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Catalog-1.02

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as seen at freshmeat, updates include: "Faster, simpler, and more robust loading of dmoz.org data, and an option to exclude a whole branch (/Adult for instance) at load time." more details are at the Catalog site.

MyLibrary@NCState now under GPL

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from the sandbox page: "MyLibrary is a user-driven, customizable information service providing access to Internet resources." ELM and his colleagues at NCSU have really built up a rich feature set. download and read more here

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...

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... :)

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."

OSCR - open source course reserve

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Wally Grotophorst from GMU says: "OSCR uses Perl & MySQL to provide electronic reserves services at an academic library...." and that they are "entering their second year on the product." Download it yourself at timesync.gmu.edu/OSCR, it is under the GPL.

jake-0.2.3

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improvements include several bugfixes, javascript-based ui improvements on "yale view", issuelists for JSTOR and Project MUSE added, removal of several redundant records, added support for * and ? as search wildcards and issn searching. take it for a spin at jake.med.yale.edu...