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CDS/ISIS: tell us more

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.

BioMail-0.42

from the BioMail Home Page: "BioMail is a small web-based application for medical researchers and biologists. It is written to automate searching for recent scientific papers in the PubMed Medline database. Periodically BioMail does a user-customized Medline search and sends all matching articles recently added to Medline to the users' e-mail address. HTML-formatted e-mails generated by BioMail can be used to show selected references in medline format, which is compatible with EndNote reference manager." You can either download and run it at your site or get an account on their server...

Gutenbook-0.1.10

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as seen at freshmeat: "User interface changes, including early support for variable window sizes, smoother pagination, etc. Executable renamed from gutenbook.pl to gutenbook." see gutenbook.org for more.

Prospero 1.24 available

several more bug fixes taken care of in the latest release available from the Prior Health Science Library at OSU. of note also is that "Through October 11 , 1999, about 200 different organizations from 17 countries have downloaded
Prospero."

gnujake

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gnujake is the GNU Jointly Administered Knowledge Environment. It seeks to support the management of and linking between online resources and descriptions thereof.

HT00 Tutorial & Greenstone-2.13

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Great to see that there's going to be a tutorial on "How to build a digital library using open-source software" at the upcoming ACM Hypertext '00 conference. Reading through the speaker's bio I found Greenstone, nzdl.org's collection backend. Looks like several implementations are running already, too. It would be great to post a conference report from a willing attendee... (hint hint :)

muscat-0.1.0: Dialog Corp IR library

as seen at freshmeat: "Open Muscat is a high performance open source search engine library. It implements the probabalistic model of information retrieval, and is designed for use in applications ranging from full scale Web search engines to searching through email archives." what this doesn't say: muscat comes from the Dialog Corp. and what it also doesn't say: the muscat 'version' of the GPL is missing a significant section of the Real GPL, including the final paragraph which states "This General Public License does not permit incorporating your program into proprietary programs." which, apparently, Dialog doesn't understand, because they explicitly solicit requests for commercial licenses as well. somebody please tell them about the LGPL...

[Update, years later: IIRC, the post author was an idiot. This was a legit use of the GPL.]

FreeReserves

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Shane Nackerud writes: "FreeReserves makes your e-reserves site database driven, and some of its best features include a simple copyright management feature, password protection, security at the document level, and the ability to handle multiple filetypes. FreeReserves is a free program; you can redistribute it and/ormodify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License." Looks like several different institutions are already using it, too...

BioMail-0.50pre1

as seen at freshmeat: "Major rewrite with lots of changes, including becoming object-oriented. All database handling was moved to the separate class. Ability to change the quantity of searches (now between 1 and 10), and to change the maximum quantity of references (now 20 to 400) added. A text area for the user to write a note to the authors was added. There are no longer empty accounts generated." read more at the BioMail Home Page

mod_litbook-1.0.9

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as seen at freshmeat: "mod_litbook is an experiment in web page referencing whereby portions of a much larger document can be referenced and retrieved (e.g., the King James Bible)." The author further describes it as combining influences from Jakob Nielsen, Xanadu tumblers, and Zope. Links to all and a demo based on the bible are available at the mod_litbook site.