• Notes from the Steering Committee Meeting – August 143, 2018
  • Heather had a call with Mike Winkler of the Open Library Foundation (OLF) to discuss the possibility of CORAL moving under the OLF umbrella. OLF is currently the home of FOLIO, goKB, and other open source projects and they’re recruiting others. Joining OLF offers a number of benefits:
    • they offer a lightweight organizational structure
    • they could offer legal assistance as OLF is a non-profit corporate entity and could help with things like takedown notices
    • they offer to assist with financial services such as collecting and reporting funds, something that the web committee has been discusing
    • they are a 501-3c membership organization
    • they could assist with meetings – they license Zoom – and host forums
    • there is no fee to join – costs are underwritten by EBSCO One concern is that as part of the legal assistance, OLF would need to hold the IP. A question was asked about whether EBSCO’s their only source of funding. No, Texas A&M’s Dean sits on the Board of Directors and TAMU pays a membership fee. It is very likely that all over universities that serve on the Board pay a membership as well. Heather is going to follow up with Winkler with a list of questions:
    • Why does the IP need to be transferred?
    • What is the process for transferring the IP?
    • What happens to the IP if OLF is dissolved?
    • How would it affect proprietary partners such as Sirsi Dynix?
    • What is the expectation of integration with FOLIO?

    Another question was how might this affect CORAL users outside of the U.S.? The SC thought getting some feedback from BibLibre on this would be helpful.

    Heather would like to create an open space for community discussion about this topic.

  • Questions emailed to Mike Winkler, OLF Director
    • Many questions are related to the transfer of CORAL’s intellectual property. There is some confusion about why the transfer of IP is necessary? I discussed a bit about how OLF would be better enabled to provide legal assistance if it holds the IP, but I’m not sure I was able to fully convey why it is necessary to do so. Would you be able to explain better, and also maybe tell us about the process of transferring that IP?
    • We also wondered about the implications to the IP if the OLF were to shutter. What are the plans for the other projects currently held by OLF?
    • One further thing on the IP: are there any implications for our proprietary partners such as Biblibre and SirsiDynix? They utilize the CORAL code base and also make huge contributions back, so we want to be clear with them about any way they might be effected.
    • People on the Web Committee were interested to know to what extent would CORAL be expected to focus on integration with FOLIO and other OLF projects? I re-emphasized (following your emphasis) that OLF is a lightweight structure that takes a hands-off approach, and that while integration is a major goal, the organization is ultimately supportive of local project goals. However, I think some people were more interested in knowing more about the FOLIO-related expectations. To be clear, the level of expectation is not a deal-breaker in any direction; we all see the enormous potential to be found in collaboration among these projects.
    • Finally, we are lucky to have a beta FOLIO campus represented on the Steering Committee, and their reps mentioned that there is a membership fee related to FOLIO, maybe more specifically to the OLF. Eric and Doug (who work at Texas A&M) will receive this message and can comment further, but are there more concrete details available regarding the future fee structures and funding beyond the current EBSCO underwriting? Just trying to connect these two dots.
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