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LibLime and the eXtensible Catalog Project Announce Partnership

LibLime (http://liblime.com), provider of open source solutions for libraries, and the eXtensible Catalog (XC) project, an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded project currently underway at the University of Rochester’s River Campus Libraries, have announced a new partnership agreement to ensure future compatibility between the XC project and Koha, the first open source integrated library system (ILS).

The XC/LibLime partnership will ensure that the open source software being developed as part of the XC project and the Koha open source integrated library system will be fully compatible with each other, enabling current and future users of Koha to take advantage of the added capabilities for managing and distributing metadata that XC will offer. These benefits include facilitating the ability to combine legacy metadata with emerging schemas and delivering library content to web content management and learning management systems.

The XC system currently in development will provide libraries with open source tools and software that will allow libraries to expand their current roles. Library content, both traditional and digital, can easily be integrated in other systems, including content and learning management systems. The XC system is designed to empower libraries to create customized discovery systems and solutions for their users needs.

XC is being created through a collaborative design and development process with a team of developers at the University of Rochester and at partner institutions. XC will be compatible with a range of ILSs and centralized authentication services, will support multiple metadata formats, and will deliver a customizable next-generation user interface. The XC project has a funded development period from January 2008 until July 2009. For more information, see the project blog at http://extensiblecatalog.info.

Since it was first put into production in early 2000, LibLime’s Koha has enabled new realities of open access, affordability, and free innovation for a diverse community of hundreds of academic, consortia, public, special collection, religious, and school libraries around the globe. The name Koha means "gift" in the Maori language of New Zealand.

Source: LibLime



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