Wednesday, 8 October 2008

BURO Outage - 08 October 2008

The Bournemouth repository was out of service this afternoon due to a technical fault. The service returned just after 17:00 this afternoon. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may have caused you.

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

EndNote vs Zotero

EndNote vs Zotero is a version of the Open Source movement vs Corporate Commerce. Zotero is an Open Source plugin for the Firefox browser and provides a very serviceable bibliographic management tool with some unique features, and of course it is free. EndNote's owners - Thomson/Reuters - are suing the creators of Zotero on the specific issue of the ability of Zotero to use the c3,500 output styles created by EndNote and EndNote users. Links below provide a more detailed and a more informed explanation of the issues.

The owners of EndNote do have form in being aggressive with the competition. They bought and effectively killed off the University's previously preferred bibliographic software, ProCite.

The following practical points should be considered in favour of EndNote ...

  • EndNote is a good product, and is free to end users on University computers

  • EndNote Web can be used on home computers and laptops

  • BU computers do not support Firefox

  • If you do not have access to your computers C drive you can't install Firefox or Zotero on University computers

Links to blog entries on EndNote vs Zotero.

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Harvardbu on EndNote Web

EndNote Web currently has two versions of the Bournemouth University Harvard style. Harvardbu (created by Bournemouth University Library) and Harvard(BourneU) (loaded into EndNote Web by Thomson/Reuters - based on an earlier version of harvardbu).

We cannot remove Harvard(BourneU) file so we have made both these styles identical and the most up to date versions.