new features include addition of non-xref'd links in search results (now you can see _everything_ jake knows about), links for per-database title lists, better layout of search results including links and providre names, and a number of bugfixes. try it out at



as seen at freshmeat: "Etext string searches are now working. Added CREDITS, MANUAL files. Cleaned up the Makefile. Refined the keybindings. Init method looks for .gutenbook and Gutenberg_Library directories; makes them if they don't exist. This in preparation for implementing user preferences UI and saving etexts locally." all this and more available at the Gutenbook site.



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.


as seen at freshmeat: "An installation script, bugfixes, urls for each reference for the text-formatted e-mails, and an option to stop getting empty e-mails." See for more.

Authenticated User Community (AUC) 0.6.1

updates listed at freshmeat include: "No longer hard-coded to "semesters", configurable department list, default language, and user disk quotas, nearly-complete Italian and Danish translations, numerous e-mail client bugfixes, fixes for a few compilation problems related to gettext, and other bugfixes." To be had at

Open Source Digital Library System (OSDLS)


The Open Source Digital Library System (OSDLS, a.k.a. Powerful Yet TactfullyHelpful Electronic Arranger of Sources (PYTHEAS)) is a project to develop an open source next-generation library system. Current development includes a data model based on MARC and RDF expressed in XML. Links to the design draft and listserv details are at the OSDLS homepage.

Reader's Robot


Kevin wrote in about Reader's Robot, an online, submit-it-yourself readers' advisory service. Free replacement to amazon comments, anyone? :) According to Kevin, "It's quite clunky, as I learned perl (starting with version 4!) writing it." Glad to see this is already happening...



seen on many lists recently is XMLMARC, a "Java client/server program [which] converts MARC to XML based on flexible maps and simplified, yet detailed DTDs for bibliographic and authorities formats." Its license is free for non-commercial use but requires consent for redistribution, and their broader experiment is described here. They seem to be aware of it would be great to see a side-by-side feature comparison of the two.

DubMed 1.1.3 now up

DubMed has migrated to a better server. Its database is now mySql and php3 does the metadata linking instead of corba (now gone). see cvsweb for the code, and the project page for more info.



as seen at the new site: "A whole heap of enhancements and features... Implemented page searching; Implemented user preferences and preference interface (note that cached index auto-update is currently disabled); Bound key "p" to preferences interface, "Ctrl-p" to page search; Implemented local index caching; Cached index represents local etext presence; Implemented etext auto-save feature; Implemented etext read-local feature." Most definitely appreciate the shouts, too. :)