Prospero 1.24 available

several more bug fixes taken care of in the latest release available from the Prior Health Science Library at OSU. of note also is that "Through October 11 , 1999, about 200 different organizations from 17 countries have downloaded



the latest, greatest jake yet is ready and rarin' to go. improvements include more database coverage, direct links to issuelists for several fulltext resources, a faster database machine, and much improved display due to stylesheet tweaks. enjoy.



as seen at freshmeat: "This release adds a column to the library browser indicating whether a work is still under copyright, fixes to compensate for the library index file not being up-to-date with available etexts (a tweaked regex pattern matching on etext filenames), and other feature additions and minor modifications." For more see

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.).

Prospero 1.26

From Eric: Prospero 1.26 is out. New features include "conversion of a single page number, or a range of page numbers, from an Ariel document into individual PDFs, for removing the invoice that sometimes comes with an Ariel document or when several documents come in a single Ariel transmission. [Prospero also] now allows import from a monochrome PDF/TIFFs uncompressed or compressed using a CCITT Group3/4 Fax compression scheme."



improvements include several bugfixes, javascript-based ui improvements on "yale view", issuelists for JSTOR and Project MUSE added, removal of several redundant records, added support for * and ? as search wildcards and issn searching. take it for a spin at


as seen at freshmeat: "Fixed some problems which made all previous versions of BioMail nonfunctional due to changes at PubMed site. Added HTML 'skins', csv file format." If this means they finally did the cutoff of the old server some of my pubmed code must be broken too... for more see the redesigned BioMail site.

Avanti 0.2.1


from Peter: 'Version 0.2.1 adds the ability to define "token descriptors" for token objects in an abstract relationship modeling system (ARMS). Token descriptors are used to link token objects in an ARMS database to things in the outside world or as descriptive labels for token objects.' available to all at the Avanti site.

local copy of GTK+/Gnome Application Development


Any Gnome coders (especially beginners) out there would benefit tremendously from reading Havoc Pennington's new GTK+/Gnome Application Development... and thanks to the Open Publication License, you can read it here, broken down by chapter.

SLRI: web to Z39.50

the Simon Fraser University Library Research Instrument (SLRI) is "a web to Z39.50 client interface" brought to you by the good folks at SFU. it's an adaptation of the web to Z39.50 gateway developed by Harold Finkbeiner at Stanford, licensed under GPL and recently spied at as well.