World Maritime University

World Maritime University chooses the Koha open source library management system supported by PTFS Europe

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

World Maritime University chooses the Koha open source library management
system supported by PTFS Europe

London, 8th March 2010

The library at the World Maritime University in Sweden has chosen the Koha
library management system to replace its existing SydneyPlus system. PTFS
Europe is carrying out the initial implementation and providing ongoing
support. The system is hosted on a dedicated server at the PTFS Europe data
centre in Maidenhead.

Koha Library Management System

With Koha, library staff access to the system is completely web-based;
acquisitions, circulation, cataloguing, serials and reports can all be done
through a web browser.  As well as a sophisticated search engine the OPAC
offers a range of Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 facilities such as tagging,
commenting, RSS feeds and public and private lists. The system is standards
based and built around XHTML, CSS and Javascript--making Koha a truly
platform-independent solution.

Chris Hoebeke, Librarian at the World Maritime University said: "Ten years
ago - even five - I considered the OpenSource ILS project to be the
quixotic tilting of ideological purists. Koha in its most recent
manifestation has changed my views. Talk about open: If you know the
standard library and information technologies, you can mix, match, and mash
your library data in just about any way imaginable. Although Koha is
delivered with a growing suite of reporting tools, I'm doing real-time
queries of my ILS data using PhPMyAdmin! We decided to host our system with
PTFS Europe because we needed reliable regional Linux support, and because
their employees have strong backgrounds in proprietary ILS companies.
Having made the transition to OpenSource themselves, they know how to help
libraries make the switch. We set sail on Koha next month, and so far, our
biggest problem has been getting the data out of the old system."

Jonathan Field, Technical Director at PTFS Europe added:  "World Maritime
University is a good example of how adopting open source can bring big
benefits to libraries. Not only in terms of return on investment but, also,
in terms of fast deployment and integration opportunities. We look forward
to working with them as they develop their exciting ideas".  

About the World Maritime University

The World Maritime University Library is an outstanding resource for
research and learning in the maritime field.  It specialises in the
University's core subjects of maritime administration, maritime safety and
environmental protection, maritime education and training and port and
shipping management.

About PTFS Europe

PTFS Europe implements and supports the Koha and Evergreen open source
library management systems as well as distributing and supporting the
ArchivalWare Digital Library solution. PTFS Europe is able to provide the
full range of services needed to implement a library or digital archiving
system, including installation, configuration, data conversion, software
development, training and high quality ongoing customer support.

More information on PTFS Europe: www.ptfs-europe.com

Any questions please contact:
Nick Dimant:  nick.dimant@ptfs-europe.com, +44 (0) 7966 571704

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