thoughts from Sebastian Hammer, co-founder and president of Index Data. Of all the many kinds of “Open” that populate the library landscape, Open Source is perhaps the one that is subject to the most conflicting stories about precisely what it means and why (and whether) it is important. There are, of course, legitimate differences of […]
In the quarter of a century that Index Data has been providing software solutions to libraries, one of the most common tasks we are asked to do is aggregate the holdings of groups of libraries, and among our bag of tricks is software that builds unified catalogs (Zebra) and federated search catalogs (MasterKey). As is […]
Last week, I attended the 2018 Open Libraries Forum at the Internet Archive’s remarkable headquarters in San Francisco. The focus of the Forum was twofold: to learn firsthand from some of the authors of the newly-minted position statement on controlled digital lending (CDL), and to help provide input for the Archive on their own Digital […]
Attending the European BIBFRAME Workshop in Florence, Italy, was a great way to wrap up my first month with Index Data — and it wasn’t just about the hills, art, and food. The workshop proved to be an excellent introduction to the BIBFRAME community and the variety of exciting initiatives taking place around the globe. […]
Machine learning in libraries, as in many other contexts, will often rely on data about people and their activities. Data in a library system can be made available for use with machine learning algorithms to develop predictive models, which have the potential to help patrons in their research. Of course, the data might also be […]
As the calendar turned to a new year, we took the opportunity to reflect on the state of FOLIO today.
The Index Data team members are excited to have jumpstarted this open source effort, and the numbers tell a story of a growing and highly engaged community.
Daniel Engelke, chief technology officer and co-founder of Bibliotech Education Ltd, notified us about their release of an open source Z39.50 toolkit for Node.js that uses Index Data’s YAZ toolkit. The source code is available on GitHub. Daniel said, “Having the YAZ toolkit available, specifically the libyaz5-dev package made developing a zoom client in Node.js […]
In the two decades since electronic journals started replacing print journals as the primary access to article content, the quandary of how to ensure proper access to electronic articles that are licensed and paid for by the library has been with us.Note 1 Termed the “off campus problem”, libraries have employed numerous techniques and technologies to enable access to authorized users when they were not at their institutions.
Coinciding with the public release of the FOLIO code repositories, Index Data staff offered a primer to developers on the context around how the FOLIO platform provides integration points for module development through the Okapi layer and what that means for developing modules in FOLIO.