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Citations and Download with Kblog-metadata

The Kblog-metadata plugin (http://knowledgeblog.org/kblog-metadata) provides general facilities for recording, displaying and releasing bibliographic metadata about an article. While it is possible to use kblog-metadata purely as a tool for computational agents such as Greycite (http://knowledgeblog.org/greycite), it also has the ability to display this information textually to the reader. When displaying a single page or post, the Download and Citation boxes show information specific for that page or post. On pages with multiple posts, then the information is for the resource (the blog or site) as a whole. This is useful as it provides readers with a standard way of citing an article. Additionally, it serves a secondary purpose in allowing the author to see clearly the metadata their post is advertising, which is a useful check to see that all is correct (http://www.russet.org.uk/blog/2054). Kblog-metadata also allows readers to download articles in a variety of formats, currently BibTeX and Simple HTML (http://www.russet.org.uk/blog/2175).

The best way to display enable the display of this informaton is to use Widgets provided by Kblog-metadata. You must be using a theme that supports Widgets (most do). To use these first move to the WordPress Dashboard, and select the Widgets panel as shown.


Figure 1. Kblog Metadata Widgets

The exact appearance of this panel will vary depending on your theme, but in the simplest case, there will be a single widget location as shown. Drag the “Citation” widget shown and drop it on the Sidebar (or which ever location you prefer), as shown.


Figure 2. Kblog Citation Widget

It is also possible to display the citation inline with the main text of each post. This has two advantages: first, it works in themes that do not have the space for a widget; second, the citation for the individual articles can be displayed even when showing multiple articles on one page. It is possible to enable or disable this independently of the main Citation widget, or to use both. This option is enabled in the dashboard, as shown.


Figure 3. Kblog Citation in Post


Phillip Lord
School of Computing Science
Newcastle University



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