Wikidata:Zotero

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Zotero's Wikidata translator in use, viewed in Firefox

Zotero is a "free and open-source reference management software to manage bibliographic data and related research materials".

As of July 2017, Zotero has a Wikidata translator. It reads metadata from Wikidata items about works, which you can add to your Zotero library and use further for citations or references in your scientific work or on Wikipedia.

In the other direction, with the additional QuickStatements translator from zotkat you can export metadata in a format understood by QuickStatements, enabling you to more easily create Wikidata items about the works already in your Zotero library. Since Zotero can already read metadata about works from dozens of other websites, including Wikipedia, (through specific translators, or generic metadata such as COinS) or data files such as BibTeX, it can now be used as an intermediary to import that data. The translators were developed at the May 2017 WikiCite event in Vienna.

How to export to QuickStatements[edit]

Export from Zotero to QuickStatements

Install/Update[edit]

  • Copy the QuickStatements export translator from zotkat
  • Go to your Zotero translators location (in Zotero 5 onwards, located in your home directory, e.g. C:\Users\[Username]\Zotero\translators; in earlier versions in your Firefox profile) and then to the subfolder called "translators"
  • Paste the translator there
  • Restart Zotero (and your browser if using versions earlier than Zotero 5)

Setup[edit]

  • Open Zotero's preferences dialogue
  • Select the "Export" tab
  • Either
    • Change the "Default Output Format" to "Wikidata QuickStatements" or:
    • Set up a "Site Specific Setting" for tools.wmflabs.org/wikidata-todo/ (or https://tools.wmflabs.org/quickstatements/, if you are beta-testing that version) to use "Wikidata QuickStatements"
  • Click OK

Use[edit]

Before proceeding, check whether the works you intend to import are already represented by items in Wikidata. Please do not create duplicates!

  • Open https://tools.wmflabs.org/wikidata-todo/quick_statements.php (or https://tools.wmflabs.org/quickstatements/ )
  • open Zotero
  • select one or more works in Zotero
  • drag the work(s) to QuickStatements
  • check the commands and edit where required; for example:
    • is the language of the title correct? (e.g. change LAST [tab] P1476 [tab] und:"example title" to LAST [tab] P1476 [tab] en:"example title")
    • should the authors be items, not strings? (e.g change LAST [tab] P2093 [tab] "Tim Berners-Lee" to LAST [tab] P50 [tab] Q80)
    • are there any garbled characters?
    • is there any extraneous text in any field?
  • run QuickStatements
  • check the results are what you expected

We recommend adding works in small batches until you are familiar with the outcome.

RSS subscription[edit]

Zotero 5 (see July 2017 release notice) introduced the ability to subscribe to a journal's RSS feed, and have all (or selected) new articles added to a Zotero library. This opens up the possibility to add them all to Wikidata on a regular basis, as described above.

Template[edit]

Zotero users may place {{User Zotero}} on their user pages.

See also[edit]