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Monday November 17th
Linkstack - what you're reading (12 comments)

Monday November 10th
Ralph LeVan's SRW/U OSS database interface now available; supports DSpace's Lucene & 2 OCLC dbs (1 comments)

Monday August 11th
EFF Creates Usage Log Privacy Tool (2 comments)

Wednesday July 30th
Shortest OAI-Repository Script? (4 comments)

Sunday June 8th
Shortest OAI-Harvesting Script? (4 comments)

Thursday May 15th
RSS, catalogs, Koha, and more (4 comments)

Thursday April 24th
Fun with SVG (5 comments)

Saturday April 19th
Koha Development Roadmap (10 comments)

Tuesday March 18th
LibraryLookup Bookmarklet Helper pt.2 (1 comments)

Thursday January 23rd
MD3 Version 0.1 Released (1 comments)

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Linkstack - what you're reading

By dchud, Section Software
Posted on Mon Nov 17th, 2003 at 02:14:28 PM EST
Art and I have been hashing out questions about where lines can and should be drawn between individual web/library surfing, record-keeping of same via personal link routing, and the continuum from private clippings files and bibtex/endnote bibliographies to weblogs and trackback. I think we agree that these services are on a continuum. His thoughts on this topic leap quickly to trust networks, which is fascinating, though I'm more stuck on just aggressively logging everything I do in the context of what I read that I might ever want to refer to again, and finding a simple way to merge that with public weblogging and library-quality metadata. Yeah, okay, that's a little obsessive. Still, as a little experiment I put together a tiny app called 'linkstack' and it's worked well for a few weeks now. It might be interesting to try a group one, so if it interests you too read on, and we can give it a whirl.

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Ralph LeVan's SRW/U OSS database interface now available; supports DSpace's Lucene & 2 OCLC dbs

By Anonymous Hero, Section Software
Posted on Mon Nov 10th, 2003 at 05:47:14 PM EST

The SRW/U Open Source software implements both the SRW Web Service and the SRU REST model interface to databases. It includes interfaces that support DSpace's Lucene implementation and OCLC's Pears and Newton databases.

More information:

Ralph LeVan:

OCLC Research announcements are available via RSS 2.0, at

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EFF Creates Usage Log Privacy Tool

By kcoyle, Section Software
Posted on Mon Aug 11th, 2003 at 12:26:57 PM EST

From an announcement:

The EFF is developing a Usage Log Management Tool (ULMT) that will help web site owners manage the configuration and retention of server logs in ways that help ensure end user privacy and reduce legal risks associated with log file data.

The design is based on ideas developed at the Usage Log Data Management Working Group (see http://www.cfp2003.org/cfp2003/program_info/usage_log_working_group.html) at the Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference in New York City in April. Background on that meeting is available at http://www.securityfocus.com/news/3711.

The UMLT is desgined to work with Apache servers, but also serves as a reference implementation of policy recommendations by the EFF and the working group. The design documents are available at http://www.eff.org/projects/logmanagement/, and suggestions for improvement would be much appreciated.

Sverker Hogberg
Dan Moniz
Jeff Ubois

It seems like it would be interesting to try this out in some libraries. Any volunteers?

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Shortest OAI-Repository Script?

By ThomasBHickey, Section Software
Posted on Wed Jul 30th, 2003 at 11:20:51 AM EST

Posted here first!

Some said it couldn't be done, but here's a two-page Python script that implements a compliant OAI repository: 2PageOAI.

Note: this is not designed for learning Python, we used lots of little tricks used to shave off a line here and there. It should make you interested, though.


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Shortest OAI-Harvesting Script?

By jaf, Section Software
Posted on Sun Jun 8th, 2003 at 10:52:34 AM EST
Thom Hickey from OCLC's Office of Research posted a 60-line Python script which will pull records from an OAI-PMH compliant repository and place them in a file. So I'm wondering - how small could a fully-compliant harvesting script be? What language would allow for the shortest code? Hmmmm....

See below to read Thom's email to the OAI-Implementers list and to view the code itself.

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RSS, catalogs, Koha, and more

By pate, Section Software
Posted on Thu May 15th, 2003 at 05:21:30 PM EST
We've put together an RSS porthole into the DB sitting behind Koha.  At this point, we've only got a proof of concept, but I'd love to hear peoples ideas about how to use this more effectively. To see some additional information (with screen shots, and links to RSS), please point your browser at www.kohalabs.com/rss/.

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Fun with SVG

By dchud, Section Software
Posted on Thu Apr 24th, 2003 at 08:28:41 PM EST
I've been working on a fun little project at my new job that isn't particularly innovative in any large way but the overall effect might look interesting enough to warrant a brief overview here. Its objective is (at present) a teaching tool for the MeSH vocabulary, primarily to help people learning to search Medline/Pubmed better understand issues of term choice. Its architectural and user interface focal point is an interactive SVG interface that's entirely driven by vocabulary data and user input. It's only in an alpha state, but you can play with it if you promise not to break anything. :) Read on for more...

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