FOLIO is a new open source, cloud hostable, app-store based library platform, designed to facilitate collaboration between disparate development teams.
The FOLIO middleware and API gateway. Okapi serves as the foundation layer for managing FOLIO apps and services. For more information, see the Okapi Guide and Reference.
The FOLIO UI toolkit. The Stripes toolkit provides a means of building web applications that expose the functionality of underlying Okapi modules. For more information, see the Stripes Core GitHub repository.
FOLIO Technologies and Concepts
Application programming interfaces (APIs) are well-defined interfaces through which interactions happen.
An online portal for obtaining and installing software. FOLIO is designed to support the installation of both free and commercial modules and applications through an App Store.
Bibliographic Framework Initiative (BIBFRAME).
Some starting points are:
- A Gentle Introduction to CQL.
- The CQL-1.2 specification and context sets.
- As SRU 2.0 is OASIS searchRetrieve Version 1.0, then CQL is its Part 5.
- The CQL parser in YAZ.
- FOLIO CQL to PostgreSQL JSON converter in Java.
Docker is a platform for managing software containers. FOLIO is well-suited for deployment in a Docker environment.
Don’t repeat yourself (DRY).
Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR).
Integrated Library System (ILS).
JSON Web Token is a JSON-based open standard for creating tokens that assert some number of claims. JWTs are authenticated and encrypted, and used by Okapi.
Library Services Platform (LSP).
MARC (Machine-Readable Cataloging) standards.
Markdown is a simple plain text formatting syntax, used for documentation throughout the FOLIO code.
MongoDB is an open source, schemaless document database.
A pattern for building loosely-coupled, highly available, modular applications. Each component of a microservices-based application is a self-contained service, which communicates with other components over the network using a lightweight protocol. The FOLIO LSP is built using a microservices architecture.
A pattern of software architecture in which a single instance of the software is designed to serve multiple tenants, with appropriate security provisions and data separation. FOLIO is designed from the ground up to operate in a multitenant environment.
NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol (NCIP).
The Open Library Environment is a community of academic and research libraries collaborating to build open source library management tools. OLE has joined the FOLIO community to help with the development of FOLIO.
PostgreSQL (often called “Postgres”) is an open source enterprise-level relational database.
RESTful API Modeling Language - a language for the definition of HTTP-based APIs. Okapi module APIs (including the API of Okapi itself) are defined in RAML files and schemas.
Resource Description and Access (RDA).
Vert.x is a toolkit for building scalable, reactive applications on the JVM. Vert.x is particularly suitable for developing applications using the microservices architectural pattern.
The Node.js module bundler, used to deploy Stripes modules.
Z39.50 refers to ANSI/NISO standard Z39.50, and ISO standard 23950 “Information Retrieval (Z39.50): Application Service Definition and Protocol Specification”. The Library of Congress is the Z39.50 Maintenance Agency.