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Fall Exhibit at the Biddle Law Library: The Open Source Movement

September 01, 2008

opensource.jpg Welcome and welcome back! Some of you who have been around here in the past might have noticed that we like to create at least one technology-related exhibit per year. Last year, we displayed some library resources related to copyright alternatives, including the “copyleft” and “free software” movements, and Creative Commons. This time, we thought we’d kick off the year taking a look at yet another emerging topic in law and society: the Open Source movement. An eagle-eyed Biddle patron might notice that we’ve recycled some of our materials from the “Alternatives to Copyright” exhibit. This is by design, because Open Source does often challenge traditional understanding of ownership and intellectual property. We’ve broken the exhibit into three main topics. The main display case (pictured above) provides an overview of the Open Source movement, including some prominent examples–tech geeks will notice the the Linux penguin, an icon of open source. The other two cases deal with Open Education and Open Law, both of which Penn Law School’s faculty and journals have contributed to in a number of ways. As the center for information on campus, the Biddle Law Library is always interested in alternative models to the distribution, creation, and accumulation of knowledge. The Open Source movement engages a variety of cultural, educational, and legal topics. We hope our fall exhibit on the topic will answer some questions and raise even more. Check back with the Biddleblog for regular updates on some of the things we’re working on and thinking about. Enjoy the year!