Prosentient Systems

We are an IT company that builds, integrates and manages efficient and sustainable systems. We innovate in functionality, design and building technology according to the client needs and preferences, and assist and advice clients with all levels of technology expertise. We use the best available open source components and our own integration systems to create well-rounded solutions.

Prosentient Systems offers a range of Library, Web & App and Carpool products and services. 

Library services

Using the best available open source components and own own integration systems, we create well-rounded solutions for clients. Our flagship products are Koha Library Management System and DSpace Repository for digital library holdings, together with Interloans and Interdocs, our own popular inter-library loans and document delivery systems. 

We are experts at a range of library metadata formats and ontologies. Prosentient can tailor our products and services to the needs and preferences of each library. We also assist and train librarians with all levels of technology expertise.

Web & App Services

Prosentient applies industry-leading solutions to information-intensive web applications and apps developed across IOS (iPhone/iPad), Android and Windows Phone. 

We provide professional consulting services on web and app-based deployment, integration and hosting of information  management products, such as Content Management Systems (CMSs). Our solutions are typically built around tried and tested open source software components. We can also provide systems integration assistance and data conversion.

Carpool

Prosentient Systems has developed a Carpool application that is sustainable, easy to use, efficient and fun, and is already operating in a number of local government areas. The application is scalable, and can be used on desktops, tablets and smartphones, connecting passengers with drivers who are doing a similar trip. In 2015 the Western Sydney Carpool Project Group won the NSW Blue Star Community Environmental Award


Prosentient Systems: Research & Publications

Prosentient Systems has been engaged in the development of information retrieval and data intensive and internet information systems for over 20 years.

Dr. Balnaves is a member of ALIA (Australian Library Information Association), IEEE, and is a standing committee member of the Information Technology Section of IFLA (International Federation of Library Asociations). Dr Balnaves is also actively engaged in research in the area of systematic digital content management, desktop servics supporting digital services and the information commons. 

Areas of research focus for Prosentient Systems includes: library systems and services, open source systems and communities, information retrieval systems and systematic reuse of digital content. 

Information commons

As more content is "born digital", we are looking at desktop systems for archiving content. The internet is a very convenient and cost effective way for creating and delivering electronic documents such as journals, but it creates a further requirement for the long-term and safe storage of electronic resources in an archive.

Open source systems

We undertake workshops, software development and cross-system integration in open source systems. This has included:

  • Our workshop with the UN Centre for Global ICT on open source library management systems, Rome 2010
  • Our workshop with the UN Centre for Global ICT on open source digital library systems, Puerto Rico 2011
  • Edmund's UN Handbook for ICT in Parliamentary Libraries, made in conjunction with an International Committee of Parliamentary librarians

We are also working on various aspects of integration between open source library systems:

  • Joomla with Koha
  • Joomla with DSpace
  • Koha and DSpace cross integration

Click here for a list of publications. 

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