Through the method of Agile development, an open-source tool will be created to generate, modify, and share bibliographic citation styles. This tool is expected to find widespread use in academic disciplines, particularly in situations where new media and new forms of intellectual production require methods of citation not yet accounted for in current citation styles.
The tool will also enable users to freely develop their own bibliographic styles for annotated bibliographies, personal resumes, or cases where citation conventions are unnecessarily complex. The code produced during this project will be deposited into an open-source repository at the conclusion of the project. This will enable the developer community to build upon the advances in visual manipulation of markup language made possible as a result of this collaboration.
The funding comes specifically from the Digital Information Technology program at the Sloan Foundation, an initiative focused on research and development of digital information technology for the conduct of scholarly research and public engagement.