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BioMail-0.50pre1

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

bp -- perl bibliography package

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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.

BioMail-0.50pre2

as seen at freshmeat: "Some bugs were fixed, minor GUI changes, documentation was added to dbflat.pm class." For more see the BioMail page.

Prospero 1.0 available

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Eric Schnell writes in that "Prospero for Windows 2000/NT/98/95 is a web-based document delivery system designed as a compliment to the Ariel software system [for ILL over the net]... [it comprises] a staff module which captures and converts Ariel files to Web accessible documents... [and a] server-side user interface which allows patrons to retrieve their documents using a web browser." It is GPLd and uses some of my code! This got a major wooh-hooh! from everyone here at Yale... or, well, at least a "why, that is quite exciting indeed."

MyLibrary@NCState now under GPL

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from the sandbox page: "MyLibrary is a user-driven, customizable information service providing access to Internet resources." ELM and his colleagues at NCSU have really built up a rich feature set. download and read more here

OSCR - open source course reserve

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Wally Grotophorst from GMU says: "OSCR uses Perl & MySQL to provide electronic reserves services at an academic library...." and that they are "entering their second year on the product." Download it yourself at timesync.gmu.edu/OSCR, it is under the GPL.

BioMail needs a host

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... :)

Gathering at ALA

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We are on: gather at 8pm Sunday 6/27 at the *end* of the Ariel Users Group meeting, located at Room 227 of the Ernest Morial Convention Center. We shall then proceed en masse to the RLG suite for the first ever live gathering of us types, replete with frosty beverages and a very special guest via teleconference. See you there!

SIXPACK-0.99

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as seen at freshmeat, and at SIXPACK site: "SIXPACK is a free BibTeX and Reference Manager designed to edit, convert and manage reference files, search and sort bibliographies, import and export many different bibliography types. Sixpack uses the excelent perl package bp by Dana Jacobson to covert between formats." and it reads/writes bibtex, refer, endnote, tip, procite, rfc1807, and plain text along with one-way for several others. written in perl/tk... looks real good.

Prospero 1.03: 150+ downloads and counting...

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Word from Eric S. at OSU is that Prospero has been downloaded more than 150 times by folks from more than 10 countries... v1.03 includes several bugfixes and a significant performance improvement. What are you waiting for? :)