[Koha] Barcode Readers & WinIsis Data Migration

Andrew Buxton A.Buxton at ids.ac.uk
Fri Sep 4 20:23:33 NZST 2009

Regarding 3, I don't yet know Koha well enough to say what editing is possible there.  But when exporting from Winisis
you can use a Field Select Table to move data from one field (or subfield) to another.  For example, to move the contents of field 100 to 700 you would have a line:

700 0 (v100/)

(The brackets and slash will take care of the fact that v100 is a repeatable field.)  Modification during exporting is covered in the CDS/ISIS for Windows Handbook, section 10.7.  

There is also the very useful "Swiss Knife" tool for Winisis that allows you to do some clever editing of the Winisis database before exporting.

If you have not made all the fine distinctions of MARC21 in your CDS/ISIS database you probably won't be able to achieve a 100%-perfect MARC21 database.  Probably no-one uses all the detail there!

Andrew Buxton
IDS, Brighton, UK

-----Original Message-----
From: koha-bounces at lists.katipo.co.nz [mailto:koha-bounces at lists.katipo.co.nz] On Behalf Of Rovin
Sent: 03 September 2009 20:47
To: koha at lists.katipo.co.nz
Subject: [Koha] Barcode Readers & WinIsis Data Migration

My name is Imran Mohamed from the University of Guyana. A while back we
decided to use Koha for our Library Automation Project. We are 99% complete
with customization and we are about to enter data entry stage. I have some
1. We need some suggestions about bar-codes; do we use the auto generation
feature in Koha, or do we use the Accession Number? What are the pros and
2. What is the best barcode reader to use?
3. We have some records in WinIsis(.iso) format. However, when converting
the records to MARC21 format, we realized that the tags are different, e.g.
Accession Number etc. Also, the tags in WinIsis doesn't use sub-fields,
where as in MARC21, it does. Example, for the Title tag in WinIsis, all the
information is stored in one tag, whilst in MARC21, there are sub-fields for
Title, Extended Title etc. What is the best method to convert from WinIsis
to MARC21.

Imran Mohamed
University of Guyana 
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