BibApp 1.0 released

July 1st, 2010  |  Published in News

The BibApp development team is happy and proud to announce the 1.0 release of BibApp!

BibApp is a campus research gateway and expert finder. It matches researchers on your campus or research center with their publication data and mines that data to see collaborations, create visualizations of areas of research, and find experts in research areas. With BibApp, it is easy to see what publications can be placed on the Web for greater access and impact. BibApp can push those publications directly into an institutional repository.

BibApp allows researchers and research groups to promote research, find collaborators on campus, and make research more accessible. It also allows libraries to better understand research happening in local departments, facilitate conversations about author rights with researchers, and ease the population of the institutional repository. Finally, BibApp allows campus administrators to achieve a clearer picture of collaboration and scholarly publishing trends on campus.

BibApp is the result of a collaboration between the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Illinois Informatics Institute at the University of Illinois ( provided generous funding for the development of the 1.0 release of BibApp.

BibApp is a Ruby on Rails application, coupled with the Solr/Lucene search engine, and either MySQL or PostgreSQL as its datastore. It uses open standards and protocols such as OpenURL and SWORD and automatically pulls in data from third party sources such as Google Books and the Sherpa/Romeo publisher policy database. BibApp imports publication data in RIS, MEDLINE and Refworks XML bibliography formats and exports data in several citation formats (APA, Chicago, IEEE, MLA, more) via CiteProc. BibApp also provides a web services API for delivering data as XML, YML, JSON, and RDF. BibApp is released under a University of Illinois/NCSA Open Source License (

Live installations of BibApp can be found at:

Next steps for the project include a 1.1 release that will include internationalization and a richer authentication/authorization system. The team is also in the process of expanding the development community around BibApp.

For software downloads, contact information, and more information about BibApp, please visit, or follow on Twitter at

BibApp at ASEE: Journey to the Center of a CV

June 29th, 2010  |  Published in Mentions, News

Librarians Anne E. Rauh and Jody Hoesly of Wendt Engineering Library at the University of Wisconsin at Madison presented on their BibApp project at the 2010 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition.

Their colorful slides will introduce you to the nature and scope of Wendt’s project. Their conference paper discusses why Wendt Library decided to develop and work with BibApp, how they organized and carried out citation capture, and how the BibApp has improved relationships with the departments they serve. Pay close attention to the appendices, which contain all the forms and processes Wendt is using to track CVs and citations!

Our congratulations to Annie Rauh and Jody Hoesly for their successful presentation, and our thanks for their permission to place these materials on our site.

BibApp 1.0 Release Candidate 2 Now Available

February 22nd, 2010  |  Published in News

We’re happy to announce that the BibApp 1.0 Release Candidate (RC) 2 is now available on our google code site at:! This release tackles many of the bugs identified since our last RC and is, we hope, the last before our 1.0 release due in mid-March.

We encourage folks to test this release and report any bugs or issues at You can also see there any unresolved bugs and enhancement requests.

If you’re interested in updates or would like to ask questions of a wider group, we encourage use to join the BibApp Google group (see

Pending testing, we are planning to release 1.0 of BibApp in mid-March and will be updating documentation and the roadmap over the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned!

BibApp update!

February 1st, 2010  |  Published in News

A quick BibApp update since it’s been awfully quiet around here!

The BibApp team has been a bit depleted with some staffing changes and leaves, but we are still actively working through bug fixes since our first  release candidate in September 2009. Since October 1, 2009 we have committed approximately 40 bug fixes and are well on our way to a second release candidate in early February. We have an active group experimenting with BibApp (see the comments in our Google Group – and have a pilot of BibApp up at the University of Illinois at

Please join in the Google Group if you have questions or comments. We welcome all participants!

Tim Donohue wins OR2009 Developer Challenge

May 20th, 2009  |  Published in News

Tim Donohue wins OR2009 Developer Challenge

Tim Donohue wins OR2009 Developer Challenge

Congratulations to BibApp developer Tim Donohue for winning the Open Repositories 2009 Developer Challenge.

Tim’s entry, “Mention It (video)“, is a simple javascript library to aggregate “mentions” of content held within an institutional repository (or personal blog) from across the web.  The Mention-It code is available on Google Code.  Full details (and video) on the award are forthcoming on the JISC Dev8D blog.

The RepoChallenge is presented by the Open Repositories committee in cooperation with the UK’s Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and Microsoft.  Tim’s prize is an all expenses paid trip ($2,000) to attend _another_ developer conference.

The challenge victory is just one example of Tim’s unparalleled commitment and vision to shaping the future of IRs.  We’re happy to have such a great talent on board the BibApp.

See video of the exciting award announcement.

Congrats Tim!
-The BibApp Team

New BibApp developer added

February 24th, 2009  |  Published in News

We’d like to welcome Bill Ingram to the BibApp team!

The University of Illinois has recently hired Bill as a dedicated programmer for the BibApp project for the next year and a half.   Bill comes to us from the UIUC NDIIPP project, where he’s one of the primary developers of their Hub and Spoke Framework for digital repositories.  Bill was also one of the main developers on the Mellon-funded project exploring the use of OAI-ORE resource maps for scholarly annotation.  We’re all excited to have Bill on board, and we know his addition will provide great advancement to the project!

Funding for Bill’s position comes from three main sources:

  1. Illinois Informatics Institute (I3) – 60%
  2. UIUC Library – IDEALS – 20% (until Summer ’09, 40% thereafter)
  3. UIUC NDIIPP Project – 20% (until Summer ’09)

The position was sparked by John Unsworth‘s recent appointment as Director of I3. John is also the Dean of the UIUC Graduate School of Library and Information Science and has previously written about the BibApp in his chapter, “University 2.0“, of the new EDUCAUSE e-book: The Tower and The Cloud.

A big thanks to I3 and John Unsworth in their support of the BibApp!   Look for Bill to become more active in the coming weeks, once he gets his feet wet.