[open-bibliography] Bibtex parser in Python

Peter Murray-Rust pm286 at cam.ac.uk
Mon Feb 3 13:55:03 UTC 2014

Many thanks for posting. I hope people pick up on this.

On Sun, Feb 2, 2014 at 7:28 PM, François Boulogne <fboulogne at sciunto.org>wrote:

> Hi,
> I planned a long time ago to write an email as Peter asked me, but it
> was delayed. Sorry for that.
> Few months ago, I asked the permission to OKFN to reuse a part of the
> code of a project to write a standalone bibtex parser in python.
> In short, the OKFN project (bibserver) is under AGPL and we (users and
> I) wanted to have something like LGPL.
> So, the project is there: https://bibtexparser.readthedocs.org
> I used OKFN project because it was the best bibtex parser I could find
> in Python. Sounds odd, but no real library was available. Thus, I
> decided to start this project.
> My contribution is mainly to refactor the code, add unittest,
> documentation and so on.
> If I looked for a bibtex parser, it's because I like to write scripts to
> facilitate the tasks I have to do every day. One of them is citebib:
> http://citebib.readthedocs.org/
> The idea: I have a large database with all papers I know and I want to
> pick up some of them easily (to write emails, latex documents...).
> I also tried different things to organize ideas around my bibliography.
> How to highlight interesting information, gather them, put in relation
> different papers... I tried docear a bit, the mind map concept is nice,
> but it looks too complicated for me (too many features) and I also
> appreciate CLI so the heavy GUI was a pain.
> I'm currently using ikiwiki to organize my notes, but it's not ideal so
> far to keep my ideas about bibliography (but i love it to record
> experimental results, links....)
> My hope is that libraries like bibtexparser can help other devs to make
> their own tools.
> Cheers,
> --
> François Boulogne.
> http://www.sciunto.org
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Peter Murray-Rust
Reader in Molecular Informatics
Unilever Centre, Dep. Of Chemistry
University of Cambridge
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