Recently I authored a paper with my colleague Kyriakos Stefanidis, which is now published in Code4Lib Journal. The article is entitled “Integration of Library Services with Internet of Things Technologies” and presents the SELIDA framework, which is the outcome of the same titled project. We decided to publish this work in a journal such as Code4Lib, because we were primarily interested in disseminating our work to a very specific group of readers, that of the library technologists. Here is the abstract:

The SELIDA framework is an integration layer of standardized services that takes an Internet-of-Things approach for item traceability in the library setting. The aim of the framework is to provide tracing of RFID tagged physical items among or within various libraries. Using SELIDA we are able to integrate typical library services—such as checking in or out items at different libraries with different Integrated Library Systems—without requiring substantial changes, code-wise, in their structural parts. To do so, we employ the Object Naming Service mechanism that allows us to retrieve and process information from the Electronic Product Code of an item and its associated services through the use of distributed mapping servers. We present two use case scenarios involving the Koha open source ILS and we briefly discuss the potential of this framework in supporting bibliographic Linked Data.

You may find the full version of the article here. Code4Lib is an Open Access journal (another of its ‘virtues’), so you will not meet any barriers reading it. The article is supported by a video presentation of our framework, which might help you get an idea of its actual implementation in the open source Integrated Library System Koha.

In the article we also proposed the use of EPCs as an identification mechanism of library holdings in Linked Data models.