Author Archives: Mark MacGillivray

A revamp of bibserver and bibsoup

Since our work last year on the JISC Open Bibliography 2 project, I have been thinking about the approach we took to building a tool that people might use; some of that approach, I think, was wrong. So, I have … Continue reading

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Final report: JISC Open Bibliography 2

Following on from the success of the first JISC Open Bibliography project we have now completed a further year of development and advocacy as part of the JISC Discovery programme. Our stated aims at the beginning of the second year … Continue reading

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Using wikipedia to build a philosophy (or other sort of) collection in BibSoup

Here is a quick example of how to quickly build a reference collection in BibSoup, using the great source of knowledge that is Wikipedia. To begin with, you might want to go to Wikipedia directly and try performing some searches … Continue reading

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Pubcrawler: finding research publications

This is a guest post from Sam Adams. (We have been using Pubcrawler in the Open Biblio 2 project to create reference collections of journal articles, and hope to continue this work further; this is a brief introduction to the … Continue reading

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Open source development – how we are doing

Whilst at Open Source Junction earlier this year, I talked to Sander van der Waal and Rowan Wilson about the problems of doing open source development. Sander and Rowan work at OSS watch, and their aim is to make sure … Continue reading

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Recent BibServer technical development

Along with the recent push of new front-end functionality to BibServer, and demonstrated on BibSoup, we have also applied some changes to the back-end. The new scheduled collection uploader is now runnable as a stand-alone tool, to which source URLs … Continue reading

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BibJSON updates

Following recent discussion on our mailing list, BibJSON has been updated to adopt JSON-LD for all your linked data needs. This enables us to keep the core of BibJSON pretty simple whilst also opening up potential for more complex usage … Continue reading

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New BibServer features available on BibSoup

A couple of months ago the development team had a Sprint and came up with some cool ideas of how to improve the user experience for BibServer and, subsequently, BibSoup. Have a play with the new features and see below … Continue reading

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BibServer new functionality

During the sprint last week we made a lot of progress with the new functionality for version 0.5.0 – however, Etienne and I got so excited by some new ideas that we did not finish on time; apologies for the … Continue reading

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JSON-LD / BibJSON

There have been requests on our mailing list recently to consider the various options for supporting validation of BibJSON and for supporting namespacing. These two options require some further consideration. Validation Efforts so far around BibJSON have focussed on building … Continue reading

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