[open-science] BibSoup for Open Science

Peter Murray-Rust pm286 at cam.ac.uk
Mon Jan 23 12:03:19 UTC 2012

I am very impressed with the BibSoup/Bibserver software that the Openbiblo
group have come up with and believe it's an important tool for Open Science.
I have written two blog posts
includes videos of the team and an animal explanation of BibSoup
a howto for Bibserver

We have a new concept here - I have tried to explain that in the first
post. It differs from everything else in that it is deliberately
decentralised - anyone can do anything. We do not have the idea of the one
true central bibliography, carefully curated to remove all warts and
blemishes. This is an illusion.

Instead we have local bibliographies. They can be local to:

   - a person
   - a group (this is a real opportunity for us)
   - a department (again a real opportunity)
   - a report (e.g. 7000 citations in IPCC report)
   - a slice across the bibliosphere - an Open journal (e.g. Acta Cryst E),
   a publisher (BioMedCentral or PLoSOne), an abstracter/indexer
   (UK/PubmedCentral), etc. Perhaps filtered by Open rights.
   - current awareness - daily filtering of certain journals or other

We then have the really exciting prospect of thousands, or more, local
collections. The linkage between those will be very interesting - a real
opportunity for bibliographic scholarship. We also have the ability to
extend the Bibserver facets to things like:

   - rights - is it open?
   - links to non-conventional objects. Software, datasets, etc.
   - annotations
   - extraction of material from the resource (text and data mining - where

It would be useful to know of Open-science-ists who have collections of
resources where bibliography may help to tie them together and present them
to the world. I may revisit Crystallography and create an Open Bibliography
for crystal structures. It obviously maps directly into Open Research

Peter Murray-Rust
Reader in Molecular Informatics
Unilever Centre, Dep. Of Chemistry
University of Cambridge
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