Zotero etc.

Since returning from an inspiring ESTS conference in Paris at the end of last week, some adjustments have been made to the website. First, I’ve installed the Jetpack plugin, which shows some interesting website stats, improves how the website is displayed on mobile devices, adds a series of sharing buttons at the bottom of each entry, etc. Then, I also installed a new search plugin to resolve the website’s search engine bug that was mentioned in last week’s post. The search engine could still be improved, and I’ll be on the lookout for better search-plugins, but at least the results are ordered on the basis of ‘relevance’ now, rather than on their date. And I’ve also added a forum plugin to the website, which allows for a better communication between contributors.

But the most important improvement to the website would probably be that it is now linked to a public Zotero group called Lexicon of Scholarly Editing, which makes our bibliography more useful as a research tool. Alongside a list of the works in our bibliography, the Zotero group library also includes a ‘To-Do List,’ which can be regarded as a great starting point for those who wish to contribute to the lexicon. Also, because it is a public library, members of the Zotero group can also add texts to the list if they think those texts may contain definitions that can be added to the lexicon. And as a nice bonus, this library can communicate with the Enhanced Bibliplug plugin that has been added to the website, which allows me to update our Bibliography Page semi-automatically.

Besides its ‘form,’ there is also a bit of news about the website’s ‘content': we have recently crossed the 200th entry mark! The prize for 200th entry went to the term Textual Scholar. In the future, I think that crossing such marks will become a little more difficult, as the lexicon will mainly have to grow in depth, rather than in length. But still, it may give some indication as to the Lexion’s size. Finally, I’ve also added a few more categories to the list, which will hopefully make it easier to find the terms you are looking for.

As always, if you have any comments, questions, or bugs to report: feel free to do so below!

With kind regards,

Wout

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