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LibLime Site Launch (open source support for libraries)

By kados, Section News
Posted on Thu Apr 14th, 2005 at 08:45:55 AM EST
LibLime is pleased to announce the launch of our website and product demos [ http://liblime.com ].

LibLime provides full vendor services for open-source software ...

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Koha 2.2.2 is available for download

By kados, Section Software
Posted on Thu Apr 14th, 2005 at 08:45:34 AM EST
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.

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Avanti MicroLCS 1.0 beta 4 is released

By pschlumpf, Section Software
Posted on Thu Jan 27th, 2005 at 09:22:43 PM EST
Avanti Library Systems has released 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.

MicroLCS 1.0 beta 4 can be downloaded from http://www.avantilibrarysystems.com/microlcs.html .

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Integrated Library Systems + Relational Backends..

By georged, Section Ask Anything
Posted on Thu Jan 27th, 2005 at 09:21:17 PM EST
I'm looking for some insight or comments on understanding library systems and the use of relational database backends in terms how we got to where we are, generic trends, or even larger scale considerations taken by ILS developers (e.g. legacy code, text retrieval vs. tables/normalization, or "mature market" dynamics, etc.).

I'd also appreciate any comments or links to discussion that updates a paper like this one. ..or comments that speak to the awkward situation we find ourselves in with "legacy" ILS systems vs. new technologies. -- All big topics no doubt...

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Google Scholar, Firefox and OpenURLs

By pbinkley, Section News
Posted on Tue Dec 28th, 2004 at 11:59:07 AM EST
As a proof-of-concept I've built a Firefox extension that adds OpenURL links to the results lists in Google Scholar. It can be downloaded here: http://www.ualberta.ca/~pbinkley/gso/. The functionality is pretty basic but it shows what might be possible.

Ideally, Google will build this functionality directly into Google Scholar, and we'll be able to integrate Google Scholar fully with our local access systems. In the meantime, this extension is fun to play with. It is by no means perfect, but it is perhaps a taste of what we have to look forward to.

You'll need the latest version of Firefox to use it (1.0, not the 1.0 preview).

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NLM Catalog in XML

By Anonymous Hero, Section News
Posted on Thu Sep 16th, 2004 at 06:39:46 PM EST
NLM's catalog is now searchable in their Entrez interface used for PubMed, etc. Check out the XML display format. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?CMD=search&DB=nlmcatalog Dick R. Miller

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ObjectsSearch Web APIs

By Anonymous Hero, Section Software
Posted on Sat Jul 31st, 2004 at 12:29:16 PM EST
Open Source Nutch based search engine ObjectsSearch.com has released a beta version of a new service that allows software developers to incorporate ObjectsSearch's capabilities into their own applications.

Called ObjectsSearch Web APIs (application programming interfaces), the developer's kit provides documentation and sample code for using the service for Java.

With the ObjectsSearch Web APIs service, software developers can query ObjectsSearch index from their own computer programs.

ObjectsSearch uses the SOAP and WSDL standards so a developer can program in his or her favorite environment - such as Java, Perl,or Visual Studio .NET.

ObjectsSearch is attempting to extend its reach into the application development market by allowing developers to experiment freely with its search technology.

Services are being offered in beta form so that the company can obtain feedback from developers.

APIs Home Page : http://www.objectssearch.com/apis/index.html
Search Engine Home Page : http://www.ObjectsSearch.com

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