exclusively by SILS affiliates will adequately address the challenges to open source adoption that the rest of the campus faces, as there are already quite a number of SILS associates invested in open source, or at least more who are aware of the issues.

If the goal is rather to develop more awareness of open source at SILS only (or a SILS program), that should be explicit from the get-go. If that is the goal, someone such as myself (i.e. a Comm. Studies staff member) obviously won't be able to justify spending work time on such an endeavor, noble though it may be.

Mike, please sign talk page posts with four tildes (~~~~) so that we can follow who said what. Tarheelcoxn 00:07, 15 July 2008 (UTC)
I'm confident the effort is intended to be for all of UNC Chapel Hill (if not broader than that). If you have ideas for how we should be recruiting on other parts of campus, please implement them, share them with us, or both. So far I know Paul has advertised on the COSI list, UNClug.... where else? Where/how should we be advertising future meetings? Tarheelcoxn 00:11, 15 July 2008 (UTC)


I would suggest first starting with some attention to the language used in this wiki, the discussions, and listserv posts. So far, it has been pretty SILS-centric, if, perhaps, unintentionally so. For instance - the title of this page. If the reach is intended to be UNC-wide, why is SILS in the page title at all?

Next: flyering, facebook, word of mouth, talk to people outside of SILS, listservs, free pizza, paint a cube, wxyc PSAs, all the ways you would normally promote a campus-wide interest meeting. What does COSI's media contact list look like? Use that.

My outsider's perspective is that SILS could be close to implementing an open source specialization, or that there is at least significant interest in such a program (please do correct me if I'm wrong). If that's the case, does it not seem likely that a group primarily comprised of SILS affiliates would lean towards a strategy to implement such a program at SILS, that being a more immediate and tangible goal than a campus-wide initiative? And is COSI not, in some sense, already the campus-wide open source initiative?

Not trying to be contrary, just trying to figure out if everyone shares Tarheelcoxn's feelings. Mike Nutt 03:41, 16 July 2008 (UTC)

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