What follows are my notes and thoughts during Jason Rollin's (Thompson Reuters; EndNote, Reference Manager Dev Team) presentation "Bibliographic Management Software: Productivity Tools for Researchers" that took place in 2010.
His Key Points:
1) Help people do their work
2) Workflow is essential, dont disrupt it, dont add to it - integrate within their workflow, this is KEY
3) User Experience, User Interface - details are important and your customers will tell you when they dont like it.
Although a self-promotion in the slide - An Ecosystem for a researcher, their world and their work is more effective than a silo
Overview of History
@ 7:52 Were we are now - hybrid models (web, desktop, mobile) - the focus is less on delivery platform, less on the technology - more really on making sure these tools are seemlessly integrated into the researchers workflow.
Reference Management software has not seen a significant amount of annotation - despite number of tools and software - all have same core functionality.
everyone now is focusing on the social, sharing, collaboration bandwagon - ie. citeulike.org
Synchronization across platforms - ie. Mendeley
Reference material evolving - data sets, multi-media
Opensource, freemium, propertary, paywalls?