New open source Library Services Platform (LSP)

K-Int is participating in an initiative to develop a radically new suite of software aimed at academic libraries worldwide.  Rather than a monolithic product, like the current crop of library managment systems, the platform is being modelled as a flexible, modular suite of microservices, each developed to fulfill a particular function and to integrate both with other components within the new suite and with existing library product through a set of open APIs.

The platform is being supported by EBSCO and the Kuali OLE project.  Our friends at Index Data are leading the definition of the overall platform architecture with the assistance of Ian Ibbotson and Marc Johnson from K-Int.  K-Int has a history of collaboration with Index Data and has also been working closely with the Kuali OLE team as part of GOKb project.

As well as contributing to the overall definition of the platform, we will be actively involved in developing the eResources management service within the platform, leveraging existing development work as part of KBplus and GOKb projects.

Platform components are expected to made avaiable from early 2018 and it is expected that multiple vendors, including EBSCO, will be offering access to the platform as a multi-tenanted Software as a Service (SaaS) offering to rival existing, closed source, SaaS products such as ExLibris Alma and OCLC WorldShare Management Services.

For more information see http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2016/04/22/ebsco-kuali-open-source-project/.