Zotero mentioned in sci. article: idea for geographic search and crowdsourcing


A recent article in Trends in Ecology and Evolution (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2013.05.001) mentions Zotero and suggests a 'geographic search' facility. They write: "Important ecological knowledge contained in published literature is often overlooked by researchers, ... because most literature search tools are thematically focused and do not explicitly consider the geographic location of the research. Searching for ecological literature thematically and geographically would improve the ease of accessibility of potentially relevant research findings that could promote syntheses and meta-analyses, provide mechanistic understanding to environmental patterns, facilitate evaluations of bias in ecological knowledge, and limit redundancy in conducting new studies... It may also be possible to crowd-source article georeferencing or location validation through online scientific reference networks, such as Zotero (http://www.zotero.org) or Mendeley (http://www.mendeley.com)".

Such a facility could be incorporated as a new field, or through tags (that's what I do).

However, a bigger question may be: Can Zotero be useful for crowdsourcing? Could the tags/edits/comments of Zotero's userbase be mined and accessed by meta-researchers? Or, are the authors of the above article confusing Zotero with Mendeley (which has such a facility).

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