[Owncloud] Possible to extend OwnCloud to sync Zotero databases?

Alessandro Cosentino cosenal at gmail.com
Wed Dec 12 17:43:24 UTC 2012

Hi Felix,

I started to use Zotero again and I was wondering if you made any
progress on its integration with ownCloud.
After having a look at the code of zotero/dataserver on github, it
seems to me that molding that code into an ownCloud app is going to be
very hard.
It reminds me of when I started to write the feed aggregator. The
first idea was to try molding Lilina's code (http://getlilina.org/)
into an oC app, but then it turned out that writing something from
scratch was going to be easy and so I did.
What do you think? Would it be easy to write an owncloud app that does
the same thing?
I don't know the status of the readers in owncloud, but it's even
possible that something very similar already exists.

On the client-side, maybe a plugin for firefox is an overkill and the
web-interface of an owncloud app would be enough.

Alessandro (zimba12)

P.S.: sorry to the list for reviving a very old topic :)

On Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 5:08 AM, Felix Lenders <fl at felixlenders.de> wrote:
> Hi
>> 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.
> The source code of the original Zotero server is available [1] as is a
> documentation how to install it [2].
> Felix
> 1: https://github.com/zotero/dataserver
> 2: http://www.zotero.org/support/dev/dataserver_setup
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