[open-bibliography] Bulk importing data to Bibliographica?

Karen Coyle kcoyle at kcoyle.net
Fri Jun 11 19:03:54 UTC 2010

Quoting Jonathan Gray <jonathan.gray at okfn.org>:

> Leading fairy tale scholar Jack Zipes has kindly donated several large
> bibliographies for a new project called the Synoptic Folktale Index,
> based on the Bibliographica technology.
>   http://jonathangray.org/files/bibliographica/
> We're planning to work with researchers in this area to convert these
> bibliographies into a spreadsheet -- so we can bulk import them into
> an instance of Bibliographica.

Looking at the files, they don't seem to have a large number of PD works.

That said, can any of Zotero's algorithms parse these? that would be a  
good way to get them into some kind of data format, rather than just  
simple strings.

Beyond that, one of the (many) frustrating things about citations is  
the lack of identifiers -- no ISBNs, in particular. Once you have  
parsed out at least author, title, and date, you might be able to  
compare these to another database - Open Library, Library Thing,  
whatever - to retrieve the identifiers plus any other information  
(subject headings in particular).


> In the first instance, what fields will we need in the spreadsheet
> (required and optional) so that folks can add things?
> Here are a couple of examples of the kinds of things we have in the
> bibliographies we've currently got in DOC format:
>   * Aitchison, Jean. The Seeds of Speech: Language Origin and
> Evolution. Cambridge: Cambridge
> University Press, 1996.
>   * Anderson, Graham. Fairytale in the Ancient World. London:   
> Routledge, 2000.
> --
> Jonathan Gray
> Community Coordinator
> The Open Knowledge Foundation
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