Thursday, March 23, 2006

Collect BibTeX entries from LaTeX aux file from BibSonomy

Here's a little script that collects all the BibTeX entries referenced in a particular LaTeX file. Usage is: [username] [LaTeX aux file name] > bibtexfile.bib

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

EndNote Export

We have set up a first version of an EndNote export filter which you can access by putting /endnote in the URL, i.e. for /tag/web you get the EndNote output on /endnote/tag/web. There is also an EndNote button in the footer of pages which support EndNote export.

Note that since we're more into BibTeX we have little experience with EndNote and therefore we used the EndNote User's Guide (pages 172-175) to relate BibTeX fields to EndNote fields. There were several BibTeX fields for which we did not find a corresponding EndNote field. In the following tables you can see the mapping. If you have suggestions to improve EndNote output, let us know.

EndNote Tag EndNote Field Name BibTeX Field Name
%A Author author
%B Secondary Title booktitle
%C Place Published address
%D Year year
%E Editor editor
%F Label
%G Language
%H Translated Author
%I Publisher publisher
%J Journal journal
%K Keywords keywords
%L Call Number
%M Accession Number
%N Number number
%P Pages pages
%Q Translated Title
%R Electronic Resource Number
%S Tertiary Title
%T Title title
%U URL url
%V Volume volume
%W Database Provider
%X Abstract abstract
%Y Tertiary Author
%Z Notes annote
%0 Reference Type BibTeX Entry Type
%1 Custom 1
%2 Custom 2
%3 Custom 3
%4 Custom 4
%6 Number of Volumes
%7 Edition edition
%8 Date
%9 Type of Work
%? Subsidiary Author
%! Short Title
%# Custom 5
%$ Custom 6
%] Custom 7
%& Section chapter
%( Original Publication
%) Reprint Edition
%* Reviewed Item
%+ Author Address
%^ Caption
%> Link to PDF
%< Research Notes
%[ Access Date
%= Last Modified Date
%~ Name of Database

BibTeX Entry Type EndNote Entry Type
article Journal Article
book Book
booklet Book
inbook Book Section
incollection Book Section
inproceedings Conference Paper
manual Generic
mastersthesis Thesis
misc Generic
phdthesis Thesis
proceedings Conference Proceedings
techreport Report
unpublished Unpublished Work

Monday, March 20, 2006

Changes 2006-03-20

Today we added some more functionality for groups. On the group page you can now see all users which are in the group. This behaviour can be controlled by the group admin on the settings page. Furthermore the group admin can now remove users from a group -- all posts of the removed user which were viewable for the group members become automatically "private". So nothings gets lost. We also enhanced prev/next navigation and added a counter to the search page.

Thursday, March 9, 2006

Changes 2006-03-09

Our update today has introduced some nice new features: better handling of friends functionality and a possibility to change the tags of several bookmarks or BibTeX entries in a batch.

On the page /friends you see all posts which are set "viewable for friends" of users which declared you as their friend. Furthermore you see all your friends, can add ore remove them and you see users which declared you as their friend. More on this is written on the help page. Don't hesitate to ask, if you have questions on this.

Thanks to the suggestion of one of our users we have added an easy way to edit tags of several posts at once. Just click on the "edit" link between the "next" and "previous" links on your myBibSonomy page. Then you can edit all tags of the posts (bookmarks or publications) you've seen on the page. As this also works for your tag pages, you can now complete all your imported BibTeX entries which still have the tag "imported".

Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Ideas for New Features

Thanks to Wouter's and the other new users' input, we've discussed a couple of possible new features today...

BibTeX Snowball Effect
It would be cool if I could be presented with other people's
input for BibTeX fields I left out. E.g. "Would you like to copy the info that "someuser" has said that article "xyz" appeared on pages "127-139"? Of course this would have to be presented in a less verbose fashion at the click of a button, e.g. as a list when posting, or between fields in the BibTeX edit form.

Information Extraction for References
One really wants to have something that can translate something like
Douglas Adams. "The Salmon of Doubt". Reprint Edition. Ballantine Books, 2003.
and all the variants thereof into a proper BibTex entry.

PDF Information Extraction
The next level of coolness would be to do the
above directly from the references in a PDF file.

Tuesday, March 7, 2006

Changes on 2006-03-07

Today we launched a larger update which includes some fundamental changes. The first one is this blog, which we opened for announcing updates and other BibSonomy related infos.

The most fundamental change is probably the generation of the hashes for publications. There are now two hashes available: a more strict one which includes entry type, title, author, editor, journal, booktitle, key and year and a broader hash which includes only title, author, editor and year in a normalized fashion. This is also described in the FAQ.

Furthermore we tweaked the layout a bit and added some hints to input boxes, which show, for example, which fields are mandatory.

Besides whitespace and the plus sign (which is converted to * automatically), every character is allowed to be contained in a tag. Especially the minus sign is allowed now.

The next improvement we are working on is a tag recommender together with enhanced tag editing functionality.

Monday, March 6, 2006

BibSonomy now has a Blog

BibSonomy is a system for sharing bookmarks and lists of literature. It now has a new blog.

When discovering a bookmark or a publication on the web, you can store it on BibSonomy. You can add tags to your entry to retrieve it more easily. This is very similar to the bookmarks/favorites that you store within your browser. The advantage of BibSonomy is that you can access your data from whereever you are. Furthermore, you can discover more bookmarks and publications from your friends and other people.

Why don't you just try it yourself? Any feedback is very welcome.