from the Open Source Course Reserves (OSCR) site: "Release 1.50 streamlines data entry and adds other features... ". looks like they've also got some php3 in there now in addition to perl, and the perl bits are moving to DBI.


as seen at freshmeat: "This release includes a new class for interactions with PubMed, POD documentation for the BioMail::Mails module, and a range of bug fixes and cosmetic changes." for more see the BioMail site...


from gnome-list: "endnote generated bibtex files should now be readable; additional configuration topics for bibtex; minor bug fixes" ...and from the pybliographer site: "Consider this version as a 1.0pre1, so please report any problem you encounter with it." Frederic is really doing great work on this... it's got every feature I need now. Wooh-hooh!

Open Source Digital Library System (OSDLS)


The Open Source Digital Library System (OSDLS, a.k.a. Powerful Yet TactfullyHelpful Electronic Arranger of Sources (PYTHEAS)) is a project to develop an open source next-generation library system. Current development includes a data model based on MARC and RDF expressed in XML. Links to the design draft and listserv details are at the OSDLS homepage.

Prospero 1.2 Released

to excerpt Eric: "Features of 1.2 include: moved staff module from a Perl codebase to C codebase... This will enable us to make a future release an Ariel "plug-in"; added ability to attach pdf documents to an email message rather than posting them to the Web; added Alphabetical sorting to user list database; fixed bugs in TIFF/PDF conversion and other interface problems; [many] changes in server scripts." check it out yourself at the Prospero page at the Prior Health Sciences Library. Very cool; now I can reimplement it here.

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 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.