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Mike:

On the suggestion of brian d foy at CPAN I'm resending this request
so that we can resolve the situation sooner rather than later.

I was wondering if you have any interest in releasing a new version
of MARC::Record [1] to CPAN from CVS on SourceForge [2]. There hasn't
been a release since Dec 2004 but development has continued afoot
since then.

The reason I ask is that the Evergreen people [3] have spent the last
2 years building an open source ILS for the State of Georgia [4] and
they are dependent on some functionality that is in the CVS trunk.
Their install process is a bit stymied because the M::R on CPAN is
way out of date. I also get routine emails from M::R users around the
world who don't understand why the latest/greatest isn't on CPAN.

Evergreen isn't alone: the Koha opensource library system also relies
on heavily on MARC::Record. If you aren't interested in this I (or
possibly someone at ESILibrary) would be willing to take over
ownership of the module--or at least co-ownership so that updates can
be pushed out to the CPAN world at large.

Let me know what you think.

//Ed

[1] http://search.cpan.org/dist/MARC-Record
[2] http://sourceforge.net/projects/marcpm/
[3] http://esilibrary.com/
[4] http://www.linux.com/article.pl?sid=06/12/04/1538214
[5] http://koha.org

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  • Paul POULAIN at Jan 16, 2007 at 4:20 pm

    Edward Summers a écrit :
    Let me know what you think.
    what do I think ?
    only 1 thing : APPLAUSE !!!!!
    and all koha developpers & users alike I'm definetly sure !

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    Tel : 04 91 31 45 19
  • Joshua M. Ferraro at Jan 16, 2007 at 4:40 pm

    ----- Paul POULAIN wrote:
    Edward Summers a écrit :
    Let me know what you think.
    what do I think ?
    only 1 thing : APPLAUSE !!!!!
    and all koha developpers & users alike I'm definetly sure !
    +1

    --
    Joshua Ferraro SUPPORT FOR OPEN-SOURCE SOFTWARE
    President, Technology migration, training, maintenance, support
    LibLime Featuring Koha Open-Source ILS
    jmf@liblime.com |Full Demos at http://liblime.com/koha |1(888)KohaILS
  • David Christensen at Jan 16, 2007 at 4:47 pm
    A further +1 :-)

    -David
    On 1/16/07, Joshua M. Ferraro wrote:

    ----- Paul POULAIN wrote:
    Edward Summers a écrit :
    Let me know what you think.
    what do I think ?
    only 1 thing : APPLAUSE !!!!!
    and all koha developpers & users alike I'm definetly sure !
    +1

    --
    Joshua Ferraro SUPPORT FOR OPEN-SOURCE SOFTWARE
    President, Technology migration, training, maintenance, support
    LibLime Featuring Koha Open-Source ILS
    jmf@liblime.com |Full Demos at http://liblime.com/koha |1(888)KohaILS


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  • Jonathan Gorman at Jan 16, 2007 at 7:55 pm

    I was wondering if you have any interest in releasing a new version of
    MARC::Record [1] to CPAN from CVS on SourceForge [2]. There hasn't been a
    release since Dec 2004 but development has continued afoot since then.

    The reason I ask is that the Evergreen people [3] have spent the last 2 years
    building an open source ILS for the State of Georgia [4] and they are
    dependent on some functionality that is in the CVS trunk. Their install
    process is a bit stymied because the M::R on CPAN is way out of date. I also
    get routine emails from M::R users around the world who don't understand why
    the latest/greatest isn't on CPAN.

    Hopefully I am not butting into an existing conversation here. I
    thought as others were voicing their support for updating the cpan M::R
    module, I would add my support as well. It's not just large projects
    such as Koha or Evergreen who find these modules useful. We here at the
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have found these modules
    extremely useful for smaller projects as well. I've used it several times
    for small, one-off projects as well as larger ones.

    This is also a particularity key time to have the "latest and greatest"
    available via cpan. Some of the features, such as better utf8 support,
    are sorely needed. Recently Urbana-Champaign has just upgraded it's
    Integrated Library System (ILS), allowing far better unicode support than
    before. Unfortunately, there are not many (software) libraries can handle
    these features. In addition, the library world is increasingly seeing the
    value in experimentation and there is a need for good tools to support
    these efforts.

    The current module is a lifesaver and I'm grateful to people like Andy
    Lester, Mike O'Regan, Ed Summers and Brian Cassidy and the others who
    have made the module the excellent tool it already is. It would be great
    to ensure that it doesn't languish at this crucial time.

    ps. I'm not sending this email in any official capacity of the University
    of Illinois or speaking for it in anyway. Just speaking as an interested
    developer who uses it in his daily work.

    Jonathan T. Gorman
    Research Information Specialist
    University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
    216 Main Library - MC522
    1408 West Gregory Drive
    Urbana, IL 61801
  • Brian d foy at Jan 18, 2007 at 7:48 pm
    [[ This message was both posted and mailed: see
    the "To," "Cc," and "Newsgroups" headers for details. ]]

    In article <65924D1D-7B2A-4C3F-B144-02E9B210F34F@pobox.com>, Edward
    Summers wrote:

    I was wondering if you have any interest in releasing a new version
    of MARC::Record [1] to CPAN from CVS on SourceForge [2]. There hasn't
    been a release since Dec 2004 but development has continued afoot
    since then.
    From the discussion on perl.perl4lib, I transferred MARC::Record from
    MOREGAN to MIKERY.

    MARC::Lint is in the current MARC::Record distro, but that has a
    separate distro too, so there might be some indexing problems. If so,
    just let the PAUSE admins at modules@perl.org know about it.

    --
    brian d foy (one of many PAUSE admins), http://pause.perl.org
    archives at http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/modules
    please send all messages back to modules@perl.org

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