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...
as seen at freshmeat: "A minor API change for document access, a fix for a bug causing DA file reading to fail, various other bugfixes, extended test suite, and internal code reorganisation." for more see open.muscat.com.
Eric S. writes in: "Important: Versions prior to 1.33 contained in the file "getdoc.pl" a potentially serious security threat. Malicious Web users could submit a modified document request to "getdoc.pl" that could provide the Web user with the contents of important files or even provide them will local shell access if the script is running on a system that provides such access. WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND updating to version 1.34 [available at:] bones.med.ohio-state.edu/prospero/. Thanks also go to John C. for finding the hole and supplying the patch.
Adam Chandler writes in about the Thompson-Nicolo Regional District Library System Web Based Catalogue, a web catalog (sp!) front end with freeware indexing and z39.50 pieces on the back end. Has anyone else tried this?
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 MARC.pm... it would be great to see a side-by-side feature comparison of the two.
as seen at freshmeat: "This release adds a column to the library browser indicating whether a work is still under copyright, fixes to compensate for the library index file not being up-to-date with available etexts (a tweaked regex pattern matching on etext filenames), and other feature additions and minor modifications." For more see www.gutenbook.org.