Information Management With Zotero

30. July, 2008

I’ve been long looking for a nice tool to manage my vast extra-brain information collection, i.e. the stuff that I don’t want to save in my long term memory. Web snippets, notes, that kind of stuff. All the usual solutions didn’t appeal to me. Either I was locked to Windows or to a single computer or the UI was bad or the feature list lacked some important points.

Zotero to the rescue. This beast is advertised as “Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. It lives right where you do your work — in the web browser itself.”

Which makes sense. I watch most of my information in my web browser, so why no collect it in there, too? The UI is nice, I’m just missing a few features. Also being able to sync with my own server would be nice. But I’m sure that will be fixed, soon. In the mean time, I can at least tag and order my snippets.