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.

Tagged: is a Perl 5 module for reading, manipulating and writing MARC records. Once installed in your Perl library you will be able to use's functionality to read in individual records or batches of MARC records, extract data from particular fields, and convert the records into a variety of formats including HTML and XML. You can also use to create records from scratch--which might prove useful if you have have some delimited data that you would like to convert into a MARC record. Since it is a Perl Module, might prove also prove to be useful as a component of a larger application that uses MARC in some form.

Authenticated User Community (AUC) 0.6

now playing at sourceforge (taken from the AUC site): "Authenticated User Community for Education is an intranet system designed for use in a K-12 setting but is also useful in many other settings. It offers the ability for users to have a uniform web-based interface to discussion forums, e-mail (similar to hotmail, etc.), file management, and a searchable user database. Also, "Interactive Classrooms" provide a means for students and teachers to have a web-based extension to their in-class interaction.' Somebody please find a way to integrate this with FreeReserves or OSCR...



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 on gnome-list, what's new includes "multiple documents interface, with copy/paste and drag'n'drop; multiple selections (useful with LyX citation for example); all the supported formats (bibtex, medline, ovid, refer) can now be read and written; better date handling; bug fixes." for more see the pybliographer download page at if you haven't tried this yet give it a shot; i might finally get rid of endnote + msword (and there was much rejoicing). :)

Dictionaries: Pronunciation & Rhyming


spied on freshmeat was the Rhyming Dictionary, which was based in turn on the very cool CMU Pronouncing Dictionary. The CMU project appears to have a long history, and it covers over 100K words. Brian's Rhyming variant suggests rhymes for any input based on the CMU distribution. There must be lots of other fun things we can do with these...



gnujake is the GNU Jointly Administered Knowledge Environment. It seeks to support the management of and linking between online resources and descriptions thereof.

Pybliographer 0.9.4


many bug fixes listed at the Pybliographer site covering the last time it was posted here (v0.7, I think) and this one. Please note also that on the page the author states "I really look for people interested in contributing on this. I will have much less time to devote to this project, so if you think it's worth, please consider helping me."

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...



Robert writes in: "There is rather good support for basic ISIS software (unfortunately they seem to be moving towards MS Windows) but it is very difficult to get free software (also free of charge) for constructing CGI. So I wrote my free iAPI (in C) to help others deal with problems I had before with ISIS." it's licensed under the GNU GPL...