On 08/14/2012 05:09 AM, Anthony Easthope wrote:
I have a proposition for you all and am not sure if you would class it
as a feature request or a partnership suggestion.
My idea is as follows: The Document Foundation partners up with Roy
Rosenzwieg Center for History and New Media and work together on making
The Zotero project an integral part of the LibreOffice frame work.
For that to happen an important part of Zotero (the server,
specificalloy the part that provides social features) would have to be
removed from its functionality or made free, open source software.
Otherwise this would be a closed-source deal, business-only deal,
against LibreOffice core values, IMHO.
I mentioned Zotero before without much enthusiasm here, that's another
important element for this to succeed: core LIbreOffice users/devs using
Zotero aren't many (or any, that I know of).
I have the feeling that I might be treading on thin ground here but I
will outline my reasons as to why this could work below
* Libreoffice is perfect for use within university's / schools as it
can be easily distributed thanks to the GNU license the same goes
You are referring to the client component. The server is not free, open
source. You can setup a server to store Zotero files, but it's not a
trivial process and it lacks any and all ZOtero social features/web
front-end. It's even advised against (for corruption risks) by Zotero.
* The use of Zotero could replace the inbuilt Bibliography &
referencing tool as the current one is quite bewildering to use for
Agreed! I believe I've suggested to remove it completely from LibO in
the past, such is its current state.
* Zotero has a nice GUI and can work in with Firefox via an extension
which is also open source so at the same time we are not just
supporting one open-source initiative but three!
Firefox distribution is also bound to commercial restrictions,
specifically regarding its trademark and binaries origin. I wouldn't use
this argument, unfortunately it comes with strings attached.
* Zotero is open to suggestions and it appears to other projects as
Looking at how setting up a third-party server is handled/ not
encouraged, I feel the opposite. I'd love to be wrong, I haven't
asked/pursued this so it would be a good idea to see this happen.
* Increased awareness of The Document Foundation program via Zotero
related media attention (Vice Versa for LO and Zotero)
* it would bring a fresh feel to the whole project and could even
mean a new approach and reinvigorate the project
The above may be best discussed/addressed quickly on the marketing
mailing list (this will surely catch Marc Paré's attention, an
extraordinary contributor there).
Let me Know what you think and feel free to shoot me down if you so
I am personally interested in this, so I can be of any help,
specifically validating the free/non-free components and impact of
keeping a close eye on such details, I'll gladly make myself available.
Right now I am welcoming the 4th child in my family, a healthy boy born
2 days ago so I may not be as resposive but personal email always gets
my attention :)
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