[Koha] Introducing "Mana" (central DB project)
paul.poulain at biblibre.com
Wed Jul 6 22:03:00 NZST 2016
Some months ago I sent an email to koha-devel, to announce that BibLibre
was planning to work on a new project, dedicated to sharing informations
I'm proud an happy to give you feedback about this project: things are
moving quickly & nicely.
* *Morgane*, our intern -alex_a being the tutor) is doing a great job
(you can congratulate her on #koha ;-) )
* we've named this project "*Mana*". It's a Maori word (once again
:D), easy to pronounce & write.
http://maoridictionary.co.nz/search?&keywords=mana : "*(verb)* to be
legal, effectual, binding, authoritative, valid." I'll ask for
mana.koha-community.org DNS entry soon !
* as announced by Morgane, we're using the same framework as for HEA
for the server side. The code is available on our git:
http://git.biblibre.com/biblibre/koha-mana (will be pushed later on
git.koha-community.org). The DB is here, some webservice are already
here & working.
* The koha-side is being worked, below are some screen shots.
* we changed some things compared to my initial RFC. Everything is on
trello, splitted into cards (https://trello.com/b/BslL6i9p/mana-biblibre
trello not public, claire, the owner is not here today, we'll change the
status in a day or 2.) Note that there can be some French on trello,
even if Morgane avoid it.
We plan to have MANA working at the end of august, at least for
subscriptions (pattern & numbering) sharing. Maybe also for SQL reports
Some screen shots & features descriptions:
in subscription management, you can now *share* a subscription
pattern, by sending it to Mana:
When you click on "share", after validation, you get a *feedback*:
Anyone can then retrieve the numbering pattern & frequency calculation
when creating a subscription (work being done this week). After the 1st
screen of subscription creation, Koha will automatically query mana and
check if there is some data available:
The librarian will then be able to see what is available and get it
locally in one click.
Every time a librarian "get it locally", a counter will be incremented
on Mana. Thus, if more than 1 frequency/pattern is submitted for a given
title, the librarians should be able to see which one is "preferred" by
* we will create a script that will help populate Mana from a CSV. We
will probably issue a RFF ("Request For File" ;-) ) later. Our idea is
that we want to launch Mana with many data already available.
* comment. Any librarian will be able to add a comment to a shared
data, as well as marking it as "obsolete".
* a syspref will be added to deactivate Mana (will be ON by default)
Feel free to ask for more informations, I would be happy to answer !
Paul Poulain, Associé-gérant / co-owner
BibLibre, Services en logiciels libres pour les bibliothèques
BibLibre, Open Source software and services for libraries
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