The University of Winnipeg Library is pleased to announce the OpenILL Project (cybrary.uwinnipeg.ca/projects/openil), which will create an open source ISO ILL/IPIG compliant InterLibrary Loan system. OpenILL will be deployable locally, or via a remotely hosted option and will provide a highly configurable environment. The system will interoperate closely with another open source library product, GODOT (godot.lib.sfu.ca), which provides a robust resource discovery, linking and requesting system. GODOT is an open source alternative to linking products like SFX and has been developed by COPPUL, the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (library.usask.ca/coppul).
The OpenILL project lead, the University of Winnipeg Library, is joined by a number of partner libraries who are providing financial and/or development resources (University College of the Cariboo, Malaspina University-College, Trinity Western University, University College of the Fraser Valley, University of Saskatchewan, University of Victoria). The lead developer is Dave Kisly, who is working with a number of developers on this initial version.
The 1st release is planned for December 2002. The initial version will be developed using Cold Fusion/Fusebox 3/Java/Access/SQL Server. We are planning to port the system to PHP/PostgreSQL/Java after the initial release. Additional information regarding the availability of the product will be provided via appropriate list and the OpenILL website.
For more information, check the website above or feel free to contact Dave or Mark.