Metadb to be Discussed at CNI 2020 Fall Meeting

Index Data’s Nassib Nassar is presenting a project briefing at the CNI 2020 Fall Member meeting on Metadb, an open source, data analytics infrastructure.  Metadb fills a need for modern data management features in analytics such as real-time data streaming, data integration, and data versioning.  The project brings these capabilities to the Library Data Platform (LDP) as well as other applications such as science computing.

The abstract of the project briefing gives more information about Metadb:

This session offers perspectives from institutions using the Metadb data analytics platform.  Metadb builds on analytic databases to provide modern features such as real-time data streaming, data integration, and data versioning.  The system is designed as an end-to-end, open source data infrastructure for scalable analytics.  One year after Metadb was first launched, it is being deployed by an increasing number of universities and has a rapidly growing user community.

CNI Fall Meeting 2020 Schedule

The session will be broadcast on Wednesday, December 2 from 2:00pm – 2:30pm Eastern U.S. time for CNI members.  CNI often makes recordings of project briefings available on Vimeo and YouTube after the meeting.

Nassib joined Index Data in 2015 as the Senior Product Manager and Software Engineer focused on new innovation projects.  Prior to joining Index Data, Nassib held various positions in both university research and industry. He spent 8 years as Senior Research Scientist at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  For 9 years, he was Founder and CEO of Etymon Systems Inc, Princeton, NJ. He also served as Assistant Director of Informatics at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), Duke University, Durham, NC. Previously he worked as a Systems Analyst at the Clearinghouse for Networked Information Discovery and Retrieval (CNIDR) based in Research Triangle Park, NC.

Index Data at the Charleston Conference, Nov. 2 – 6

On Thursday, November 5, from 5 PM to 6 PM, Index Data’s Sebastian Hammer, will be participating in Innovation Session 1 at the Charleston Conference. This year the conference will be held virtually due to the pandemic. The 60-minute session will focus on innovative or entrepreneurial thinking in libraries – new ways to solve problems, new technology or existing tech utilized in new ways, etc. It will feature four 8-minute presentations back-to-back, with a moderator for introductions, Q&A, and time keeping. Plenty of time will be allotted at the end of the session for audience questions and discussion. Sebastian will present with Kristina Rose (NYU) and Jill Morris (PALCI) on the topic of Recognizing opportunity: A path forward for controlled digital lending.

Index Data’s Sebastian Hammer presents at the 2020 Library Leaders Forum on Project ReShare

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Each year, the Internet Archive hosts the Library Leaders Forum.  The theme this year is Empowering Libraries & Communities Through Digital Lending and the schedule of speakers reflect how library service impacted on a global scale due to COVID-19.  Index Data co-founder Sebastian Hammer is part of a panel discussion on October 13 to talk about Project ReShare.  Project ReShare is creating a new and open approach to library resource sharing systems, and the latest round of planned development includes functionality for controlled digital lending. Index Data is a leading developer of Project ReShare.


Registration for three days of events in October 2020 is available on the Library Leaders Forum website at https://www.libraryleadersforum.org/schedule/.

Index Data joins Mass TLC Tech Compact for Social Justice

We Committed to the Tech Compact for Social Justice

Index Data is proud to announce that we, along with over 60 other Massachusetts technology companies, have joined the Tech Compact for Social Justice.  This initiative was established under the leadership of the Executive Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee (EDISC) of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (Mass TLC) to promote meaningful change in making Massachusetts’ tech industry more diverse, inclusive, and socially just for workers of all backgrounds. To participate in the Tech Compact, tech companies commit to change in three or more areas relating to diversity, inclusion, and social justice. Index Data, a long-term member of Mass TLC, embraced the opportunity to respond to the challenge.

At Index Data we have committed to the following:

  • Greater racial diversity in hiring, leadership development, and/or board composition.
  • Increasing financial contributions to existing organizations/ initiatives that support racial diversity, inclusion, economic opportunities, and/or social justice.
  • Providing increased resources to support employee learning and participation in activities related to social justice, anti-discrimination, and/or volunteerism.
  • Requiring companies on whose boards we sit to report on racially diverse hiring, leadership development, and promotion as well as include racial diversity metrics in evaluation of the CEO.
  • Greater racial diversity in talent pipeline development programs (internships, etc.).

This is an opportunity to continue to diversify our team and support social justice for all. We invite other companies to join us in this endeavor.  To learn more, visit https://www.masstlc.org/wecommit/ .

Spokane Public Library Partners with Index Data to Adopt FOLIO

SPOKANE, WA – September 1, 2020 – Spokane Public Library announced today that it has chosen to partner with Index Data to help the Library adopt FOLIO. The Library aims to go live on FOLIO in the first half of 2021. 

FOLIO (an acronym for the Future Of Libraries Is Open) is an open source project that is reimagining library software through a unique collaboration of libraries, developers and vendors. It moves beyond the traditional library management system to a new paradigm where apps are built on an open platform. The apps-on-a-platform paradigm provides libraries with more choices and reduced development costs for delivering new services to users. The FOLIO platform includes core functionality found in current library management systems and is extensible, allowing libraries to meet ever-changing needs over time.

Robert Roose, Support Services Director for Spokane Public Library states, “We are embracing FOLIO for several reasons, but among the most important is the control and flexibility it provides, as an open source platform. Given Index Data’s role as architects and developers in the FOLIO community, their assistance was an obvious choice, not to mention that we’ve heard tremendous things about working with them. We’re excited!”

Mike Gorrell, Director of Index Data, noted, “We are honored to work with Spokane Public Library and their team on migration, self-hosting and support. We’re looking forward to sharing our expertise and helping them leverage FOLIO’s capabilities. It is especially exciting as they are the first Public Library to adopt FOLIO.” 

