BibLibre installs Koha for free at a Training Centre

From this post http://abesformation.wordpress.com/2008/11/12/koha-un-outil-de-formation/ and from talking to one of the guys from BibLibre, I gather that BibLibre have installed Koha for free at a training centre.

So this centre can now offer Koha training to it’s members. Koha will now serve as a framework for training librarians. Previously tools to train them, especially in cataloguing were lacking but since Koha supports the UNIMARC standard it allows librarians to train using real UNIMARC records and to learn practical hands on skills.

As far as I can tell from my limited french and the help of google translate, BibLibre will be maintaining the installation at no cost as well.

A great idea, and kudos to BibLibre for doing this.

Three French Universities select Koha

Some good news from BibLibre

BibLibre announced that three French University libraries have selected Koha for their next ILS. The libraries for the universities of Marseille in France will switch to Koha. They are: Université de Provence, Université Paul Cézanne and Université de la Méditerranée, all in the Marseille area. The libraries will merge their catalogs, currently in a Horizon, Vubismart and Loris system respectively, and switch to Koha. The new catalog will have more than 750.000 items. The libraries have contracted with BibLibre for data migration, support and training on their Koha system. They also contracted with BibLibre to further develop Koha to enhance it’s functionalities.

You can see the press release in english here

Software Freedom Day Wellington 2008

So I spent a decent chunk of my saturday at Software freedom day, and it was well worth it.

It was a really well organised event, with a really good turnout. There were 2 streams running simultaneously, the barcamp and the hackfest. I started off going to a session in the barcamp that was about “Starting a Free Software project” combined with people from Silverstripe talking about their experience releasing under the BSD License. Unfortunately, we didnt really touch on much other than talking about Silverstripe’s expericence, which was interesting, although I had one criticism that they kept saying Commercial when they meant Proprietary.

Nothing caught my eye for the second set of sessions of the barcamp, so I headed over the bridge to the hackfest .. and spent most of it checking out a new git clone of Koha to my wifes laptop. Note to self do this before the hackfest next time. But I did have a good chat with Francois so it wasn’t time wasted.

I then headed back over the bridge to the barcamp and to a session on Xapian , a very promising sounding fulltext indexing engine. Something I’m definitely going to have to have  a play with

I then had to head home, but would have happily stayed for more if I had been able to.

Koha Roles for the 3.2 release

On Saturday morning NZ time, a significant number of the Koha developers met on #koha, on irc.katipo.co.nz to discuss people to fill the roles for 3.2

You can read the full log here

A quick summary is

  • 3.2 Release Manager – Galen Charlton, LibLime
  • Translation Manager – Chris Cormack, Catalyst
  • Documentation Manager – Nicole Engard, LibLime
  • 3.0 Release Maintainer – Henri-Damien Laurent, BibLibre

QA Manager is still to be filled.

As well as these roles filled several other decisions were made

  •  Galen will set up gitosis on git.koha.org to allow Henri-Damien to push patches to the 3.0.x branch.
  •  Henri-Damien announced that minor revisions of 3.0.x will be packaged and released every two months.
  • Galen announced a date of 10 October 2008 for the developers to complete review of the RFCs for 3.2.  I will also send out another schedule proposal for the 3.2 development cycle.

My first task is going to be setting up a populated pootle and getting some people using it. I plan to work on that this evening