David wrote to oss4lib-discuss: "Internet Scout Project would like to invite potential portal developers to investigate the Scout Portal Toolkit (SPT). This open source software package, funded by the Mellon Foundation, allows groups or organizations to develop a portal online without making a big investment in technical resources or expertise. The current SPT package features include: a metadata field editor, which allows portal administrators the ability to add, delete, or disable a variety of metadata fields; a Dublin Core compliant metadata field set; cross-field Searching; resource annotations and quality ratings by users; intelligent user agents; suggested resource referrals (recommender system); accessibility for users with disabilities; and RSS channel export."
Ian writes: "Hi All. A brief note that a first beta release of Open Request is available for download. Open Request is a pure java toolkit for developers wishing to implement the ISO 10161 Inter Library Loans protocol. The current release features helpers for constructing all protocol messages, encoders and decoders for the full protocol and components that store all incoming and outgoing messages in the database. Extensive use is made of the Hibernate project to provide as much database independence as possible. This initial release is provided mainly for feedback. We hope to integrate the open source component of OpenRequest with our cross searching z39.50 toolkit JZKit in the near future. As always, we are on the lookout for anyone interested in collaborative projects..." This is great news, something many of us have been looking/hoping for for some time now.
Eric wrote to oss4lib-discuss: "This release of MyLibrary is incremental, but there still a number of noteworthy additions to the distribution: the software now encrypts users' cookies as they are sent from the server to the browser; Impersonate patron is fixed; there are statistical reports against the underlying database summarizing usage; the scripts distribution now includes a set of PHP scripts demonstrating how MyLibrary can participate in OAI (Open Archives Initiative) for sharing metadata. Similarly, the distribution also includes a Perl script for writing RDF files from the underlying database."
Polerio writes: "Changes to PhpMyLibrary include: an Online Reservation module has been created; this will allow borrowers to reserve the book they want to borrow online. The Python polGenSQL program was also included to speed up the importing of MARC records. A Nuke-like themes system has been adapted. Post/PHP Nuke themes can be used even if on a non-nuked site. This is now a full package library automation software which consists of three core modules and the WebOPAC, Cataloging, and Reservation modules."
Ross writes: "Emory University General Libraries has created and released course/control, a reserves management system written in PHP on a PostgreSQL backend. course/control's purpose is to be an alternative to commercial products such as Docutek's Eres, giving as much control to the instructors as they or the reserves department want. Instructors can manipulate their course reserves, changing their order and adding items via file upload, faxing to pdf files, or searching past reserves and the catalog through z39.50. Despite its "pre-release" version number, it's quite stable and usable."
Pate writes: "Koha 1.3.0 has been released. This release marks the beginning of public development and testing of the MARC compliant Koha we've been Looking forward to. As the 1.3 releases stabilize and reach feature completion, they will become Koha 1.4. This is an alpha quality release only. If you are want to use Koha in a production setting, please stick with the stable 1.2 release until the 1.3 series stabilizes enough for us to create Koha 1.4.0. Significant new features in this release include: data is stored natively in a MARC based format; multiple flavors of MARC are supported; enhanced API supports both the new MARC format and the older Koha specific format. From a users perspective, this release should look just like a 1.2 series release. All of the work so far has been in redesigning the data format and extending the API. User visible changes will be included once the infrastructure has stabilized."
From the oddbook site, it's: "a little php app to help you keep track of your obsessive reading... [which] will let you keep track of your books via a series of web forms. Authors are accessed via pulldown list so no author typos munging up your data. You can sort your booklist by month, by author, title, or rating. You can also mess with the CSS to make it look however you want." If you've enjoyed keeping up with Greg's and Jessamyn's respective reading, well, now we can enjoy keeping up with yours too.
Tony writes: "lmstoolkit is a collection of JSP pages with a PostgreSQL backend. The original version of the application is designed for use by art center libraries. "
Peter writes: "What's New: Sped up click thrus, now has a web based TABLE upgrader/installer, functional (but not complete) search feature, the beginnings of stastics page, and a pure ASP graphic uploader (anonymous IIS inetusr target folder permissions req.)" Go get it at the ASPLinks page on Extra net.
Pat writes: "The Nelsonville Public Library, which serves 36,000 active borrowers from seven branches, is migrating to Koha. Their one year migration plan includes an investment in Koha development. More information can be found at www.linuxpr.com/releases/5053.html.
Because of growing efforts with Koha in France, a french language koha mailing list has been started. You can subscribe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A similar level of interest has developed in Germany, and a german language mailing list has also been created. Again, to subscribe send mail to email@example.com.
For more information about Koha, please see the Koha homepage."