[openbiblio-dev] github

Mark MacGillivray mark at odaesa.com
Thu Nov 17 16:43:14 UTC 2011

On Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 4:29 PM, Peter Murray-Rust <pm286 at cam.ac.uk> wrote:
> From Jim Pitman:
> On Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 4:21 PM, Jim Pitman <pitman at stat.berkeley.edu>
> wrote:
>> > but one of the papers in the PMR symposium was communally authored in
>> > Latex on Github.
>> Please can you say which one?
>  I have copied in Noel who was the lead author on the Blue Obelisk Reloaded
> paper and also Egon
> Noel
> We are thinking of using Github as a communal tool for managing Open
> Bibliography, with each contributing BibSoup having its own Github node.
> IIRC the BO paper was authored on Github - we'd be very grateful for a
> summary of the pros and cons of GH for communal authoring of resoureces. In
> this case we would be authoring JSON. (I have noted that there is a eGit
> editor for Eclipse - do you know of other tools?)

I would appreciate input from Noel, but also just want to add that I
think there is some confusion here over what git does. Using git
enables us to have version distributed version control on a repository
(a folder). It places no restriction on what sort of editor we or
other people use. We can put any file into a git folder, and edit it
using anything we want.


>> It could be a big win for us to encourage and support use of Github for
>> LaTeX/BibTeX as the
>> BibTeX component would then be right there for piping into BibSoup.
>> In particular, I would like to try using Git for my own LaTeX/BibTeX
>> projects which are extensive.
>> Does Git provide a suitable plain text editor?
>> If its good enough for editing code, it should be good enough for editing
>> JSON.
>> So maybe we get a suitable JSON editor, though perhaps without validation.
>> And why not encourage Git to provide a JSON validation service?
> P.
>> --Jim
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