"If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants."

This concept is attributed to Issac Newton (1643-1727) and Bernard of Chartres (date of birth unknown, died after 1124).


Bibliographic work is a corner stone of research and development and "tackling the risk to drown" (Blog 2 June 2018). Bit by bit I relaunch the collection of the resources. I start with social informatics.


How I use zotero

zotero is an open access and open source literature data base, "a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research" ( - accessed 1 June 2018). Most students and researchers use the zotero-platform to share their work. On this page I test a different approach: regularly updated bibliographies, generated in zotero, transferred on these pages and a report as PDF, generated in zotero, that includes further information such as abstracts, tags and notes. The notes consist of a short overview and comments. Thereby my work may be useful also for people who do not (yet) use zotero.


Ask, acquire, assess

These are the key steps in bibliographic work (German: Literaturarbeit). I use the following criteria

  • area: The discipline or field.
  • quality: Of the resource. I take into account whether it is a website, a blog, a newspaper article or a scientific paper, a study or a book.
  • relevance: For my work related to the topic and field.
  • bibliography: List of references.
  • tags: Keywords, some are already given by the authors. Others I ad myself. As far as I can see, zotero does not offer an annotation like "area". So I use the tags by naming the are for instance as "area education".

Assessments in "quality", "relevance" and "bibliography":

5 excellent, 1 poor, not applicable (n.a.), not estimated (n.e.)