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Sebastian Hammer started out the second full day of Code4Lib with a discussion f the origin of open source software. After talking for a few minutes about the growing challenge for libraries to remain relevant in a changing informaiton economy, he bridged to the concept of builidng things not through api use but rather by standards based data and development approaches.

This keyed in to the ongoing discussion of linked data at this conference and what happens when the information is encoded using open standards rather than being made available through regulated APIs. The demos in freebase yesterday began to hint at this capability and it will be intersting to see how this theme develops during the rest of the conference.

Following the keynote, tim McGeary from the OLE project updated the room on the progress of OLE. In covering the timeline Tim talked a bit about the OLE reference model and took the time to pitch the development aspect to the room. In the last pre-break session of the morning, the folks from Blacklight discussed the development of their discovery platform. During their presentation they mentioned a service that they use to retrieve data on music for incorporation into their catalog.