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...



as seen at freshmeat: "Over 14,000 (65%) of serials cross-referenced now have Library of Congress subject headings, classifications, or Dewey classifications, and jake may be searched according to these, initial support for a complete data localization framework so libraries may experiment with customizing front-ends and results according to local holdings, and several bugfixes and UI tweaks, including easy-to-download database content lists." more at the jake site...

catalog and roads -- search engines for you and me

Both the Ecila (French) search engine codebase, catalog-1.0, and the U.K. eLib endproduct ROADS v2+ are open source and increasingly used tools for building web-based catalogs a la Yahoo. Some eLib folks have explicitly turned to open source as a way to keep formerly well-funded projects going (see the press release describing this decision). Open source as "exit strategy" isn't terrifically sustainable, but a step in the right direction nonetheless.

bp -- perl bibliography package


bp is a freely licensed perl package for manipulating and accessing bibliographic information. It supports bibtex, refer, endnote, procite, inspec, medline and other formats for input/output/conversion. I emailed the author as the bp homepage does not seemed to have changed in two years... will post any response as a comment.



from freshmeat: "HTTP proxy support, fixed/improved index caching, library column sorting, library position retention for selected Etexts, and a local cache auto-update implementation have been added. The Gutenberg index format ( is now used. Please remove your .gutenbook/preferences file when you upgrade Gutenbook; your preferences will not be read/set correctly unless you remove this file." Go Lefty go... for more see the Gutenbook site.

Electronic Document Delivery (EDD)


EDD is an ILL tool written in VB5 for managing the automated conversion of ARIEL files to web-accessible pdf files. See the EDD project page for source, binaries, and more.


news from Frederic, via "we are now at 0.9.11, aka 1.0pre2. Improved bibtex author formatting and fixed compilation problems with i18n support. I'll be on vacation two weeks, and plan to release 1.0 when I come back, depending on the number of bug reports I'll find in my mailbox ;-)"

has anybody looked into plugging these classes into Zope yet?

Public Access Terminal Control (PATC)

Kevin writes in: "PATC (pat see) Public Access Terminal Control is now available at PATC is open source [and consists of a] VB client and perl/cgi server."

Avanti API for library systems


Peter Schlumpf writes in about Avanti, a java-based project aimed at generating an open source API for automation systems (java APIs are fairly easily bound to other languages..., no?). A description is up, and Peter promises sanitized code within a few days.



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