[Owncloud] Possible to extend OwnCloud to sync Zotero databases?
fl at felixlenders.de
Mon Apr 16 08:20:17 UTC 2012
Advrk Aplmrkt wrote:
> Zotero can use any arbitrary WebDAV share as a sync for its database.
> However, there is no online access to the database, i.e. you have to
> sync it onto your computer and use the desktop client to view your
If I understand http://www.zotero.org/support/sync correctly, that is not
the case. Zotero can only use the official Zotero server to store the
database und to synchronize. However it can use arbitrary WebDAV shares for
synchronizing the binary data (i.e. pdf).
> If you sync to the official Zotero server, there is a web interface to
> your database.
> Felix: Is web/online access what you were referring to?
That would be a nice add on. But I am referring to not to have to have a
Zotero account and to synchronize the database to their server but rather to
my own server. After all, that is the idea of the _own_ cloud.
The very easiest way to do this would be to store and synchronize the
zotero.sqlite. But this has some obvious flaws, since one can safely only to
this if Zotero is closed and one cannot perform a 3-way merge.
So I thought about storing the Zotero database in the Owncloud database let
Owncloud mimic the Zotero server.
Of course this is a major project which also involves making the Zotero
client speak to other servers than their own and therefore has to be done in
cooperation with Zotero. But I think it might be worth it because managing
papers and books is a task every scientists has to do and those are in my
eyes sensible data comparable to emails. And if ebooks will play a more
important role, it could be a nice way to organize ebooks and then also use
Owncloud to sync them. This might become a major use case and could further
push Owncloud and set apart from other Cloud solutions.
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