Information Retrieval

dba: new gpl version; new maintainers needed

as seen on dba-l: "What's available: A new, improved version of the code (dated March 17, 2000) [available at UCSB here]. This version now offers 'instant gratification,' whereby access to the results of the keyword search in each database is just a click away, without requiring the user to type in their search query again....

The California Digital Library's SearchLight service (
searchlight.cdlib.org/cgi-bin/searchlight
), which was originally based upon the DBA code, has replaced DBA at the University of California, San Diego. Since we are no longer maintaining the code, please join the DBA mailing list and share your patches and improvements with other interested parties directly. We will not be releasing any patches or new versions of DBA ourselves. We encourage you to take the code and use it as you see fit, under the terms of the GPL. If you or your institution would like to volunteer to be the official maintainer of the DBA code, please contact Christy Hightower."

OpenMuscat-0.1.2

as seen at freshmeat: "This release adds backwards-incompatible API modifications, the ability to write to databases, an API for writing to databases, a QuickStart tutorial, Doxygen use for automatic documentation, prototype distributed searching, and multiple bug fixes. There are now no test suite failures." Visit open.muscat.com for more.

OpenMuscat-0.1.3

from the changelog several bugfixes went into the last version, available at open.muscat.com.

DubMed 1.1.3 now up

DubMed has migrated to a better server. Its database is now mySql and php3 does the metadata linking instead of corba (now gone). see cvsweb for the code, and the project page for more info.

catalog and roads -- search engines for you and me

Both the Ecila (French) search engine codebase, catalog-1.0, and the U.K. eLib endproduct ROADS v2+ are open source and increasingly used tools for building web-based catalogs a la Yahoo. Some eLib folks have explicitly turned to open source as a way to keep formerly well-funded projects going (see the press release describing this decision). Open source as "exit strategy" isn't terrifically sustainable, but a step in the right direction nonetheless.

free Z39.50 implementations page -- who knows one?

the LOC Z39.50 Software page has been up a long time, but is probably ready for someone to do a comparison. can anyone recommend any of these tools (at least one is under GPL)? i'd love to be able to plug MARC.pm onto ZETA, for instance, and pull data out for Jake... anyone tried something similar?

Database Advisor from UCSD

from the DBA Sciences page: "Database Advisor (DBA) was created to aid database users in selecting the best database for their query. DBA spawns a search process for each database vendor, and returns the hits on the query to the user. It sorts these results so the user can see where each database stands relative to the others." DBA is GPL'd, and its components are all free according to one license or another. You can even take it for a test drive...

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