[OPEN-ILS-DEV] make it simple

Kardos András k.andris at gmail.com
Fri Feb 29 10:41:47 EST 2008


Just wondering... Could make the import process a one-step thing? Or
document why you need the MARC -> Evergreen BRE JSON -> Open-ILS JSON
ingest -> PostgreSQL SQL steps. 3 out of 4 formats are invented by
you. That's too much. Couldn't you simply combine (package, hide, ..)
the scripts used in theese conversions into one? A clearly defined
MARC variant that you culd import (including holdings, ... etc. - all
special cases) would help a lot - the one, that would import quickly
and without pain into Evergreen. Then anyone exporting from another
system, would simply make a converter to this (required) MARC variant
if they wanted to avoid bumps along the way. Theese exporters (for
example from an OLIB system) could become the part of the Evergreen
package too. We would naturally share any piece of software we develop
for conversion from legacy (discontinued, ...) systems.

Importing is a critical step, when you try to convince libraries to
try Evergreen, and eventually support it's development financially.
This long and complicated import process is just frightening. Sorry.
I'm a software developer. I could do it I guess, but I think it still
needs to be simplified a lot.

I hope I don't sound to rurde.. :-)

András Kardos

... http://open-ils.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=evergreen-admin:importing:bibrecords

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