Rachel writes: "Now running at the Horowhenua Libraries Trust in New Zealand, is Koha, an open source, free library system written by Katipo Communications. It is a true library system, not just an OPAC, that runs as a public website, a library intranet and issues and returns via a telnet interface." That download link still isn't working tho... [the correct link to download is here (thanks Jeremy).]


from freshmeat: "g3data is a program for extracting data from graphs (i.e., scanned graphs from scientific publications). It can read many different image formats and outputs the extracted data through stdout." Way cool; any sense of how many researchers are doing this kind of data reanimation?



from Derek over perl4lib: "Basically a bugfix and sanity checks after Elizabeth Shaw noticed that pack_008 left the 008 field empty. Also added a ship script to automate the creation of
the .tar.gz version. Please beat on this and let the list know of any problems...
" Go get it at [p.s. hey Liz, that you? how's that reference MOO doin'? ;)]


from the pyblio site: "This version improves some formats (bibtex strict mode now recognizes its own files as correct ;-), and can parse \ss{}. Refer accepts %F fields thanks to Martin Wilck), and the graphical interface (saving of columns widths in the index window, scrollbar in the edition window for people having small screens, better behavior of the selection after editing). ."



Peter writes to oss4lib-list: "After a bit of a pause the development ball at Avanti is rolling again. Version 0.3.1 is
released. This adds the simple but important capability of batch processing via scripting. It is now possible to run script files that process circulation activity in non-real time, set up and load data into the database and do other things better done in batch mode. Work continues on developing a lightweight native DBMS which is planned to be included in release 0.4.

For more information go to the Avanti website." Lots of momentum here following Peter's great talk at the LITA session.


from freshmeat: "The purpose of mifluz is to provide a C++ library to build and query a full text inverted index. It is dynamically updatable, scalable (up to 1Tb indexes), uses a controlled amount of memory, shares index files and memory cache among processes or threads and compresses index files to 50% of the raw data. The structure of the index is configurable at runtime and allows inclusion of relevance ranking information. The query functions do not require to load all the occurences of a searched term. They consume very few resources and many searches can be run in parallel.

[changes include] Integration into the GNU project, complete re-architecture of the inverted index structure, major performance enhancements, and more." All this apparently from the principal author of Catalog...

EPrints code coming


Thomas wrote in to oss4lib-list about and its promise of a free code release. At the site you'll see that this is a generic successor to the CogPrints codebase, and is intended to be fully Open Archives-savvy. This is a Good Thing(tm)...

Internet Station Manager

Doug writes in: The Internet Station Manager (ISM) is open source software developed by the Grand Rapids Public Library for managing public Internet stations.

ISM, written in Perl, is a completely server based system which uses custom Apache web server modules and the MySQL database to provide login, management, and timeout services for public use Internet PCs in libraries. FreeBSD is the recommended server OS, but any Unix/Linux variants could be used.

See the ISM home page for details.



as seen at freshmeat: "phpBookLoan is a simple frontend to a MySQL database. It is for keeping track of those books that you loan to people and they never seem to return. Simply enter into the table each book you loan, filling out the title, author, and borrower. You can view all loaned books, when they were loaned, and how long they've been on loan. When your book finally comes back it can be 'returned', removing it from the table." You can find it at the phpBookLoan site. And while you're there, check out phpCDTracker...


from pybliographer-general, several bugfixes and better BibTeX handling are now available. Go get it here.