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BibApp 1.0 ReleasedóCampus Research Gateway and Expert Finder
The BibApp development team announced the 1.0 release of BibApp, a campus research gateway and expert finder. It matches researchers on a campus or research center with their publication data and mines that data to see collaborations, create visualizations of areas of research, and find experts in research areas. With BibApp, it is easy to see what publications can be placed on the web for greater access and impact. BibApp can push those publications directly into an institutional repository.
BibApp allows researchers and research groups to promote research, find collaborators on campus, and make research more accessible. It also allows libraries to better understand research happening in local departments, facilitate conversations about author rights with researchers, and ease the population of the institutional repository. Finally, BibApp allows campus administrators to achieve a clearer picture of collaboration and scholarly publishing trends on campus.
BibApp is the result of a collaboration between the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Illinois Informatics Institute at the University of Illinois provided generous funding for the development of the 1.0 release of BibApp.
BibApp is a Ruby on Rails application, coupled with the Solr/Lucene search engine, and either MySQL or PostgreSQL as its datastore. It uses open standards and protocols such as OpenURL and SWORD and automatically pulls in data from third-party sources such as Google Books and the Sherpa/Romeo publisher policy database. BibApp imports publication data in RIS, MEDLINE, and Refworks XML bibliography formats and exports data in several citation formats (APA, Chicago, IEEE, MLA, etc.) via CiteProc. BibApp also provides a web services API for delivering data as XML, YML, JSON, and RDF. BibApp is released under a University of Illinois/NCSA Open Source License.
Live installations of BibApp can be found at the following sites:
Next steps for the project include a 1.1 release that will include internationalization and a richer authentication/authorization system. The team is also in the process of expanding the development community around BibApp. For software downloads, contact information, and more information about BibApp, visit http://www.bibapp.org/, or follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/bibapp.
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