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    Koha Koha Presentation Transcript

    • Vimal kumar V Asst. Librarian Asian School of Business Technopark,Trivandrum
    • Need for Open Source software
      • Cost of commercial ILMS is very high
      • Commercial developers do not reveal the source code
      • Library have no control over the software
      • Investing in commercial ILMS is never ending process
    • Popular commercial ILMS Rs. 50,000 SOUL Rs. 3,50,000 Alice for WINDOWS Rs. 4,50,000 LibSys Rs. 4,50,000 Libsuite Appoximate Price Name
    • What is Free/Open Source Software?
      • Free/Open Source software is a computer software whose source code is available under a license that permits users to use , change , and improve the software, and to redistribute it in modified or unmodified form. It is often developed in a public, collaborative manner.
      • (Wikipedia) ‏
    • Features of Free Software
      • the freedom to run the program, for any purpose
      • the freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to local needs
      • the freedom to redistribute copies so others can benefit from the software
      • the freedom to improve the program, and release the improved version to the public,
      • so that the community can benefit
      • (The Free Software Foundation) ‏
    • Proprietary cakes can restrict your freedom
    • Open Licenses
      • GNU General Public License (GPL) ‏
      • Mozilla Public License
      • Creative Commons
      • BSD License
      • Apache Software License
      • GNU Free Documentation License
    • History of Free/Open Source Software
      • 1984 Richard Stallman formed Free Software Foundation (FSF).
      • 1991 Linus Torvalds developed Linux
      • 1994 Red Hat (commercial Linux) company founded.
      • 1998 “Open Source Initiative” was formed
    • OSS: Disadvantages
      • Inadequate technical support
      • Documentation tends to be limited and aimed at developers. Technical support is usually limited, especially for users of the software.
      • Customization
      • Many features in ILS are generalist and must be customised before use.
    • OSS: Disadvantages
      • Unanticipated efforts
      • A library may find that it needs to do a great deal more work than anticipated to adapt the software to local needs.
      • Lack of coordination
      • The decentralized development of open source
      • software means that progress can be chaotic and there may be delays in addressing bugs.
    • Integrated Library Management System (ILMS) ‏
      • “ an automated library system that is capable of managing the operations of more than one basic library functions”
      • -UNESCO
    • Modules of library processes in a n ILMS
      • Acquisition
      • Cataloguing
      • Serial Management
      • Circulation
      • OPAC
    • Free/Open Source ILMS
      • Avanthi Circulation System
      • Emilda
      • FireFly
      • Koha
      • PhpMylibrary
      • OpenBiblio
      • Senayan
      • OpenILS
      • PhpMyBibli
      • GNUTECA
      • PMB
      • Learning Access ILS
      • NewGenLib
    • Why Koha?
      • Full-featured ILS
      • Library standards compliant
      • Web based interfaces
      • Free software
      • No Vendor Lock in
      • Active development process
      • Community decides what they want
      • Frequent software releases
    • History
      • Began in 1999 when the Horowhenua Library Trust (HLT) in New Zealand, was looking for a Y2K compliant replacement for their library system
      • Katipo Communications proposed a new system, using open source tools to be released under the GPL
      • Koha ( the Maori word for ‘ gift ’ or ‘donation’) went
      • live at HLT in January 2000, and was the world’s first
      • open source integrated library automation package
      • Distributed under GNU GPL licence
      • It is currently maintained by a dedicated team of
      • software providers and library technology staff from around the globe .
    • License: The GNU General Public License Developer: Horowhenua Library Trust, New Zealand Operating System: Linux, Windows, Mac Functional Modules: Acquisition Cataloguing, Circulation, Serial Control, OPAC. Home Page: www.koha.org
    • Koha features web-based OPAC, circulation and management interfaces, MARC21 and UNIMARC support, Z39.50 server, Online Reservations& Renewals, E-mail Overdue Notifications. Virtual Shelves
    • Technical Requirements
      • OS - Linux, Windows, Mac OS
      • Programming Language- Perl
      • Database- MySQL
      • Webserver- Apache
      CPAN modules Zebra Yaz
    • How Koha Works? Perl Script MySQL Database Server Library Network
    • Koha Librarian Interface
    • Koha Support Koha documentation Discussion forums Wiki Chat Blogs Commercial support -data migration -hosting -customization -development www.koha.org
    • Koha in India
    • Koha 3.0 features
      • Web 2.0 features: RSS feed, user tagging, user
      • suggestion, user/patron login facility, patron reviews and ranking
      • Zebra plugin- relevance ranking, field weighting, truncation, stemming, language-specific indexing, sorting, etc.
      • Online reservations and renewals
      • RDBMS- MySQL 5.0
      • Amazon.com integration
      • spellchecking queries based on database entries
      • patron reviews and ranking
      • highlight search terms in results pages
      • Search history
      • Reserves : send a mail or a SMS when a reserve is available
      • Serials Enhancements
      • RFID and self check out
      • Overdue Notices and more…
    • What is your commitment? Find bugs Find usability problems Suggest new features Review and inspect source code Submit source code Writing Documentation responding to other users’ questions
    • Thank you http:// vimalkumar.oksociety.in [email_address]