Jon writes: "Another update to the Loughborough Online Reading List System (LORLS). Changes include the tagged-ref-import script omitted previously, also some fixes for tagged reference (specifically RefWorks) import and export. Fixed modcode suggestions if a user tries to create a new module with a code that already exists. MARC.pm now used to decode the records supplied by Z39.50 (including ones with local control numbers and no real ISBN/ISSNs or multiple ISSN/ISBNs). Displaylist now does caseless matching of stages/dept codes as we had some instances of lists "invisible" to browsing because of incorrect case for these. Added some extra indexes as suggested by Ben Charlton."
Bas writes: "I am pleased to announce the second release candidate of MARC4J 2.0. Starting from release 2.0rc1 the event based parser is replaced by an easier to use interface that uses a simple iterator over a collection of MARC records.
The MARC4J library includes:
- An easy to use interface that can handle large record sets;
- Readers and writers for both MARC and MARC XML;
- A build-in pipeline model to pre- or postprocess MARC XML using any XSLT processor that supports the JAXP interface;
- A MARC record object model (like DOM for XML) for in-memory editing of MARC records;
- Support for data conversions from MARC-8 ANSEL, ISO5426 or ISO6937 to UCS/Unicode and back;
- Vendor neutral XML support through JAXP and SAX2, a high performance XML interface;
- Support for conversions between MARC and MARC XML;
- Tight integration with the JAXP, DOM and SAX2 interfaces;
- Easy to integrate with other XML interfaces like DOM, XOM, JDOM or DOM4J;
- Command-line utilities for MARC and MARC XML conversions;
- Javadoc documentation.
MARC4J is published under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation.
Downloads and additional information can be found at http://marc4j.tigris.org."
Joshua writes: "The new version of Koha (2.2.2) is available for download. Koha was the first open-source Integrated Library System (ILS). Developed initialy in New Zealand, in January of 2000, it is currently maintained by a team of volunteers from around the globe. Koha includes a full catalog, opac, circulation and acquisitions system. Koha 2.2 is more than 247,000 lines of code, developed by more than 30 developers (excluding translators). With the 2.2 version, Koha is now a mature product, with a lot of nice features. It's used in more than 50 libraries including academic, public, school, and religious, and has demonstrated good scalability (from 1 to 8 branches, and from 1,000 to 300,000 items). For more details on Koha 2.2.2 read the Release Notes."
anon writes: "A new version of IsisMarc, the advanced data entry interface for CDS/ISIS databases, is now available for download: it implements a Z39.50 client, a search module and many other enhancements. This work is the result of a pool of developers in Argentina and Uruguay, under the auspices of Argentina's Ministry of Education SIU Program and UNESCO Communication and information sector.
Several features were added to the software, among which:
Search Module. It implements most Winisisï¿½ search features, showing results in a grid: double clicking a line will make that record active in the IsisMarc window. It does not support free-text searching.
MARC21 Import. It is possible to batch-import Marc21 records to a temporary IsisMarc administrated database. This database will not be erased until you order to do that, including when closing the application. This feature makes it possible to add MARC records to your local database for copy cataloguing.
Z39.50 Client. IsisMarc 1.53 adds a built-in Z39.50 client based upon the YAZ(c) OSS Library. It allows searching into more than 35 databases from libraries from all around the world and importing their records for copy-cataloguing. Check the manual to see important options as the "temporal activation" agent and many more. Note that through WinIsis you could add more Z39.50 sources to search into.
Punctuation. IsisMarc 1.53 can automatically add MARC21 punctuation to records as soon as you accept one. IsisMarc will try using MARC21 database rules to add appropriate punctuation (DOTS). This feature will be enhanced in future versions but was tested, for common cases. For fixing exceptional punctuation cases you have to edit the record manually. This feature can be disabled by leaving blank the DOTS parameter of isismarc.cip located in your DBISIS/database folder.
Multi-user enhancements. IsisMarc 1.53 was tested under Linux Samba drives for locking and adding records concurrently. Automatic Inverted file updating is not implemented because of DLL limitations.
A number of other minor bugs have been fixed.
IsisMarc interface and installation are now available in English, Spanish and French."
Christoffer writes: "After one year of hard development, 48000 lines of changed code, 4 intermediate releases and countless hours of testing, the Emilda 1.2 branch is declared stable. Since Emilda 1.1, amogst others enhanced cataloguing using item types and subject headings, LDAP authentication, a completely renewed configuration system using Control Panels, automated setup and upgrading, a new database backend including cached queries and support for older 3.x MySQL servers, Gettext i18n, a new search backend, new reports, enhanced MARC configuration etc have been added. All Emilda 1.1 users are encouraged to upgrade to Emilda 1.2.1 to be able to experience library management at its best. For more information, please visit the Emilda Project site."
Peter writes: "Avanti Library Systems has released Avanti MicroLCS version 1.0 beta 4, a Java based OPAC and cataloging system. Many things have been changed and improved in beta 4, mostly under the hood. Among these are a much simplified installation procedure, a server management console, a simpler architecture and directory layout, and many bug fixes, optimisations and refinements that make this a rock solid release. Also included in this release is AvantiMARC, an application program interface (API) for manipulating MARC records. It is functional but not yet enabled in beta 4, as further refinements are underway and MARC utilities based on AvantiMARC are still under development. AvantiMARC will soon be released separately as a MARC API package under the terms of the LGPL license."
Polerio writes: "PhpMyLibrary version 2.0.3 comprises the following major changes. Inventory report output in 3x5 inches catalog format. In addition, it also outputs 8x14 numerous inventory reports. Secondly, the Import Record has been modified to fully support the MARC importing methods. The Maintenance Links has also been added. It facilitates backup/restore process of MARC Records. Finally, the new automatic installation method has been applied. This version is a full-pledged webhosting-friendly application. Visit the site for more info and a live demo."
Christoffer writes: "Emilda 1.2 has for the last 6 months been under heavy development, and the result of the hard work of the entire development team is the yesterday released Beta version of Emilda 1.2. We would now like to urge all interested to take part in the testing and evaluation process of the forthcoming stable release of Emilda 1.2. This release of Emilda features amongst others, LDAP integration, completely redesigned configuration system, MARC configuration, Item types, Subject support, redesigned search backend and much, much more."
VDC writes: "The Virtual Data Center (VDC) is an OSS digital library system "in a box" for numeric data. VDC provides a complete open-source, digital library system for the management, dissemination, exchange, and citation of virtual collections of quantitative data. The VDC functionality provides everything necessary to maintain and disseminate an individual collection of research studies: including facilities for the storage, archiving, cataloging, translation, and dissemination of each collection. On-line analysis is provided, powered by the R Statistical environment. The system provides extensive support for distributed and federated collections including: location-independent naming of objects, distributed authentication and access control, federated metadata harvesting, remote repository caching, and distributed virtual collections of remote objects. Release 1.0 of the VDC provides RPM's for Redhat 9.0, Fedora 1 Core and Redhat 3 Advance Server. Supported standards and protocols and formats include: DDI, Dublin Core, and MARC for metadata; R,SPSS, SAS,ASCII, and STATA for data ; OAI and Z39.50 for queries; UNF's and Handles for naming/citation."