Applications - Sub Categories
Donna at Access '03 suggested we post OpenAAQ (Open Ask A Question); from the project page: "OAAQ is a web based virtual reference application for libraries. It is a basic trouble ticket system applied to library reference questions that supports collaborative management of answers in a multi- sector/institution/department." This is in wide use in Alberta, and if you goooogle openaaq you can poke into some implementors' support pages.
paul writes: "A new version of Koha, the 1st Free software ILS has just been released, and is avaible here. This version of Koha is still in the "unstable" directory, because some bugs are still reported. But it's fully useable and used in (at least) 3 libraries in "real world". The next version should/might be the 2.0.0RC1. The only missing features are a migration tool for libraries already using Koha1.2.x, and an automated upgrading tool for future version. It's possible to upgrade manually. More than 40 bugfixes and improvements. See on sourceforge."
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.
"Gregg Martinson submits, for your interest and/or approval the latest version of his Link-Checking URL Database for schools and Libraries that want to keep collections of preselected links but are concerned about link rot and the unstructured web. The program is written in Pure PHP. Runs on Mysql and is based on PHPLinks. New Additions in the 2.0 version include a new graphical style, googling within the program and the ability to link it to your OPAC. He offers technical support for installation and trouble-shooting for free(although you get what you pay for...) Check it out at The sourcefore page."
anon writes: "Web filtering software, complete with a community of users collaborating to maintain blacklists. Used in prominent K-12 environments to satisfy CIPA requirements and to protect the delicate eyes of small children. For more, see Multnomah's summary, or the official squidGuard website." I can vouch for squidGuard; though I've not used it specifially for filtering (rather, for more complex ACLs than squid itself prefers), like squid, it is extremely useful and reliable.
Ed writes: "Net::OAI::Harvester is a new Perl module available from CPAN for easily interacting with data providers that implement the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting. It provides an object-oriented client interface to OAI-PMH in the same way that LWP::UserAgent does for HTTP. Net::OAI::Harvester is basically a toolkit which allows you to quickly write programs that retrieve data from OAI-PMH archives without having to get your hands dirty generating HTTP requests, parsing large amounts of XML, and representing lots of data in memory.
Net::OAI::Harvester uses XML::SAX internally, so potentially large documents are handled as streams (no large DOMs in memory). An OAI DublinCore module is included for representing Dublin Core metadata; and there is an extension mechanism so that you can plug in your own metadata handler to handle other flavors of metadata. For more information see: http://search.cpan.org/author/ESUMMERS/OAI-Harvester-0.2/lib/Net/OAI/Harvester.pm
If you are interested in contributing at all to the project please express your interest at on the perl4lib list."
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."
John J. Lee writes: "Bruce D'Arcus and I (mostly Bruce, actually) have put up a relatively comprehensive list of interesting open standards and open-source software related to bibliographies and cataloging. Currently, the emphasis is on the needs of individuals and small groups rather than libraries, but given the growing overlap in the interests of these groups, the list is likely to expand to some extent to cover more library software."
Pat writes: "This release adds a lot of bugfixes (thanks to everyone who's helped!), a first cut at z3950 support, and a script for migration from other ILSs. This release also marks a feature freeze pending the 2.0.0 release. 1.9.3 requires a newer version of MARC::Record than previous versions of Koha. Please make sure you're running MARC::Record 1.26. We've also made a few more tweaks to the Database Schema. If you've already installed an earlier version of Koha, you will need to update your DB to reflect these. 1.9.3 is a beta level release; it is not intended for production use. If you are evaluating, testing, or playing with 1.9.3 for any reason, please help us make it better by reporting bugs on bugs.koha.org. Feel free to fix them too. As always, Koha is available at sourceforge."