Koha Community Newsletter: April 2013
Volume 4, Issue 4
Edited by Daniel Grobani, Koha Community Newsletter Editor.
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Table of Contents
- Koha Development
- Koha Community
- Upcoming Koha Events
- Past Koha Events
Koha 3.10.5 Released
by Chris Cormack
The Koha community is proud to announce the release of Koha 3.10.5. This is a stable release and contains many bugfixes.
Release notes are here.
Koha 3.8.12 Released
by Chris Cormack
The Koha community is proud to announce the release of 3.8.12. This is a maintenance release and contains many bugfixes.
Release notes are here.
Chris Cormack, Koha Community statistics wizard, has posted statistics for March 2013.
Release Team for Koha 3.14 Elected
by Liz Rea
The Koha Community is pleased to announce the release team for Koha version 3.14 (code name Pi). The team includes volunteers from nine countries and represents Koha support companies and libraries from around the world.
- Release Manager: Galen Charlton, USA, Equinox
- Translation Manager: D Ruth Bavousett, USA
- Documentation Manager, Database Doc Manager: Nicole Engard, USA, ByWater Solutions
- Installation Documentation Managers: Mason James, New Zealand, KohaAloha; Samuel Desseaux, France
- Quality Assurance Manager: Katrin Fischer, Germany, BSZ
- Quality Assurance Team: Marcel de Rooy, Netherlands, Rijksmuseum; Chris Cormack, New Zealand, Catalyst IT; Jonathan Druart, France, BibLibre; Brendan Gallagher, USA, ByWater Solutions; Mason James, New Zealand, KohaAloha; Paul Poulain, France, BibLibre; Kyle M Hall, USA, ByWater Solutions
- Release Maintainers: 3.12.x: Tomás Cohen Arazi, Argentina, UNC; 3.10.x: Bernardo Gonzalez Kriegel, Argentina; 3.8.x: Chris Hall, New Zealand, Catalyst IT
- Packaging Manager: Robin Sheat, New Zealand, Catalyst IT
- Live CD/DVD Manager: Nguyen Quoc Uy, Vietnam
- VM Manager: Samuel Desseaux, France
- Bug Wrangler: Magnus Enger, Norway, Libriotech
- Newsletter Editor: Daniel Grobani, USA, Samuel Merritt University
Thanks to our volunteers, and here’s to a successful 3.14 Release!
P.S. No, it’s not really code name Pi. But it could be!
Olly Olly Oxen Free: Integrators with Koha, Stand Up and be Counted
by Galen Charlton
Does your project, service, or product interact with Koha in some automated fashion? If so, we’d like to hear from you.
I’m using the phrase “automated fashion” very broadly. There are many ways to receive data from a Koha system, update data in a Koha database, or make transactions happen. A few of these ways include:
- RESTful web service calls
- SIP2 to perform patron and circulation requests
- Z39.50, unAPI, and OpenSearch to retrieve catalog data
- LDAP to authenticate patrons
- MARC exports and imports
- Screen-scraping (although if you’re screen-scraping Koha, we may be able to suggest a better way to do it)
- Direct database access
- And others
Some of the things we’d like to know include:
- The name of your service or product
- What it does for a Koha library
- How it is accessing Koha
- Whether there are specific APIs or entry points that your application depends on
- If there are things that Koha could be doing to make your life easier
We want to hear from everybody, whether you are a library that has integrated Koha with other software, a Koha support group, a vendor providing products or services to libraries, or a member of a free software project whose software talks with Koha. If you work for a Koha library and know that Koha works with another service, we want to hear from you too, even if you don’t know howKoha is doing the talking.
Why do we want to know? Our reasons include:
- Finding out which entry points we should be particularly careful about changing as Koha gets enhanced.
- Seeing if there are things we could be doing better to encourage more people and applications to participate in the Koha ecosystem.
- (Maybe) putting together a list of third-party services that interact with Koha.
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