Zotero 2.0 now available

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Zotero 2.0 became available for public download on May 14. This new version of Zotero provides many exciting features that unlock the research archives of individual scholars making those research archives (or portions of those archives) available for a wider audience. Think about it this way. In what my students like to call the „olden times“ (anything before 2000), scholars collected materials into their personal research archives then sat down and wrote a book, an article, or a conference paper. That publication provided the scholar’s audience with a glimpse into the source materials he or she had collected from various archives, libraries, etc. But only a glimpse, and mostly in the footnotes. If you wanted access to those same sources, you had to replicate the research already completed by the author of what you were reading.

Zotero 2.0 potentially puts an end to this re-research process. Now, a scholar can make any portion of that personal research archive available online via Zotero’s collaborative capabilities. So, for instance, as I collect materials for an article I am perparing for a volume of essays on „getaways“ in communist Eastern Europe, I can make my Zotero folders available to anyone or just my collaborators in the volume. Once the book is published, I can choose whether or not to make my sources available to those readers who want to work with the sources I collected. In this way, the „hidden archive“ of scholarship will begin to migrate to the surface. The potential for transformation of scholarly work is, I think, quite significant.

Zotero 2.0 also taps into the potentialities of social networking for scholars. Once logged in to the Zotero server, one can create a personal profile page, create or join affinity groups, and track („follow“) the work of others who are part of the Zotero community. For a brief summary of the features of Zotero 2.0, read what Dan Cohen, Director of the Center for History and New Media, has written (and will continue to write) in his blog.

4 Gedanken zu „Zotero 2.0 now available“

  1. Um es nicht gar einseitig als Werbung für ein bestimmtes Produkt erscheinen zu lassen: Auch Lit-Link ist gerade eben in einer neuen Version erschienen: Lit-Link 3.5. Eine wichtige Neuerung in der aktuellsten Version:

    „Bisher konnte man zu einem Projekt lediglich eine unstrukturierte Liste von Einträgen zuordnen. Die neue Projektverwaltung ist wesentlich mächtiger und erlaubt nun die Strukturierung in Kapitel und Unterkapitel sowie das freie Verschieben einzelner Einträge, aber auch ganzer Unterstrukturen. Zusammen mit der erweiterten Funktion „Verzeichnis erstellen“ bietet sich damit die Möglichkeit, Publikationen komplett in Litlink vorzustrukturieren und dann mit einem Mausklick alle Zitate, Kommentare und Referenzen inklusive Kapitelüberschriften in der Zwischenablage bereitzustellen.“(vgl. Eintrag im Forum)

  2. Hi Maia
    no, I haven’t checked out Archivd, and I don’t know anybody who has. But a quick look at the website sure looks interesting enough to give it a try. A second look shows that you’re part of the staff of „Archivd“ and that you run the marketing departement. So your views about Archivd are not that balanced as one might guess at first sight. This just as complementary information for our readers.

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