new in 0.5.2 are MARC downloads (thanks to jake2marc.pl), more reliable XML feeds, bug and schema fixes, data available from sourceforge, added html comments to simplify results parsing for local holdings matching. go get it at the main jake site.
jake2marc is incorporated into and distributed with the standard jake application, and currently appears as a "Download as MARC" option in the database list and in the record for each database. jake2marc can also be installed and used separately from the main jake application because it queries jake for data over the net. The Perl source code is available for people interested in installing jake2marc on their own web server and modifying it to suit their own library's needs. jake2marc is currently under development and is available under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).
More information about jake2marc, including a detailed description of the records it creates, is available at www.lib.sfu.ca/kiosk/mjordan/jake/."
from freshmeat: "Corrected problems when opening an empty bibtex file. pybconvert script fixed. Updated German and Italian translations." see pybliographer.sourceforge.net (new url) for more.
from freshmeat: "bibmaster is a user interface to BibTeX databases. It is text-based and does not require a graphical interface. Features include direct use of the BibTeX format, the ability to add and edit entries, online help, search in any database field (using regexes), keyword editor enabling deletion and replacement of keywords in the database, produce a postscript file of selected entries, and the ability to read and write RIS files (used by ReferenceManager)." Read more here.
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.
Stuart writes: "M[n]M is software that
supports processing of national standard MARC MeSH subject authority records for use in medical library online public access catalogs. While designed for use with Innopac M[n]M can also be used to manage MARC MeSH in other OPACs. M[n]M is freely available under the GNU Public License. To download M[n]M or to read more, go to library.med.nyu.edu/mm".
There's also a very informative paper describing M[n]M available here.
as seen on gnome-list, what's new includes "multiple documents interface, with copy/paste and drag'n'drop; multiple selections (useful with LyX citation for example); all the supported formats (bibtex, medline, ovid, refer) can now be read and written; better date handling; bug fixes." for more see the pybliographer download page at gnome.org. if you haven't tried this yet give it a shot; i might finally get rid of endnote + msword (and there was much rejoicing). :)
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 MARC.pm... it would be great to see a side-by-side feature comparison of the two.
As seen at freshmeat, gnome-list, and noted by Matt W.: "Many annoying bugfixes, a graphical configuration mechanism, and an XML-based style format for bibliographic outputs." Go to www.gnome.org/pybliographer (note new url) for more.
as seen at gnome.org: "This version is only a minor bug-fixes release." Btw I've been using this a bit and I'm getting ready to let go of Endnote for good. Wooh-hooh... :)