Koha (software)

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This article is about the integrated library system. For other uses, see Koha (disambiguation).
Koha
Koha logo black and white.svg
Developer(s) Koha Community[1]
Initial release January 2000; 16 years ago (2000-01)
Stable release
3.22.7[2] / May 25, 2016; 6 months ago (2016-05-25)
Preview release
16.05[3] / May 26, 2016 (2016-05-26)
Repository github.com/Koha-Community/Koha
Written in Perl
Operating system Linux
Type Integrated library system
License GNU General Public License v3 or later
Website koha-community.org

Koha is an open source Integrated Library System (ILS), used world-wide by public, school and special libraries. The name comes from a Māori term for a gift or donation.

Features[edit]

Koha is web-based ILS, with a SQL database (MySQL preferred) backend with cataloguing data stored in MARC and accessible via Z39.50 or SRU. The user interface is very configurable and adaptable and has been translated into many languages.[4] Koha has most of the features that would be expected in an ILS, including:

  • Various Web 2.0 facilities like tagging, comment, Social sharing and RSS feeds
  • Union catalog facility
  • Customizable search
  • Circulation and borrower management
  • Full acquisitions system including budgets and pricing information (including supplier and currency conversion)
  • Simple acquisitions system for the smaller library
  • Ability to cope with any number of branches, patrons, patron categories, item categories, items, currencies and other data
  • Serials system for magazines or newspapers
  • Reporting
  • Reading lists for members
  • Off-line Circulation
  • On- line Circulation
  • Segmentation of the line

History[edit]

Koha was created in 1999 by Katipo Communications for the Horowhenua Library Trust in New Zealand, and the first installation went live in January 2000.[5]

From 2000, companies started providing commercial support for Koha, building to more than 20 today.[6]

In 2001, Paul Poulain (of Marseille, France) began adding many new features to Koha, most significantly support for multiple languages.[7] By 2010, Koha has been translated from its original English into French, Chinese, Arabic and several other languages. Support for the cataloguing and search standards MARC and Z39.50 was added in 2002 and later sponsored by the Athens County Public Libraries.[8] In France Paul Poulain co-founded BibLibre in 2007.[9]

In 2005, an Ohio-based company, Metavore, Inc., trading as LibLime, was established to support Koha and added many new features, including support for Zebra sponsored by the Crawford County Federated Library System. Zebra support increased the speed of searches as well as improving scalability to support tens of millions of bibliographic records.[citation needed]

In 2007 a group of libraries in Vermont began testing the use of Koha for Vermont libraries. At first a separate implementation was created for each library. Then the Vermont Organization of Koha Automated Libraries (VOKAL) was organized to create one database to be used by libraries. This database was rolled out in 2011. Fifty-seven libraries have chosen to adopt Koha and moved to the shared production environment hosted and supported by ByWater Solutions.[10] Another consortium of libraries in Vermont, the Catamount Library Network has also adopted Koha (also hosted by ByWater Solutions). Previously automated Vermont libraries used software from Follett, or other commercial software vendors.[11]

In 2011 the Spanish Ministry of Culture maintains KOBLI, a tailored version of Koha[12] based on an earlier report.[13][14]

International conferences[edit]

  • Koha developer for Aceondo 2015/2016 Tolu Odumosu from Staunton and Lycett Ltd Nov 30-Nov 26 2016

Dispute with LibLime / PTFS[edit]

In 2009 a dispute arose between LibLime and other members of the Koha community. The dispute centred on LibLime's apparent reluctance to be inclusive with the content of the sites[22] and the non-contribution of software patches back to the community. A number of participants declared that they believed that LibLime had forked the software and the community.[23][24][25][26][27][28] A separate web presence, source code repository and community was established.[29] The fork continued after March 2010, when LibLime was purchased by PTFS.[30]

In November, 2011, LibLime announced they had been granted a provisional trademark on the use of the name koha in New Zealand by Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand.[31] The provisional trademark grant was successfully appealed by the Koha community as well as by Catalyst, with a decision handed down in December 2013[32] and with Liblime to pay costs.[33][34][35]

Current status[edit]

The latest stable release of Koha is 16.5.3.[36]

Koha is currently a very active project. According to ohloh, it has a [v]ery large, active development team and a [m]ature, well-established codebase.[37] The analysis of the size of the code base may be deceptive because Koha stores user interface translations alongside actual source code and ohloh cannot always distinguish them.

