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

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Release 3.5.0

Last week we released version 3.5.0 of BibSonomy.

Alongside a lot of bug fixes (regarding the new layout, group features and the new search), we also introduced the following new features:
Happy tagging,
Daniel

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!

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