29 julio 2008

ISIS3 - ABCD last nugget before meeting

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Dear colleagues:

As promised, here comes the fourth and last information nugget about ABCD – Automation of Libraries and Information Centers, before the ISIS3 congress.

During the following weeks we'll present other news about the meeting itself, about workshops and presentations, from Bireme and Unesco as well as selected proposals sent by participants.

If you missed the previous notes, please go to the links at the end of this message.

Today we will summarize the components of the standard package which we haven't described yet.

ABCD-Home – OPAC for externnal users

The package will provide a default ABCD homepage integrating all the products and services included in the basic version, with the option to add other products which the library would like to include.

ABCD-Home is a version of Bireme's BVS Site adapted to ABCD. This application includes an editor which permits the maintenance of the site without needing a web programmer. For more details, see  http://bvsmodelo.bvsalud.org/php/level.php?lang=es&component=27&item=10

ABCD-Home comes with three optional columns: Information Network / Information Sources / News Network. The Information Sources column will include a meta-searcher covering all databases registered in ABCD-Home, in any format that complies with the basic standards of ABCD. This will allow to buid information networks among different institutions using ABCD or BVS.

Basic products delivered with the Information Sources column of ABCD-Home:

  •  Catalogues for the demo databases: MARC21, LILACS, CEPAL, CDS
  • Catalogue of the periodicals control type (the Bireme SeCS model), which you can see at
  •          http://bvsmodelo.bvsalud.org/php/level.php?lang=es&component=28&item=6
  • Interaction of the OPAC with the Circulation system for users (searches, reservations, renewals)
  • Requests for online services (defined by the library)

Assisted Installation Package

The installation will assume that the server has all standard packages and libraries installed, and that the directories have the necessary access permits.

Pre-requisites on the server side:
         A web server (Apache, IIS, etc)
         PHP version 5.x
         Optional features like YAZ, z39.50

    • Bases
    • Cgi-bin
    • Htdocs

The installation will be transparent, creating the necessary sub-directories and their linkages. It will be the responsibility of the server administrator to provide the necessary read-write permits and server protection.

The standard package will generate the necessary .ini or .def files automatically in order to get the query interface iAH and all other default products and services installed and running on the ABCD-Site.

The following table presents some of the ABCD functionalities not described previously:



Periodicals Control



Title creation according to the ISSN standard
Import of titles from .ISO MARC/ISSN formats or native SeCS
Creation of frequency masks for automatic generation of  new issues
Generation of collective catalogues with multiple collections


Entry of new issues, manually or automatically through barcode reading
Export of full or selective collections
Control listings of missing or duplicated issues
Hypertext navigation between different versions of families of titles (versions in different languages, title changes, splitting or merging of journal titles, etc)


Version 1


Databases for identification of loan objects and users
Definition of service policies or rules
Multiple display formats
Pre-defined calendar for calculating suspensions, reservations and loans
Assignation of different functions to different operators
Definition of lending slips and other prints
Detection of inconsistencies in transactions
Statistics on all types of transactions


Verification of user and/or object
Administration of fines
Administration of suspensions
Administration of reservations and waiting lists
Listings of printed forms and e-mails for different events

ABCD – Site


Simple editor for ABCD-Site administration, modelled on BVS Site




Editor for parameter definition (.def files)
Editor for display formats
Editor for indexing techniques (.FST)
Web service connecting the OPAC with the loans system
Editor for shortcuts (calls to external applets through .pft)

 If you want to witness the birth of ABCD, come to the ISIS3 World Congress!

Your participation is important, because at the congress we will give each participant a first beta-version of ABCD so you can test it. There will be a 4-hour tutorial session where you will be instructed step by step on how to install the system and run tests and checks.  During the congress you will also have the opportunity to sign on as a collaborator and start participating actively in the further development of ABCD, by programming new modules, writing examples, help pages, doing translations, etc.

Ernesto Spinak

Reference to previous Nuggets

Third Nugget: Description of user types, Administration, Technical processing, Statistics and Services

https://listserv.surfnet.nl/scripts/wa.cgi?A2=ind0807&L=cds-isis&T=0&F=&S=&P=4462 (Spanish)

https://listserv.surfnet.nl/scripts/wa.cgi?A2=ind0807&L=cds-isis&T=0&F=&S=&P=4562 (English)

https://listserv.surfnet.nl/scripts/wa.cgi?A2=ind0807&L=cds-isis&T=0&F=&S=&P=4780 (Portuguese)

https://listserv.surfnet.nl/scripts/wa.cgi?A2=ind0807&L=cds-isis&T=0&F=&S=&P=4876 (French)

Second Nugget: description of the Cataloguing Module

https://listserv.surfnet.nl/scripts/wa.cgi?A2=ind0806&L=cds-isis&T=0&F=&S=&P=3514 (Spanish)

https://listserv.surfnet.nl/scripts/wa.cgi?A2=ind0806&L=cds-isis&T=0&F=&S=&P=3616 (Portuguese)

https://listserv.surfnet.nl/scripts/wa.cgi?A2=ind0806&L=cds-isis&T=0&F=&S=&P=3731 (English)

First Nugget: List of basic functions and general objectives of ABCD

https://listserv.surfnet.nl/scripts/wa.cgi?A2=ind0806&L=cds-isis&T=0&F=&S=&P=628  (Spanish)

https://listserv.surfnet.nl/scripts/wa.cgi?A2=ind0806&L=cds-isis&T=0&F=&S=&P=513  (English)

https://listserv.surfnet.nl/scripts/wa.cgi?A2=ind0806&L=cds-isis&T=0&F=&S=&P=760 (Portuguese)

 Ernesto Spinak              
Montevideo, Uruguay      
tel/fax  (5982) 622-3352 
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