BioMail (new link) was apparently shut down by its author's department, according to the message posted at its former site. Dmitry also stated, in a message to all users, "I have yet to find a host where I can continue the BioMail alert service temporarily or permanently. If someone can help, I would be very glad. BioMail requires a Unix system with Perl, a webserver installed, and a stable internet connection (Linux computer with Apache is preferable)." Can anyone lend a few server processes to get this up and running asap? [update (3/3)]: Dmitry just let me know via email that not only has the sourceforge crew ok'd running the server there, but he also already received two messages from some of you friendly folks who saw this or got the message from oss4lib-list. Way to go, folks... :)
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...
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.
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 biomail.sourceforge.net for more.
The folks at the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at University of Utah are freely giving away (thought not supporting) the Personalize Eccles functionality of their Library home page. Give it a try--it really is quite slick. Those interested in obtaining the source should email Wayne Peay directly.
I don't know what my library is anymore. Personalizing library sites is here to stay, and the July Library Journal points out several efforts whose authors are "willing to share their code": My Library at Virginia Commonwealth University, MyLibrary at NCSU, and My Gateway at University of Washington. More than just a perfect marketing pitch to the American consumer, no? :)
from the BioMail Home Page: "BioMail is a small web-based application for medical researchers and biologists. It is written to automate searching for recent scientific papers in the PubMed Medline database. Periodically BioMail does a user-customized Medline search and sends all matching articles recently added to Medline to the users' e-mail address. HTML-formatted e-mails generated by BioMail can be used to show selected references in medline format, which is compatible with EndNote reference manager." You can either download and run it at your site or get an account on their server...
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