reference manager

New and emerging technologies for reference software

Martin Fenner
December 23, 2010 1 min read

Jason Rollins gave a presentation with that topic at the recent STM Innovations Seminar (https://web.archive.org/web/20120612114551/http://www.stm-assoc.org/event.php?event_id=58?) in London. The video of his presentation has now been made available (https://web.archive.org/web/20120612114551/http://river-valley.tv/new-and-emerging-technologies-for-reference-software/?) by River Valley TV, and his slides are here (https://web.archive.org/web/20120612114551/http://www.stm-assoc.org/2010_12_03_Innovations_Rollins_Bibliographic_Management_Software.pdf?).

Jason talks about some recent trends in reference management software. For him one important new trend is APIs/extensions. I fully agree with him, but we haven’t really seen many tools based on these APIs. Reference managers that provide APIs include Mendeley (https://web.archive.org/web/20120612114551/http://dev.mendeley.com/?), Endnote (https://web.archive.org/web/20120612114551/http://www.endnote.com/api/?), Refworks, Papers (https://web.archive.org/web/20120612114551/http://developer.mekentosj.com/?), Zotero (https://web.archive.org/web/20120612114551/http://www.zotero.org/blog/zoteros-next-big-step/?) and Connotea (https://web.archive.org/web/20120612114551/http://www.connotea.org/wiki/WebAPI?). The availability of an API has done a lot for the success of Web 2.0 tools such as Twitter and Flickr.

Another interesting topic was brought up in the discussion: should reference managers track difference versions of an article (e.g. pre-print, post-print, publisher PDF)? According to Jason many Endnote users request this feature. Jason is leading the Endnote (https://web.archive.org/web/20120612114551/http://www.endnote.com/?) development team, but also mentions Mendeley, CiteULike and Papers in his presentation. I interviewed (https://blog.martinfenner.org/posts/endnote_interview_with_jason_rollins/?) Jason about Endnote back in August.

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