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Personalized Eccles

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The folks at the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at University of Utah are freely giving away (thought not supporting) the Personalize Eccles functionality of their Library home page. Give it a try--it really is quite slick. Those interested in obtaining the source should email Wayne Peay directly.

Linux Kiosk HOW-TO

Gene Wilburn at the Royal Ontario Museum has written a HOW-TO for setting up public kiosks. While its current version doesn't cover several important issues for those wishing to lock down public workstations in libraries, he calls for contributions in those areas. The complete text of the Kiosk HOW-TO is online and waiting for your review.

Avanti-0.3

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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.

BioMail needs a host

BioMail (new link) was apparently shut down by its author's department, according to the message posted at its former site. Dmitry also stated, in a message to all users, "I have yet to find a host where I can continue the BioMail alert service temporarily or permanently. If someone can help, I would be very glad. BioMail requires a Unix system with Perl, a webserver installed, and a stable internet connection (Linux computer with Apache is preferable)." Can anyone lend a few server processes to get this up and running asap? [update (3/3)]: Dmitry just let me know via email that not only has the sourceforge crew ok'd running the server there, but he also already received two messages from some of you friendly folks who saw this or got the message from oss4lib-list. Way to go, folks... :)

Pybliographer-0.9.8

As seen at freshmeat, gnome-list, and noted by Matt W.: "Many annoying bugfixes, a graphical configuration mechanism, and an XML-based style format for bibliographic outputs." Go to www.gnome.org/pybliographer (note new url) for more.

FreeReserves

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Shane Nackerud writes: "FreeReserves makes your e-reserves site database driven, and some of its best features include a simple copyright management feature, password protection, security at the document level, and the ability to handle multiple filetypes. FreeReserves is a free program; you can redistribute it and/ormodify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License." Looks like several different institutions are already using it, too...

Database Advisor from UCSD

from the DBA Sciences page: "Database Advisor (DBA) was created to aid database users in selecting the best database for their query. DBA spawns a search process for each database vendor, and returns the hits on the query to the user. It sorts these results so the user can see where each database stands relative to the others." DBA is GPL'd, and its components are all free according to one license or another. You can even take it for a test drive...

Gutenbook-0.1 -- the original?

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as seen at freshmeat: "Gutenbook is a personal multi-stage project to design, prototype, and develop a GTK+-based desktop application for reading Project Gutenberg Etexts. Currently, development consists of advanced prototyping in Perl/GTK+." According to the author, Lee, this is the original codebase from which the other Gutenbook project started, but this one is purely focused on perl/gtk+ instead of multiple (incompatible) codebases.

SIXPACK-0.99

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as seen at freshmeat, and at SIXPACK site: "SIXPACK is a free BibTeX and Reference Manager designed to edit, convert and manage reference files, search and sort bibliographies, import and export many different bibliography types. Sixpack uses the excelent perl package bp by Dana Jacobson to covert between formats." and it reads/writes bibtex, refer, endnote, tip, procite, rfc1807, and plain text along with one-way for several others. written in perl/tk... looks real good.

dba: new gpl version; new maintainers needed

as seen on dba-l: "What's available: A new, improved version of the code (dated March 17, 2000) [available at UCSB here]. This version now offers 'instant gratification,' whereby access to the results of the keyword search in each database is just a click away, without requiring the user to type in their search query again....

The California Digital Library's SearchLight service (
searchlight.cdlib.org/cgi-bin/searchlight
), which was originally based upon the DBA code, has replaced DBA at the University of California, San Diego. Since we are no longer maintaining the code, please join the DBA mailing list and share your patches and improvements with other interested parties directly. We will not be releasing any patches or new versions of DBA ourselves. We encourage you to take the code and use it as you see fit, under the terms of the GPL. If you or your institution would like to volunteer to be the official maintainer of the DBA code, please contact Christy Hightower."