new in 0.5.2 are MARC downloads (thanks to, more reliable XML feeds, bug and schema fixes, data available from sourceforge, added html comments to simplify results parsing for local holdings matching. go get it at the main jake site.



Mark wrote to oss4lib-list: "jake2marc is a utility that can create simple USMARC records for the full-text journals in databases listed in the jake project.

jake2marc is incorporated into and distributed with the standard jake application, and currently appears as a "Download as MARC" option in the database list and in the record for each database. jake2marc can also be installed and used separately from the main jake application because it queries jake for data over the net. The Perl source code is available for people interested in installing jake2marc on their own web server and modifying it to suit their own library's needs. jake2marc is currently under development and is available under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

More information about jake2marc, including a detailed description of the records it creates, is available at"


from freshmeat: "Corrected problems when opening an empty bibtex file. pybconvert script fixed. Updated German and Italian translations." see (new url) for more.



from freshmeat: "bibmaster is a user interface to BibTeX databases. It is text-based and does not require a graphical interface. Features include direct use of the BibTeX format, the ability to add and edit entries, online help, search in any database field (using regexes), keyword editor enabling deletion and replacement of keywords in the database, produce a postscript file of selected entries, and the ability to read and write RIS files (used by ReferenceManager)." Read more here.


from gnome-list: "endnote generated bibtex files should now be readable; additional configuration topics for bibtex; minor bug fixes" ...and from the pybliographer site: "Consider this version as a 1.0pre1, so please report any problem you encounter with it." Frederic is really doing great work on this... it's got every feature I need now. Wooh-hooh!


news from Frederic, via "we are now at 0.9.11, aka 1.0pre2. Improved bibtex author formatting and fixed compilation problems with i18n support. I'll be on vacation two weeks, and plan to release 1.0 when I come back, depending on the number of bug reports I'll find in my mailbox ;-)"

has anybody looked into plugging these classes into Zope yet?

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.



Robert writes in: "There is rather good support for basic ISIS software (unfortunately they seem to be moving towards MS Windows) but it is very difficult to get free software (also free of charge) for constructing CGI. So I wrote my free iAPI (in C) to help others deal with problems I had before with ISIS." it's licensed under the GNU GPL...

TNRD Library System Catalogue


Adam Chandler writes in about the Thompson-Nicolo Regional District Library System Web Based Catalogue, a web catalog (sp!) front end with freeware indexing and z39.50 pieces on the back end. Has anyone else tried this?

SLRI: web to Z39.50

the Simon Fraser University Library Research Instrument (SLRI) is "a web to Z39.50 client interface" brought to you by the good folks at SFU. it's an adaptation of the web to Z39.50 gateway developed by Harold Finkbeiner at Stanford, licensed under GPL and recently spied at as well.