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Rakim: A Knowledge Instant Messenger

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Rob wrote to oss4lib-discuss: "i've been working on an online reference/chat system this summer, and thought some others might be interested... the aim of this software is to provide a free (both speech and beer) alternative to the LSSI's of the world....its GPL'd. we're using it here at Miami University (in Oxford, Ohio for you smart asses ;^) to do online reference for about 50-60 hours a week.... we just started using this rewrite about a month ago, and it seems to be stable enough to let others know about. its totally browser-based (no plugins, except for a sound clip that can be turned off), but limited to IE and Netscape 4.X, so it is cross-platform where those browsers exist; the browser support will be extended when i clean up some javascript for mozilla (and its off-spring Netscape6, Galeon, Skipstone), opera, konqueror, etc." Check out rakim and don't miss the docs (wow... docs for an initial release!).

iDriver Source Code Release

Marc writes: "iDriver is an open-source (GPL) PHP framework for developing database-oriented web applications. It currently supports MySQL only, but will likely be ported to other database systems. iDriver makes writing database-oriented applications easy by providing a powerful, extensible set of user interface components. These components provide highly functional user interfaces, with a high level of security checking.

iDriver has been developed by Jared Davis, under the auspices of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Library, and is currently in use at the Library to power numerous patron service applications. The first iDriver-based application, the Research Wizard Editor System, received the American Library Association Gale Group Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services for 2001, and was cited as 'An excellent example of how professional expertise and technology can be merged.'"

Dictionaries: Pronunciation & Rhyming

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spied on freshmeat was the Rhyming Dictionary, which was based in turn on the very cool CMU Pronouncing Dictionary. The CMU project appears to have a long history, and it covers over 100K words. Brian's Rhyming variant suggests rhymes for any input based on the CMU distribution. There must be lots of other fun things we can do with these...