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ABCD v2.x based on CISIS

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Table of Contents
  1. About The Project
  2. Installation
  3. Usage
  4. Contributing
  5. License
  6. Contact

About The Project


Acronym ABCD stands for:

Automatización de Bibliotecas y Centros de Documentación
Automation des Bibliothèques et Centres de Documentacion
Automatização das Bibliotecas e dos Centros de Documentação
Automatisering van Bibliotheken en Centra voor Documentatie

ABCD was initially developed by Bireme with the support of VLIR/UOS and based on UNESCO-supported ISIS-technology. Currently the development is solely done by volunteers in several countries but not enough thanks can be given to G. Ascencio and E. Spinak.

The name itself already expresses the ambition of the software suite : not only providing automation functions for the 'classic' libraries but also other information providers such as documentation centres. Flexibility and versatility are at the forefront of the criteria on which the software is developed. This flexibility e.g. is illustrated by the fact that in principle, but also practically, any bibliographic structure can be managed by the software, or even created by itself. Even non-bibliographic structures can be created, as long as the information is mainly 'textual' information, as this is the limitation put by the underlying database technology, which is the (CDS/)ISIS textual database. Good understanding of some basic ISIS-related concepts and techniques, e.g. the Formatting Language, is crucial for full mastering of the ABCD-software. For this reason some sections of this Manual will also deal with the underlying ISIS-technology.

ABCD is called a 'suite' of softwares for library and documentation centres automation because it exists of some relatively independent modules, which can fully co-operate but also can exist without each other. In fact some existing advanced softwares, mostly having already shown their potential in demanding environments in BIREME- applications (within the Virtual Health Library context), were adopted and adapted into ABCD - that is why the original names such as iAH, SeCS (both developed by BIREME) and EmpWeb (Empréstimos en Web) developed originally by KALIO ltda. of Uruguay and amply tested in Valparaiso at the University) are maintained. These main parts are shown, with their hierarchical relationships, at the second level in the following picture:


Built With

ABCD is being written using the languages.


ABCD is supported on Windows and Linux
Download the latest ABCD release
Download all code from GitHub ABCD-DEVCOM / ABCD2

Installation prerequisites and installation procedure vary by version and by installed components. See Installation folder for detailed instructions and material. Note that the ABCD downloads do not include software prerequisites

Download EmpWeb

EmpWeb has additional prerequisites (SQL,Java). Details in the repository.


You can try the ABCD software on an online installation of the ABCD. All features that you can access come with the default installation package of ABCD.

Our demo version is synchronized with the development in the Github repository, so there may be some bugs.

We will soon make a more stable demo version available in parallel with development for comparison

Instructions To enter the modules, you shall follow the instructions below:

ABCD – Administration

Rights: System Administrator, Database administrator, Database Operators, Loan administrator

User: abcd
Password: adm

Rights: Database administrator, Database Operators

User: abcd
Password: dboper

ABCD – Public site

ABCD – Public site administrator

Rights: Administrator

User: adm
Password: x

For more examples, please refer to the Documentation


Contributions are what make the open source community such an amazing place to be learn, inspire, and create. Any contributions you make are greatly appreciated.

  1. Fork the Project
  2. Create your Feature Branch (git checkout -b feature/ABCD2)
  3. Change or create a file (git add [files changed] or : git add . (for all files))
  4. Commit your Changes (git commit -m 'Add some ABCD2Feature')
  5. Push to the Branch (git push -u origin master)
  6. Open a Pull Request
  • to push to branch : git push -u origin [name-of-branch]
  • to pull from master to local copy : git pull origin master
  • to change from master to branch : git checkout master/branch


ABCD is an application of software released to the public according to the terms of the LGPLv3 license, taking into consideration the disclaimers to protect BIREME and other institutions participants on any liability regarding the access, development, distribution, use, merchantability and marketing related to the software;

ABCD reuses several other libraries and modules. These dependencies retain their original licenses.

For those interested in more information about the licensing, check

For a comparisom between software licenses, check


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