as seen at freshmeat: "Fixes for the broken column sorting, a minor fix in the Etext grabbing code to account for inaccuracies in the Index, sorting code optimizations for the Library Browser, and a separate column in the Index indicating if the work is under copyright." all this and more at


as seen at freshmeat: "An installation script, bugfixes, urls for each reference for the text-formatted e-mails, and an option to stop getting empty e-mails." See for more.

bp -- perl bibliography package


bp is a freely licensed perl package for manipulating and accessing bibliographic information. It supports bibtex, refer, endnote, procite, inspec, medline and other formats for input/output/conversion. I emailed the author as the bp homepage does not seemed to have changed in two years... will post any response as a comment.

Avanti version 0.2


Peter says about the release of Avanti-0.2: "Version 0.2 includes a new package that implements the abstract relationship modeling system (ARMS), a core component of Avanti. An ARMS is an information system that can be used to map and manipulate
relationships between a set of objects of various types (for example, a set of URL's, websites, text files, records in disparate databases, etc.).

Avanti: circ design document

Peter says: "A draft design overview document outlining the Avanti Circulation System has been posted at the Avanti web site ... it's time to take all these pieces and develop a usable product. The circulation component is the first such chunk."


as seen at freshmeat: "Major rewrite with lots of changes, including becoming object-oriented. All database handling was moved to the separate class. Ability to change the quantity of searches (now between 1 and 10), and to change the maximum quantity of references (now 20 to 400) added. A text area for the user to write a note to the authors was added. There are no longer empty accounts generated." read more at the BioMail Home Page


as seen on gnome-list, what's new includes "multiple documents interface, with copy/paste and drag'n'drop; multiple selections (useful with LyX citation for example); all the supported formats (bibtex, medline, ovid, refer) can now be read and written; better date handling; bug fixes." for more see the pybliographer download page at if you haven't tried this yet give it a shot; i might finally get rid of endnote + msword (and there was much rejoicing). :)

Dictionaries: Pronunciation & Rhyming


spied on freshmeat was the Rhyming Dictionary, which was based in turn on the very cool CMU Pronouncing Dictionary. The CMU project appears to have a long history, and it covers over 100K words. Brian's Rhyming variant suggests rhymes for any input based on the CMU distribution. There must be lots of other fun things we can do with these...

Avanti API for library systems


Peter Schlumpf writes in about Avanti, a java-based project aimed at generating an open source API for automation systems (java APIs are fairly easily bound to other languages..., no?). A description is up, and Peter promises sanitized code within a few days.

Tagged: is a Perl 5 module for reading, manipulating and writing MARC records. Once installed in your Perl library you will be able to use's functionality to read in individual records or batches of MARC records, extract data from particular fields, and convert the records into a variety of formats including HTML and XML. You can also use to create records from scratch--which might prove useful if you have have some delimited data that you would like to convert into a MARC record. Since it is a Perl Module, might prove also prove to be useful as a component of a larger application that uses MARC in some form.