Gordon writes: "Greenstone 2.30 introduces new import plugins (for source code, postscript, Refer and BibTex), updates many existing ones and tidies up the third-party GPLed packages. The admin page has new functionality, and the configuration options have been extended to enhance logging now off by default) and error notification. Development continues on windows (stability) and phrase browsing (integration). Many bugs were fixed - but many remain."


I might have missed the announce list message, but checking (esp. the download page it appears that version 1.0 is ready to go. According to the main page, "An earlier private beta release of eprints met with unanimous approval. The first complete operational release is available (for free, of course) as of December 1 2000." Of course, the Open Archives standard is about to change as of mid-January (at the public meeting in D.C.), when they will release the next version of the OAI spec. So eprints will have to change pretty soon, but it looks solid already otherwise.



from pybliographer-list; improvements include "check [for] eventual modification of the file by an external program before overwriting; fix[ed] some problems with the bibtex parser (especially during conversions); improve[d] parsing of Ovid files (keywords, journal)." Check it out at the gnome pyblio home.

Avanti: project update


Peter writes: "A preview version of PicoDB (a simple, lightweight DBMS core written in Java) along with technical documentation has been posted to the Avanti project website. PicoDB is the integrated database component for the Avanti library system. With a design philosophy that emhasizes simplicity, it is being developed in anticipation of Avanti having to run in environments where a fully functional DBMS may not be available and to minimize the need to integrate with other software components for basic functionality. For more information vist the project website at"

Greenstone 2.27


Gordon writes: "Version 2.27 of the Greenstone digital library software is available. There are two big improvements: 'The Collector' now works in Windows 95/98 and is more stable on other platforms; and the experimental 'Phind' phrase browsing interface is now a Greenstone classifier (Unix only). Various smaller improvements include: document display modes, Z39.50 efficiencies, new metadata extraction, enhancements to the install and make scripts, and many bug fixes. Examples at; download from sourceforge."

Indexdata making serious progress

After playing with the ZAP module for less than a half hour, having already installed YAZ and played with SimpleServer, and seeing now that they've got a YAZ library built into PHP4, I can now state unequivocally (or is that unequivocably?) that Indexdata kicks some serious booty. There are doing as much directly for our community as any other company there is. Check out their stuff... it works.


from pybliographer-list: "it should now compile with python 2.0, 1.6, 1.5.x; I fixed a bug when converting some characters (like angstr�m) to bibtex; it is now possible to define custom key generators, so that you can have emacs-like keys for example." for more see the pyblio site.

Open Reference-0.5.1


from freshmeat: "Support for "private" reference which is only viewable by its author or a limited group of users, multiple page display support, a lot of improvements on the administration interface, and cleanups to the backend code."



from freshmeat: "New distribution formats (Windows binary, Linux binary, Source), Dutch interface, various bugfixes (particularly to install & uninstall scripts), updates to included packages, documentation for making your own home page, and a little bit of unstable research thrown in for good measure." more info here...



from freshmeat: "Seperate forms for children and institutions to be added, fixes for some acqusition bugs, and optimised catalogue searches." see for more.