Some open source system vendors describe their software as "consortially aware" or having been built for consortia from the ground up. This is fairly weaselly language.
<blockquote> ...said the pot to the kettle </blockquote> Yes, this software can be `consortially aware' without any of the attendant performance (One didn't even support the Z39.50 international ISO standard until recently!) Having been designed for a single consortium such as PINES, does not guarantee that the software will work for another consortia's needs, particularly with the diversity of needs and variety of system architectures that exist in a fully dimensional marketplace. <blockquote>"The shortcomings of proprietary systems are pretty much the same across all vendors, and the biggest shortcoming is in â€œmultinessâ€ - the number of sets of rules you can use." -- http://www.swissarmylibrarian.net/2009/10/29/ma-open-source-info-session-notes</blockquote>