Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Release 2.0.32

Dear BibSonomy Users,

today we released version 2.0.32 of BibSonomy. This release includes many internal changes.

External changes are:

  • Redirect to your login page if a login error occurred
  • the dropdown menu on the top doesn't disappear as easily as before
  • A new scraper for the GBV (

Happy tagging!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Feature of the Week: PUMA II

We are happy to announce that we could attract a followup funding for the very successful PUMA project. PUMA is a clone of BibSonomy, meant for local installations of universities, libraries or research institutes. It allows like BibSonomy to collect and share bookmarks and publications. It has additional features like an guided export to an institutinal repository or an integration into the OPAC system of the library.
As you may already know PUMA builds on top of the BibSonomy technology and most of the developments made within PUMA II will be available as new BibSonomy features. The project started at the beginning of February and will run one year with an option for a second year. For PUMA II, the DMIR from the university of Würzburg group joined the team consisting otherwise of the KDE group and the library the University of Kassel.

One major goal of the project is to establish a community around PUMA. To reach this we aim for other institutions which will host the PUMA system like the library at our university. Further, we will work on a lot of new features. Here a short list which provides an overview:
  • community entries for publications with wiki like versioning and audited entries,
  • better integration into third party systems like moodle and typo3 (new or improved plugins),
  • single sign on and Shibboleth authorization,
  • improved frontend and better support pages,
  • better open social support,
  • the integration of ping back and
  • a new concept to improve the functionality for groups.
Beside all these features we are working on a business plan to support other institutions running a PUMA system. Please contact us if you are interested.

In the near future we will report progress of the project and of course all details on the new features.

Happy tagging

Monday, February 11, 2013

Feature of the week: Organizing a Research Group's Literature Suggestions

Last week we received an e-mail from a user asking the following question:
For our scientific society we would like to allow its members to make suggestions for literature that should be added to the society's database. The group members could use BibSonomy to add suggestions easily using BibSonomy's browser add-on. This works only if suggestions can be easily added. Is this possible with the browser add-on or does it require an additional step?
Our answer reads as following:
In principle, there are two mechanisms to achieve your goal. Both are triggered by system tags:

  1. Members of your group can use the tag for:GROUPNAME to copy a post directly "into" the group, i.e., the copy is afterwards owned by the user that owns/constitutes the group.
  2. Members of your group can use the tag send:GROUPNAME to copy a post into the group's inbox. There, the group user can add the post to the group's collection or ignore it (i.e., delete it from the inbox).
Option 1) works only "in the direction" of the group user (i.e., group members can copy posts into the group's collection), option 2) works also between group members and between friends.
Another option would be to just agree upon a specific tag and then all group members annotate relevant posts with that tag. You can access those posts then at

Happy Tagging!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Release 2.0.31

Dear BibSonomy-Community,

today we released BibSonomy 2.0.31!

This release contains new scrapers, namely:

  • Econstor
  • APA
  • BMJOpen
  • CDP from Sage
  • Pharmacognosy
We also included a new publication renderer as well as a reworked discussion menu.

Internally, we prepared several new features for the next release, which just aren't ready yet :-)

Happy tagging!