Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Feature of the Week: BibSonomy Plugin for Google Docs

During a project in Web Technologies at the Leibniz University of Hannover we developed a plugin for Google Docs, which connects to BibSonomy to access the user's bookmarked publications and helps inserting them with a single press of a button:

We added a search mechanism to provide a simple way of searching for specific documents in bigger collections. The plugin has an easy-to-use user interface, which is embedded as a sidebar in the Google Docs interface. The login into BibSonomy uses the username and the API-Key of the BibSonomy account to access the bookmarks. After the first login your information is saved into the document, so you have to provide your user information only once.

You can read more about the plugin and get the source code on Bitbucket or you can try it yourself in this example Google Doc.

Happy writing!

Linh Phan and Florian König

Friday, April 17, 2015

BibSonomy TYPO3 Extension Supports TYPO3 Version 6.2 LTS

PUMA/BibSonomy CSL is an extension for the TYPO3 content management system. It renders publication lists and tag clouds, e.g., for personal home pages or project websites. Since it uses publication data directly from PUMA/BibSonomy. They can be selected using tags or user/group names. Thus users are spared the effort of adding publications manually to TYPO3.

The last long term support (LTS) release of TYPO3 was version 4.5, which by now is not longer supported. Therefore, we have updated PUMA/BibSonomy CSL, to work with TYPO3 6.2 (LTS). More information about the release road map of TYPO3 can be found on

PUMA/BibSonomy CSL uses the Citation Style Language (CSL). Thus, users can choose to render their publication lists in any bibliographic style. A huge set of CSL styles is available at

Get an overview of the extension's features:
  • Insert publications from individual users or groups.
  • Use tags to filter publications of a certain topic.
  • Choose your favourite style from a set of citation stylesheets to render a bibliography in your favourite bibliographic style, such as APA, Harvard, Chicago, and many more.
  • Install and manage your own citation stylesheets.
  • Choose a language for your citation style.
  • Insert a tag cloud on your webpage and present your top topics of interest.
  • Offer associated documents as download.
  • Render preview images of these documents.
  • Group your entries by year or publication type.
  • Sort your publication list by title, author, and year.
  • Configure the extension once in TYPO3, and manage your own publications in BibSonomy/PUMA.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

BibSonomy Release 3.2.1

Today, we released version 3.2.1 of BibSonomy, thus fixing a few bugs from 3.2.0. With 3.2.0, we introduced a Russian language version of BibSonomy.

Happy Tagging!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Feature of the Week: BibSonomy for Ruby!

Recently, we have published a BibSonomy client for Ruby that enables easy retrieval of posts with the popular programming language Ruby. The code is published on GitHub but also available as a Gem such that you can install it with a simple gem install bibsonomy. Using the client is as convenient as with the BibSonomy clients for other languages: just instantiate it with your user name and API key and then query BibSonomy:

require 'bibsonomy'
api ='yourusername', 'yourapikey', 'ruby')
posts = api.get_posts_for_user('jaeschke', 'publication', ['myown'], 0, 20)

This requests the first 20 publications of the user "jaeschke" that have the tag "myown". They are returned as ruby objects within a list.

We have also integrated the CSL rendering language such that with the following lines you can easily render posts in any of the thousands of style sheets available for CSL:

require 'bibsonomy/csl'
csl ='yourusername', 'yourapikey')
html = csl.render('jaeschke', ['myown'], 100)
print html

Feel free to contribute to the client by forking it.

Last but not least: If you like Jekyll, you can use it to render publication lists on your homepage directly from BibSonomy. Checkout the Jekyll plugin and the accompanying explanation on how to use it. With the right CSS you get a publication list that looks nice and quite similar to that from DBLP.

Happy programming with Ruby!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Feature of the week: Group rebuild

Until this point, group handling in BibSonomy has been very awkward and not intuitive. Users could not leave their groups, the creation process was sturdy and slow and the administration interface wasn't exactly a nice sight.

But fear not, we did a great bunch of work on this. In the following, we will show you shortly how to request a group, invite users and request membership of a group. We will also cover a bit on the new group roles we introduced.

HowTo: Request a group

This has now been made easy as cake! Just click on the groups menu button in the blue navbar at the top and select create new group (see Fig 1).

Fig 1: There is a new option in the groups menu to request a new group.
You are then asked to enter a few details about your new group such as the name of the group, give a short description as well as a reason why you want to have that new group. (see Fig 2).
Fig 2: The form to request a new group
After submitting that form by clicking on request group, your request will be forwarded to the administrators who review it. When your request is accepted, you will receive a mail which leads you directly to the group settings menu.

