Olly olly oxen free: integrators with Koha, stand up and be counted
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 how Koha 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.
- See 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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