Koha offline circulation file format

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This is a proposal for a standard file format for offline circulation data to be imported into Koha. This way, there can be any number of offline circulation clients that can take advantage of a single file processor. The following format is based on the offline circulation module from Koha-Tools with additions as suggested by Andrew Moore of Liblime.

Contents

Version 1.0

  • The extension for the files will be .koc for Koha Offline Circulation
  • The file will be essentially a tab delimited csv file

First line

  • The first line is a 'configuration' line that describes the data is key=value pairs that are tab delimited. Proposed keys include:
    • Version : The version of the file format
    • Generator : The program that created this file
    • GeneratorVersion : The version number of the program that generated this file

Circulation data

  • The rest of the rows will be circulation data.
    • The first column will always be the date ( in the format “YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS ms” )
    • The second column will always be the action performed, the remaining columns for that row will be defined separately for each action.

Current Actions

  • issue - Issue an item to a member
    • Format: $date issue $cardnumber $barcode
  • return - Return an item to the library
    • Format: $date return $barcode
  • payment - Make a payment to the member's account
    • Format: $date payment $cardnumber $amount

Example File:

Version=1.0     Generator=kocPHP     GeneratorVersion=0.7
2008-06-11 12:24:11 547     issue       85947584        8364585674
2008-06-11 12:24:12 368     issue       93847563        3948573894
2008-06-11 12:24:13 213     return      9485694847
2008-06-11 12:24:13 478     return      5564354352
2008-06-11 12:24:14 327     payment     90035676        1.05
2008-06-11 12:24:14 784     payment     23529001        2.45

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