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ByWater Solutions and software.coop Collaborating on Koha EDI Support

It is our pleasure to announce that software.coop of Somerset, England and ByWater Solutions LLC of Santa Barbara CA, USA, are partnering to bring Electronic Data Exchange (EDI) to Koha.

EDI will greatly increase the functionality of the acquisitions module of Koha by allowing a direct electronic exchange from one entity to another, making processes such as billing and the transmission of purchase orders seamless. It may optionally accept bibliographic records from a vendor, making cataloguing quicker. It was described in an article by G. Bissels and A. Chandler in the journal "Program: electronic library and information systems" Vol. 44 No. 3, 2010.

The EDI code, which was written by software.coop, will be rebased by ByWater Solutions on the current head of the Koha project. The rebased code will be submitted for possible inclusion in the 3.4 release of Koha.

About Koha

Koha is the first open-source Integrated Library System (ILS). In use worldwide, its development is steered by a growing community of libraries collaborating to achieve their technology goals. Koha’s impressive feature set continues to evolve and expand to meet the needs of its user base. It includes modules for circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, reserves, patron management, branch relationships, and more.

Koha’s OPAC, circulation, management and self-checkout interfaces are all based on standards-compliant World Wide Web technologies–XHTML, CSS and Javascript–making Koha a truly platform-independent solution. Koha is distributed under the open-source General Public License (GPL). For more information about Koha, please visit: www.koha-community.org

About ByWater Solutions

With over 10 years of experience, ByWater Solutions offers customized hosting, data migration, configuration, installation, training, support options and development of enterprise class open-source library systems. Offering a 24/7 technical helpline, ByWater Solutions’ clients have the support system they need to make their software work for them. ByWater Solutions pledges to share 100% of all developed code to the Koha community for the strengthening and advancement of the Koha ILS. For more information about ByWater Solutions, please visit: www.bywatersolutions.com

About software.coop

software.coop is a tech worker co-op providing web design, system administration, software development and other computer-related services. The co-op has offered Koha installation services, bespoke training and support since 2003 and is a member of Co-operatives UK that follows the Worker Cooperative Code. To help its communities, it promises that its software will be cooperatively-developed whenever possible. For more information about software.coop, please visit: www.software.coop/products/koha