Publications Page / App

Hi Daniel,

I understand Miriam was working with you on publications.

I’m on board with populating that page and think it’s a good idea.

However, I have a different approach in mind than what Miriam proposed.

Miriam was using EndNote, a proprietary software from Thomson Reuters (the scholarly publishing company), to collect IBSS bibliographic records for journal articles, conference proceedings, fact sheets, and other peer-reviewed materials.

My preference is to use Zotero, an open source citation management software originally funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Among other reasons I favor Zotero over Endnote: it’s free to use.

To me, the most attractive feature about Zotero is that, along with organizing bibliographic records, it can host the records online. These online records can then be made accessible to other applications via an API.

To illustrate, here’s the XML feed from a Zotero account I created and populated with some IBSS journal articles:

I routed that through Feedburner:

Clicking a link in the RSS feed generated by Feedburner will deliver the user to a record page in Zotero, that looks like this:

Now, I originally was thinking to pull in this RSS feed as a dynamic feed via an RSS portlet that would update whenever I added a new publication to the IBSS6 Zotero account.

However, there are two problems with that approach.

1) We only see the title (no author, abstract, or other value-added metadata)

2) Clicking the URL appears to fail; I’m directed to a "forbidden" message from Zotero

Given these problems, I may have found another option that looks promising:

"Zotero Reader" is being designed as a mobile web app.

To use Zotero Reader, a Zotero user logs in with their Zotero site credentials, which generates an API key linking the user’s Zotero account to the web application.

It looks like the Zotero Reader app’s code in is then modified with the user’s information:

var zConfig = {
libraryType: ‘user’,
userID: 2148892,
libraryID: 2148892,
userSlug: ‘IBSS6’,
apiKey: ‘R8TfDVAO0gQBtsQW3IYSq0z4’

I’m wondering if this is something we could adapt to / incorporate into the SE-IBSS site as a solution to the presentation of our publications?

I like the interface, and that it allows the user to search by tags, author, title, and other options. It also looks optimized for mobile browsers.

Anyway, just curious if your expertise leads you to believe this web app could be incorporated as either a standalone or integrated piece of the IBSS publications page, as a solution to the problem of managing the bibliographic records generated by IBSS research activities.



Tanner M. Jessel
Information Technology Specialist
Center for Renewable Carbon

The University of Tennessee
Institute of Agriculture
Center for Renewable Carbon
Mail: 2506 Jacob Drive
865-946-1162 (o)
865-946-1109 (f)


About Tanner Jessel

I am a recent M.S. in Information Science graduate from the University of Tennessee School of Information Science. I was formerly a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth). Prior, I worked for four years as a content lead and biodiversity scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Biodiversity Informatics Program. Building on my work experience in biodiversity and environmental informatics, my work with DataONE focused on exploring the nature of scientific collaborations necessary for scientific inquiry. I also conducted research concerning user experience and usability, and assisted in development of member nodes with an emphasis on spatial data and infrastructure. I assisted with research designed to understand sociocultural issues within collaborative research communities. Through August 1, 2014, I was based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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