From protologue citations, to taxon usage citations, to taxon description references, bibliographic data is an essential part of biodiversity data. Currently a number of Drupal applications are using Biblio module (see also Research and Academia Drupal Group) with differing levels of success. I would like to ask what are your experiences managing bibliographic data in Drupal? What use cases, requirements do you have? How could management of bibliographic data be improved?
Some use cases I am interested in include:
- Gathering and managing a bibliography for a particular group of taxa. User can search multiple external resources (e.g. ViTaL, PubMed, BHL CiteBank) for bibliographic items matching their search criteria (e.g. as done with Entrez) then choose which of the search results they want to import, maintaining a record of source metadata and global identifiers e.g. PubMed ids, DOI's etc so that further searches recognise when records have already been imported. Where duplicate records do appear users can manage these using merge tools, e.g. reconciliation groups for journal strings with optional preferred standard representation (for example TL2, BPH etc); finding DOIs to maintain unique identifier and help reduce duplication; ability to re-assign links to other content nodes to the preferred record when merging. Ideally any management tool would make use of BHL CiteBank to both reconcile locally stored citations and feed new citations back into it.
- Linking bibliographic citations with actual digital reference objects e.g. BHL, online access journals through CrossRef etc.
- User can cite bibliographic items as references within a content type such as page or story using WYSIWYG (e.g. as done with Footnotes or Biblioreference). This would require some metadata on the association between content type and reference e.g. suffix for citation e.g. Jones, 1999a and Jones, 1999b to follow standard citation methods.
- Associating bibliographic items as citations for the original publication of a taxon name, making use of and contributing to the Global Names Usage Bank.
- Associating bibliographic items with specimen/observation identifications i.e. identification based on field guide x.