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VuFind Developers Call Minutes: September 6, 2011

Attending: Filipe Bento, Demian Katz, Daniel Lovins, Luke O'Sullivan, Ernie Simuro, Michelle Suranofsky, John Wynstra


1. New/Updated JIRA Tickets

  • VUFIND-177 - Daniel Aineah has posted a patch to allow multiple facet selection (OR rather than AND) based on a configuration setting. Demian plans to take a closer look at this soon.
  • VUFIND-382 - Till has posted an updated timeline visualization patch here; Demian will examine shortly to see if it is ready to be committed.
  • VUFIND-426 - Tuan has contributed a patch (Blueprint theme only) which implements Javascript-based tabs on the record view. Please take a look and contribute votes/comments if you would like to see this committed or if you run into trouble.
  • VUFIND-440 - Demian has corrected this minor labeling error by updating the offending string in some language files and removing it from others. The missing string will be re-added when all of the language files are updated for the next release.
  • VUFIND-443 - This ticket is a reminder to build better tools for locating public favorite lists. Feel free to post ideas or volunteer to start building something.
  • VUFIND-444 - A new recommendation module using the Europeana API (a union catalog of digitized content from European museums, archives and libraries).
  • VUFIND-445 / VUFIND-446 - Some initial experiments with geographical data in VuFind from the National Library of Ireland team; please test and comment if interested.
  • VUFIND-447 - A complaint that the upgrade process doesn't automatically rename vufind.ini if the MySQL database has a non-default name; Demian will address this in the next release's upgrade tools.
  • VUFIND-448 - A suggestion about making VuFind's URLs case-insensitive.
  • VUFIND-449 - This is a duplicate of VUFIND-128 (Too many boolean clauses in course reserves module) and has been closed.

2. Solr 3.x Update

Still waiting for a SolrMarc release – no news yet.

3. Architecture Improvements

Demian has done a bit more work – progress on MyResearch actions, bug fixes, integration of Tuan's new “left vs. right sidebar” configuration setting recently added to the 1.x trunk.

Villanova's new GA, Chris Hallberg, has begun assisting with VuFind 2.0 conversion. His first project is porting over recommendation modules (TopFacets is already done). His schedule does not currently overlap with these calls, but perhaps he will join us at some future date.

4. New Mobile Theme

Tuan still has to do more work to separate York-specific customizations from his code in order to update the trunk; he'll let us know when he gets a chance.

Luke will try to add expanded hold functionality to the theme when he gets a chance.

Filipe noticed that the author module is displaying blank pages; Demian will test to confirm whether this is a problem specific to Filipe's installation or a more general bug.

5. Cart Functionality

Luke is still working on the patch, but it is getting closer to completion. The trunk demo has been updated – feel free to test drive and comment.

There has been some discussion about the positioning of the “add to cart” button (making it more convenient and visible; i.e. do we want a floating toolbar, flash indicators, etc.) – feedback on this is welcome. For now we will start by repeating the toolbar above and below search results for better visibility.

6. Other Topics?

Luke asked whether there were any plans for allowing custom sorting of library locations in lists returned by the ILS driver (i.e. holdings, availability status, etc.). This isn't on Demian's list right now, but it should be possible to achieve it by wrapping the appropriate driver methods. He and Luke will do some brainstorming about it in the near future.

On the subject of sorting, Demian also mentioned a recent discussion he had with David Walker about sorting favorite lists when records come from multiple sources (right now VuFind's favorites only really work for the Solr-based records). It may be necessary to expand the MySQL database to make cross-source lists work better.

Filipe asked about the status of VUFIND-276 – still on Luke's to-do list, but no news yet.

Tuan proposed switching the demo site to the Blueprint theme – Demian will do this shortly.

Luke reports that switching from Voyager's OPAC to VuFind resulted in a student satisfaction increase – before the switch, the rate was 52%; after the switch, it went up to 78%.

Next Call

The next call will be Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 11am Eastern Daylight Time (GMT - 4:00).

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