from freshmeat: "Seperate forms for children and institutions to be added, fixes for some acqusition bugs, and optimised catalogue searches." see www.koha.org for more.
Keith writes: "Our help desk just got a call from a prison librarian wanting to broadcast their OPAC to the inmates TVs (since may aren't allowed out of their cells). Dodging the issue of in-cell TV torture, any ideas? Anybody come up with a video-OPAC out there?"
more freshmeat: "Reserves/requests were fixed so that only items in the requested group trigger the reserves flag. Bad behavior in subject search was fixed. Dewey decimal search was implemented. The receipt summary screen in acquisitions was improved. More spelling mistakes were fixed." Check it out at koha.org.
Rachel writes: "Now running at the Horowhenua Libraries Trust in New Zealand, is Koha, an open source, free library system written by Katipo Communications. It is a true library system, not just an OPAC, that runs as a public website, a library intranet and issues and returns via a telnet interface." That download link still isn't working tho... [the correct link to download is here (thanks Jeremy).]
Peter writes to oss4lib-list: "After a bit of a pause the development ball at Avanti is rolling again. Version 0.3.1 is
released. This adds the simple but important capability of batch processing via scripting. It is now possible to run script files that process circulation activity in non-real time, set up and load data into the database and do other things better done in batch mode. Work continues on developing a lightweight native DBMS which is planned to be included in release 0.4.
For more information go to the Avanti website." Lots of momentum here following Peter's great talk at the LITA session.
according to Peter: "Version 0.3 is a complete rewrite of the Avanti code base after a rethinking of the basic architecture and design. The result is the beginnings of a simple, highly modular and scalable client/server architecture using its own native messaging protocol for client/server communication." For more, see the Avanti site or you can telnet to the live demo to try it out.
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?
Peter says about the release of Avanti-0.2: "Version 0.2 includes a new package that implements the abstract relationship modeling system (ARMS), a core component of Avanti. An ARMS is an information system that can be used to map and manipulate
relationships between a set of objects of various types (for example, a set of URL's, websites, text files, records in disparate databases, etc.).
from Peter: 'Version 0.2.1 adds the ability to define "token descriptors" for token objects in an abstract relationship modeling system (ARMS). Token descriptors are used to link token objects in an ARMS database to things in the outside world or as descriptive labels for token objects.' available to all at the Avanti site.