May 22, 2012 -- Bloomington, IN. The partnership of libraries working to create open-source software for managing information resources today announces the release of Kuali OLE 0.6, a version loaded with increased functionality including schema to describe and transmit licensing information for electronic resources.
Academic research libraries are invited to test this latest milestone release of software that addresses the needs of academic and research libraries.
Kuali OLE (Open Library Environment) is a robust, enterprise-wide, easy-to-use system for selecting, acquiring and describing library information resources, which will link with business processes and value-added external resources.
The Kuali OLE 0.6 Milestone Release focuses on enhancing the infrastructure that was available in the OLE 0.3 Milestone Release.
- New schemas have been introduced:
- The OLE Instance schema is loosely based on the MARC Format for Holdings Data (MFHD). OLE Instance documents are used to identify and describe library resources locally owned/licensed by libraries and as such contain unique information that can not be captured in Bibliographic documents that may be used/shared by multiple libraries.
- ONIX-PL, a standard used to describe and transmit licensing information for electronic resources, will be utilized as the central schema for storing data within Kuali OLE's licensing module.
- Kuali Financial System (KFS) has been upgraded to version 5.0
- With the onset of Rice 2.0, KRAD and KRMS features have been incorporated into part of OLE.
- Kuali Rapid Application Development (KRAD) provides the user interface OLE needs for inquiries and lookups, transactional and maintenance documents.
- Kuali Rule Management System (KRMS) provides OLE the opportunity to build its own flexible and easily managed business rule system.
- Code refactoring of the 0.3 Milestone Release to manage software dependencies. Most refactoring was due to KFS and Rice upgrades.
- The Service Registry contains information about all services that have been registered from OLE to the services bus (KSB), designed to allow developers to quickly develop and deploy services for remote and local consumption.
Please also see the OLE 0.6 Milestone User Documentation (https://wiki.kuali.org/display/OLE/OLE+0.6+Milestone+User+Documentation) to test run the demo, read through the Drivers Manual, and learn more about the O.6 release.
"By developing version 0.6 on the improvements in Kuali Rice 2.0 middleware application suite, Kuali OLE maintains its commitment to building a flexible environment of services and workflows." Tim McGeary, Chair of the Kuali OLE Function Council, stated. "This infrastructure investment continues to position Kuali OLE for progressive integration with the upcoming release of Kuali Finance and other strategic enterprise applications used by our universities."
Kuali OLE Release 0.6 is the result of collaboration of multiple higher education research libraries and commercial affiliates including Indiana University, Duke University, Lehigh University, North Carolina State University, University of Chicago, University of Florida, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, and HTC Global Services, Inc. Kuali OLE release 0.6 has received generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
All software and materials delivered by the Kuali Foundation are available under the Educational Community License and can be adopted by colleges and universities without licensing fees.
The Kuali OLE Project Team is currently focusing its efforts on its Year Two roadmap OLE Timeline for extending the functionality of Kuali OLE. Release 0.8 (October 2012) will focus on key functionality for Deliver and Describe. Release 1.0 (Q1 2013) will be the early adopters release.
For more information on Kuali OLE 0.6, or to download version 0.6, go to Kuali OLE http://www.kuali.org/ole, or take a "test drive" at Test Drive Kuali OLE Test Drive http://demo.ole.kuali.org/ole-demo/portal.jsp .
The Kuali Foundation is a non-profit organization that coordinates the efforts of colleges and universities to develop and sustain administrative software to meet the needs of all sizes of higher education institutions, from small colleges to large research universities. The Kuali Foundation began in 2004 as a cooperative effort among partners and a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop an open-source financial system. Success with the Kuali Financial System led to additional pooled investment projects, including Kuali Coeus for Research Administration, Kuali Student, Kuali Rice, Kuali Open Library Environment, Kuali People Management for the Enterprise, Kuali Mobility Enterprise and Kuali Ready, with coordination by the independent, not-for-profit Kuali Foundation, Inc. The software developed by Kuali projects is available, without fee, for anyone to use or modify under the Educational Community License. See Kuali for more information.