Open Source news: FOSS4LIB launch and more

In January, LYRASIS Technology Services  launched FOSS4LIB.org, a website to provide guidance to the library community about free/open source software (FOSS). The site already hosts an impressive registry of open source software as well as ‘decision-making tools‘ to help when considering making the move away from proprietary software.There’s more content being added all the time and you can also sign up for an account if you’d like to contribute.

In other OSS news, the Vufind discovery software has just released version 1.3. This latest version includes enhancements such as new search plugins (Europeana search, Google Maps, visual timelines), a ‘book bag’ feature and enhanced RSS feeds.

Kyushu University Library has also announced the release of Cute.Catalog, an Advanced Discovery Service build using eXtensible Catalog. You can see it in action at: http://catalog.lib.kyushu-u.ac.jp/en

 

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Grant awarded for eXtensible Catalog Organization Metadata Services Toolkit

The eXtensible Catalog Organization (XCO) has announced a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to further develop the Metadata Services Toolkit (MST). The foundation awarded $100,000 to the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) at the University of Illinois to continue work on  the MST.

eXtensible Catalog is a collection of open source components for libraries to manage metadata and build applications. As well as the MST, it includes Drupal, OAI and NCIP Toolkits.

You can view a demo of the Metadata Services Toolkit at:

http://www.extensiblecatalog.org/software/mst/demo