I’m currently writing a methodological justification. For that, it crossed my mind that a nice appendix would include articles that have used various methods, as well as some little descriptors (in this case I was primarily thinking epistemological positions). That data – methods, epistemology – could be stored as a set of tags.
I want to try and avoid ‘stacks’ (as per delicious/folders, etc.) because what I’m interested in is representing how methods have been linked together, in such a way as to allow access to the articles (i.e. you can ‘expand out’) while also indicating the ‘structure’ of the field.
First off, I wondered whether I could use some tool to tag things as I save them, and have it auto-link those that share some tag as I went along.
However, given that I already use Zotero, which as a perfectly good tagging system, that seems unnecessary.
Access to libraries in Zotero is pretty easy; you can see them online, (e.g. mine is here
https://www.zotero.org/goodwin57/items) and you can export them in various forms including – .rdf, MODS, BibTeX, COinS, RIS, TEI.
And there is an api.
Also, someone else seems to have written something that will capture some of the zotero data from an exported file (less desireable than using the api I reckon).
Problem is, although I’m not adverse to a bit of code tweaking, I am fundamentally a moron. So I don’t really have a clue where to start with this stuff. I do, however, think it would be useful – although I’m willing to be shouted down on that too.
So! Any ideas, solutions, thoughts on the concept in general?