Open Source ILS Maps

David Friggens, Systems Librarian at University of Waikato in New Zealand, has been releasing a series of mashups that are close to my heart. They are a series of maps of libraries that are using an Open Source ILS.

The maps pull data from libwebcats (another project I love very much) and plot the libraries on a Google Map. Since libwebcats depends on libraries to enter their automation information, and open source is easy to implement without telling anyone, there are surely libraries missing from these maps. So here I repeat what I tell everyone on the Koha Mailing Lists – if you’re using an open source ILS – or any ILS for that matter – head over to libwebcats and enter your library information so that we can get a better picture of the spread of the open source ILS.


  1. Very cool, but a bit of a shame it’s on a Google Map instead of an OpenStreetMap. If we like FOSS, let’s go the whole hog.

  2. So where do school libraries fall into this mix? I don’t see myself noted here anywhere? Plano ISD – Plano Texas

  3. David Schuster: They don’t, unfortunately. I decided it would have been too much work to have gone through all of those manually too (in truth the whole lot was too much to have gone through manually). I’m playing around with scraping libwebcats at the moment though, so may be able to pull the list of schools that way.

    MJ Ray: Good point. I haven’t played with OpenStreetMaps before – I’ll have a look.

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