G.Bs Presentation Of 23rd Iasli Cs National Conference, Kolkata, 2008

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NewGenLib, THE FIRST INDIAN OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE: A STUDY OF ITS FEATURES AND COMPARISON WITH OTHER SOFTWARES

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G.Bs Presentation Of 23rd Iasli Cs National Conference, Kolkata, 2008

  1. 1. NewGenLib, THE FIRST INDIAN OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE: A STUDY OF ITS FEATURES AND COMPARISON WITH OTHER SOFTWARES <ul><li>By </li></ul><ul><li>Goutam Biswas </li></ul><ul><li>mail: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>http://goutambiswasresearch.yolasite.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>And </li></ul><ul><li>Dibyendu Paul </li></ul><ul><li>mail:dibyendu.kly@gmail.com </li></ul><ul><li>DLIS, University of Kalyani, West Bengal </li></ul>
  2. 2. PRESENTATION PLAN <ul><li>INTRODUCTION </li></ul><ul><li>RECOMMENDED FEATURES…. </li></ul><ul><li>REASONS FOR CHOOSING OSS </li></ul><ul><li>SALIENT FEATURES OF NewGenLib… </li></ul><ul><li>SOFTWARE COMPARED WITH… </li></ul><ul><li>FEATURE FOR COMPARISON </li></ul><ul><li>FINDINGS BASED ON PROJECTED SCORE </li></ul><ul><li>CONLCUSSION. </li></ul>
  3. 3. INTRODUCTION <ul><li>LMS has significant roles in library automation. </li></ul><ul><li>Basic points of considerations regarding LMS are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>availability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>available features and functional modules </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>standards and compatibility in data format and data exchange </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>cost of procurement </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Options: commercial or free software? </li></ul><ul><li>Availability in India: Most of are commercial software </li></ul><ul><li>The open source ILMS originated in India: NewGenLib Open Source </li></ul><ul><li>We attempted to highlight: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>features </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>advantages and disadvantages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comparison with others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Back2Plan </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. RECOMMENDED FEATURES…. <ul><li>Core modules: acquisition, cataloguing, circulation, serial control, article indexing… </li></ul><ul><li>Enhanced services: customized report generation, reservation facility, interlibrary loan, union cataloguing, authority file, retro-conversion… </li></ul><ul><li>Binary or source code </li></ul><ul><li>Standards/Formats: MARC21, CCF, MARC-XML, ISO-2709, Z39.50… </li></ul><ul><li>Developer: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Institution is first preference </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reputed company is the next </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual (s) may deviate from continuity. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Revision </li></ul><ul><li> Back2Plan </li></ul>
  5. 5. REASONS FOR CHOOSING OSS <ul><li>Price </li></ul><ul><li>Unrestricted use </li></ul><ul><li>Community involvement in development and maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>Issues of copyright etc </li></ul><ul><li>Interoperability: customizable according to the needs and standards </li></ul><ul><li> Back2Plan </li></ul>
  6. 6. SALIENT FEATURES OF NewGenLib… Back2Plan <ul><li>Licensing </li></ul><ul><li>Source Code & User Manual </li></ul><ul><li>User’s Feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Architecture & Backend </li></ul><ul><li>Functional Modules </li></ul><ul><li>Data Create & Exchange Format </li></ul><ul><li>Mail Server </li></ul><ul><li>Open Access Compatibility </li></ul><ul><li>Unicode Compatibility </li></ul><ul><li>RFID Technology </li></ul>
  7. 7. SOFTWARE COMPARED WITH… <ul><li>Koha </li></ul><ul><li>LIBSYS </li></ul><ul><li>SLIM++ </li></ul><ul><li>EASYLIB </li></ul><ul><li>Back2Plan </li></ul>
  8. 8. FEATURE FOR COMPARISON <ul><ul><li>General Features </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Functional Modules </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OPAC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Circulation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cataloging & Information Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> Back2Plan </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. GENERAL FEATURES Back2Plan Authority file & controlled vocabulary Client server architect Complete web based functions Customized report generation Give technical support after installation GUI and color Interlibrary loan system Intranet support Retro conversion Standard report administration Support International metadata standard Support multilinguality Support network environment Ability to build digital library Ability to build repository Article Indexing Associate component found in open source Digital library integration Linux and Windows OS compatible No restriction of use Power search facility Scalable and high speed Union cataloguing
