ShaRef Project: Related Projects/Products

This is a list of projects and products which in one way or the other are related to the ShaRef project. This means this page lists projects and products which in one way or the other provide bibliographic management features to end users. This list is not designed as an objective and comprehensive survey of these projects and products. It is merely a compilation of relevant related work for the ShaRef project members. However, feel free to contact us if you have any comments regarding this page. There is a companion page listing the related technologies for the ShaRef project, which you might also want to visit.

Warning: The text snippets under the project/product's names have been copied using cut&paste from the respective Web sites, so don't expect them to contain objective or comprehensive information.


Shortcuts: BibDesk | Bibliographic | BibShare | Bibster | BibTeX | CiteULike | Cloister | EndNote | Hunter Gatherer | JabRef | Net Snippets | RefWorks | Zotero


BibDesk

BibDesk is a graphical BibTeX-bibliography manager for Mac OS X. BibDesk is designed to help organize and use bibliographic databases in BibTeX .bib format. In addition to manual typing, BibDesk lets you drag & drop or cut & paste .bib files into the bibliographic database and automatically opens files downloaded from PubMed. BibDesk also keeps track of electronic copies of literature on your computer and allows for searching your database through several keys.

Status: Open source project
Shortcomings: No collaboration features, no Web-based publishing of bibliographies, MacOS only.
Interesting Documents: BibDesk Feature List

Bibliographic

The bibliographic project will design and build an easy to use and comprehensive bibliographic facility within OpenOffice. It will be easy to use for the casual user, but will meet all the requirements of the professional and academic writer. The new bibliographic facility will utilise the latest open standards and will make the fullest use of emerging XML technology.

Status: Open source project, part of the OpenOffice project
Shortcomings: No collaboration features, no Web-based publishing of bibliographies, no rich-text annotations, no built-in support for keywords.
Interesting Documents: Draft functional requirements of OpenOffice Bibliographic module

BibShare

Bibshare is a new framework for bibliography management that allows writers to use the same bibliography collection(s) regardless of the word processing system they use at any moment. Moreover, both personal and external collections can be used to retrieve the bibliographic information to be inserted into the documents.

Status: Free software, but not open source (evolution of the BibWord project)
Shortcomings: Windows only, no collaboration features, no Web-based publishing of bibliographies, no rich-text annotations, no built-in support for keywords.
Interesting Documents: BibShare Architecture

Bibster

Bibster introduces a system which assists researchers in managing, searching, and sharing bibliographic data in a peer-to-peer network. The advantage of the system is it provides the possibility to search on a distributed peer-to-peer network using Semantic Web technologies. It provides an easy way to share data with other researchers.

Status: Free software, but not open source. Created by P2P and Semantic Web researchers, so the focus is on P2P/SemWeb technologies rather than the application area itself.
Shortcomings: no collaboration features, very slow, BibTeX import disfunctional (Windows Bibster 1.1.3).
Interesting Documents: Documentation, Publications

BibTeX

BibTeX is a program for compiling bibliographies based on an input bibliography and a document. It is part of the standard distribution of the TeX/LaTeX typesetting system and has a command line interface only.

Status: Open Source, part of the standard TeX/LaTeX distribution
Shortcomings: No user interface, no catalog access, no collaboration features, no Web-based publishing of bibliographies, no rich-text annotations.

CiteULike

CiteULike is a free service to help academics to share, store, and organise the academic papers they are reading. When you see a paper on the web that interests you, you can click one button and have it added to your personal library. CiteULike automatically extracts the citation details, so there's no need to type them in yourself. It all works from within your web browser. There's no need to install any special software.

Status: Web-based (registration is free and open to everybody)
Shortcomings: Because of its openness, it is hard to create a controlled bibliography where a group of users has shared access, but others have no access. The data model does not support associations between references.

Cloister

Cloister is a Mac OS X application (Objective-C/Cocoa) designed to keep track of technical papers. It allows PDF versions of the papers to be stored alongside their BibTeX information and eases the task of generating and maintaining BibTeX databases and citations for your LaTeX documents.

Status: Open Source (Sourceforge)
Shortcomings: MacOS only, no catalog access, no collaboration features, no Web-based publishing of bibliographies, no rich-text annotations.

EndNote

Millions of researchers, scholarly writers, students, and librarians use EndNote to search online bibliographic databases, organize their references and images, and create bibliographies and figure lists instantly.

Status: Commercial product, available for Windows and Macintosh
Shortcomings: No collaboration features, no Web-based publishing of bibliographies, no rich-text annotations, not available under Unix.

Hunter Gatherer

Hunter gatherer is a tool that automates capture of selected Web bits of pages into a new Web page, grabbing info about the page so you don't have to: you can just focus on selecting the information you want. Then, when you want to, you can focus on that collection - editing, managing or sharing it.

Status: Research project, University of Toronto
Shortcomings: Different focus (Web resources rather than bibliographic resources), no flexible import/export facilities.
Interesting Documents: WWW2002 paper

JabRef

JabRef is a graphical frontend to manage BibTeX databases, the standard LaTeX bibliography reference format. JabRef is build to be platform independant. It merges and extends the functionalities of BibKeeper and JBibtexManager.

Status: Open source project
Shortcomings: No collaboration features, no Web-based publishing of bibliographies, no rich-text annotations.

Net Snippets

Net Snippets provides a suite of personal and collaborative solutions for managing online research. Using a simple and intuitive drag and drop interface, Net Snippets allows for the basic capturing and aggregation of content, research sharing and collaboration, in addition to report generation and delivery.

Status: Commercial Product, Windows only (integrated into IE)
Shortcomings: Different focus (Web resources rather than bibliographic resources), no flexible import/export facilities.

RefWorks

With RefWorks users can create their own personal database by importing references from online databases. They can use these references in writing their papers and automatically format the paper and the bibliography.

Status: Commercial product, available as service or as server-based installation
Shortcomings: Web-based interface only, no collaboration features, no rich-text annotations, no built-in support for keywords
Interesting Documents: RefWorks Tutorial

Zotero

Zotero is a plugin for Firefox, which allows the client-side management of bibliographic data. It can import data from Web pages or from files in various bibliographic formats. It uses Firefox's built-in lightweight database for data storage.

Status: Client-oriented solution which specializes in browser integration and easy data acquisition
Shortcomings: Currently no server support at all, server functionality planned for 2007, but features are not yet known.

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