Recent News — July 2017

There have been a number of changes in the IsisCB since last fall. It will be easiest to simply enumerate them and provide a short description.

The PDF of the Isis CB 2017 has hyperlinks taking users to the Explore database.

First, the 2016 Isis Current Bibliography was published this past month. It is smaller than normal because we have had to build an entirely new curation interface to go with the Explore platform. The new curation system allows us to do more, however, as described below. The most important new feature of the publication is that the PDF that is published by the University of Chicago Press has hyperlinks beside each entry that take users to the entry in the Explore database, where they can read a full abstract and follow links to other items.

The front page of Explore now shows the most recently entered items.

Second, the new curation interface allows us to update Explore daily. If you go to the front page of the site, you can see the most recently entered citations alongside recent comments. This is the first time that the Isis CB has been able to give users the entries as we add them, which means that there is now a good reason to check back with the CB periodically.

Some authorities now have descriptions and more extensive links to external records.

Third, the authorities in Explore are now being enriched. I have recently done some testing of this by adding information about authorities that I’ve run across, adding descriptive material as well as hyperlinks to outside resources.

Fourth, the new curation system has an innovative design that makes it possible for us to update and edit the authority data quickly and accurately.

Adding new entries from Zotero, we have the ability to link records to existing authorities.

Fifth, we are now using Zotero, the free online citation manager, to collect records to enter into the Explore system. This means that it is easier than ever to share bibliographical data with us if you have it in a compatible citation manger.

Finally, we have moved our Help documentation to a wiki site (here), which means that it is expandable and can provide users with detailed information about the Explore system, both its public user interface and the curation interface.