Earlier today, the Zotero Project announced concrete plans to release a stand-alone, browser-independent version of their open-source, bibliographic management system. Since its inception, Zotero has been tied to Mozilla Firefox as a support for its underlying architecture. Yet, as the members of the Zotero Project recognize, “not all researchers can or want to use” Firefox. In addition to maintaining Zotero’s compatibility with Firefox, this “major new initiative” for a stand-alone version of Zotero will “soon” allow users of “Google Chrome, Apple Safari, and Microsoft Internet Explorer” to use Zotero with whichever of these browsers they choose. This move will extend Zotero’s availability to approximately 98% of internet users.
In fact, this initiative was actually announced in embryonic form earlier this year, but at the time, no timeline was provided for when end-users might see the fruits of this new move within the Zotero Project. So, for active and potential Zotero users, today’s announcement certainly marks an exciting step in the evolution of a wonderful research tool.
If you have yet to become familiar with Zotero, the video clip below still provides a good (if now somewhat dated) overview:
Especially for those in the field of Biblical Studies who might be interested in using Zotero, support for the Society of Biblical Literature Handbook of Style does exist, albeit still in a development version.
Another set of Zotero updates is available that remedies some stability issues and brings us up through 2.0.7 to 2.0.8.
This past week, along with several bug fixes, Zotero got some substantive updates to its syncing and word-processor integration features. As usual, the Zotero website has change logs for the main new release, 2.0.4, as well as what are, thus far, the two additional, supplementary ones (2.0.5, 2.0.6).
This week in the biblioblogosphere:
This week in the blogosphere:
- James McGrath helpfully notes that John Byron, Associate Professor of New Testament at Ashland Theological Seminary, is now blogging at The Biblical World.
- Sadly, Gerald Hawthorne passes away (HT: John Byron).
- Helen Bond discusses the composition of the Sanhedrin in first-century Palestine.
- Trevor provides a good summary of a variety of different ways to add records to Zotero.
- Happy Dissertating suggests priming the writing pump as necessary via 750 Words. Based on what the site provides, it looks like a fully private blog could also be used in much the same way, but particularly for those who would prefer not to need to ensure for themselves that all their privacy settings are correct or who might enjoy some of the other features that 750 Words offers, the site may be worth a look.
- Pat McCullough begins a bibliography of resources about the application of Social Identity Theory to biblical studies and invites suggestions for additions.
This week in the blogosphere:
- Baker acquires Hendrickson’s academic arm (HT: Nijay Gupta and Rod Decker).
- Larry Hurtado rightfully lauds and recommends careful attention to Harry Gable’s Books and Readers in the Early Church.
- Cynthia Nielsen continues her discussion of interconnections between Joerg Rieger and Frederick Douglass with a post about duality in identity construction.
- Michael Halcomb has a new website specifically dedicated to Getting (Theological) Languages.
- Kirk Lowery returns to the biblioblogosphere after a hiatus for the development of the Groves Center as an independent research unit. I had the privilege of doing an Aramaic and a Hebrew Bible text-linguistics seminar under Kirk and am again looking forward to seeing what shows up on his “scratchpad.”
- Happy Dissertating suggests PhD2Published as a potentially valuable resource for new PhD graduates in humanities disciplines.
- James McGrath spots several video recordings of presentations at this past year’s annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion.
- Michael Bird starts reading a recent biography of Ernst Käsemann and reproduces several, brief quotations from Käsemann that are, as one might expect, particularly insightful.
- Todd Bolen reports a recent spectrometric analysis that suggests a Jerusalem origin for a newly discovered cuneiform tablet.
- Ken Schenck discusses the reading of biblical literature as Christian scripture.
- Brian LePort discusses the relationship between scripture and tradition in view of the Trinitarian-Oneness debate. On this relationship, our Writing Center director at Southeastern recently brought to my attention F. F. Bruce’s edited volume, Holy Scripture and Holy Tradition. I have yet really to peruse it, and the book is scarcely findable in print at this point. Still, it does look like a very interesting volume, and much of it is available through Google Books.
- Google and Verizon propose, regarding Net Neutrality,”that ‘wireline broadband providers [sh]ould not be able to discriminate against or prioritize lawful Internet content, applications or services in a way that causes harm to users or competition’, but broadband providers [sh]ould be able to offer ‘additional, differentiated online services’.”
- Chris Brady shares some of his conclusions from his recent International Organization for Targumic Studies presentation about Boaz in Targum Ruth.