[OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] What are your requirements for Evergreen?

Galen Charlton galen.charlton at liblime.com
Sun Feb 3 12:29:20 EST 2008

Hi Dan,

On 2/1/08, Dan Scott <denials at gmail.com> wrote:
> Just to try to clarify ERMS support, are you talking about all 47
> functional requirements in Appendix B of
> http://www.diglib.org/pubs/dlf102/ or just some subset?

I think a subset would be sufficient to start with.  I hope current
and potential ERMS users chime in, as my experience lies in supporting
implementation of an ERMS, not using one, but my own subset of
important requirements would include license management, managing the
selection and acquisition of electronic resources, collection of usage
information, well-designed reporting, and making current licensed
holdings information available to patrons.  An ideal ERMS module would
also minimize the amount of work required to pass metadata between the
ERMS, ILS, and OpenURL resolvers.

> Exchanging acquisitions and other information with a stand-alone ERMS
> should be quite possible, subject to building connectors for each
> stand-alone ERMS (I'm guessing that no standards have emerged yet).

Some work has started -- the DLF published a white paper about the
issue at http://www.diglib.org/standards/ERMI_Interop_Report_20080108.pdf,
and some vendors have started the CORE (Cost of Resource Exchange)
initiative to set up a NISO working group to establish a standard for
exchange of acquisitions data between an ILS and ERMS.  As yet there
is nothing concrete to code against.

> Or would enabling easy integration of CUFTS2
> (http://cufts2.lib.sfu.ca:8033/trac/CUFTS/ - sharing Perl/PostgreSQL
> sensibilities with Evergreen) satisfy the bulk of the requirements,
> while leaving open the possibility for sites to use other standalone
> ERMs? The last time I tried installing CUFTS2 was over a year ago, but
> I think Todd has worked out a number of the little bugs since then.

Sounds plausible in principle -- I haven't looked at CUFTS2 in any
detail, but I see from the development blog that Todd has been working
on ERM features.  There's certainly a natural overlap in the basic
knowledgebases required by an ERMS and an OpenURL resolver.


Galen Charlton
Koha Application Developer
galen.charlton at liblime.com
p: 1-888-564-2457 x709

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