Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Personal Bibliographies and BURO

Personal bibliographies are the lists of your own publications compiled for personal web pages, CV's and to fulfil requests for publication lists from the university, funding bodies, research administrators. Many of the entries for BURO were sourced from personal bibliographies.

Compiling personal bibliographies can be a frustrating experience. Publication data is likely to exist in a number of places - major bibliographic databases (e.g. Web of Science), institutional repositories (e.g. BURO), and any number of websites for journals, conferences and professional societies. It takes time and effort to combine all these sources into a single list and reformat in the required style.

The best solution is to use bibliographic software - Bournemouth University recommends EndNote and EndNote Web - to compile and maintain your own database of publications. Using EndNote means you can output lists of publications in one of hundreds of styles as and when required. EndNote also flexible, exchanging data with most popular academic social bookmarking tools and other bibliographic management software.

You can't, however, import data from EndNote and similar software into is BURO. This isn't a problem unique to BURO, it is a challenge for repository administrators around the world, so much so that JISC are funding a project, EM-Loader - Extracting Metadata to Load for Open Access Deposit to improve the import of data into repository software.

One of the benefits of BURO is that you can export in a number of formats including BibText, EndNote and RIS. If you use BURO as the primary source for your personal bibliographies you can output it to other software as required. Try using web sites like Publications List to host your bibliography using the export facility from BURO to source your data.


EM-Loader - Extracting Metadata to Load for Open Access Deposit


Example of PublicationsList