HowTo: Administrate a group

You now are the proud administrator of a new group! It's time to adjust some settings and invite users! Either click the provided link in the group activation mail or navigate the menu to the group settings (see Fig 3).
Fig 3: Where to find the group settings menu
On the group settings page (Fig 4) administrators have full access to a range of options regarding their groups. You can alter the basic information like the full name of the group (e.g. kde turns into Knowledge and Data Engineering), the homepage or the privacy settings for all members of your group. This page will be extended by a great deal in the future.

Fig 4: The basic group settings

HowTo: Member management

But up to now you are the only member of the group. Unless you want it to stay boring you should invite users to join in your awesome team! Visit the member list tab on your group settings page (see Fig 5) and see that you as owner of the group are the only member.
Fig 5: The (still) empty member list
Inviting users is easy! Just type the name of a prospective member in the text field right under group invites and hit invite! The user will receive a mail and get notified on her settings page (where she can access all of your groups as well and can still share and unshare her personal documents with your groups). If you change your mind later, you can disband the group invite by simply deleting it.
Users can also request membership in your group on their own on the Join Group page An exemplary page with pending memberships can be seen in Fig 6.
Fig 6: The member list with join requests and invites

This should be enough for now for you to get a notion of our new groups system :) In future, we will focus in detail on different aspects like group roles or other features of the new group system.

Happy tagging :)


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Release 3.1.0

Yesterday, we released BibSonomy version 3.10. This particular version marks the final milestone of our PUMA II Project. It includes several new features like

  • an editing history for posts
  • community posts - a new kind of publication or bookmark post that can be edited and improved by the community of all users, such that especially for publications the metadata can be completed or corrected
  • a complete overhaul of BibSonomy's group mechanisms, introducing group roles like group admin and group moderator, as well as a much easier way to request and to join new groups and to invite users
  • approved posts - users can now obtain the ability to approve the quality of a post's meta data and mark the post accordingly.
We also prepared the BibSonomy engine to create a joint search engine over all PUMA instances, such that PUMA users will be able to query all PUMA-instances at once instead of only their own.
We also improved our Pingback implementation, the sync api, and as always various scrapers.

Happy Tagging

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Release 3.0.0

Today we released version 3.0.0. We fixed several bugs in the new layout and migrated some features from the old to the new layout (e.g. you can edit the tags of your posts in the post list again). Furthermore, we improved several web scrapers and added a new scraper for Akadémiai. We also fixed some minor bugs in the core system to provide a better user experience and system performance.

We are happy to announce that all BibSonomy modules are now open source. You can find the source code on Bitbucket. Moreover, you can find all compiled modules in our Maven repository ( including a source distribution.

Happy tagging,

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Release 2.0.48

Hello taggers,

we released BibSonomy 2.0.48! In this release, we finally establish the new bootstrap layout as the standard layout, while you can still switch to the old layout on your settings page.

We also fixed a few internal issues and are preparing for some major features in the next few months.

In this release, we also

  • fixed some broken scrapers,
  • moved the group settings to the settings menu for every user
  • changed the OpenID login page
The next release marks BibSonomy 3.0, so stay with us to experience this great milestone in our development!

Happy tagging

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Release 2.0.47

Hello BibSonomy folks,

today marks the release of BibSonomy 2.0.47. We integrated a new publication scraper for the WorldScience Journal. We also fixed the Arxiv scraper, which should now be working properly again. As for the last two releases, we worked hard on the new layout (also see our previous blog post for this). The layout is now in open beta. As a small change, we fixed a small issue with the maximum number of posts you can view at one time.

Happy tagging

Friday, September 12, 2014

Be a part of the BibSonomy 3 Beta Program

As announced a few weeks ago, we are working on a new front-end for BibSonomy. The new user interface is also the main component of the release of BibSonomy 3.

Be a part of the BibSonomy 3 Beta Program

BibSonomy 3 will be available this fall. We’re very interested in the opinion of our users and therefore we would like to invite you to try BibSonomy 3 now. The Beta Program lets you take part in shaping it by test-driving the pre-release version and letting us know what you think.

To join the BibSonomy 3 Beta Programm, just sign-in to BibSonomy and go to, read the user hints and press the button at the bottom of that page. When you come across an issue, you can report it in our bug tracker. If you would like to give us more general feedback, you can leave a comment for this post.

BibSonomy 3 is currently in beta status and still in development, which means some features and services might not always work as expected. At any time, it is possible to switch back to the BibSonomy 2 front-end on

We are grateful for your feedback! 

So long, keep tagging,

Your BibSonomy Crew