About Spokane Public Library

Spokane Public Library is a community of learning. We look to build cooperative networks for sharing knowledge and opportunity and be the resource for free learning opportunities for all citizens. The Library provides community groups and businesses with cutting edge resources to meet their goals in addition to providing its community with opportunities for personal enrichment.

About Index Data

For 25 years, Index Data has been building market-leading open source software relied on by libraries and service providers. As the lead architects/developers behind FOLIO’s novel design, Index Data has a unique understanding of the platform and offers hosting, migration, and customization services for libraries looking to adopt the FOLIO LSP. Index Data is also a key stakeholder in Project ReShare, a community-owned, open platform for resource sharing. Together, we’re building the library platform of the future. To learn more about Index Data, visit www.indexdata.com.

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For more information, please contact:

Mike Gorrell

Director, Index Data

mdg@indexdata.com

FOLIO Libraries Announces Implementations and Timelines as the Open Source Library Platform Nears Significant Milestone

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Libraries around the world are beginning to implement FOLIO, the open source Library Services Platform, as it approaches a named release that signals a significant achievement in the development of initial apps, features and functionality. Read the press release here.

Index Data at ICOLC Conference [ONLINE] – July 20 – 22

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On Wednesday, July 22 from 1:45-2:30 EDT, Kristen Wilson of Index Data will be doing a presentation on “Project ReShare: Consortial and Commercial Partnerships that Work” along with Jill Morris (PALCI) and Scott Garrison (MCLS) at the International Coalition of Library Consortia virtual conference.

Simmons University Library Goes Live with FOLIO

BOSTON, MA – June 18, 2020 – The Simmons University Library went live with the Open Source Library Services Platform FOLIO on Monday, June 15, 2020. As part of the Fenway Library Organization (FLO), Simmons implemented FOLIO in collaboration with the FLO staff as well as its hosting partner Index Data. It is using VuFind, the open source library resource portal, as its public-facing catalog user interface. This is the first implementation of VuFind as a public interface to FOLIO, and it includes full integration with patron empowerment functionality. 

FOLIO (an acronym for the Future Of Libraries Is Open) is an open source project that is  reimagining library software through a unique collaboration of libraries, developers and vendors. It moves beyond the traditional library management system to a new paradigm, where apps are built on an open platform, providing libraries more choice and delivering new services to users. The FOLIO platform includes core functionality found in current library management systems and is extensible, allowing libraries to meet ever-changing needs over time.

Jay Campbell, Head of Collections and Systems at the Simmons University Library, states that “we are very excited to be running FOLIO and VuFind. Our staff has been extremely pleased with the functionality and flexibility of the systems. It’s been a real improvement over our previous ILS.” Jay added “working with the FLO staff and Index Data has been a great experience. They were exceptionally responsive and provided outstanding guidance and support throughout the migration and testing process, which has been remarkably painless.”

Migration to FOLIO and VuFind provides library patrons with a user centered and accessible experience. This supports the mission of the Simmons University Library as an active participant in the student learning experience, an essential component of a Simmons University education, and a vital asset to the University, fostering an institution-wide culture of academic inquiry and knowledge cultivation. 

Mike Gorrell, Director of Index Data noted, “Partnering with FLO and Simmons has been an awesome collaboration. We’re super happy that the migration has gone so smoothly and that FOLIO fits the needs of Simmons. Additionally, it’s been a real pleasure to work so closely with VuFind, creating some extensions and committing those back to the community.” 

About Simmons University

Located in the heart of Boston, Simmons is a respected private university offering more than 50 majors and programs for undergraduate women and graduate programs open to all on campus, in blended formats, or entirely online in nursing and health sciences, liberal arts, business, communications, social work, public health, and library and information science. Founded in 1899, Simmons has established a model of higher education that other colleges and universities are only recently beginning to adapt: the combination of education for leadership in high-demand professional fields with the intellectual foundation of the liberal arts. The result is a Simmons graduate prepared not only to work, but to lead in professional, civic, and personal life — a vision of empowerment that Simmons calls preparation for life’s work. Follow Simmons on Twitter at @SimmonsUniv, and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/school/simmons-university/

About Fenway Library Organization

The Fenway Library Organization (FLO) is a consortium of 37 academic and special libraries in Massachusetts. Founded in 1987 as Fenway Libraries Online, FLO has been promoting resource sharing, encouraging staff development, and providing technical support for over thirty years. The consortium is constantly expanding in membership and all libraries who join benefit from a greater sense of community and statewide recognition. For more information visit www.flo.org

About Index Data

For 25 years Index Data has been building market-leading open source software relied on by libraries and service providers. As the lead architects/developers behind FOLIO’s novel design, Index Data has a unique understanding of the platform and offers hosting, migration, and customization services for libraries looking to adopt the FOLIO LSP. Index Data is also a key stakeholder in Project ReShare, a community-owned, open platform for resource sharing. Together, we’re building the library platform of the future. To learn more about Index Data and FOLIO, visit www.indexdata..com/folio.

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For more information, please contact:

Mike Gorrell

Director, Index Data

mdg@indexdata.com

Index Data at NASIG 2020 – June 9 – 11

Index Data is sponsoring NASIG 2020, being held online from June 9 – 11. Our own Kristen Wilson, who is serving as the President of the NASIG Executive Board this year, will be giving a talk on ERM during the Lightning Session on June 10 at 2:15 PM.

ReShare in Action

Project ReShare is getting ready to start testing across a group of PALCI member libraries. Watch a quick video walking through some of the functionality of the latest software release. If you’d like to learn more, feel free to get in touch with us, or with the project at http://projectreshare.org/