AN INTER-OPERABILITY AND OPEN SOURCE PROBLEM FOR INTEGRATED LIBRARY SYSTEM (KOHA) AND DIGITAL LIBRARY (DSPACE) AS SINGLE SYSTEM
Al Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University (SAUDI ARABIA)
The Integrating library system ILS (Koha) and Digital Library -DL (Dspace) mix problem (ILS-DL) belongs to the class of digital and integrated library system and is considered as one of the most difficult problems integrating them together. The project is seeking to find the minimum cost for integrating a library system and digital library together as one system to provide complete solution for library along with integrating vufind discovery tool with both the system and proving the search result from different databases. The problem has many applications in real-life. There is no known exact system for solving this problem in polynomial time and even small instances may require long computation time i.e. each open source can be integrated separately. Therefore, we have to go by integrating different open source for example Koha, Dspace and Vufind for solving the problem, and genetic algorithm is one of the best heuristic algorithms for solving combinatorial optimization problem for combining them together. We seek heuristic solution to the ILS-DL. So, we shall develop a system to obtain heuristic solution to the problem. Then compare the efficiency of our proposed solution with existing state-of-art available system for the problem by solving some known instances and randomly generated instances of various sizes. Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) is offered as a balancing solution to meet librarians’ objectives without giving up excellence. The endeavor of this research is to confirm not only the most used FOSS in Libraries but also those alternatives which are not as glowing known but with great possible for the community. Computers and computer networks are being used in libraries for almost three to four decades now. Libraries all over the world are in the steady business of providing their patrons growing as well as legacy information in an extraordinary array of content categories or publication types, and in a fast proliferating merge of formats (digital as well as print). In the modern practical library setting there is a remarkable saturation of digital information during a diversity of publication forms such as books (published as such or issued as supplement), journals, portals, vortals, reports, CBTs, WBTs, cases, databases etc. unquestionably it is necessary to have a robust and flexible digital collections management and appearance software for creating the frequent indexes the libraries need, and for creating and distributing digital collections. Creation of indexes and the protection of digital objects are presently familiarly tied to software that provides those objects.