  10. 10. COMPARATIVE FEATURES OF FUNCTIONAL MODULES Back2Features Acquisition Budget Control Cataloguing of Monograph Cataloguing of Electronic Documents Circulation Inter Library Loan Library Statistics OPAC Reports Generation Cataloguing of Website Import/Export Serial Control Stock Taking
  11. 11. COMPARATIVE FEATURES OF OPAC Back2Feature s Multimedia Library Map Website Cataloguing Electronic Documents Cataloguing Reservation Through OPAC Can Staff Modify Index Field? Can Staff Modify Display Format? Facility for WEBPAC
  12. 12. COMPARATIVE FEATURES OF CIRCULATION Back2Feature Issue & Return Renewal Reservation Use of Barcode Technology Fines as per different users and documents Reservation (for specific time period) Report Generation Use of RFID
  13. 13. COMPARATIVE FEATURES OF CATALOGING & INFORMATION SERVICES Back2Plan Printing of Catalogue in AACR Format Printing of Catalogue in CCC Format Exporting /Importing of Data Report Generation SDI Service CAS Service
  14. 14. METHOD OF SCORING … <ul><li>One point each has given for the features available for </li></ul><ul><li>zero each for the features not available in any software </li></ul><ul><li>It must be noted that all features are not equal in significance </li></ul>
  15. 15. FINDINGS BASED ON PROJECTED SCORE <ul><li>NewGenLib is much advanced </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>It has five more features in general than Koha and much more than the commercial software under study </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In functional modules it remain advance than Koha but more or less equally featured with commercial software </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>NewGenLib has also more features in number in all other aspects like: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>OPAC </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Circulation </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cataloguing and Information Services </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Go2Chart </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> Back2Plan </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 16. PROJECTED SCORE OF COMPARATIVE FEATURES Back2Plan
  17. 17. CONCLUSION Back2Plan <ul><li>In this very brief study it is clear that this software would be applicable in Indian libraries as far as its different features are concerned. It supports all the functional modules as well as the web interface needed for a library. In a developing country like India, the first Indian origin open source software is incredibly useful. In the new paradigm of information society, software like NewGenLib open source software is a basic requirement as a primary resource </li></ul>
  18. 18. Thanks
  19. 19. Table 01: Comparative General Features of Selected Software … (Back) General Features NewGenLib Koha LIBSYS SLIM++ EASYLIB Authority file & controlled vocabulary 1 1 1 1 1 Client server architect 1 1 1 1 1 Complete web based functions 1 1 1 1 1 Customized report generation 1 1 1 1 1 Give technical support after installation 1 1 1 1 1 GUI and color 1 1 1 1 1 Interlibrary loan system 1 1 1 1 1 Intranet support 1 1 1 1 1 Retro conversion 1 1 1 1 1 Standard report administration 1 1 1 1 1 Support International metadata standard 1 1 1 1 1 Support multilinguality 1 1 1 1 1 Support network environment 1 1 1 1 1 Ability to build digital library 1 0 0 0 1 Ability to build repository 1 0 0 0 0 Article Indexing 1 0 0 0 0 Associate component found in open source 1 1 0 0 0 Digital library integration 1 1 0 1 1 Linux and Windows OS compatible 1 0 0 0 0 No restriction of use 1 1 0 0 0 Power search facility 1 1 0 0 1 Scalable and high speed 1 0 1 1 1 Union cataloguing 1 1 1 0 1 Score 23 18 15 16 18
  20. 20. Comparative Features of Functional Modules Functions NewGenLib Koha LIBSYS SLIM++ EASYLIB Acquisition 1 1 1 1 1 Budget Control 1 1 1 1 1 Cataloguing of monograph 1 1 1 1 1 Cataloguing of electronic documents 1 1 1 1 1 Circulation 1 1 1 1 1 Inter Library Loan 1 1 1 1 1 Library Statistics 1 1 1 1 1 OPAC 1 1 1 1 1 Reports Generation 1 1 1 1 1 Cataloguing of website 1 0 0 1 0 Import/Export 1 0 1 1 1 Serial Control 1 0 1 1 1 Stock taking 1 0 1 1 1 Score 13 09 12 13 12
  21. 21. Back to plan Comparative Features of OPAC OPAC Features NewGenLib Koha SLIM++ LIBSYS EASYLIB Multimedia 1 0 1 0 1 Library Map N.F 0 0 0 1 Web site cataloguing 1 0 1 0 0 Electronic documents cataloguing 1 1 1 0 1 Reservation through OPAC 1 1 1 1 1 Can staff modify index field 1 1 0 0 0 Can staff modify display format 1 1 1 0 1 Facility for WEBPAC 1 1 1 1 1 Score 07 05 06 02 06
  22. 22. Comparative Features of Circulation… Circulation Features NewGenLib Koha SLIM++ LIBSYS EASYLIB Issue 1 1 1 1 1 Return 1 1 1 1 1 Renewal 1 1 1 1 1 Reservation 1 1 1 1 1 Use of barcode technology 1 1 1 1 1 Fines as per different users and documents 1 1 1 1 1 Reservation (for specific time period) 1 1 1 1 1 Report generation 1 1 1 1 1 Use of RFID 1 N.F N.F 1 N.F Score 09 08 08 09 08
  23. 23. Comparative Features of Cataloging & Information Services Information Services NewGenLib Koha SLIM++ LIBSYS EASYLIB Printing of catalogue in AACR format 1 0 0 1 1 Printing of catalogue in CCC format 1 0 0 1 0 Exporting /Importing of data 1 0 1 1 1 Report generation 1 0 1 1 1 SDI service 1 0 1 1 1 CAS service 1 0 1 0 0 Score 06 00 04 05 04

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