The next session started with a fantastic choir, which I think was quite mean, because Paul and I had to follow that with our presentation on the History
Paul and Chris gave their presentation on the history of Koha, starting with their usual stunt - introducing themselves in French and Maori, confusing the audience and earning lots of laughter. I will try to give a short summary on the slides: - Koha was started in 1999-09, Chris worked at Katipo at the time - The first version didn't have serials and acqusitions, but went live on time for the library to avoid the Y2K problem - Katipo was a web developing company and not a software vendor, so they didn't want to sell software, but made it free software so everyone could use and improve it - In 2000 there was a website, you could download Koha and also the first contribution was made from outside Katipo - In 2001 the first non-English developer contributed to Koha and then Paul arrived soon after - 2002 was the second major release and wiki and bugzilla were set up. - There were a lot of problems with translations, like a lot of hardcoded English in the code. - The same year the work on adding MARC support to Koha was started for a library in the US. - Nearly 20 developers, libraries using it - time to think some about a structure for the project. Some roles were introduced that still exist as of today - Release Manager, Maintainer, QA manager (for a short time), documentation manager - 2003-2005 - multi-MARC support was introduced, UNIMARC and MARC21 at the same time - Version 2 also included a serials module, statistics, an improved OPAC and tools to import data into Koha (bulkmarcimport) - 2006-2007 had the first KohaCon in Marseille, France and it was decided to move to Zebra to speed up the until then MYSQL-based search - More mailing lists were introduced and the French website for Koha came to life - 2009-2009 - Koha faced some trouble... - 2010 - back to hacking. The community moves from koha.org to koha-community.org proves that open source is stronger than closed source. - Koha conferences turn into an annual event - starting with Plano, Texas in 2010, followed by Wellington (NZ), Thane (India), Edinburgh (UK) and ... Córdoba (Argentina). - Some more positive changes came outof the discussion and move, improving workflows and communication. - 2011 - 3.4 is the first time based release. - Same year Koha switches to a better Templating system and item data are removed from the MARC record resulting in speed gains. - 2012 - offline circulation as a Firefox plugin, hourly loans, new design for the staff interface (3.8) - Remember: you don't have to upgrade to every release, you can upgrade anytime from any version to another in one go. - 3.12 and 3.14 were releases in 2013, changes included the introduction of a new Bootstrap based responsively designed OPAC, course reserves module, patron self registration and and HTML5 based offline circulation. - Chris was forced to spend a lot of time with lawyers, as Liblime tried to register the trademark Koha in NZ - but the trademark application was rejected and costs were awarded to The Horowhenua Library Trust (HLT) and Catalyst IT. The trademark is now owned by HLT. ... running outof batter... - 2014, 3.16. and 3.18 - we are good on features, time to speed things up a bit. - 2015 - Koha's internals and plumbing needs to be modernized, as new technologies have become available since Koha was started. One question from the audience: What can be done to improve koha-community.org's ranking in Google? Help by publishing something about Koha and linking back!