from freshmeat: "This version ported g3data to GTK+ 2.2. All deprecated functions were removed."



Ross writes: "course/control, a PHP/PostgreSQL based reserves management system developed by Emory University General Libraries, has just released version 0.7. Changes include various bugfixes; improvements to the user interfaces in Reserves Direct and the staff interface; improved handling of crosslisted classes; and the addition of team teaching and logging of user activity."

GPL'ed Reading List Software

Jon writes: "Loughborough University Library has released version 3 of our Reading List system. This can be picked up from our software distribution page. The Reading List system was developed at Loughborough to fill a perceived gap in the available commercial systems and also to allow us to customise the system to our needs. It is written in Perl, runs under Linux and makes use of a MySQL database and the Net::Z3950 and MARC Perl modules to provide Z39.50 links into existing library systems. It has been in production use at Loughborough for well over 2 years now and earlier versions have been taken by other local Universities for their own reading list systems. This is the first major public distribution of this system to a wider general audience."



Ed writes: "MARC::Charset 0.4 now supports MARC-8 character translations to Unicode (UTF-8) for the East Asian character sets. More information is available at MARC/Perl. Now that there is good support for MARC-8 character conversions to Unicode it is possible to update MARC::XML to do a good solid job of converting to LC's MARC schema."



Paul writes: "We've just released Koha 1.3.2, the next alpha version of the forthcoming 2.0 series. This release features many improvments in MARC management from 1.3.1; acquisition.simple now works; you can upload marc files in a breeding farm; for ISBN/ISSN search in the acquisition screen, with the "New biblio" option and the biblio is in the breeding farm, it's automatically retrieved and can be modified; installer now install marc21 in english or unimarc in french datas; marc parameters complete documentation.
If the 2.0 release sounds exciting to you and you've got some MARC, Perl, or HTML background, please consider jumping in and helping with 2.0 development. There are opportunities for people of all skill levels.

ZING: Z39.50 International: Next Generation

Adam writes: "The ZING Initiative (Z39.50 International Next Generation), under the auspices of the Z39.50 Maintenance Agency at the Library of Congress, is pleased to announce Version 1.0 of SRW and CQL. SRW ("Search/Retrieve for the Web") is a web-service-based protocol which aims to integrate access across networked resources, and to promote interoperability between distributed databases by providing a common platform. SRW features both SOAP and URL-based access mechanisms (SRW and SRU respectively) to provide for a wide range of possible clients. It uses CQL, the Common Query Language, which provides a powerful yet intuitive means of formulating searches."


Thomas writes: "VB-ZOOM is an ActiveX COMponent, written in Visual Basic, which is an implementation of the ZOOM Abstract Z39.50 API. It uses the YAZ Toolkit from Index Data to provide the low-level functionality. VB-ZOOM makes it very easy to write simple Z39.50 clients on the Windows platform. It can be used from any language which support ActiveX COM, including Visual Basic, C++, VB Script, Javascript, Delphi, Perl, and probably others. In addition to the basic Z39.50 support, the component has some support for converting the MARC and OPAC record syntaxes into XML, and using XPath to extract data. Of course, the code is open source and freely available for download from SourceForge."



Michael wrote in that "Bibdesk is a Mac OS X bibtex database GUI. Plans for its future include networked access and searching and support for other file formats." Interesting addition of RSS features, too.

ZOOM Abstract Z39.50 API

Sebastian writes: "This is not an announcement of specific software, but rather a heads-up on an open API specification and a bunch of associated free implementations. A group of Z39.50 developers have defined a general-purpose API for implementing Z39.50 clients. The API has been mapped onto a number of different programming languages, and several implementations exist. The API takes a lot of the pain out of Z39.50 client development and I'd recommend it to anyone new to Z39.50. More info at the ZOOM website."



Peter writes: "Those that have seen 0.2.5 will know that I've completely redesigned the theme engine code re-use, major changes to the admin category array code to improve page speed, added "Prev month click-thru" stats and cool but useless page generation timing. New in 0.2.6: Index.asp now reports the total links and categories, and linksStats.asp reports the top 5 clicked links, as well as the 5 most recently clicked links. You can download it here."