Tuesday, August 15, 2006

MARC Tool in PHP

There is a pre-alpha release of a tool for working with MARC records, currently named PEAR_MARC. If you enjoy trying out new tools and offering suggestions on improvements and bugs this is one for you.
The core MARC decoding routine was taken from the php-marc package that Christoffer Landtman coded for the Emilda open source library management system. The decoding routine was based on the algorithm contained in Perl's MARC::Record package. Christoffer generously relicensed php-marc under an LGPL license so that I could use it as the basis of a (hopefully, eventually) official PEAR package. PEAR_MARC itself will therefore be licensed under LGPL.

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