from freshmeat: "Seperate forms for children and institutions to be added, fixes for some acqusition bugs, and optimised catalogue searches." see www.koha.org for more.
Keith writes: "Our help desk just got a call from a prison librarian wanting to broadcast their OPAC to the inmates TVs (since may aren't allowed out of their cells). Dodging the issue of in-cell TV torture, any ideas? Anybody come up with a video-OPAC out there?"
more freshmeat: "Reserves/requests were fixed so that only items in the requested group trigger the reserves flag. Bad behavior in subject search was fixed. Dewey decimal search was implemented. The receipt summary screen in acquisitions was improved. More spelling mistakes were fixed." Check it out at koha.org.
Rachel writes: "Now running at the Horowhenua Libraries Trust in New Zealand, is Koha, an open source, free library system written by Katipo Communications. It is a true library system, not just an OPAC, that runs as a public website, a library intranet and issues and returns via a telnet interface." That download link still isn't working tho... [the correct link to download is here (thanks Jeremy).]
Peter writes to oss4lib-list: "After a bit of a pause the development ball at Avanti is rolling again. Version 0.3.1 is
released. This adds the simple but important capability of batch processing via scripting. It is now possible to run script files that process circulation activity in non-real time, set up and load data into the database and do other things better done in batch mode. Work continues on developing a lightweight native DBMS which is planned to be included in release 0.4.
For more information go to the Avanti website." Lots of momentum here following Peter's great talk at the LITA session.
Adam Chandler writes in about the Thompson-Nicolo Regional District Library System Web Based Catalogue, a web catalog (sp!) front end with freeware indexing and z39.50 pieces on the back end. Has anyone else tried this?
Peter says about the release of Avanti-0.2: "Version 0.2 includes a new package that implements the abstract relationship modeling system (ARMS), a core component of Avanti. An ARMS is an information system that can be used to map and manipulate
relationships between a set of objects of various types (for example, a set of URL's, websites, text files, records in disparate databases, etc.).
from Peter: 'Version 0.2.1 adds the ability to define "token descriptors" for token objects in an abstract relationship modeling system (ARMS). Token descriptors are used to link token objects in an ARMS database to things in the outside world or as descriptive labels for token objects.' available to all at the Avanti site.
I've now seen CDS/ISIS and its variants mentioned in several places and am still confused about what it is but here's a brief description nonetheless. from the UNESCO ISIS page: Micro CDS/ISIS is an advanced non-numerical information storage and retrieval software developed by UNESCO since 1985 to satisfy the need expressed by many institutions, especially in developing countries, to be able to streamline their information processing activities by using modern (and relatively inexpensive) technologies. The software was originally based on the Mainframe version of CDS/ISIS, started in the late '60s, thus taking advantage of several years of experience acquired in database management software development." take 2, from the CDS-ISIS user forum site: "Mini/Micro CDS/ISIS is a text retrieval program, designed and distributed free of charge by UNESCO. It is widely used for bibliographic (and other) databases throughout the world, and especially in developing countries." If I understand all this properly, it is basically a non-relational database environment commonly used by libraries and other largely nonprofits (20,000+ of 'em) throughout the world. I pulled down the unix version but can't quite make heads or tails of it. Somebody please explain more... update: collected comments from all who offered are available here.
Art writes to the OSDLS list: "I have done some updates at: 126.96.36.199/pytheas/pytheas.html. I am hoping to get it moved over to the more stable and more powerful OSDLS server soon. There is still lots to do but I cleaned up the need for a login and reworked the docs." Good to see some positive movement... it works, too.