COLUMBUS, OH--January 23, 2009. LibLime, the leader in open solutions for libraries, announced today the launch of ábiblios.net--a free browser-based cataloging service with a data store containing over thirty-million records. Records are licensed under the Open Data Commons, making the service the world's largest repository of freely-licensed library records.
ábiblios.net (pronounced 'biblios dot net') features an intuitive metadata editor complete with templates, macros, authority auto-completion and embedded context-sensitive help. The central record repository contains 25-million bibliographic records and just under eight-million authority records. The data is maintained by ábiblios.net users similar to the model used by Wikipedia.
Catalogers can use and contribute to the database without restrictions because records in ábiblios.net are freely-licensed under the Open Data Commons Public Domain Dedication and License (https://biblios.net/open-data-commons-license).
ábiblios.net also includes a built-in federated search system allowing catalogers to find records from any Z39.50 target. A central Search Target Registry, seeded with over 2,000 Z39.50 servers, makes it easy for catalogers to find, create and share Z39.50 targets.
In addition to offering a cutting-edge cataloging interface, ábiblios.net offers a unique social cataloging environment. Built-in forums and private messaging make finding help and communicating with other users a cinch. Real-time chat is slated for an upcoming release.
"The philosophy behind an Open Data movement scarcely needs an explanation to a library audience," explains LibLime CEO, Joshua Ferraro. "The mission of libraries--to provide open, free access to ideas and information--surely applies to the metadata created BY librarians," Ferraro says.
"To date, libraries haven't had a freely-licensed repository of library records to date and that makes ábiblios.net an especially exciting development, one that I'm proud to have been a part of," says Ferraro. "It's our hope that ábiblios.net, as well as other open data movements, will usher in a new era of library openness, where libraries can collaboratively create and share metadata with the whole community," Ferraro says.
You can sign up for a free ábiblios.net account by visiting http://biblios.net.
ábiblios.net is a free browser-based cataloging service. In addition to a metadata editor, ábiblios.net includes community features such as integrated chat, forums, and private messaging. ábiblios.net also provides access to the world's largest database of freely-licensed library records, over 30-million and growing.
Free access to the entire database is available via Z39.50, OAI, and direct download. Furthermore, the database is maintained by ábiblios.net users similar to the way that Wikipedia's database is maintained by users.
ábiblios (http://biblios.org) was originally conceived and created as an open-source, web-based metadata tool for libraries during the 2007 Google Summer of Code program. Google Summer of Code is an annual program in which Google awards stipends to students who successfully complete a requested free software / open-source coding project during the summer.
ábiblios was first debuted at the 2008 Code4lib conference, where lead developer Chris Catalfo gave a sneak preview presentation on the technology and architecture of ábiblios. ábiblios is now developed and maintained at LibLime and we're looking forward to helping grow an active community around the project.
LibLime is the global leader in open solutions for libraries. Rather than sell software licenses for static, hard-to-customize software products, LibLime educates libraries about the benefits of open source, enabling them to make choices about how best to provide their communities and staff with better technology services. LibLime then facilitates implementation of open-source in libraries by providing outstanding development, customization, support and training solutions--solutions tailored to each library's needs. For more information, see http://liblime.com.