Library Lab/The Podcast 003: The Digital Citation

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It starts with an idea: You’re a scholar and you use the web to search for sources. How can you collect your sources and their metadata without having to copy, paste, reformat? Or spend your starving researcher’s budget on some proprietary software?

That’s only the beginning for Zotero, a free, open-source plug-in for web browsers developed by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.

Zotero allows researchers to do much more than harness the power of the web to save citations. There is also a robust social component that allows researchers to share their research in progress.

Dan Cohen is the director of the Center for History and New Media and one of the minds behind the project. The Harvard Library Innovation Lab’s very own David Weinberger caught up with Dan for this week’s podcast to talk about Zotero, open syllabi, and other tools and ideas for enhancing and sharing research.

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Creative Commons music courtesy of Brad Sucks and photos courtesy of dan4th, orpost, and mendeley.

We’re in the Digital Public Library of America beta sprint!

We’ve entered the DPLA‘s “beta sprint,” along with thirteen fantastic partners (so far)!

The idea behind the beta sprint is that anyone with an idea about what the DPLA should be, how it should work, what it can do, or what it should look like should embody that idea in code or documentation, and submit it by September 1.

We’re proposing a version of ShelfLife re-thought for a potentially massive set of users whose interests and computer skills range all over the lot. And we’re proposing LibraryCloud as a middleware metadata server both to support ShelfLife and to make DPLA’s metadata available through open APIs and as Linked Open Data.

We’ve put up a page about our collaborative project, including our 400-word proposal to the DPLA. We’d love to hear from you.