Friday, February 10, 2017

BibSonomy + BibLaTeX: A powerful combination

Researchers often have to deal with citing someone else’s work in my publications. The probably most widely used combination for writing papers with references is pdflatex + bibtex. While those two programs work pretty well, they don’t have too many features. Furthermore, while maintaining a bibliography became a lot easier with BibSonomy, it still is a tedious task to extract the right references for each new paper by hand and save them into a bibtex file in the corresponding project. This leads to cluttered references across several publications, as any changes in one's BibSonomy collection are not retrospectively applied to the .bib-files of older publications. While there is a BibSonomy plugin for TeXlipse, it is not actively maintained today while having a few issues, such as not automatically refreshing or synchronizing the local bibliography with BibSonomy or placing the downloaded keys into a file with fixed location and name.
BibLaTeX is an extension for BibTeX, which provides some nice functionality. It is e.g. now possible to just add the following two lines to the LaTeX project header to not having to bother with ever-different keys and inconsistent bibliographies:
\usepackage[backend=biber]{biblatex}
\addbibresource[location=remote]
    {http://www.bibsonomy.org/bib/user/thoni/myown}
Later on,  the bibliography can be printed by just typing
\printbibliography
Now every time the PDF file is compiled, the list of publications in BibSonomy with the tag "myown" from the user "thoni" will be downloaded. This is especially useful when adding new papers to the BibSonomy collection while working at the "Related Work" section or similar.

While this is only a very basic example of how BibLaTeX and BibSonomy integration could work, there are many possibilities to extend this, e.g. by further restricting the \printbibliography command with tag selection or printing the bibliography several times from just one source. A more exhaustive introduction to BibLaTeX can be found at the corresponding ShareLaTeX page.

Happy tagging (and easier writing ;) )
Thomas

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Release 3.7.0

Hello Community,

last week, we released BibSonomy 3.7.0. In this release, we included the following things for you:

We also did some bugfixing and enhancing on the recommender framework backend.


    If you find any bugs, don't hesitate to drop us a mail or tell us on Twitter.

    Happy tagging
    Thomas

    Tuesday, October 11, 2016

    Release 3.6.0

    We have released version 3.6.0 in late June. Although it is a little bit late, here is the list of the released features:
    • We added schema.org markup to all our pages.
    • Group administrators and moderators can edit the posts of a group. E.g. admins and mods of the group 'bibsonomy_dev' can edit all posts owned by 'bibsonomy_dev'. You can copy your posts to the group using the "for" system tag.
    • Group administrators can regenerate the API key of the group.
    • We fixed the URL encoding. Before, we encoded spaces with a '+' in a URL path, e.g. /user/hotho/clustering+text, now we follow RFC standard and encode spaces with '%20', e.g. /user/hotho/clustering%20text.
    • We now index the full text of your private uploaded documents. Only you can search for text in the full text of a publication.
    We also fixed over 40 other bugs. As always we adapted some publication meta data scrapers.

    Happy tagging
    Daniel

    Thursday, September 29, 2016

    Feature of the Week: BibSonomy Scholar for Bookmarking

    You may remember our Chrome browser extension "BibSonomy Scholar" we posted about some time ago. We are excited to announce a new feature for this extensions: the Quick Bookmark Button!



    The Quick Bookmark Button allows to directly manage your bookmarks without disrupting your browsing experience: it indicates whether you have already bookmarked a page on BibSonomy and allows to post, delete and update your bookmark of the current page without leaving the page. For the description it even supports Markdown!

    We hope that you find our new feature as exciting as we do. Please do not hesitate to share your experience!

    Wednesday, September 28, 2016

    New Servers / SSL support

    Hello community,

    BibSonomy is now live on a new set of servers. The old servers are still running fine, one with an uptime of over three years. Still, it is only a matter of time before they fail. To protect your data and to keep the service running, we replace our hardware at regular intervals. To exchange the hardware, we had to put the system in read-only mode for a short time.

    We also finally support SSL and replaced from Apache httpd to HAProxy, which gives us the opportunity to further scale our services. HAProxy is used for example by stackexchange.com or twitter.com. Although we have tested our new configuration on our test systems, we ran into some problems (e.g. the Chrome browser plugin and the Wordpress plugin stopped working). We have already fixed the issues in the BibSonomy backend. The corresponding plugins will also be updated in near time.

    Currently we are not forcing SSL. This means you have to add the 's' to http by yourself. While testing the https-only solution we have encountered that many of our extensions can not handle the SSL-only configuration. However, we are currently working to update all our extensions. As soon as we are finished with the updates, we will announce when we discontinue our support for plain HTTP requests and start to redirect all traffic to SSL.

    If you notice that things are broken which have worked fine before, don't hesitate to drop us a email at webmaster@bibsonomy.org or contact us on twitter so we can fix it.

    Happy tagging!
    Thomas

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