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
The best coding tutorials (IMHO) are the ones that help you create something practical and/or applicable to your area of interest. And, with that in mind, I’ve started a list of open source library projects that may be of interest to those getting started with writing code. These projects aren’t necessarily beginner level (many of them aren’t) but provide examples of real code in action and something that you may be able to use and (eventually) contribute to.
Learning Ruby and/or Ruby on Rails?
These are just a few examples which I hope to keep adding to and, of course, suggestions are more than welcome.
A new version of the VuFind library resource portal, is now available. This latest release comes with improved support for non-MARC metadata, autosuggesters, snippets, keyword highlighting, expanded OAI-PMH and RSS output, book previews through Google Books/OpenLibrary/Hathi Trust, more powerful favorite list management and a bunch of other new features and improvements.
For more information about this latest release and future development plans, check out the VuFind roadmap.
VuFind is now out of beta with the release of version 1.0. It’s a free and open-source alternative to traditional OPACs and allows users to search catalog records as well as digital library items, insitutional repository records and other library resources.
You can see a live demo of this software on the website at VuFind.org.
VuFind features include faceted searching, Live Record Status and Location, Zotero Compatible, Author biographies and more.
New developments in the latest version include flexible support for non-MARC metadata formats, a mobile interface, Dewey Decimal support and integration with Serials Solutions’ Summon.
To find out more about the potential of this software, check out KEVEN (which stands for Kent VuFind Enhancement), a JISC-funded project at the University of Kent looking at ways to expand VuFind even further to improve the catalogue interface.
VuFind is is developed and maintained by Villanova University’s Falvey Memorial Library.