Wrote up this short perl script which uses Zeta to grab a single ISBN's MARC record from LC. The goal is to make it easier for cuecat hackers and the like to get better data when they scan in their books' UPCs. See also today's NYTimes piece-free reg. req'd-for more on the sudden explosion of barcode mayhem.
from meat o'fressie: "Fixes for bugs in option parsing for the translate client, addition of the missing HACKING (development documentation) file, and sundry minor changes." that's surfraw.sourceforge.net...
Spied at Access y2k was the new (live? prototype? for sale? for free?) Open Name Services from OCLC. It doesn things with ISBNs, ISSNs, SICI, OpenURL, Handles, and such. They say "we would like to propose that identifiers on the Web reflect the names used before the Web came into being." Hmm, so how do they account for things born webbed?
from perl4lib: "I have uploaded MARC-1.12 at download.sourceforge.net.
I also updated the docs referenced at the marcpm.sourceforge.net page. Have at it. Bug reports are especially welcome. [updates include] Fixed newline issues with input and output of marcmaker records (Ed's suggestions and my spelunking); added an option for less strict error checking (David Valentine's suggestion, Ed's architecture); added tests and removed test numbering."
You're gonna like this (as seen on NTKnow): "Surfraw (Shell Users' Revolutionary Front Rage Against the Web) provides a fast unix command line interface to a variety of popular WWW search engines and other artifacts of power. It reclaims google, altavista, babelfish, dejanews, freshmeat, research index, slashdot and many others from the false-prophet, pox-infested heathen lands of html-forms, placing these wonders where they belong, deep in unix heartland, as god loving extensions to the shell." Beautiful... raw and uncut, just how you like it, you CLI machine. :) And it's a commandline imperative (like, yet breathtakingly unlike, Mr. Mellencamp's Dance Naked), to boot!
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 marcpm.sourceforge.net. [p.s. hey Liz, that you? how's that reference MOO doin'? ;)]
from freshmeat: "New timestamps to synch channel settings between servers, and many bugfixes with distributed searching." see opennap.sourceforge.net for more.
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/."