Update to this post: turns out there was a page, just not one I was aware of – please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_reference_management_software. I have linked to this from http://wiki.okfn.org/Projects/jiscopenbib2. Isn’t it handy when people have already done the job for us…
Recently, a discussion on the Working Group List raised the subject of existing technologies that store and share reading / publication lists, and how BibSoup / BibServer compares to them.
Tom Morris said:
Perhaps it would be illustrative to compare and contrast with other existing widely known services and tools such as Zotero, Mendeley, CiteUlike, and the venerable emacs/Bibtex/LaTex. What is better, worse, or just different? Which sets of things are alternatives to each other and which complement each other? What are the things which make BibSoup/BibServer unique?
Of course, if this is already laid out in detail somewhere on a web page, just point me there.
There wasn’t, until now, so please refer to this wiki page http://wiki.okfn.org/Projects/jiscopenbib2/managementtools set up for this purpose and start comparing!
I have used Thad Guidry’s notes on Mendeley, as well as the first line of the Wikipedia entry, to populate that example. Please do edit and add to this page – we want to avoid a debate on which is better than which, so please keep your opinions in check, but hopefully this will be a good opportunity to get a sense of what is in use and how they compare with one another and BibSoup.