Pybliographer 0.9.6

new features listed at Pybliographer site include speedups, French language support, Medline, and LyX support as well, along with documentation. any end note users should try this out and let him know if it works...



revised stylesheets for jake are available here. these account for provider names in database listings of search results, separate out links better, and are renamed/reorganized for better modularity.



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."

HT00 Tutorial & Greenstone-2.13


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,'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 :)

Electronic Document Delivery (EDD)


EDD is an ILL tool written in VB5 for managing the automated conversion of ARIEL files to web-accessible pdf files. See the EDD project page for source, binaries, and more.

catalog and roads -- search engines for you and me

Both the Ecila (French) search engine codebase, catalog-1.0, and the U.K. eLib endproduct ROADS v2+ are open source and increasingly used tools for building web-based catalogs a la Yahoo. Some eLib folks have explicitly turned to open source as a way to keep formerly well-funded projects going (see the press release describing this decision). Open source as "exit strategy" isn't terrifically sustainable, but a step in the right direction nonetheless.

Gutenbook reader(s)


from the Gutenbook site: Gutenbook is an app for downloading, and reading of etext books published electronically from the Gutenburg Project. it's fairly basic but it works, and has ports for linux (tk or qt) and windows. not only is this a needed app, it looks like a great starting point if you are interesting in learning to hack one of these environments (gtk-perl or kde/qt).

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?

Public Access Terminal Control (PATC)

Kevin writes in: "PATC (pat see) Public Access Terminal Control is now available at PATC is open source [and consists of a] VB client and perl/cgi server."

Docster: does Lars Ulrich read The Lancet?


If you're a librarian and you haven't thought through what napster means yet, get thinking. Many folks are perturbed about how easy it is to violate copyright using napster. "Docster: Instant Document Delivery" describes a napster-like system for libraries which builds copyright compliance in from the start.