NECOPAC : a new z39.50 service from North Eastern India

The launch of NECOPAC the first volunteer-run, freely available, public z39.50 service in North Eastern India.

On the auspicious occasion of Rongali Bihu (for the Assamese) and Poila Boishakh (for the Bengali), on behalf of the NECOPAC team, I’m happy to announce the start of NECOPAC z39.50 service. This is the first freely available, public z39.50 (copy cataloging) service in North Eastern India. As on date there are 92,333 bibliographic records in the database, all of which are volunteer contributed. We are expecting more records to be contributed soon.

Origin of the project

The germ of the idea of NECOPAC started about 2 years back during a chance meeting of a group of young like-minded library professionals and technology specialists in Guwahati, Assam.

The north eastern Indian is home to 8 states – Assam, Manipur, Tripura, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim. The region boasts of great cultural heritage and diversityr. Libraries are an important means of preserving and disseminating this rich heritage, traditional knowledge, literature and other creative output.

Freely available copy cataloging of Indian publications using z39.50 service, to this day, remains largely a distant dream for most Indian library professionals. The scenario in the North East is even more difficult when it comes to publications in the local languages from this part of India.

The NECOPAC z39.50 service is a volunteer-run collaborative attempt at bridging this service gap. It is the first freely available, public z39.50 service in the entire North Eastern India. For us to grow bigger and be able to serve more LIS professionals in the NE, we need your active support and contributions i.e. a copy of your bibliographic records.

DISCLAIMER : The bibliographic records are provided on AS-IS basis by this service and the NECOPAC team does not vouch for the correctness or accuracy of these records.

Connecting and downloading records from NECOPAC

You will need to setup your z39.50 client using these details:

Parameter Setting
Server name NECOPAC
Hostname z3950.necopac.in
Port 9999
Database biblios
Syntax MARC21 / USMARC
Encoding UTF-8

Running a public z39.50 service with 100% reliability

Over 2 months now, we’ve been running the 5th public z39.50 server from India with 100% host reliability.

Earlier this year on April 20th, we had shared with our readers that FMIRO CCU’s public access z39.50 service run by L2C2 Technologies had achieved 100% host reliability (according to irspy.indexdata.com) and in the process had become the 5th Indian entry into the IRSPY’s global directory of open access z39.50 servers.

We are happy to inform that 2 months on, we have managed to run the server without a single service drop and have continued to maintain our 100% host reliability status. For us this has been a learning exercise and we hope this will encourage more Koha users across India to start opening up their catalogs for copy cataloging by their fellow catalogers.

Host connection reliability

Host connection reliability measures the reliability of the target only in its ability to respond to connections: the display indicates the number of successful connections in the last two months, the total number of attempted connections in that time, and the percentage of successful connections. For example, reliability of 9/15 = 60% indicates that fifteen attempts have been made to connect to the server in the last two months, of which nine (60%) have been successful. [1]

About IRSpy

IRSpy maintains a global registry of information retrieval targets, about 1295 as per recent count (http://irspy.indexdata.com/stats.html), supporting protocols like ANSI/NISO Z39.50 (ISO 23950) and SRU/SRW web services.

About Index Data

Short answer: The guys who publish the Zebra indexing engine and YAZ toolkit and software libraries.

Long answer: Since 1994, Index Data has offered software development, consulting and integration with a focus on search. Our pioneering involvement in open source and open standards dates back to the first release of the YAZ toolkit for Z39.50 in 1995. [2]

References

[1] IRSpy help: info/reliability

[1] About Index Data

FMIRO CCU’s public z39.50 server running on Koha ILS achieves 100% reliability on IRSpy.

Hosted by L2C2 Technologies, FMIRO becomes the 5th Indian entry into IRSpy’s global z39.50 directory.

We are happy to announce the z39.50 service of FMIRO CCU (FOSMA Maritime Institute & Research Organisation, Kolkata branch) has achieved 100% reliability as an open access z39.50 search target for bibliographic materials related to maritime and ship operations. With this, FMIRO CCU becomes the fifth publicly announced z39.50 server from India which is listed on IRSpy service provided by Index Data.

FMIRO CCU’s nascent library is hosted on L2C2 Technologies‘s cloud platform using Koha ILS. The FMIRO OPAC is available at : http://fosma-opac.l2c2.co.in/. The collection at FMIRO is a specialized collection focused solely on topics related to maritime, marine engineering, ship building, ship operations and nautical sciences. It is still a very small collection that is quite literally growing by the day.

Host connection reliability

Host connection reliability measures the reliability of the target only in its ability to respond to connections: the display indicates the number of successful connections in the last two months, the total number of attempted connections in that time, and the percentage of successful connections. For example, reliability of 9/15 = 60% indicates that fifteen attempts have been made to connect to the server in the last two months, of which nine (60%) have been successful. [1]

About IRSpy

IRSpy maintains a global registry of information retrieval targets, about 1295 as per recent count (http://irspy.indexdata.com/stats.html), supporting protocols like ANSI/NISO Z39.50 (ISO 23950) and SRU/SRW web services.

About Index Data

Short answer: The guys who publish the Zebra indexing engine and YAZ toolkit and software libraries.

