30 new databases (mostly from Ebsco) are in jake; see the list or grab the whole tarball at the all about jake page.

free Z39.50 implementations page -- who knows one?

the LOC Z39.50 Software page has been up a long time, but is probably ready for someone to do a comparison. can anyone recommend any of these tools (at least one is under GPL)? i'd love to be able to plug onto ZETA, for instance, and pull data out for Jake... anyone tried something similar?

pybliographer 0.7

seen at freshmeat and from the site: "pybliographer is a tool for managing bibliographic databases. It currently supports BibTeX files for reading and writing, and can also read Ovid files... It can be used for searching, editing, reformatting, etc. In fact, it's a simple framework that provides easy to use python classes and functions, and therefore can be extended to any usage (generating HTML pages according to bibliographic searches, etc)."



from "Added GNU GPL copyleft statements to all files. Fixed a couple minor bugs (example: opening a file and not actually selecting a file no longer instantiates an empty Etext object). Implemented a GtkNotebook for the library window such that each tab represents an alphabetical range of sorted Etext titles. Added a label to the library to indicate number of titles in range and total titles in index. Selecting/downloading an Etext now leaves that selected row visible in the GtkCList."

Prospero 1.0 available


Eric Schnell writes in that "Prospero for Windows 2000/NT/98/95 is a web-based document delivery system designed as a compliment to the Ariel software system [for ILL over the net]... [it comprises] a staff module which captures and converts Ariel files to Web accessible documents... [and a] server-side user interface which allows patrons to retrieve their documents using a web browser." It is GPLd and uses some of my code! This got a major wooh-hooh! from everyone here at Yale... or, well, at least a "why, that is quite exciting indeed."



can't says I understand the version numbersing scheme, but from the changelog it appears they've fixed a number of bugs and added many features. For more see the SIXPACK site.

Avanti 0.1.1 available


Peter says "new classes in version 0.1.1 are and" and a tar file is available at the Avanti site.

MyLibrary@NCState now under GPL


from the sandbox page: "MyLibrary is a user-driven, customizable information service providing access to Internet resources." ELM and his colleagues at NCSU have really built up a rich feature set. download and read more here

iManager (i is for image)


as seen at freshmeat: "iManager is an easy-to-navigate image manager with some extended features. It allows you to manage your family album or a big collection of images." it's kde/qt-based, so i can't try it myself. what do y'all think?

Database Advisor from UCSD

from the DBA Sciences page: "Database Advisor (DBA) was created to aid database users in selecting the best database for their query. DBA spawns a search process for each database vendor, and returns the hits on the query to the user. It sorts these results so the user can see where each database stands relative to the others." DBA is GPL'd, and its components are all free according to one license or another. You can even take it for a test drive...