Gerry writes: "OpenSiteSearch is the new Open Source version of OCLC's original java-based web application for building Z39.50 portals (i.e. virtual union catalogues). This project is specifically aimed at the library community."
Ronda wrote in with a press release, most of which is available at the Fedora site. From the version 1.1 release notes, this is mostly a bugfix release, and is compatible with 1.0 repositories (after config file updates). New features include a new API for querying repository info, better self-referential URL handling, and Oracle 9i support. Several significant-sounding bugs were squashed also.
mdewsnip writes: "Greenstone v2.40 is now available for download! A big change in this release is the inclusion in the Windows download of the "Greenstone Librarian Interface", a tool for collecting, expanding and building digital libraries. It gives you access to Greenstone's functionality from an easy-to-use 'point and click' interface, and is also available for Unix systems. Other important changes include a new plugin for importing data from perl's DBI interface, a new plugin for parsing records from OAI servers, improvements to MGPP configuration, new Czech, Galician, Japanese and Thai interfaces, and many bug fixes and other improvements."
Bas writes: "This new version supports full character set conversion between MARC-8 and UCS/Unicode. For UNIMARC character set conversions are supported between ISO5426 and UCS/Unicode and ISO6937 and UCS/Unicode. This new version also fixes some bugs. The goal of MARC4J is to provide an easy to use library for working with MARC records in Java. MARC4J adopts MARC related standards and is tightly integrated with SAX2, a high performance XML interface, to enable robust conversion routines between MARC and XML. MARC4J is written in Java and published under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation."
Peter writes: "Avanti MicroLCS version 1.0 beta 2 has been released. New in beta 2 is a standalone GUI client application. It has the same clean, elegant look and feel of the Applet client, but it does not need to run in a web browser. This makes it possible to deploy Avanti MicroLCS in environments where a web server and browser may not be available or needed. Also in this release are a number of bug fixes, improvements to the API and the user interface. Attention turns to beta 3 development, which will focus on very intensive debugging, testing, and refactoring of the existing system. The aim is to ensure that what exists is rock solid in every way, is scalable, and works extremely well."
Jeremy writes: "The initial release of the metadata3 application is now available. You can download the .gz file from the project's website. This is version 0.1 of the md3 application, and is a developer's release. The metadata3 (also known as md3) application is a peer-to-peer client/server that promotes the sharing and automatic translation of bibliographic metadata. The current version of the application focuses on the basic peer-to-peer functionality; the next version will add in basic metadata translation capabilities."
Peter writes: "Avanti version 1.0 beta 1 is released. As a beta version, this release is still rough around the edges. But it comes close in form and substance to what is expected of Avanti MicroLCS version 1.0 as a serviceable library system. Although far from perfect, this beta release is a tangible representative of what has been in the works in the past year and what is to come: a simple, flexible, platform independent general purpose library system. Hard work continues at polishing and thoroughly testing version 1.0 proper, which should be available in one or two months. Stay tuned."
MIT Libraries and HP have released version 1.0 of DSpace (source available from sourceforge). DSpace is a digital repository in production use since September at MIT Libraries as a service for capturing, persisting, and providing access to the intellectual (research) output of the MIT community. DSpace will also be the long-term archive for materials from OpenCourseWare. Now it's available as an institutional repository platform to the rest of the world. See also coverage from the Boston Globe and CNET.
Ian writes: "Hi All. A brief note that a first beta release of Open Request is available for download. Open Request is a pure java toolkit for developers wishing to implement the ISO 10161 Inter Library Loans protocol. The current release features helpers for constructing all protocol messages, encoders and decoders for the full protocol and components that store all incoming and outgoing messages in the database. Extensive use is made of the Hibernate project to provide as much database independence as possible. This initial release is provided mainly for feedback. We hope to integrate the open source component of OpenRequest with our cross searching z39.50 toolkit JZKit in the near future. As always, we are on the lookout for anyone interested in collaborative projects..." This is great news, something many of us have been looking/hoping for for some time now.