Firefox Scholar is a set of extensions to the popular open source web browser that will:
– Recognize and capture metadata from online objects (e.g., author, title, publication information of books)
– Collect documents, images, and citations from the web
– Allow materials to be sorted, annotated, and searched
The program will be free and will replace programs like EndNote, while operating completely within the browser window. A beta of Firefox Scholar will be available in the summer of 2006. Like the Firefox browser itself, Firefox Scholar will be open and extensible, allowing others who are building digital tools for researchers to expand the platform.