I’ve got a blog post I’d like to finish here, but it needs time for me to sit down and write it properly. One of the things that has eaten my time instead is looking over Mendeley. In the past I haven’t used it because I haven’t had a need for it. I already have accounts on Zotero, CiteULike and I have a copy of Papers for my PDFs. I think this could change as I’ve been working with Mendeley accounts for AoBBlog.
If you visit AoBBlog you’ll see a Bibliographies option on the menu bar, and dropping down from that four options. Three of these are shared collections and Pollination is curated by David Frost, the managing editor of the Annals of Botany. These are all administered at Mendeley. I’ve set up Arabidopsis, Ecology and Nutrition as shared collections so that when people who know more about Arabidopsis etc. than me sign up, they can keep the bibliography up-to-date. The reason you can see it on the website and not have to guess which AoB staff member is keeping the collection on Mendeley is that Mendeley now has an API, allowing me to pull data out of the site. There’s also a WordPress plugin for Mendeley and that’s how I’ve been able to put something quickly on the web rather than try to delve into JSON myself.
So why care?