BioStor project takes article metadata and finds articles in BHL, so an attractive work flow would be:
- People upload bibliographies to Mendeley (e.g., bibliographies for particular taxa, journals, etc.)
- BioStor uses Mendeley's API to find articles liklely to be in BHL, then locates the actual article in Mendeley.
- The user could then grab a PDF of the article from BioStor that contains XMP metadata (which Mendeley, and other tools, can read)
Our communities efforts at assembling bibliographies haven't amounted to much yet. The tools we use tend to be poor. I find CiteBank to be underwhelming, and Drupal's bibliographic modules (used by CiteBank and ScratchPads) lack key features. We also seem reluctant to contribute to aggregated bibliographies. Perhaps encouraging people to use a nicer tool, and at the same time providing additional benefits (e.g., XMP PDFs) might help move things forward.
Anyway, food for thought. Perhaps other tools might make more sense, such as using the API to upload metadata and PDFs direct from BioStor to Mendeley, and making the collection public. But, if I were Mendeley, what I'd be looking for are tools that enhance the Mendeley experience. There's some obvious scope for visualising the output and social networks of authors, such as the sparklines and coauthor graphs I've been playing with in BioStor (for example, for W E Duellman):
Before this blog post starts to veer irretrievably off course, I'd be interested in thoughts of anyone interested in matters BHL. There's nothing like a deadline (Friday, May 14th) to concentrate the mind...