Friday, December 4, 2015

Release 3.4.0

Since the first of December BibSonomy 3.4 is here.

If you were still using our legacy layout, you may have noticed that we deprecated it in favor of our bootstrap layout, which we introduced in BibSonomy 2.0.48.

Besides that,  not much has changed on the front end. Under the hood however, a lot is different now. All search capabilities are now handled by Elasticsearch. We hope this will increase the search performance in terms of speed and accuracy for the user, as well as decrease the load on the server handling the searches. We are looking forward to get some feedback from you concerning this.

Of course we fixed quite a few bugs and errors in the code as well.

This will be the last release in 2015. We wish you a wonderful Christmas time!

Happy tagging,
Tom

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Feature of the Week: BibSonomy Scholar

We are happy to introduce our new Google Chrome extension BibSonomy Scholar which tightly integrates Google Scholar and BibSonomy. It allows to directly manage your publication within the Google Scholar web interface.


Current features include indicators marking publication you already posted, inline posting new publications, quickly editing posted publications, directly adding missing PDFs to your publications, as well as several other possibilities to access BibSonomy features with much less hassle.

You can find the Google Chrome extension on the Chrome Web Store. For addition information, a full set of features and the possibility to request further features or report bugs, please refer to our Bitbucket repository, where the source of the extension is also openly available.

Since this is the first release of BibSonomy Scholar, there might still be some rough edges and bugs. Thus, we would greatly appreciate feedback and ideas to further enhance this extension. Nevertheless we hope that you enjoy the provided features and find BibSonomy Scholar as useful as we do. Have fun using it!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Release 3.3.0

On October 7th we released BibSonomy version 3.3.0. Mostly we fixed and polished code on the back end site. However, we also added an interesting new feature, the BibSonomy Genealogie.

This feature is a result of a joint project of the International Centre for Higher Education Research (INCHER-Kassel) and the Interdisciplinary Research Center for Information System Design (ITeG) at the University of Kassel.

With this feature you are now able to search for dissertations posted as such in BibSonomy, and add information like the doctoral advisor, reviewers and so on. For this we provide new person-pages for authors that show their dissertation(s) and other works.To give it some initial content we imported over 1 million dissertations from the dissertation catalog of the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek (DNB).

Our ultimate goal is to obtain a genealogy tree of the sciences such that everyone can search for their roots in academia.

So, post your dissertation, if you like, and add the links to your advisors, etc.

Happy tagging,
Tom

Monday, October 5, 2015

Stable Version of the PHP REST Client and a Developer Tutorial have been released

As announced a few month ago, there is a new REST client for PHP developers (restclient-php). Now we can proclaim the first stable release of version 1.0.0. This PHP library is really easy to use and supports all functions of the BibSonomy REST API. It also provides an integrated CSL-processor (citeproc-php) that helps you to render bibliographies.

In addition, there is a tutorial for the use of restclient-php which contains some useful examples scripts.

We hope that helps you to develop your own App for BibSonomy.

Happy tagging,
Sebastian

Friday, August 7, 2015

Feature of the Week: Person Entities

It is vacation time and hence our features of the week are more sporadic but this week we want to give you a glimpse on current developments. 
One of the main features we are working on is the implementation of persons (i.e., authors and editors of publications as well as users) as first-class entities in BibSonomy. The goal is to improve the search and disambiguation facilities. These are crucial for person names since they frequently contain duplicates (example: http://www.bibsonomy.org/author/Li). 
This also allows us to add extended features for persons. For instance, it will be possible to define relationships between persons like the advisor-advisee relation. Ultimately, this will extend BibSonomy towards a full-fledged system to manage scientific genealogies. We hope you will like this feature and welcome any comments on it!

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