Long answer: Since 1994, Index Data has offered software development, consulting and integration with a focus on search. Our pioneering involvement in open source and open standards dates back to the first release of the YAZ toolkit for Z39.50 in 1995. [2]

References

[1] IRSpy help: info/reliability

[1] About Index Data

FMIRO Kolkata partners with L2C2 Technologies to automate their new library.

FOSMA Maritime Institute & Research Organisation (FMIRO) selects L2C2 Technologies’ Koha support

We are pleased to extend a warm welcome to the newest member of our growing client-partner family in Eastern India – FOSMA Maritime Institute & Research Organisation (FMIRO), Kolkata, a maritime training institute. FMIRO Kolkata has gone live on Koha ILS 16.11 series on L2C2 Technologies‘s cloud hosting platform.

About FOSMA

The Foreign Ship-owners Representatives and Ship Managers Association (FOSMA) was established in India in 1989 to represent foreign owners and ship managers operating in India. Taking in to account that the education, training and competence standards of seafarers is of primary concern and priority of all ship managers in India, the Association established a special purpose vehicle – “FOSMA MARITIME INSTITUTE AND RESEARCH ORGANISATION” (FMIRO), as a non-profit organization under section 25 of the Companies Act, 1958 (now Section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013).

Source: http://www.fosma.in

DCB & BI Library, University of Kerala chooses L2C2 Technologies’ Koha hosting service

DCB & BI Library, University of Kerala goes online with Koha Integrated Library System.

We are pleased to welcome the Department of Computational Biology & Bioinformatics, University of Kerala as our newest client-partner from “God’s own country” aka Kerala – the southern most state of India. Earlier the library was running Koha 3.22 on an in-house (on campus) server. With this move, they are now fully hosted on the cloud and are running on the latest major stable version of Koha i.e. on 16.11.x series.

About DCB & BI

The Centre for Bioinformatics, established in 2005 and upgraded as the Department of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics in 2011, is a new generation inter-disciplinary as well as multidisciplinary teaching & research Department of University of Kerala, India. The centre offers a two-year innovative MSc (Computational Biology) programme and also 2 one-year MPhil programmes in (i) Bioinformatics (ii) Computer Aided Drug Design. The Department has researchers with vivid backgrounds (Electrical Engineers, Mathematicians, Physicists, Biotechnologists, Botanists, Bio-chemists, Computer scientists are some of them). The Department has its own premises with state of the art informatics laboratory and also a molecular biology and bio-electronics laboratory which provide a balanced training to multidisciplinary talents that the centre attracts. The Department library having a stock of over 2425 specialized books.

The Director is Dr. Achuthsankar S. Nair, who has lead the department since its inception and presently has 6 lecturers, an Emeritus Professor (Dr. Oommen V. Oommen), one Post Doctoral Fellow, half a dozen Project Fellows, 19 full-time research scholars and at any time, 30-40 masters students. The Department also has 2 adjunct Professors, in addition to visiting faculty and Erudite visitors [Prof. Dr. Johann Deisenhofer (Nobel Laureate – 1988) visited the Department on Dec 1-3, 2010, Prof. Martin Chalfie (Nobel Laureate-2008) visited on Jan 5-7, 2011, followed by Prof. Anders Liljas (Nobel Prize Committee Member) on Jan 20-26, 2011.

The Department is situated in the beautiful and green Kariavattom Campus made greener by the department’s “Trees for 2100 AD” initiative.

Source : DCB & BI website

Accessing the OPAC

While the online public access catalogue (OPAC) is presently available at https://dcb-opac.l2c2.co.in/, this will change in a few days once the dedicated domain procurement process is completed.

Khalisani Mahavidyalaya Library partners with L2C2 Technologies

Khalisani College located in Hooghly district of West Bengal, takes its Koha OPAC online using L2C2 Technologies’ cloud hosting service.

We are is pleased to announce that Khalisani Mahavidyalaya Library has partnered with us to take their library OPAC online using L2C2 Technologies’s cloud hosted Koha service. We extend a warm welcome to our newest client partner. Our thanks goes to the Principal Dr. Nepankar Hazra, the NAAC coordinator Dr. Arghya Bandyopadhyay and to the Librarian (Contractual) Smt. Moumita Hazra.

The OPAC can be accessed at http://khalisani-opac.l2c2.co.in

About Khalisani Mahavidyalaya

Established in 1970, Khalisani Mahavidyalaya is one of the oldest colleges in Chandannagar in the Hooghly district of West Bengal, India, offering undergraduate courses in Humanities, Commerce and Sciences. It is affiliated with the University of Burdwan, West Bengal. [1]

References

[1] Khalisani Mahavidyalaya on Wikipedia.

How fast does we respond to client-partner requests?

L2C2 Technologies’ client partners are located across different timezones and even when they are in India, there are quite a few morning / evening shift institutions. Obviously a standard business hours policy as per Indian Standard Time is not the best way to provide them with support. Today, a Saturday, a request ticket came in at 7:40 PM. It was closed under 25 mins.

This blog got featured in IASLIC’s June 2016 newsletter

It was nice to see IASLIC’s (Indian Association of Special Libraries and Information Centres) Newsletter for June 2016 feature one of L2C2 Technologies blogpost on Koha Integrated Library System‘s version numbering changes. The IASLIC newsletter can be access from here.  See page 5 of 8 under the section “Technology News”.

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