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Literature Mapper: A QGIS Plugin for Georeferencing Citations in Zotero

Version 1 : Received: 21 December 2020 / Approved: 23 December 2020 / Online: 23 December 2020 (09:41:08 CET)

How to cite: Tobias, M.; Mandel, A. Literature Mapper: A QGIS Plugin for Georeferencing Citations in Zotero. Preprints 2020, 2020120577 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202012.0577.v1). Tobias, M.; Mandel, A. Literature Mapper: A QGIS Plugin for Georeferencing Citations in Zotero. Preprints 2020, 2020120577 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202012.0577.v1).

Abstract

Here we introduce Literature Mapper, a Python QGIS plugin that provides a method for creating a spatial bibliography manager as well as a specification for storing spatial data in a bibliography manager. Literature Mapper uses QGIS’ spatial capabilities to allow users to add location information to a Zotero library, a free and open source bibliography manager. Literature Mapper enhances the citations in a user’s online Zotero database with geo-locations by storing spatial coordinates as part of traditional citation entries. Literature Mapper receives data from and sends data to the user’s online database via Zotero’s web API. By using Zotero as the backend data storage, Literature Mapper benefits from all of its features including shared citation Collections, public sharing, and an open web API usable by additional applications, such as web mapping libraries. We evaluate Literature Mapper’s ability to provide insights into the spatial distribution of published literature by mapping the study sites described in academic publications related to California’s coastal strand vegetation. The results of this exercise are presented in static and web map form.

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Subject Areas

GIS; QGIS; Zotero; Python; Georeference; Citations

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