Awards[edit]

  • 2000 winner of the Not for Profit section of the 2000 Interactive New Zealand Awards[38]
  • 2000 winner of the LIANZA / 3M Award for Innovation in Libraries[39]
  • 2003 winner of the public organisation section of the Les Trophées du Libre
  • 2004 winner Use of IT in a Not-for-Profit Organisation Computerworld Excellence Awards[40]
  • 2014 Finalist Open Source Software Project New Zealand Open Source Awards[41]

Other open source integrated library systems (ILS)[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IRC log for #koha, 2010-03-02". 
  2. ^ "Koha 3.22.7 security release – Official Website of Koha Library Software". 
  3. ^ "Koha 16.05 Released – Official Website of Koha Library Software". 
  4. ^ "Koha 3.2.3 is now available | Koha Library Software Community". Koha-community.org. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  5. ^ Eyler, Pat (1 February 2003). "Koha: a Gift to Libraries from New Zealand". 
  6. ^ "Paid Support | Koha Library Software Community". Koha-community.org. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  7. ^ "BibLibre". 
  8. ^ "The Koha Project | Athens County Public Libraries". Myacpl.org. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  9. ^ "Faites le choix de l'expertise". 
  10. ^ "VOKAL, The Vermont Koha Project". Green Mountain Library Consortium. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "VOKAL VT Public". Sites.google.com. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  12. ^ "Koha - Discuss - KOBLI, a customized version of KOHA". Koha.1045719.n5.nabble.com. 2011-04-09. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  13. ^ http://aims.fao.org/tools/kobli-koha
  14. ^ Estado, Grupo de Trabajo de Catálogo Colectivo de las Bibliotecas de la Administración General del; Domingo, Arroyo Fernández,; Alicia, Sellés Carot, (27 September 2010). "Informe de evaluación del sistema integrado de gestión de bibliotecas Koha para las Bibliotecas de la Administración General del Estado". 
  15. ^ "KohaCon 2009". Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  16. ^ "KohaCon 2010: Wellington, New Zealand". Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  17. ^ "KohaCon 2012". Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  18. ^ "KohaCon 2013". Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  19. ^ "KohaCon 2014". Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  20. ^ "KohaCon 2015". Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  21. ^ "KohaCon 2016". Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  22. ^ "Koha - Open Source ILS - Integrated Library System". 
  23. ^ Joann Ransom (2009-09-14). "Library Matters: Liblime forks Koha". Library-matters.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  24. ^ "Blog Archive » Koha and LibLime and the letter and the spirit of open source". librarian.net. 2009-08-06. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  25. ^ "LibLime To the Koha Community: Fork You! « Tennant: Digital Libraries". Blog.libraryjournal.com. 2009-09-15. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  26. ^ "The Koha fork and being the change you want to see". Librarians Matter. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  27. ^ "Koha community squares off against commercial fork". Lwn.net. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  28. ^ "IRC log for #koha, 2010-02-02". 
  29. ^ "Official Website of Koha Library Software". 
  30. ^ "LibLime Acquisition by PTFS Marks a New Era for Koha". Libraryjournal.com. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  31. ^ "PTFS/LibLime Granted Provisional Use of Koha Trademark in New Zealand". Liblime.com. Retrieved 2012-06-25. 
  32. ^ "Koha trademark case won by NZ developers". 11 December 2013. 
  33. ^ Varghese, Sam. "iTWire - Koha wins trademark stoush with US defence contractor". 
  34. ^ "Koha trademark battle settled". 13 December 2013 – via New Zealand Herald. 
  35. ^ (2013) NZIPOTM 47
  36. ^ "Koha downloads". download.koha-community.org. 
  37. ^ Azevedo, Andre. "Koha Library Automation Package". Ohloh.net. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  38. ^ Fairfax Media Business Group (2000-10-24). "Computerworld New Zealand". Computerworld.co.nz. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  39. ^ "'Library Idol' – It's the 3M Award for 'Innovation in Libraries' « LIANZA Conference 2009 Blog". Lianza2009.wordpress.com. 2009-10-07. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  40. ^ Fairfax Media Business Group (2004-06-28). "Computerworld New Zealand". Computerworld.co.nz. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  41. ^ "Award Categories". Retrieved 2014-11-20. 
  42. ^ "Liblime KOHA". 
  43. ^ "OPALS Help". Opals-na.org. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  44. ^ http://senayan.diknas.go.id/web2/
  45. ^ SENAYAN Library Automation|Free Home & Education software downloads at. Sourceforge.net. Retrieved on 2013-08-17.

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