Protocols and Standards - Sub Categories
Not a lot of details are given on the project page, but not a lot are necessary: "This module allow you to import MARC records as nodes, to do things like pre-populating book review sites or even recreating your library's catalog in a rich social environment."
From the google code site: "Solrmarc can index your marc records into apache solr. It also comes with an improved version of marc4j that improves handling of UTF-8 characters, is more forgiving of malformed marc data, and can recover from data errors gracefully. This indexer is used by blacklight and vufind but it can also be used as a standalone project."
The rails-based Blacklight OPAC has released major and minor upgrades since it was last mentioned here. Latest code and plugin attached here, but see their news site for the latest and all the related docs, or the rubyforge page for the latest dev details.
Note: the main tarball is too big to list automatically below but is available here at blacklight-2.1.tgz.
As seen at Rubyforge: Blacklight is "a next generation library catalog written in ruby, using solr as the underlying search engine. All you have to do is export your marc records, index them with the scripts provided, start up ruby on rails, and you're on your way to faceted browsing bliss."
Links to a demo, docs, and the project list are all available at blacklight.rubyforge.org.
As seen on drupal.org: "This module provides a way to map data in the MARC record to Drupal content types and import sets of MARC records. The module currently supports mapping to the default node fields, taxonomy fields and CCK text fields... By importing a library's MARC records directly in to Drupal as nodes, you can easily recreate your library's catalog in a rich social environment."
Very cool to see something like this pop up into another popular CMS (Scriblio being the prior example).
A copy of the latest release is attached.
"The PHP Web interface supports live links for keywords, authors, and periodicals which are displayed as "tag clouds". Automatic format detection from local files is done, and has a type-sensitive form for editing data. RefDB implements all SRU operations (explain, searchRetrieve, scan) with MODS output, and conforms to CQL Level 2. Namespaced XML output allows processing of schema-based TEI P5 and DocBook V.5.0 documents. Raw bibliographies were added. Searching for and styling of less-common fields was improved."
The source, perl client, and sru support code are attached.
From the open-ils blog:
"Evergreen 1.2 is the first Evergreen release that has received substantial contributions (patches, documentation, feedback, suggestions, testing, etc.) from folks affiliated with neither the Georgia Public Library Service nor Equinox Software... So as a milestone, 1.2 is really significant because it is truly a community release."
According to the feature list for 1.2.0:
"This release adds functionality, performance, and usability improvements, and simplifies installing and configuring..."
The latest source tarballs of Evergreen-ILS and the related/required OpenSRF toolkit are attached.
Free in this month's Computers in Libraries (I get paid to write a column in same, but had no idea about this until now) is this piece by Mike Beccaria and Dan Scott:
"Fac-Back-OPAC is a faceted backÂ up OPAC. This advanced catalog offers features that compare favorably with the traditional catalogs for todayâ€™s library systems. Fac-Back-OPAC represents the convergence of two prominent trends in library tools: the decoupling of discovery tools from the traditional integrated library system and the use of readily available open source components to rapidly produce leading-edge technology for meeting patron and library needs. Built on code that was originally developed by Casey Durfee in February 2007, Fac-Back-OPAC is available for no cost under an open source license to any library that wants to offer an advanced search interface or a backup catalog for its patrons."
Copies of the scriblio-specific (i.e. not-WordPress) components are attached.
- Improved out-of-the-box user interface
- re-worked html/css architecture to support easier design customization
- new generic graphic design for out-of-the-box UI
- many, many bugfixes
Try this latest version out live at OSU.
A copy is attached.