Somehow (most likely due to my inability to say no) I ended up attending 3 conferences (and speaking at 2 of them) in 3 weeks. Two of them in Australia and the third in India. Apart from being really really tiring they were all great.
First up was Linux Conference Australia, held in Geelong (an hour out of Melbourne). It was a full week conference, with the first 2 days being miniconfs then the next three conference proper. I attended Open Source and Bioinformatics, and the Community Leadership Summit X at LA miniconfs. They were both excellent, Bioinformatics was something I knew nothing about beforehand so I learned a lot. The Community Leadership summit was really good, due mostly to the attendees. The programme was great as it always is. I spoke on Thursday, I think it went ok, there was a good write up at LWN. The social track was a highlight (drinks in a brewery are always fun) as well and I met and talked to a lot of lovely people.
Next up, I caught the train to Melbourne, and enjoyed some of the lunar new year festivities over the weekend.
On Monday, we gave an Intro to Koha talk in Melbourne, which was really well attended.
Followed by a bunch of meetings then a Koha user group meetup and dinner after. The Koha user group meets in the Melbourne Athenaeum, a fantastic place.
The next three days were the VALA conference, a definite change of pace to LCA, but interesting nonetheless. I didn’t get any photos during the conference, but of course I got some photos of some of the fantastic food on offer in Southbank.
On Friday Kris and I visited the National gallery, which had a great exhibition of Warhol and Ai Weiwei, then flew back to NZ. I had the weekend with my family, and on Monday morning flew out to India to the National Koha Conclave.
A few neat things have come up on the mailing list in the last few days.
The first one is gnunify.in where Koha is being presented.
The second one is K’s Helping Hand. A fantastic idea to help make it easy to install and use.
How it all started?
Prashant contacted me about wanting to setup Koha at his place of work, but they have no Internet access. We ended up putting together on discs, everything that’s needed to setup a server and Koha
Koha is infectious, and more people want it. So, we created some video tutorials and DVDs. Now, they are available to anyone that wants them…
This is our way of contributing back to Koha, spreading the word, and making sure more people can find and use this fantastic FOSS for libraries.
And lastly and announcement has just hit the list for www.granthalaya.org. A union catalogue of of public libraries in Konkan region Maharashtra, India.
We have five libraries to start with.We aim to cover as many of the hundreds of public libraries in the region as possible. The site is on Koha 3.0. Our heartfelt thanks to the Koha community for making this possible.
Through it we also aim to help public libraries in the region to
automate and standardize their operations by helping them switch-to / install Koha, help them to migrate their data from other software to koha, help them convert their Indian Language catalouges into Unicode, train the staff to use koha for all library operations. Ultimately to interconnect all libraries on same platform.
Please do visit www.granthalaya.org and let us have your feedback,
suggestions and help.
This time the Government of Kerala (one of the states in India) has made a decision to make Koha its official software for government controlled libraries.
You can read the full story here
From the Koha mailing list today
“Delhi Public Library is an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Tourism & Culture and governed by Delhi Library Board, fully financed by the Government of India. Delhi Public Library was started as a UNESCO project in the year 1951 by the Govt. of India. It was inaugurated by first Prime Minister of India Hon’ble Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, started as small unitary library in old Delhi, Opp. Old Delhi Railway Station. It has since developed into a premier Public Library System in the metropolitan city of Delhi”
This is the excerpt from the welcome message given on the home page of Delhi Public Library (http://www.dpl.gov.in). I would like to share with you all that this historic library having more than 2 Million books/bibliographic material in Indian and English Language is now online using Koha. Catalogue can be accessed at:
http://126.96.36.199/ (or follow the link on their main website)
It is the real implementation of Koha 3 without any paid support (I think first in South Asia, plz correct me someone if I am wrong). I congratulate Mr. Amit and Mr. Sudhir on this achievement.
Note: Amit is trying to install Koha 3 Stable Release today, Amit! keep it up..