Michael wrote in that "Bibdesk is a Mac OS X bibtex database GUI. Plans for its future include networked access and searching and support for other file formats." Interesting addition of RSS features, too.
Sebastian writes: "This is not an announcement of specific software, but rather a heads-up on an open API specification and a bunch of associated free implementations. A group of Z39.50 developers have defined a general-purpose API for implementing Z39.50 clients. The API has been mapped onto a number of different programming languages, and several implementations exist. The API takes a lot of the pain out of Z39.50 client development and I'd recommend it to anyone new to Z39.50. More info at the ZOOM website."
MIT Libraries and HP have released version 1.0 of DSpace (source available from sourceforge). DSpace is a digital repository in production use since September at MIT Libraries as a service for capturing, persisting, and providing access to the intellectual (research) output of the MIT community. DSpace will also be the long-term archive for materials from OpenCourseWare. Now it's available as an institutional repository platform to the rest of the world. See also coverage from the Boston Globe and CNET.
Polerio writes: "The ISIS2MARC application has been added to speed up converiting CDS/ISIS records into MARC format. The ISIS2MARC can be used by other library software which is MARC compatible. polGenSQL has been modified. Its function allows the librarian to convert MARC data to sql commands compatible to PhpMyLibrary database structure."
Ed writes: "Chris Biemesderfer recently contributed an appendix to the
MARC::Record::Tutorial which shows how to use MARC::Record with Net::Z3950. His brief example is a command line program that accepts ISBNs on the command line, which then retrieves MARC records from LC, and pretty prints the MARC records on STDOUT. Chris is using Net::Z3950 and MARC::Record as part of a larger project for the Chicago Digital Distribution Center's BiblioVault project."
Dobrica writes: "In this article we try to answer the question "how" we implemented our WebPAC and why we decided to solve our problem going step by step and using the existing Open Source solutions, no matter how complete or inadequate they were, instead of waiting for a single "perfect" solution that would solve all our problems in one integrated package. Finally, we share with you what we have learned in this process and how our new knowledge affected creation of new requirements, as well as our future plans."
Polerio writes: "PhpMyLibrary-2.0.1 has been Released. Its major enhancements: multi-admin support; library user picture upload; database structure changed; polGenSQL (MARC2PhpMyLibrarySQL) revised; content management added."
David wrote to oss4lib-discuss: "Internet Scout Project would like to invite potential portal developers to investigate the Scout Portal Toolkit (SPT). This open source software package, funded by the Mellon Foundation, allows groups or organizations to develop a portal online without making a big investment in technical resources or expertise. The current SPT package features include: a metadata field editor, which allows portal administrators the ability to add, delete, or disable a variety of metadata fields; a Dublin Core compliant metadata field set; cross-field Searching; resource annotations and quality ratings by users; intelligent user agents; suggested resource referrals (recommender system); accessibility for users with disabilities; and RSS channel export."
Ian writes: "Hi All. A brief note that a first beta release of Open Request is available for download. Open Request is a pure java toolkit for developers wishing to implement the ISO 10161 Inter Library Loans protocol. The current release features helpers for constructing all protocol messages, encoders and decoders for the full protocol and components that store all incoming and outgoing messages in the database. Extensive use is made of the Hibernate project to provide as much database independence as possible. This initial release is provided mainly for feedback. We hope to integrate the open source component of OpenRequest with our cross searching z39.50 toolkit JZKit in the near future. As always, we are on the lookout for anyone interested in collaborative projects..." This is great news, something many of us have been looking/hoping for for some time now.
Eric wrote to oss4lib-discuss: "This release of MyLibrary is incremental, but there still a number of noteworthy additions to the distribution: the software now encrypts users' cookies as they are sent from the server to the browser; Impersonate patron is fixed; there are statistical reports against the underlying database summarizing usage; the scripts distribution now includes a set of PHP scripts demonstrating how MyLibrary can participate in OAI (Open Archives Initiative) for sharing metadata. Similarly, the distribution also includes a Perl script for writing RDF files from the underlying database."