The open source community of software developers working on and supporting the eXtensible Catalog's (XC) NCIP Toolkit, http://code.google.com/p/xcncip2toolkit/ is pleased to announce the release of new software.
We are releasing:
- NCIP Core - required for all installations. Installation instructions at http://code.google.com/p/xcncip2toolkit/wiki/CoreInstallation
- SirsiDynix Symphony connector - currently written for resource sharing purposes. Installation instructions at http://code.google.com/p/xcncip2toolkit/wiki/SymphonyInstallation
- Ex Libris Voyager connector - currently written for resource discovery purposes. Installation instructions at http://code.google.com/p/xcncip2toolkit/wiki/VoyagerInstallation
For several months a group of developers from OCLC, eXtensible Catalog Organization (XCO), Lehigh University, Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), University of North Carolina -Charlotte, and Notre Dame have been working on a revision of the original XC NCIP Toolkit to support version 2 of the NCIP protocol.
This software release represents the result of that work so far.
We invite all interested parties to check out the software. The best way to ask questions is by signing up for and using the NCIP Toolkit mailing list. The developers involved in the released code have all agreed to field questions as they come in. The following url will allow you to sign up for the NCIP Toolkit mailing list as well as other XC lists http://www.extensiblecatalog.org/support
SirsiDynix Symphony connector - Was written by Lehigh University staff.
They are in production use with their connector and are participating in a consortial resource sharing system that uses the following NCIP services:
- Lookup User
- CheckIn Item
- CheckOut Item
- Accept item
Ex Libris Voyager connector - Written by XCO and CARLI staff, this connector uses the following NCIP services:
- Lookup Item
- Lookup User
- Lookup Item Set - a new (currently non standard) service that allows lookups based on 1 or more bibliographic ids with a response that contains information on all related items. This service was built with input from an NCIP Standing Committee member and has been submitted to the NCIP Standing Committee for adoption review.
- Renew Item
We are interested in expanding both the number of ILS connectors available and the number of NCIP services supported. If you ar interested in participating in any way, please contact Randall Cook at XCO (firstname.lastname@example.org).