Library Geeks 005 - Zotero

Dan Cohen, Josh Greenberg, and Dan Stillman of the Center for History and New Media at GMU joined me to discuss their work on Zotero, their about-to-be-released Firefox 2 based citation manager-cum-bibliographic everything keeper. "Z-Day", as they call the upcoming public release day, is scheduled for this Thursday, October 5, 2006.

There's a lot to be excited about in Zotero, as I wrote recently. Listen in and learn all about it straight from the source through the local podcast feed, iTunes, or straight to the mp3 file.

Show notes:

  • To use Zotero, you'll need Firefox 2.
  • Zotero uses the Citation Style Language, or CSL, by Bruce D'Arcus.
  • Zotero can recognize, parse, and collect bibliographic information found in COinS.
  • Support is planned in Zotero for unAPI.



Dan -- your link to the local mp3 is wrong.

Fixed - thanks, Bruce!

Fixed - thanks, Bruce!


Does this supplant/replace other tools? Refworks, Connotea, CiteULike, etc...? We wait with bated breath! Hey, I look forward to seeing you at NASIG next June...

Hey Karen - thanks for

Hey Karen - thanks for writing in. We can only wait and hope, I guess... any minute now, I presume. :)

It would be great to meet you at NASIG - let's make a point of it.

Review on iTunes

Library Geeks has great guests and wondeful topics that all librarians can use to make their libraries better places to hang out and better service for their customers. I am excited to listen to their future guests. I especially like the question and answer portion that is the same as they use on Inside the Actor's Studio. I am especially interested in the OSS software that will be reviewed.

Thanks, Darla!

Thanks for putting in a good word, and it's good to know that you like the Q&A portion. We cut that out this time because we went over, and want to keep these under 60 minutes if possible, but it will be back!


I was so psyched to get to hear from all the zotero folks--especially when you went all geek and talked about sqlite/firefox2 integration and the data layer api. It makes it more and more clear to me that I need to know a lot more about object-oriented-javascript.

Fascinating stuff Dan. Keep up the good work.