new in 0.5.2 are MARC downloads (thanks to jake2marc.pl), more reliable XML feeds, bug and schema fixes, data available from sourceforge, added html comments to simplify results parsing for local holdings matching. go get it at the main jake site.
jake2marc is incorporated into and distributed with the standard jake application, and currently appears as a "Download as MARC" option in the database list and in the record for each database. jake2marc can also be installed and used separately from the main jake application because it queries jake for data over the net. The Perl source code is available for people interested in installing jake2marc on their own web server and modifying it to suit their own library's needs. jake2marc is currently under development and is available under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).
More information about jake2marc, including a detailed description of the records it creates, is available at www.lib.sfu.ca/kiosk/mjordan/jake/."
from freshmeat: "Corrected problems when opening an empty bibtex file. pybconvert script fixed. Updated German and Italian translations." see pybliographer.sourceforge.net (new url) for more.
from freshmeat: "bibmaster is a user interface to BibTeX databases. It is text-based and does not require a graphical interface. Features include direct use of the BibTeX format, the ability to add and edit entries, online help, search in any database field (using regexes), keyword editor enabling deletion and replacement of keywords in the database, produce a postscript file of selected entries, and the ability to read and write RIS files (used by ReferenceManager)." Read more here.
I've now seen CDS/ISIS and its variants mentioned in several places and am still confused about what it is but here's a brief description nonetheless. from the UNESCO ISIS page: Micro CDS/ISIS is an advanced non-numerical information storage and retrieval software developed by UNESCO since 1985 to satisfy the need expressed by many institutions, especially in developing countries, to be able to streamline their information processing activities by using modern (and relatively inexpensive) technologies. The software was originally based on the Mainframe version of CDS/ISIS, started in the late '60s, thus taking advantage of several years of experience acquired in database management software development." take 2, from the CDS-ISIS user forum site: "Mini/Micro CDS/ISIS is a text retrieval program, designed and distributed free of charge by UNESCO. It is widely used for bibliographic (and other) databases throughout the world, and especially in developing countries." If I understand all this properly, it is basically a non-relational database environment commonly used by libraries and other largely nonprofits (20,000+ of 'em) throughout the world. I pulled down the unix version but can't quite make heads or tails of it. Somebody please explain more... update: collected comments from all who offered are available here.
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...
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?
the Simon Fraser University Library Research Instrument (SLRI) is "a web to Z39.50 client interface" brought to you by the good folks at SFU. it's an adaptation of the web to Z39.50 gateway developed by Harold Finkbeiner at Stanford, licensed under GPL and recently spied at sourceforge.net as well.
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.
The Open Source Digital Library System (OSDLS, a.k.a. Powerful Yet TactfullyHelpful Electronic Arranger of Sources (PYTHEAS)) is a project to develop an open source next-generation library system. Current development includes a data model based on MARC and RDF expressed in XML. Links to the design draft and listserv details are at the OSDLS homepage.