Tuesday, September 07, 2004


Old news, but new to me via an announcement on Perl4Lib, a new version of ParaTools is available.
ParaTools is a set of Perl modules for parsing citations (the references at the end of papers). It's main library uses a template-matching technique to extract metadata from citations, while secondary libraries provide support for OpenURLs and reference extraction from documents.
The latest update to ParaTools, version 1.10, has been released. This version has some major changes:
  • Module renaming: The ParaTools modules have been renamed to Biblio::Citation::Parser and Biblio::Document::Parser. This is to allow for the addition of ParaTools to CPAN, the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network.
  • Two new modules have been added - Biblio::Citation::Parser::Citebase and Biblio::Document::Parser::Brody. Both written by Tim Brody, the former is based on the Citebase citation parser, and the latter on its document parser.
  • The ParaTools build process now uses Module::Build, a replacement for ExtUtils::MakeMaker that is written in pure Perl. This is a fairly new system, so may require that you install the Module::Build module. The automated CPAN installer does not yet support this, although CPANPLUS does, and the next version will include a fallback option.
You can download the ParaTools modules from CPAN

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