Zotero Highlight for IBSS Newsletter

Yes that’s fine with me.

Well. It’s versatile, for sure.

I am using it like a digital version of a traditional library card catalog index..

And like a library, we can have an index card for just about any item.

But unlike a physical library, we don’t actually have to have a copy of an item on our website to include it in our library catalog.

For example, the majority of the journal articles we reference are downloadable from the publisher websites.

And, the majority of items in our electronic Zotero "library" are journal article citations.

However, I recently started incorporating citations for other types of media.

My ultimate goal is to catalog every electronic item available for download on the IBSS site.

That includes posters, extension fact sheets, webinars, presentations, videos – basically any format that zotero supports (datasets like tabular data or geospatial data are not supported, unfortunately, but there are other options for archiving and making those available).

Recently, I also made a "research collection" of Apps that are not IBSS Products, but might be useful for bioenergy production:


This was a suggestion from Magen who had mentioned she and Erin Webb were interested in making a twine calculating app, but then discovered that twine apps were already available from John Deer, AGCO Corp, and Vermeer. I think the collection will help guide any app development we do, so we don’t "reinvent the wheel" or at least we improve on what’s already out there.

I also recently started indexing specific webinars related to Feedstock Production.

For example, here is citation for a webinar from the "Bucket to Barrel" webinar series:


As another example, this is a webinar supported by IBSS that is not hosted on the IBSS website.

However, it now appears on the "IBSS Progress" Feedstock Production & Logistics Page because it is indexed on Zotero and placed within the "Feedstock Production & Logistics" collection:


The Webinar was once buried and difficult to find; now it appears from a quick link on the right hand side of the "Feedstock Production & Logistics Progress" page <http://www.se-ibss.org/progress/feedstock-production-and-logistics> under the continually updated section "Recent Feedstock Production & Logistics Outreach Publications."

So, I hope this illustrates a few of the ways we can use Zotero to collect and collate IBSS products that are spread out and published at various locations all across the partnership.

Please let me know if you have any ideas or feedback on any of this.



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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