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.
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?
as seen at the new gutenbook.org site: "A whole heap of enhancements and features... Implemented page searching; Implemented user preferences and preference interface (note that cached index auto-update is currently disabled); Bound key "p" to preferences interface, "Ctrl-p" to page search; Implemented local index caching; Cached index represents local etext presence; Implemented etext auto-save feature; Implemented etext read-local feature." Most definitely appreciate the shouts, too. :)
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.