Distributome BibTeX citation manager

We have finalized the new format for the Distributome meta-data about (XML) distributions and relations (Distributome.xml) and (BiBTeX) bibliographical citations (Distributome.bib).

There is a new Distributome DB/Meta-data HTML validator which renders the entire database, including references and citation URL links into a dynamic HTML webpage.


Background/Initial Proposal

The Distributome meta-data editor will provide an interactive bibliography BibTeX citation manager. This prototype contains an example demonstrating how we can elegantly handle Citations/references (parsing, editing, writing, etc.) using pure HTML5/JavaScript:

  1. Background: Using BibTex-js project
  2. Example HTML (Distributome_BibTeX.html) that interactively consumes raw BiBTeX source files, converts them to JS/JSON and displays the references in HTML page.
  3. An example of raw BibTeX source file (BibTeX_ExampleCitations.bib). These BibTeX sources can easily be obtained by users from the “Citation Download” or “Export Citation” links on most publisher’s web-sites (See this example). So, these BiB sources are very easy to copy-paste into the Distributome References Editor Panel from another web-browser-window.
  4. A JavaScript library (bibtex_js.js), which we may need to extend, that allows parsing BiB files and generating the JSON constructs hat are then rendered in the HTML (example, during editing in the Bibliography/References panel of the Distributome Editor, or in the References tab of the Distributome Navigator, during

We decouple the references Section (Distributome_BibTeX.bib) from the main Distributome.xml DB, as the Distributome BiBTeX reference may increase to become very large (error prone). Thus we’ll need to have a way to reference publications (from Distributome_BibTeX.bib) into theDistributome.xml. This can be achieved by the DOI (Unique Digital Object Identifier) or the URL that every publication has. So inside the <cite>Publication_DOI_or_URL</cite> tag of distribution-nodes or relation-edges in the main Distributome.xml DB, we’ll just have pointers to unique DOI’s – the same unique DOI/URL will be available in the Distributome_BibTeX.bib source file. Hence we can pair the references by their unique DOIs/URLs.

Then inside the Distributome_BibTeX.bib, each reference will have its unique DOI – this will enable linking of Bibliographic/references meta-data contained in Distributome_BibTeX.bib (on-demand) from inside the Distributome.xml and the Navigator, itself. This may be an easy, clean and scalable approach.

There are many examples of resources for retrieving BibTeX publication references (bibliographic citations):

Below are examples of the second generation (V2) of the Distributome XML meta-data – this version decouples the meta information about distirbutions (nodes) and their relation (edges) from the reference citation management (using BibTeX):
Both the XML and the BibTeX files still need to be expanded, but they illustrate the integration (mapping) between distributions(nodes)/relations(edges) and the corresponding bibliographical references (citations) using the unique Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) or URL addresses, specific to each publication/citation. See

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