Sofia Zapounidou followed Georgia’s talk, Georgia had made a fantastic case for the need for people to collaborate. So Sofia followed it up with the how this might happen.
They looked at the other local user groups around the world and what they did. Then they tried to find out what other libraries in Greece are using Koha, there are much more than people know about. They did a survey of these libraries to find out what people wanted to do
- Mailing list
- Translation of Koha
- Desired features
- Coding initiatives
Greece is ready for a Koha users group
Georgia Katsarou then spoke about the history of Koha usage in Greece. She started by introducing where she works, a library in a school called College Year in Athens.
They started with a card catalogue, and then moved to Access (the students like the card catalogue much better). In 2006 they moved to Koha.
- 2006-2007 Quiet
- 2008 A few libraries started asking about Koha
- 2009 More libraries, HEAL-links ebooks.
- December 2009 First presentation at a Greek Conference
- 2010-2015 Interest of every kind of library
- 2016 Kohacon in Thessaloniki
Georgia felt that she need to give back, her boss said ok. So she started by translating and ran a blog called KohaGR.
What we must do
- Spread the news
- Have a virtual space
- Meet with each other
- Have an annual meeting
- Public and private work together
- Companies must not be afraid to contribute
- Help those who are in need (libraries with no IT, unimarc users)
- Work together on projects
- Ask for help and ideas from other local communities
What not to do
- Exchange questions, ideas and solutions privately!!!
- Set up our installation and forget about it
- Take for granted other people’s contribution
Georgia presented so well and so passionately, that I feel really invigorated and ready to go on the hackfest.
Ron Burns from EBSCO was up next to talk about what EBSCO is doing with their Open Source library platform.
Ron started off with a few facts about EBSCO
- EBSCO is not an ILS vendor
- 60+ ILS partnerships
- Support Koha and were a board member of OLE
Then he talked about the current proprietary Library Service Platforms, and likened them to an old set of anitque drawers. And also touched on how they are monoliths and with the bundling of discovery .. leads to lock in. When you factor in the consolidation, there is a real lack of choice for libraries.
The new FOSS LSP should be modular and modern. Ron reminded us that open source drives innovation, so of course they should build with open source.
Folio (the new LSP) is built with a focus on
- Open Source
They decided to choose the Apache 2 License and copyright transfer to the Open Library Foundation. The community at this point is Kuali OLE, some libraries, Index Data, industry partners, EBSCO.
The architecture will look someting like
- System Layer
- API layer
- UI Toolkit
He did a really good job of a high level view of what it might look like. If you look up the presentation online you will get a much better idea than I can impart.
Where does Koha fit? The Koha community can decide that.
- Development now
- Mid 2016 code on github
- 2017 first base platform release, and apps released
- 2018 marketplace
Paul Poulain was up next to talk about Koha and Coral and why/how we should link them.
To handle electronic subscriptions in Koha we have 2 options, we can either add a module to Koha. Or we can find an existing FOSS project and integrate it. Coral is an existing FOSS one, so integrating is a good choice.
There are 4 modules in Coral
- Define licenses
- Enter licenses
- Import/export licenses
This is where you define your resources, linking them to organisations and licenses
Because Koha and Coral are both web resources there are a few ways we can link them together. They are aiming for middle of 2017 for it to be ready.
Mengü Yazıcıoğlu spoke next about what we are pretty sure is the biggest Koha installation, a cluster serving 1132 Public libraries. (They are growing so fast it has moved from 1126 to 1132 libraries in the last 2 weeks)
They have been live on Koha for 2 years it is run as a project from the Ministry of Culture and Heritage.
In 2012 MCH signed with Near East University in Cyprus to migrate to Koha 2.2.x. With 900,000 users and 9,000,000 items for the migration. Lots of problems with dirty data, centralising a decentralised model meant lots of duplicates. They also had problems with infrastructure and lack of training. But they worked through this and had a system that worked well.
They made quite a few customisations and scripts to deduplicate biblios, the Ministry of Culture and Heritage estimates they saved 5,000,000 Euros on not having to have people do the deduplication alone.
In December 2015 they upgraded to Koha 3.20.x.
You can return your item anywhere in Turkey, so they make heavy use of the Koha transfers module, which tracks where any item is.
The infrastructure to run this, is a lot less than most people would think I am sure. Here is their infrastructure
This was a fascinating and amazing presentation. Started in Levin, Foxton, Shannon and Tokomaru, now … 1132 cities and towns in Turkey .. mind blowing.
Sonia Bouis stepped in to fill a vacant presentation slot with a demo of the Koha sandboxes and showing how to sign off bugs.
She started with a demo of our bugzilla at bugs.koha-community.org and showed how to pick a bug that is testable with the sandboxes
Once you have found a bug in bugzilla, you can now go to the sandboxes to test, some sandboxes are MARC21 and some are UNIMARC, be careful to choose the appropriate one for you.
Joy Nelson and Jesse Weaver did a great talk about Linked Data.
Joy started off explaining what linked data and the semantic web is, which she did about the best of anyone of I have seen do it. Did you know there is a Tutu ontology? I didn’t either.
She covered triples and gave some really good examples that showed how they are acutally used. She covered why we should use linked data.
- Take advantage of standards
- Make library data discoverable on the web
- We need to be where the users are
- De silo our data
- MARC replacement
- Transforming the data
- Choice of URI
- Long transition
- Retraining in terminology
BIBFRAME is designed specifically for the GLAM sector (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums).
Jesse then took over to show the technical side of linked data. He started on what we can already do, with connecting our existing data to external data sources like VIAF and DBpedia.
Jesse was brave enough to do a live demo showing how we could pull in author information into a Koha details page.
It generated a lot of buzz and some good questions.