FOLIO Project Update – Week of October 1, 2018

Project Updates  /  9 Oct 2018

Development of OAI-PMH harvester, a Patron Notices and Print Slips app, Workflow Proof-of-Concept using Camunda and more in this week's project report.

The FOLIO Product Council discussed an app for union catalog functionality that has been proposed and will be sent to Consortia SIG for review.  Development of OAI-PMH harvester was approved and will be given to one of the new EPAM teams.  Continued discussion of the impact of some current developers rotating off and the new EPAM teams being onboarded.

In response to updates from Product Council about OAI-PMH functionality several members of Metadata Management SIG articulated the desire for a visualization of all of the SIGs and their work, so we can see where needs and functions intersect. We had an in-depth discussion of record deletion requirements and logic. Filip is working on the UI for this, and discussion about functionality and data flow will continue next week. The Container (aka Local Package Record) subgroup will reconvene soon to provide recommendations for the UI in Inventory.

Developer Darcy Branchini provided a presentation/demo to the Reporting SIG of the Patron Notices and Print Slips app for FOLIO. Harry Kaplanian then asked Reporting SIG members a set of questions about how each institution generates Patron Notices today. Patron Notices are currently targeted as in-app reports (features) to be delivered through the Patron Notices and Print Slips app. The Report Prototypes small group continues to work on a template for building report prototypes using 2 circulation reports as the first candidates.

The Resource Access SIG looked at locations & service points and their interrelationships, recently returned & shelving lag time and display questions and issues around item states.

The Sys Ops & Mgt SIG meeting started with questions about the QA Dashboard, presented by Anton Emelianov. The focus now will be on building tools for UI-testing; backend code already has a high degree of code coverage. The 2nd part of the meeting was dedicated to the FOLIO OAI-PMH project which will be run by Harry Kaplanian as a Product Owner. Harry presented the concepts and plans to us. OAI-PMH will be implemented in FOLIO as an interface to the discovery service. Harry asked the group if they host an OAI-PMH service at their institution and if we know of any set-up or configuration problems or any other known difficulties. The group will prepare feedback. Finally, in the 3rd part of the meeting, we discussed our experiences with setting up the Q3 release in our local installations. Texas A&M installed on Rancher, Lehigh in single server and distributed (3-node) setup. Hbz and University of Chicago installed on a single server. Minimum RAM for building is 10 GB, for running a complete system 8 GB. mod-inventory-storage and mod-users take a bit more RAM than the other modules. Known bug with timeout on login is being fixed for Q3 (backported). Question about clustering of postgres will be addressed.

The Forum Facilitators SIG talked through what we learned from the September 27th Forum, and we are going to add a sentence to the meeting registration announcement that says that there are 100 seats in the webinar.  We are also reviewing the process for announcing future Forums to make sure it gets a wide distribution in the community.  The next forum topics are on Single-tenant Consortia Plans (October 17th) and Update on Innovation Grants (October 31st).  Looking beyond that, tentative topics and dates are:  Roadmap Update (November 14th), Open Library Foundation (November 28th), and Year-in-Review (December 12th). The Forum Facilitators are looking for new participants.  If interested, please contact Peter Murray or simply come to our Wednesday 3pm Eastern U.S. time meetings.

The Community Outreach SIG is still looking for the date for the next WOLFcon; proposed dates in April conflict with ACRL and the German FOLIO Days.  At the Charleston Conference there will be a FOLIO-Sponsored Reception on November 5th and a FOLIO Meetup on November 6th.  Please spread the word and RSVP if you can attend.  German FOLIO Days will 11-12 Apr 2019.  Presenters are waiting to hear back if proposals have been accepted for the German Library Days (March 2019) and ACRL (April 2019).

Last week Jeremy Huff and William Welling from TAMU as well as Sebastian Hammer and Peter Murray from Index Data attended a face-to-face meeting with the BP3 consulting group on the Workflow Proof-of-Concept using Camunda.  Jeremy and William are working part time on an implementation of Camunda using Java Spring.  The consultants are helping us understand the best way to integrate Camunda with Okapi.  The consultants will also be working to encode a few of our processes in the Business Process Modeling Language (BPML).  The UXPROD-1050 Epic in Issues is being updated to reflect a refined understanding of what is needed for the proof-of-concept.

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