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...
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?
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 sourceforge.net as well.
The Open Source Digital Library System (OSDLS, a.k.a. Powerful Yet TactfullyHelpful Electronic Arranger of Sources (PYTHEAS)) is a project to develop an open source next-generation library system. Current development includes a data model based on MARC and RDF expressed in XML. Links to the design draft and listserv details are at the OSDLS homepage.
bp is a freely licensed perl package for manipulating and accessing bibliographic information. It supports bibtex, refer, endnote, procite, inspec, medline and other formats for input/output/conversion. I emailed the author as the bp homepage does not seemed to have changed in two years... will post any response as a comment.
MARC.pm is a Perl 5 module for reading, manipulating and writing MARC records. Once installed in your Perl library you will be able to use MARC.pm's functionality to read in individual records or batches of MARC records, extract data from particular fields, and convert the records into a variety of formats including HTML and XML. You can also use MARC.pm to create records from scratch--which might prove useful if you have have some delimited data that you would like to convert into a MARC record. Since it is a Perl Module, MARC.pm might prove also prove to be useful as a component of a larger application that uses MARC in some form.
seen at freshmeat and from the site: "pybliographer is a tool for managing bibliographic databases. It currently supports BibTeX files for reading and writing, and can also read Ovid files... It can be used for searching, editing, reformatting, etc. In fact, it's a simple framework that provides easy to use python classes and functions, and therefore can be extended to any usage (generating HTML pages according to bibliographic searches, etc)."
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...