Tools

For announcements and discussion of tools useful in digitization.

aDORe Archive

The Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Library has released the aDORe Archive Solution, a "write-once/read-many" framework for archiving files, assigning persistent identifers, and disseminating metadata about the file via the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting. adoreArchive is made available under the GNU Lesser General Public License.

Wayback

The Internet Archive has released version 0.20 of Wayback, a new implementation of the application used to create the Wayback Machine. The primary goal of this new implementation is to replace the existing application that popluates the Wayback Machine and to allow it to be used by others, presumably for archiving their own websites. Wayback is released under the Lesser GNU Public License and requires Apache Tomcat.

antiword

antiword is a utility for converting Microsoft Word 2, 6, 7, 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003 to text, Postscript, and XML/DocBook. antiword is available under the GNU Public License and runs on pretty much every commonly available operating system. Note that the freshmeat page for antiword seems to be a bit more up to date than its main home page.

Greenstone 3 available for testing

Greenstone 3 was released yesterday. This version is a complete redesign and reimplementation of the current Greenstone digital library software (Greenstone 2), and is intended to increase the modularity, flexiblity, and extensibility of the application. Version 3 supports collections created in Version 2.

Warning from the website: "Please note, Greenstone 3 is our research version of Greenstone, and is still incomplete, and not stable. For a production digital library we recommend using Greenstone 2.")

Fez institutional repository application for Fedora

The University of Queensland Library has released version 1.0 beta of Fez, "an open source project to produce and maintain a highly flexible web interface to FEDORA for any Library or Insituition to configure and publish or archive documents of any type sustainably." Fez can be run on any server that supports PHP and features advanced searching, title and author browsing, configurable document workflow and document lifecycle management, LDAP and Active Directory authentication, and community and collection architecture, similar to DS

Yet Antother Time Machine

Yet Another Time Machine is a utility for Linux that allows playback of audio files at variable speeds while preserving the pitch of the sound. Applications for digitized sound files include providing shorter, high-speed versions of files to help users evaluate whether they want to listen to the original, and allowing users to listen to slower versions of files that contain garbled sounds.

Two DSpace user group meeting announcements

Registration is now open for the DSpace User Group Meeting to be held January 31-February 1 in Sydney, Australia. The University of Bergen, Norway, has announced that it will host a two day DSpace User Group Meeting on April 20 and 21, 2006.

Internet Archive's Flipbook viewer

Roy Tennant on Web4Lib pointed out a blog posting by one of the developers of Flipbook, the Internet Archive's new Ajax-based page turner for its OpenLibrary. This type of page turner is not unique -- the British Library has had one for some time -- but it's great to see new implementations of it.

Presentations from the European Fedora User Meeting now available

Presentation material from the European Fedora User Meeting, held September 28, 2005 in Copenhagen, are now available, including sessions on using Fedora for managing institutional repositories, for publishing open access journals, and on Fedora as an OAI-compliant service provider and other topics.

OpenOffice 2.0 released

The big news this morning is that OpenOffice 2.0 has been released. One of the most touted features of 2.0 is its support for the OpenDocument XML format (Wikipedia article).

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