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.
Wrote up this short perl script which uses Zeta to grab a single ISBN's MARC record from LC. The goal is to make it easier for cuecat hackers and the like to get better data when they scan in their books' UPCs. See also today's NYTimes piece-free reg. req'd-for more on the sudden explosion of barcode mayhem.
from eprints-announce: "The public beta version of the eprints.org archive software is now available for download from eprints.org." Standard beta-quality disclaimers apply, but this is Good News...
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.
Sebastian writes: "Index Data has just made its first release of a Z39.50 Server module for Perl. It provides a pretty simple API which hides most of the complexities of Z39.50 and network programming in general, so all you have to do is provide a bit of code to interface to your resource. You can draw on all the usual Perl tools to talk to back-end databases, create response records in XML, MARC, etc." Built using YAZ by the people who brought us YAZ to begin with... definitely worth a close look.
from perl4lib: "I have uploaded MARC-1.12 at download.sourceforge.net.
I also updated the docs referenced at the marcpm.sourceforge.net page. Have at it. Bug reports are especially welcome. [updates include] Fixed newline issues with input and output of marcmaker records (Ed's suggestions and my spelunking); added an option for less strict error checking (David Valentine's suggestion, Ed's architecture); added tests and removed test numbering."
from freshmeat: "Significant API changes, involving provision of a unified settings system for passing parameters, and several small tweaks. Applications will need simple modifications and recompilation. Also features improved weighting, a forking network server, and a few bugfixes. Note that the Java, Perl and Python bindings do not function in this version - do not upgrade to this version if you require these." For more see open.muscat.com.
from freshmeat: "This is a small example application using the DigitalConvergence Cat: Optical Reader. The application allows you to scan the ISBN barcode of a book and retrieve its information from the Library of Congress. Optionally, this data can be stored in a local database table." Download the perl code here. Hmm, doing z39.50 by hand it seems...
From Stuart comes: "Greenstone is a GPL Digital Library Software package for building multimedia, multilingual collections. It is very practical, and has been used by the FAO and other humanitarian organisations to distribute information to developing countries because it can be used to build CDROMs or websites and is free (speech) software. It is also the research environment of the New Zealand Digital Library Project, so development is ongoing.
You can find Greenstone, its source code, numerous example collections, manuals and more at http://www.nzdl.org." We've posted on this here before but now it's on the projects list too...
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).]