[Oa-italia] Mendeley - come estrarre i propri dati finche' si e' in tempo

Elena Giglia elena.giglia a unito.it
Mer 13 Giu 2018 11:40:07 CEST

Segnalo questo tweet, da girare ai ricercatori che ancora usano Mendeley:

The latest version of Mendeley prevents you from getting all of your data
out of the app. We’ve added instructions for transferring your full library
to Zotero — which will always remain open — while you still can.
https://www.zotero.org/support/kb/mendeley_import …

Copio dalla pagina su Zotero:

Mendeley 1.19 and later have begun encrypting the local database, making it
unreadable by Zotero and other standard database tools. Mendeley made this
change a few months after Zotero publicly announced work on an importer,
despite having long touted the openness of its database format as a
guarantee against lock-in. At the same time, Mendeley continues to import
data from Zotero's own open database.

The Mendeley 1.19 release notes
<https://www.mendeley.com/release-notes/v1_19> claim that encryption is for
“improved security” on shared machines, but applications rarely encrypt
their local data files, as file protections are generally handled by the
operating system with account permissions and full-disk encryption, and
anyone using the same operating system account or an admin account can
already install a keylogger to capture passwords.

Direct access to one’s own Mendeley database is the only way to export the
full contents of one’s own research. The export formats supported by
Mendeley do not contain folders, various metadata fields (date added,
favorite, and others), or PDF annotations, so with an encrypted database
there's no local way to fully export your data out of Mendeley. Mendeley
offers a web-based API, but it only includes file information if you're
syncing your files to Mendeley servers, and it can be changed or
discontinued by Mendeley at any time.

dr. Elena Giglia
UnitÓ di progetto Open Access
Direzione Ricerca e Terza Missione
Universita' degli Studi di Torino
tel. +39.011.670*.4191*
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