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What not to build

Build-it part 2:
 
I have no interest in replicating the ample literature devoted to “build or buy” software decisions. To be honest, I’ve got nothing to contribute until the discussion turns to research library applications. 
 
My ideas are my scars on this subject: I believe that the moment has passed for software projects directed at improving the general search infrastructure in the form of open source discovery services or Integrated Library Systems.  I believe that there was a verifiable niche here, a time when commercial developers shied away from innovation. They made the mistake of following their customers instead of the power/simplicity strategy of Google. But no longer, and now individual libraries, even consortia of libraries cannot compete in this sphere. 
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