ABCD VS KOHA ;
THE ARCHITECTURE AND FUNCTIONALITIES OF
SELECTED MODULES.

by
Joel Nakitare
The purpose of the project
To compare the two software’s with an aim of 
assisting librarians make a wise decision when 
s...
Approach

Installed Koha version 3.12 and ABCD version 1.2t,



 I prepared a checklist that would test the presence or 
...
Selected  modules
General Features; technology used,  installation 
and customization.  


Cataloging; Information organi...
Installation


ABCD  has  installation  packages  for  Linux  and 
Windows OS. I installed;
−
In  Windows;  unzipped  the...
The Architecture of the software’s
Layer
The database
The processing 

ABCD:

KOHA: 

ISIS­databases: Non
relation databas...
General Features

Feature

ABCD

Koha

Database
Technology

ISIS- Non Relational dbase.

MySQL- Relational database

Capac...
Selected features for DEMO
Features/ 
Module

ABCD

KOHA

System adminstrator

How to Create a new
Databases

Interface- f...
Conclusion
ABCD  and  Koha  have  excellent    functionalities    in  the 
essential  modules  for  a  library  management...
Conclusion cont'


Widely used and developed during last 10 years 
better support and greater community



Has an off li...
Way Forward
There is need for a detailed comparison;




 Targeting all the functionalities in the  
modules.
 At differ...
"To

teach is to learn twice."
— Joseph Joubert

Allow me to learn from you by asking questions.
Thank you very much

Kweh...
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Koha vs abcd

  1. 1. ABCD VS KOHA ; THE ARCHITECTURE AND FUNCTIONALITIES OF SELECTED MODULES. by Joel Nakitare
  2. 2. The purpose of the project To compare the two software’s with an aim of  assisting librarians make a wise decision when  selecting open source software’s for their libraries. 
  3. 3. Approach Installed Koha version 3.12 and ABCD version 1.2t,   I prepared a checklist that would test the presence or   absence of essential functionalities in selected modules Carried out some test  Consulted  documentation materials,  and  guidance   from the supervisor. 
  4. 4. Selected  modules General Features; technology used,  installation  and customization.    Cataloging; Information organization  OPAC; How users interact with the system    Circulation; issue and return of resources,   Serial management: Bibliographic description   and circulation.
  5. 5. Installation  ABCD  has  installation  packages  for  Linux  and  Windows OS. I installed; − In  Windows;  unzipped  the    installable  package in the root folder −  In the Linux;  used the terminal console to  unpack the  package. I then installed using  the ‘dpkg ­i' command.  Koha currently runs only in Linux. − In  Debian  Obuntu  (Desktop),  using  the  terminal and the commands. − Live DVD
  6. 6. The Architecture of the software’s Layer The database The processing  ABCD: KOHA:  ISIS­databases: Non relation database MySQL: Typical relational database using SQL Apache web server Apache web server PHP and only in  The Formarting  EmpWeb) JavaScript  scripts (Interfaces) Perl (Interfaces) 
  7. 7. General Features Feature ABCD Koha Database Technology ISIS- Non Relational dbase. MySQL- Relational database Capacity/Ability Flexible and non-restrictive Its scalable Available Support Documentation, community and a Mailing list (Young and small). Bigger active community a mailing list and blog Standards Compliant Pre configured to MARC21, UNIMARC, CEPAL and AGRIS) but can be used to create and maintain any structure Only MARC21 & UNIMARC compliant Records. Updates and upgrades Koha releases new features every 6 months and new bug fixes every month. After 3 years the software evolved from 1.0 to 1.3, so one release on average per year
  8. 8. Selected features for DEMO Features/  Module ABCD KOHA System adminstrator How to Create a new Databases Interface- for navigation Cataloguing Other standards MARC OPAC Site, Many databases, Log in Circulation Serial Offline Circulation Bireme (Networked serial Collection) Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand. Chinese proverb
  9. 9. Conclusion ABCD  and  Koha  have  excellent    functionalities    in  the  essential  modules  for  a  library  management  system.  However, it is good to note that; ABCD  Runs in windows and Linux.   Has  various  modules  which  can  work  independently or together as a suit.   Has  various  independent  modules  working  together as a suit. Can be used in various Libraries  (special/small and large libraries).  Site module can be used as a website  Flexible  and  non­restrictive  as  it  supports  all  standards and non­standards  
  10. 10. Conclusion cont'  Widely used and developed during last 10 years  better support and greater community  Has an off line Circulation Module  More fancy ( Book covers)   wider range of additional functionalities and  Web 2.0 features  like automatic emails, virtual  shelves.
  11. 11. Way Forward There is need for a detailed comparison;    Targeting all the functionalities in the   modules.  At different Institutions using the softwares  to  capture  the experiences of the users.
  12. 12. "To teach is to learn twice." — Joseph Joubert Allow me to learn from you by asking questions. Thank you very much Kweheri!!
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