[Taxacom] Questions re sharing bibliographic

Michael Denslow mwdenslow at yahoo.com
Sat Feb 28 13:41:51 CST 2009

Hi Mary,

I am traveling today so I have to make this brief. I would say that Zotero has great potential for this purpose. http://www.zotero.org/
It is open source and runs in your web browser. I use it in Mozilla Firefox. 

I am currently using it to organize a floristic bibliography that will be a freely available appendix to a upcoming publication. The idea is that others can easily upload, update and share the bibliographies that I include. Zotero allows for tags, kind of like keywords, as well as creation of collections, or sets of citations on some topic.

It can also capture citations from a number of web pages such as Google Scholar, Web of Science, World Cat and on and on. It easily stores PDFs and links etc. I believe that it supports many languages. Also Zotero can export in a number different formats, in case a collaborator uses another software. You can publish bibliographies online and I know that a number of dynamic sharing capabilities are in active development.

Bibliographies that I am working on will be posted to the SERNEC website soon. Let me know if you are interested in sharing any!

Hope this helps,


Michael Denslow

Graduate Student
I.W. Carpenter Jr. Herbarium [BOON]
Department of Biology
Appalachian State University
Boone, North Carolina U.S.A.

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> Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2009 08:44:03 -0700
> From: "Mary Barkworth"
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> Subject: [Taxacom] Questions re sharing bibliographic
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> I am looking for a way to share references with others
> working on the
> same groups as me. There must be free, open source software
> out there
> than can be used for this purpose - and people who can
> comment, on or
> off line, about its pluses and minuses. Please, would you
> share you
> knowledge. I have been looking at Connotea and it seems to
> be designed
> for recent publications - those that are on the web. I am
> looking for
> something, and perhaps Connotea is it, that can also be
> used for
> publications without a doi. Why the interest?
> 1)      To save the time that is currently spent by many
> people, each
> recording citations that someone else has already saved in
> one format or
> another. 
> 2)      It would be a great way for those starting work on
> a group to
> find out about relevant publications, including old
> publications.
> Clearly links to a web-accessible version would be great,
> but knowing a
> publication exists is an important step forward.
> 3)      It would be a way that people could draw attention
> to their
> publications, including those that are published in
> journals that are
> not widely distributed or are in a language other than
> English
> (providing a title in English as well as the original
> language would be
> helpful).
> Ideally, I would like to be able to link to the cited
> references and/or
> the underlying article in building web pages. For those
> working on
> grasses, the references cited in the Flora of North America
> volumes
> online at http://utc.usu.edu/grassbib.html  It also
> contains some
> additional references. It was posted from Endnote, contains
> some
> duplicates and many special characters did not survive the
> migration.
> Rather than spend time editing it, I would like to build a
> more open
> resource, one that anyone (or possibly members of a group)
> can edit
> and/or post or link to. 
> Mary


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