Thursday, April 17, 2014

API functionality: Get related tags to a tag

Hello, dear BibSonomy users,

some while ago, we added a new useful functionality to our REST API. Until now, we offered an overview of some details for a given tag if you called the following URL:[tag]
Now, we added a parameter so you can specifically get all supported kinds of correlated tags like related and (semantically) similar tags.[tag]?relation=<relation>
Instead of <relation>, you'd have to fill in one of the following briefly explained options:
  • related: Related tags are all those tags which ever appeared together with the requested tag on any resource in the system. On a side note: You can even use several tags for this relation. This works with[tag](+tag)*?relation=related
  • similar: By requesting similar tags to a tag, you'll receive those tags which are highly related in a semantical way, i.e. the more similar a tag tag1 is to a tag2, the easier can you replace tag1 with a tag2 without a major change of meaning.
This is only one of many possible operations that we offer by our REST API. For a quick overview, take a look at our Wikipage. Keep in mind that you need an API key to access these commands. You can get it on your user settings page in BibSonomy.

Happy Easter :)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Feature of the week: View the date of your posts

In BibSonomy there exist two dates for each publication or bookmark:

  • the date on which it was first created and 
  • the date on which it was changed last. 
Those dates are displayed on our website in different ways. Most of the time you get information about how long ago a post was created as in "22 days ago by <user>". The reason is that we determine dates in the CEST time zone so the exact dates would be confusing for most of our users.

Nonetheless you can view the exact dates of a post by hoovering above the date field:

As this week's feature you can now also have a look at the update and creation date of a publication on its details page:

Happy Tagging!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Feature of the week: CVWiki: Presenting the Homepage Tag!

Dear BibSonomy users,

a few weeks ago, we introduced the CVWiki, which allows you to modify your CV page on BibSonomy. Inside the CVWiki, you can use custom tags like the ones described on our help page. We now introduced a new tag to show your homepage on the CV page. It is pretty easy to use:
If you have defined a homepage on your settings page, you can enter
<homepage />
at the position where you want to insert a link to your defined page. That's it! You're done :)

Happy tagging!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Release 2.0.43

Dear BibSonomy users,

today, we released a new version of BibSonomy. Next to internal changes, it contains two new REST API export formats BibTex and Endnote. With these it is possible to export your publications in BibTex and Endnote via the webservice API.

Happy Tagging,

Monday, March 24, 2014

Maintenance Downtimes

Dear BibSonomy users,

our network infrastructure is currently under maintenance. This caused some downtime today.
One more maintenance time frame is scheduled for Thursday at 10pm and could last about 10 minutes.

Sorry for that & otherwise Happy Tagging

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Feature of the week: Thumbnails and download documents with TYPO3 extension BibSonomy CSL

Last week we released version 1.3 of the TYPO3 extension BibSonomy CSL. With this new version, come a lot of new features for displaying publication lists on TYPO3 webpages.

The main new feature is a way to share documents that are attached to publication posts. Further, you can also have thumbnails (magnified by mouseover) of the document displayed in publication lists. Therefor you've got a new set of options in TYPO3's backend to select your preferred way to display your publications.

If a publication has no attached documents, instead of a thumbnail an icon depicting the publication type is shown (the same ones you already know from BibSonomy' web page).


Another new feature is the possibility to sort publications by title, publication type, and authors. To setup the advanced sorting options we have created a new own tab for sorting and ordering.

For the Tag Cloud Plugin we have added a blacklist to filter tags, \e.g. tags that help you in managing you posts but which you would not neccessarily want to be displayed on your home page. Additionally, you can filter the tags by defining a set of related tags.

You can download BibSonomy CSL extension from the TYPO3 repository:
If you interested in the source code you can visit the development repository on Bitbucket at

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Getting access to the full-text of publications made easy

Most scientific publications are not freely available from the publisher but require payment or a subscription. However, more and more authors support Open Access and their publications are available in the web free-of-charge. 

