Recently the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded the Center for
History and New Media and the Internet Archive $1.2 million dollars to
develop new services that will aid scholarly sharing, collaboration,
citation, and annotation.
In 2008, users will be able to drag and drop items into the "Zotero
Commons"—a dedicated part of the Internet Archive's servers—through
icon in the left column.
Items donated to the Commons will be stored in subdirectories of the
Commons named for the donors. In addition to encouraging donations to
the commons (since those donating will receive credit for their
contributions), this feature will also enable users to identify others
who are working with and/or annotating the same content, fostering new
collaboration opportunities. The benefits to the scholarly community
of the Common are thus threefold:
1) The availability of permanent, persistent archival, off-site
storage for long-term management and use of digital content.
2) The ability to share resources publicly for easy access by other scholars.
3) The simplified discovery of new, related resources and potential
As an added incentive to donate to the Commons, the Internet Archive
will provide free OCR for your contributions and send you the
transcribed text to help you search your personal library.
In addition, modifications will be made to Zotero to make it easier
for researchers to select already archived files and web pages from
the Internet Archive's existing collections rather than saving local
copies. This will enable better referencing of "born digital" items
and allow for the collaborative annotation of web documents.
Zotero Commons and Zotero 2.0
Zotero 2.0 will allow you to sync your library's metadata to the Zotero Server.
You will sync your metadata with the Zotero server
With Zotero Commons you will be able to contribute public domain
images, texts, audio and other files.
You can also contribute files to the Zotero Commons
In turn, the Internet Archive will send you any text extracted from