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VuFind. Digital Libraries à la Carte International Ticer School 2009 Tilburg University 31 July, 2009. Benoit PAUWELS Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) Brussels. Agenda. Overview of functionality Technical overview VuFind @ ULB. VuFind. VuFind is a library resource portal

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vufind
VuFind

Digital Libraries à la Carte

International Ticer School 2009

Tilburg University

31 July, 2009

Benoit PAUWELSUniversité Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

Brussels

slide2

Agenda

  • Overview of functionality
  • Technical overview
  • VuFind @ ULB
slide3

VuFind

  • VuFind is a library resource portal
    • designed and developed by Villanova University’s Falvey Memorial Library
    • open source; web based
    • project leader: Andrew Nagy
  • In the first place conceived as a new OPAC experience
    • Export/Import MARC records from ILS into VuFind
    • ILS specific drivers for holding information and availability
  • VuFind can be used as a portal solution for all library resources
    • librarycatalog, article databases, digital library, institutionalrepository & bibliography, and other library collections and resources
  • http://www.vufind.org
slide4

Customizable interface: localization and branding

    • Uses Yahoo User Interface CSS, PHP Smarty templates, XML/XSL, AJAX, Javascript
slide5

ILS specific ‘drivers’ for holding information and availability status

    • Voyager, Aleph, III, SirsiDynix , Koha, Evergreen
slide13

Persistent URLs (bookmarkable searches)

Persistent URLs (bookmarkable searches)

slide19

Enrichment:

    • book covers: Amazon, Syndetic, Google Books
    • book item reviews: Amazon, Syndetic
slide20

Technical overview

  • Linux, Solaris, Windows
  • Uses Apache SOLR, an open source search engine based on Lucene
  • Apache HTTP Server 2.2 or later
  • PHP 5.1.0 or later, Smarty templates
  • XSL, Javascript, CSS, YUI
  • MySQL 4.1 or later
  • Java J2SE JDK 1.5 or later
  • GNU Aspell Library (optional spell checker)
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Technical overview

  • Export MARC records from ILS
  • Use VuFind import facilty
    • Store each record in a separate file
    • Index in Lucene through SOLR web service
      • Delivered SOLR schema.xml for MARC records
  • Searching
    • VuFind communicates with Lucene through SOLR web service
    • Returns unique identifier for records
    • Data of records fetched from filesystem (XSL)
slide24

VuFind @ ULB

  • Keep VuFind functionality
  • Don’t keep:
    • MARC based
    • Filesystem
    • Import utility; rather OAI harvest
slide25

Metadata

OAI-PMH

MySQL

Metadata

Harvester

JDBC

Samburu

Lucene

Lucene doc

Indexer

SOLR

VuFind

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Metadata exchange format

Compound Object DIDL / MODS (*)

Metadata

OAI-PMH

MySQL

Metadata

DIDL/MODS XML record stored as-is in MySQL field

Harvester

didl2solr.xsl

transform DIDL/MODS XML record intoLucene document, according to specificschema.xml SOLR config file

<originalRecord>

containscompleteDIDL/MODS record

JDBC

Samburu

Lucene

Lucene doc

Indexer

SOLR

solr2brief.xsl

solr2full.xsl

transform <originalRecord>

fieldinto HTML

VuFind

(*) http://homepages.ulb.ac.be/~bpauwels/NEEO/WP5/

WP5 Technical guidelines.pdf/

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VuFind @ ULB

  • DI-fusion
    • Institutional library resources: IR, etheses repo, digithèque, [ catalog, iconothèque]
  • BICTel
    • Regional e-theses repository
  • Unicat
    • Belgian national virtual catalog