Kohacon14 Day 3 – EDS plugin integration with Koha

My battery on the laptop went flat, so Tom kindly took notes on this session for me so I could write this blog post
Alvet and Ricardo from EBSCO talked about EDS and the integration work they have done with Koha

To start they began by explaining why they had developed this plugin

  • NIWA, a research institute in NZ, wanted a simple interface where their users could access discovery services
  • An a interface where Koha was the Front end

They then explained what a discovery service is:

  • A way to access all of the library’s full-text content (electronic and print) in a single search
  • High quality metadata = high quality search results
  • Relevancy ranking
    1. Match on subject heading
    2. Match on article titles
    3. Match on other keywords
    4. Match on keywords in abstracts
    5. Match on full text

Next the showed us what EDS looks like in its’ native interface so that they could show that it is quite similar in Koha using the plugin

Then they showed what EDS and Koha look like

  • showed the NIWA search (Discovery) box, including the detailed list of field codes you can search on.
  • Demoed the Catalyst work to use tabs instead of drop-downs to segregate the search options
  • When the drop downs are changed a pop-up appears that notifies you of the search mode
  • demoed the integration between the Koha catalog and the EDS resources, including patron services, accessing EBSCO resources through the koha interface, limiting the resources searched to what the library has available,
  • reserving resources across Koha/Ebsco and cart functionality
  • demoed guest access restrictions to show that limited resources will not be displayed unless authorized
  • demoed login and authorization methods (userid/passwords, ip addr restrictions, etc)
  • demoed search options (options per page, boolean search options, sort, etc.)
  • demoed interaction between search results and checkboxes including the functionality that depends on those boxes (more details, etc)
  • demoed accessing EBSCO content from the Koha interface (html results, PDF, etc)
  • showed that all EBSCO functionality is available through Koha interface in advanced search and that the Koha advanced search can be toggled through tabs/links including add/remove of search

They explained that support is only available in 3.12+ because integration has been implemented as a plug-in. Plugins allows for features to be added quickly through plug-ins in-between release Koha cycles.They then stepped us through how you install and configure the plugin
Improvements for the future

  • Support for newer versions of Koha (3.16, 3.18) (ready at the end of October)
  • Research Starters
  • Multi-facet support
  • Looking to enable default language support in Koha and the Ebsco plug-in

Where do I get it

If you google for EDS API Koha, you will find a github page that has the newest version available for download. EBSCO also provide a wiki, an Integration Kit as well as training and help

 

 

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