Adam Lowe
  • Adam Lowe

    Adam Lowe - 2006-05-21

    I have been using OpenBiblio for a few months now, and it seems like there are a few features which we all would really like. Namely:

    - MARC Export (possibly import)
    - Email Notification
    - User Enabled Self Borrowing
    - Advanced Search Functionality in OPAC
    - Possibly ISBN driven data grab for adding books
    - Some Additional Reports
    - Renew Functions
    - Flexible MARC Features
    - User functionality (including login)

    It really is a great system, and I have noted several people are considering hiring consultants to customise components such as those above. Instead of us all doing our own thing, is there scope for individuals to contribute $ towards development - perhaps there could be 10 features which would be integrated once a certain $ goal was reached?  It seems like the most cost effective and sustainable model - especially ensuring that OpenBiblio remains OpenSource.

    I think my library would certainly put $ into a fund instead of finding our own developer.


    • Hans van der Weij

      Interesting idea, especially if the fund would have a global range.
      Possible complications: rules or laws that prevent off-shoring of investments.

      By the way, some of the work is done already (completely or partial, integrated in the main version or as intermediate patch):
      - Advanced Search Functionality in OPAC: check patch 1238779 (intermediate patch, not really advanced, but it has additional features that are already usable)
      - ISBN driven data grab: check LoC lookup patch, see http://obiblio.sourceforge.net/index.php/Main/AddOns
      - Additional Reports: check intermediate solutions in forum Feature Requests, subject Reports ... Reports ... Reports
      - Renew Functions: check openbiblio-0.5.2-pre4 [member view]
      - Flexible MARC Features: not sure, check openbiblio-0.5.2-pre4 [material types: custom marc fields]

      See also: http://obiblio.sourceforge.net/index.php/Main/Roadmap

    • Micah Stetson

      Micah Stetson - 2006-06-15

      I like this idea, but I'm not sure what the best way to implement it is.  Perhaps fundable.org?  Whatever we do, there's going to be a fair amount of work involved in getting a pledge system going.  It's probably not worth it unless there's significant interest.

      I'd say significant interest is at least 5 people or organizations willing and able to pledge at least $50 US toward some feature.  $250 isn't enough to get too much done, but if there's at least that much community response in a few weeks then I wouldn't mind putting some more thought and work into it.

      So if there's an OpenBiblio enhancement you would pay at least $50 to get, post a reply on this thread and say what feature you want.



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