How can you find freely available PDF versions of publication posts in BibSonomy? With the last release we added a small feature that helps you finding such documents: 

On publication details pages you find now a search box which allows you to search for a publication on one of the major academic search engines. There you can often find a link to a freely accessible PDF:
I think this really improves my workflow, because before we added this feature, I had to manually copy the title and search for it to find the PDF. Now the PDF is only a stone's throw from BibSonomy. We hope you like the feature as much as I do.

Happy Tagging!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Release 2.0.42

Today we relased version 2.0.42 of BibSonomy. As usual, the new release brings features and improvements. This time there are:
  • new Scrapers for JStage and DeGruyter making it easy to add publication posts for publications from one of these pages.
  • In the settings, BibSonomy now allows managment of OAuth authorizations including the possibility to delete(revoke) single authorizations.
  • post lists in API responses can now be sorted by additional criteria
  • the API now has functionality to access preview pictures
  • A new footer for the website with links to many useful documentation and plugins.
  • The publication details page now has a new search box to search for a publication in external sources
Details follow in our feature of the week posts.

Happy Tagging!
Stephan and Jens

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Feature of the week: Tidy publication page

We've proud to present you the new publication page. The aim of the redesign was to create a tidy and easily accessible page, which presents the important information of a publication, its authors, and the user who saved the post.

Ok, let's have a look at the new page.

Tidy publication page

At the head of our new publication page you can find the title, authors, and other important information depending on the type of the publication next to the thumbnail of the post owner's profile picture.

If there is an abstract and/or a description, it is shown next, followed by Links and resources section where you can find the links and the BibTeX key.

The following section shows user comments and ratings (if anyone has reviewed or rated this publication), followed by a general view of the owner's tags of this post.

At the bottom of the page there is the familiar citation box.

Easily managing documents of a publication

One of the important modifications is the way of managing your private documents. If the post is your own, you find a placeholder image with a big plus at the right side of the content area. You can click on it to upload associated files, for instance the whole publication or several parts like indexes or charts.

For every uploaded document BibSonomy creates  a preview of the document's first page (supported for almost every file type). The latest uploaded document is shown first. If you have uploaded more than one document, BibSonomy displays squarish bullets under the previews to navigate between these. 
Below the bullets there is a list of all documents you've uploaded for this publication post. Which of the previews is currently shown is indicated by the blue vertical stroke left to the file name. The action icons right next to the file name allows you to rename (pen) and delete (cross) the file. The two other icons link to the document file (down arrow) or the document with an embedded QR code (QR). When you click on the file's name you are able to rename it.

We hope you'll like the new publication page that its modifications support you in your daily scientific work.

Happy tagging,

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Feature of the week: Your Gravatar profile picture on BibSonomy

“Your Gravatar is an image that follows you from site to site […]. Avatars help identify your posts on blogs and web forums, so why not on any site?”

On BibSonomy, you have the possibility to directly upload a profile image, which was shown in your post discussions and your CV page (see also this post).You might know this behavior from other websites as well. If you wanted to update your avatar picture on each account where you've set it, this might become a tedious task.

With the upcoming release, BibSonomy features Gravatar profile images in addition to directly uploaded pictures. So, you can use your image – once uploaded to – on a variety of websites, now also including BibSonomy!

Using Gravatar is quite easy. BibSonomy uses your email address to identify you at Gravatar and resolve your profile image from there:

Figure 1: The form in BibSonomy where you put your mail address

If you already possess a Gravatar account, and uploaded an image for the email address associated with this account, you only have to set the picture preferences at your SettingsPage of BibSonomy to use Gravatar instead of a locally uploaded image:

Figure 2: You can easily change the source of your avatar picture on your settings page.

Otherwise, you need to register at in advance and add an image for the email address you use for BibSonomy:

Figure 3: Associating your BibSonomy mail address with your Gravatar account.

In each case, BibSonomy now will apply your Gravatar image for the CV and everywhere else:

Figure 4: The profile picture, being served by Gravatar.

Have fun with your new image & Happy tagging!
Torbjörn Cunis