[LINK] OpenOffice Bibliographic Project

stephen loosley stephen@melbpc.org.au
Tue, 11 Feb 2003 04:50:21 +1100


Hi all ..

In terms of research world-wide in future, & also
for world education, one hopes the OpenOffice.org
Bibliographic initiative will succeed brilliantly.

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Mission Statement  http://openoffice.org/

To create, as a community, the leading international office suite that will run on all major platforms and provide access to all
functionality and data through open-component based APIs and an XML-based file format.


* OpenOffice.org Bibliographic Project

Project Mission Statement: (8th Feb 2003)

A number of different style conventions are in common use for the formatting of documents. These conventions use different formats for
bibliographic citations and for reference tables. At present OpenOffice Writer provides support for only one of these conventions.

This project has three objectives -

to build support with OpenOffice for the formating requirements of all of the commonly used style conventions.

to develop a function which would enable the format of a document to be changed form one style to another with minimal editing.

to develop a function which would allow easy import and export of bibliographic data between OpenOffice and bibliographic databases such as
BibTeX.

The target for the first release of these enhancements is for OpenOffice version 2.0 (possibly mid to late 2004)

Many institutions require their documents to conform to a specific Style Convention, which covers aspects of document format, including the
styles of bibliographic tables and citations. There are a number of Style Conventions: these include MLA, ASA, PSA, Harvard, Chicago. 

These different styles differ in the way in which they present citations and references for different types of source documents, such as
books, articles, journals, collections etc.

If a document has been written with one Style Convention it is a laborious task to convert all these references to another style. The ideal
would be a fully automated method of conversion. This project is working towards that.
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Cheers all ..
Stephen Loosley
Melbourne, Australia