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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Firefox Scholar

It might just be me, but Firefox Scholar (a.k.a. SmartFox) sounds way cool.

Developed by The Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, SmartFox will...

...enable users, with a single click, to grab a citation to a book, journal article, archival document, or museum object and store it in their browser. Researchers will then be able to take notes on the reference, link that reference to others, and organize both the metadata and annotations in ways that will greatly enhance the usefulness of, and the great investment of time and money in, the electronic collections of museums and libraries. All of the information SmartFox gathers and the researcher creates will be stored on the client's computer, not the institution's server (unlike commercial products like Amazon's toolbar), and will be fully searchable. The Web browser, the premier platform for research now and in the future, will achieve the kind of functionality that the users of libraries and museums would expect in an age of exponentially increasing digitization of their holdings.
C'mon, that doesn't sound like something you want?

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