Another reason to drop EndNote? EndNote sues Zotero & loses @Downes

A Virginia Circuit Court judge dismissed a lawsuit this morning against George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media.

Thomson Reuters Inc. had sued the university in a Virginia court in September for at least $10-million in damages, claiming that Zotero, a free software tool created by the university, made improper use of the company’s EndNote citation software.

Thank you to Stephen Downes for drawing attention to this story. Not sure what the implications may be, yet, but comments and sidebars draw parallels with Blackboard.

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

Zotero ( 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 ( 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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