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. So, I’d like it to look like: Or Access to libraries in Zotero is pretty easy; you can see them online, (e.g. mine is here ) and you can export them in various forms including – .rdf, MODS, BibTeX, COinS, RIS, TEI. And there is an [api]1. Also, someone else seems to have written [something]2 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?


  1. http://www.zotero.org/support/dev/server_api/read_api

  2. http://forum.gephi.org/viewtopic.php?t=1629