BibSoup beta: released

BibSoup is here! And it’s going to revolutionise how you work with bibliographic metadata.

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Peter has been blogging for a while about BibSoup (see here for the basics and here for how to use it) and we’ve mentioned it in passing on this blog (for example this sprint post and explanation of Bib- terms)… But now it is time for the ‘official’ launch. Hurrah!

So, how to get involved?

Setting up a Bibserver and Faceted Browsing (Mark MacGillivray) from Bibsoup Project on Vimeo.

We already have parsers available to get your data directly via either BibTex or RIS (or from BibJSON…), which means you can get data in from most major bibliographic tools already; you can even use the parsers programmatically if you like, at http://bibsoup.net/parse (although that functionality is in the process of improvement). We are open to suggestions for further parsers, and would be happy to guide anyone through making one.

(By the way, we are assuming you will have seen previous posts on this site and will therefore know what we’re talking about, but if not then please see this OKFN blog post for a fuller explanation of what BibSoup is for, why it’s great and what this overall project is all about).

So, what do you think? Let us know. There will be bugs, or areas we could improve, so please pass suggestions our way. Feature requests can be submitted via our issue tracker, and we batch those up into milestones to work towards the next release. Our current focus is on improving parser functionality and also on enabling editing.

We hope you like it and find all this useful… do add your collections so we can share them with the rest of the world, too. If you would like your own BibServer, go ahead and download the code, or contact us for help / support options.

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About Naomi Lillie

Naomi is Network Director. She lives in Edinburgh and still considers herself an English Literature graduate, although these days she reads for fun. She has a professional background in project management and coordination, and has worked in academia where the closed nature of information was a source of much frustration. She joined the Open Knowledge Foundation in 2011 as Community Coordinator and Foundation Administrator, and has been supporting Network since 2012.
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