From: Jessel, Tanner – FS
Sent: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 4:31 PM
To: Vanni, Frank -FS < >
Cc: Chau, Tiffany T -FS < >; Miner, Cynthia L -FS < >
Subject: RE: Downloadable references
Thanks for passing this along.
The ability to download citation information for each publication is something I admire about the Southern Research Station.
SRS allows a user to download 3 citation formats:
1. BibTeX (.bib)
2. EndNote (.enw)
3. Research Information Systems citation file (.ris)
After a user downloads their preferred citation file (see attachments), they can open it in the citation management software of their choosing (EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero, etc).
I’m unable to determine how the SRS generated their .bib, .enw, and .ris files.
I’ll venture a guess that a computer program or script generated the basic data elements for each file.
I suspect that, if providing a downloadable citation is a service we wish to provide to our site visitors (and this is fairly common in academic publishing), we could either:
a) Copy whatever steps SRS took to generate downloadable citations
b) Develop new steps drawing on existing XML data for PNWRS pubs to generate downloadable citations
Here is a publication downloadable from SRS:
Here is the same record in TreeSearch:
Note the link to XML from that page:
While I don’t presently have the coding skills to write a computer script that converts existing XML data (.xml) into .ris, .enw, or .ris, I do suspect that would be the likely path.
The overall process might be:
1) Obtain all .xml files for publications relevant to PNW
a. Note: this step potentially involves “web scraping,” e.g., computer “bot” or “spider” that crawls over a specified Web directory)
2) Write computer program that:
a. Inputs/reads .xml document
b. translates fields in XML document to matching citation file headings
c. outputs/writes citation file
3) Upload output citation file to PNWRS website.
That’s extremely rudimentary, but outlines an overall “flow” of steps.
Tiffany might have these coding skills; my skill level has not yet caught up with my interest level.
That being said, I have some elementary coding experience, and the basic domain knowledge to understand the issue.
I’m attaching a .PPT file (“citation-file-overview.pptx”) with some images I captured exploring the case study presented here; please let me know if I can elaborate on anything.
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