according to Peter: "Version 0.3 is a complete rewrite of the Avanti code base after a rethinking of the basic architecture and design. The result is the beginnings of a simple, highly modular and scalable client/server architecture using its own native messaging protocol for client/server communication." For more, see the Avanti site or you can telnet to the live demo to try it out.



Robert writes in: "There is rather good support for basic ISIS software (unfortunately they seem to be moving towards MS Windows) but it is very difficult to get free software (also free of charge) for constructing CGI. So I wrote my free iAPI (in C) to help others deal with problems I had before with ISIS." it's licensed under the GNU GPL...

Reader's Robot


Kevin wrote in about Reader's Robot, an online, submit-it-yourself readers' advisory service. Free replacement to amazon comments, anyone? :) According to Kevin, "It's quite clunky, as I learned perl (starting with version 4!) writing it." Glad to see this is already happening...



seen on many lists recently is XMLMARC, a "Java client/server program [which] converts MARC to XML based on flexible maps and simplified, yet detailed DTDs for bibliographic and authorities formats." Its license is free for non-commercial use but requires consent for redistribution, and their broader experiment is described here. They seem to be aware of it would be great to see a side-by-side feature comparison of the two.


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...

pybliographer 0.7

seen at freshmeat and from the site: "pybliographer is a tool for managing bibliographic databases. It currently supports BibTeX files for reading and writing, and can also read Ovid files... It can be used for searching, editing, reformatting, etc. In fact, it's a simple framework that provides easy to use python classes and functions, and therefore can be extended to any usage (generating HTML pages according to bibliographic searches, etc)."

Gutenbook-0.1 -- the original?


as seen at freshmeat: "Gutenbook is a personal multi-stage project to design, prototype, and develop a GTK+-based desktop application for reading Project Gutenberg Etexts. Currently, development consists of advanced prototyping in Perl/GTK+." According to the author, Lee, this is the original codebase from which the other Gutenbook project started, but this one is purely focused on perl/gtk+ instead of multiple (incompatible) codebases.

Pybliographer 0.9.4


many bug fixes listed at the Pybliographer site covering the last time it was posted here (v0.7, I think) and this one. Please note also that on the page the author states "I really look for people interested in contributing on this. I will have much less time to devote to this project, so if you think it's worth, please consider helping me."



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.

Pybliographer 0.9.6

new features listed at Pybliographer site include speedups, French language support, Medline, and LyX support as well, along with documentation. any end note users should try this out and let him know if it works...