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Greenstone-2.81 and 3.03

Greenstone has had a lot of writeups here over the years, and they've been busy still since the last one.

Various distributions of their latest stable 2.x release are available on their site, and a source tarball is cached here.

According to the Greenstone3 page, this major rewrite is "a complete redesign and reimplementation of the original Greenstone digital library software (Greenstone2). When complete, it will retain all the advantages of Greenstone2 - for example, it will be multilingual, multiplatform, and highly configurable. It incorporates all the features of the existing system, and is backwards compatible: that is, it can build and run existing collections without modification. Written in Java, it is structured as a network of independent modules that communicate using XML: thus it runs in a distributed fashion and can be spread across different servers as necessary. This modular design increases the flexibility and extensibility of Greenstone. Please note, Greenstone3 is our research version of Greenstone, and is still incomplete, and not stable. For a production digital library we recommend using Greenstone2."

Distributions of the 3.x release line are available on that page, and a source tarball of Greenstone3 is cached here also.

LibraryFind-0.8.5.8

From the announcement at libraryfind.org: "This release folds a few of the functions being added to 0.9 into the 0.8.x branch, as well as changes being made to accommodate some enhanced harvesting, etc."

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libraryfind-0.8.5.8.tar.gz4.43 MB

SolrMarc-2.0

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."

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SolrMarc_Distribution-2.0.tar.gz9.59 MB

Blacklight-2.1 (and plugin)

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.

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blacklight-plugin-2.1.tgz9.49 MB

Blacklight-0.2

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.

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blacklight-0.2.tar.gz7.69 MB

LibraryFind-0.8.2

The LibraryFind crew has released version 0.8.2, which promises:

  • 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.

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libraryfind-0.8.2.tar.gz4.27 MB

Simple2ZOOM-1.01

Hammer writes: "We're delighted to announce the release of another new product: Simple2ZOOM, a sort of universal Swiss Army gateway that proxies between Z39.50, SRU, SRU/POST and SRW. Although nearly all testing so far has been with Z39.50-to-SRU configurations, it ought to work with pretty much any combination of these protocols on the front- and back-ends. The software essentially combines the qualities of two existing packages, ZOOM and SimpleServer into one universal protocol gateway.

Simple2ZOOM is free-as-in-freedom, open source, software. It is distributed under the same terms as Perl, that is, either under the GNU GPL (General Public Licence) or the Artistic Licence -- your choice.

Simple2ZOOM is implemented in Perl, as a tiny script that calls the Net::Z3950::Simple2ZOOM Perl module. It is this module that is distributed, and it's freely available on CPAN here.

We would like to gratefully acknowledge the National Library of Australia for providing funding that enabled us to add lots of the functionality and bring this product up to a releasable standard."

A copy is attached.

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Net-Z3950-Simple2ZOOM-1.01.tar.gz25.65 KB

LibraryFind-0.7

As seen on oss4lib-discuss, Jeremy wrote: "We are pleased to announce the first public release of the LibraryFind metasearch software, developed by Oregon State University Libraries. LibraryFind is free software licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). This first public release, version 0.7, has a number of advanced features, such as (but not limited to): 2-click user workflow (one click to find, one click to get), an integrated OpenURL resolver, a 2-tiered caching system to improve search response time, and a customizable user interface. As this is a pre-1.0 release, there are still a number of features, functions, and efficiencies we plan to add to the software. We encourage involvement from others in the library community who are interested in working on an open source metasearch product. More information on LibraryFind, including information on how to download and run the software, can be found at libraryfind.org."

I've been working on this project, and am excited to see it out there finally. There's a lot of good stuff in there already, and I'm sure that we'll be able to improve on it rapidly with many more eyeballs on it.

MARC4J Lucene API 0.1

A new software library is available from the MARC4J project Website (http://marc4j.tigris.org). The MARC4J Lucene API provides an easy to use and easy to configure utility for creating Lucene indexes based on MARC or MARCXML. Lucene is an open source text search engine library written in Java.

By default the library uses an index context based on the MARC to Dublin Core crosswalk, but users can create an index configuration using a simple XML format. It is also possible to store the full MARC record as binary content. A command-line utility is added to enable the creation of the Lucene index without the need to write code. The following command, for example, adds the MARC records in input.mrc to an existing Lucene index using the given index schema:

java org.marc4j.lucene.util.MarcIndexDriver -index /home/index
-schema file:///home/schema.xml input.mrc

The library can be downloaded from the Documents and files section of the MARC4J project page at http://marc4j.tigris.org. Look for a folder called marc4j-lucene. The library is published under the LGPL license.

SimpleServer v1.01 -- now with SRW/SRU support

Index Data has released version 1.01 of their SimpleServer toolkit for implementing information retrieval servers in Perl, now with support for SRW/SRU.

The built-in CQL parser makes it possible to write a single set of 'glue' routines for your backend database, and have instant support for both Z39.50, SRW, and SRU. Existing SimpleServer-based servers can implement SRW/SRU simply by upgrading to the latest version of the software and adding configuration to determine the mapping of the CQL query language.

Documentation and code is available from Index Data or CPAN.