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.
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
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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