- A Zotero user goes to American Social History Oline wesite selects item and creates bibliographic entry for it.
- A Zotero user finds a record with multiple thumbnail images, grabs the thumbnails and creates and citation record with one
- A Zotero user finds an item for a text-based resource, opens it, and grabs a paragraph from the text along with its citation.
- Harvesting content contained in AA's enable creating one's own library of content, complete with thumbnails and select material. It also enables building indexes across delivery systems of targeted content. For example, if a subject librarian wished to provide a selection of content cherry picked from a variety of portals including Aquifer (of course), this could be built with AAs, according to user need.
- If a user wants to read through a large document via a hand-held browser, chunks can be delivered via a web agent, formatted to fit their use case.
- Using the addressable image asset actions (Bill Parod is working on these), one could select segments from different images and combine them to create new digital objects. Imagine a collage created from well-known works. Similar use cases for still images, audio, and possibly text can be expected.
- There is a Delicious plugin, a Wordpress export, and a Word plugin that can be used for a number of different things.
a. Using Delicious plugin, post your new chunk of data to Delicious
b. Using the Word plugin, export your asset action and associated citation to Word
c. Using the Wordpress export, stick it in a blog
- The other really cool application was the collaboration between open source gis applications and Zotero. If we had asset actions that picked chunks of geographic data, Zotero could be in conjunction with Openlayers(openlayers.org) to map them. There are applications that map geographic locations parsed from books into maps. The Gutenkarte app does just that: http://gutenkarte.org/. Currently, the plugin can map publication location on maps creating a geographical representation of content. Currently, there is no location disambiguation though.
- Asset actions have a lot more application when they can be harvested and shared. With Zotero v.1.5 which will be on a server where people can share their citations and notes with others. This also brings up copyright issues, since here they will be sharing objects(and parts of an object) and not just metadata. So..
- Instead of emailing, people could share paragraphs, thumbnails, metadata, parts of an image, along with associated notes, and urls with others.
- Zotero has the URL that links to the citation information (metadata record) as the URL it puts in the bibliographies.
- Zotero user can generate an image gallery/slide tray/lightbox of thumbnails for all of the items that she's tagged "hurricanes" in Zotero. She can get the large images by clicking.
- Zotero user can export tagged images into a slide show or other program for organizing and displaying images.
A simple use case for asset actions that doesn't involve plug ins:
Regan is working on a PhD in American History with a focus on urban transportation, especially the heyday of streetcars and the way people used them in the pursuit of leisure activities. She is interested in enriching her research with primary materials from various times and places. She wants to find out where the most interesting collections of photographs are held and find out whether there might be motion pictures available at all. She doesn't want to spend a lot of time figuring this
stuff out. If she can devote an afternoon to identifying good primary resource collections, she can make a good decision about where to travel on her small research stipend.
Regan has heard that American Social History Online gathers high quality primary materials into one place, so she decided to give it a try. She enters a simple search for streetcar and comes up with a list of resources. It is easy to see from the snippets that display along with the descriptive information that the Library of Congress is the place to go. Not only do they have a range of image collections with pictures of
streetcars, there are also moving images of streetcars in the Early Motion Pictures Collection. Regan realizes that she will get the most bang for her research buck by traveling to Washington. It only took her a few minutes to figure this out, thanks to the information available from the preview images she was able to view in American Social History Online--without ever having to leave the results list from her simple search.