I am daily impressed at what an excellent reference manager Zotero is

Zotero (http://www.zotero.org/) deserves a much longer pean than I am going to give it here. A web-native application, it knocks the spots off EndNote. It is developed by researchers for researchers at the Center for History and New Media (http://chnm.gmu.edu/) at George Mason University and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. It is a free, open source Firefox plug-in. Exporting your EndNote databases to Zotero is easy as pie. (Just do it!) A thousand references was a matter of seconds. They have just introduced a group feature which enables collaboration on collections. You can combine it with a web-based directory (I use JungleDisk) and have access to all your – and your group’s – full text articles from anywhere you have Firefox and an Internet connection. Zotero has scripts that allow “Cite while you write” (CWW) in MS Word *and* Open Office. And, unlike the EndNote CWW tool, Zotero’s actually works.

Zotero is one of the things that makes the Internet a good thing and is going in at the top of my favourite web apps.

The only quibble is that I find myself wishing sometimes it was not quite so closely coupled with the browser. It would be nice to be able to “break it out”. I wonder if anyone is writing a Flex version to run on Air?

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