ScrapBook

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ScrapBook is an extension for the Mozilla Firefox web browser which adds enhanced scrapbooking, page saving, bookmarking, and notetaking functionality.

The ScrapBook extension saves pages on the local computer. Therefore, saved pages won't be accessible from a smartphone or other computers of the user. However it can be used in combination with other synchronization services that can sync the folder where ScrapBook stores its data.[1]

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The extension was initially developed at Murota Laboratory, which is a member of the Chair of Human Resource Development in the Department of Human System Science at Graduate School of Decision Science and Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology. It is currently maintained by Gomita.[2]

ScrapBook won the "Most Useful Upgraded Extension" award in Mozilla's 2006 "Extend Firefox" competition.[3]

Discontinuation of development. Takeover by "ScrapBook X".[edit]

There is no more update of ScrapBook since April 13, 2015 (Version 1.5.13.1-signed.1-signed). The last updates were only minor updates for compatibility with the new versions of Firefox and to add Ukrainian localization. The development was already almost dead for years.

Fortunately, this award winning add-on (see above) is now developed by a new open project, ScrapBook X, build on the source code[4] of ScrapBook, ScrapBook Plus, ScrapBook Plus 2 and ScrapBook Lite, all of them not any more developed. ScrapBook X keeps mostly the architecture of ScrapBook, but add many features and fix many bugs.[5][6] The project also takes over the development of several Firefox add-ons that extend the power of ScrapBook X.

These add-ons are:

  • ScrapBook X MAF Creator converts the ScrapBook X data item(s) into the .maff format (open format that enables saving of whole webpages in a single file (actually renaming the .maff extension in the .zip extension will make this web page archive accessible even by web browsers that don't support the .maff format)), which can be opened with Firefox's MAF addon.
  • ScrapBook X CopyPageInfo copies to clipboard the information of single or multiple ScrapBook X data items with the possibility to format it in pre-defined or custom formats (very useful for creating formatted bibliography references, for example in BibTeX).
  • ScrapBook X AutoSave captures automatically the web pages on browsing them.
  • ScrapBook X File Converter converts other formats (.enex, .maff, .html+files_directory, .epub, .zip, etc) into ScrapBook X export format or back, which can then be imported into ScrapBook or ScrapBook X. Allows also to backup the whole ScrapBook or ScrapBook X data folder.

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science has published an article about Digital ScrapBooking (Digital Scrapbook – can we enable interlinked and recursive knowledge equilibrium?[7]) where Scrapbook X is thoroughly analysed and discussed as an example of scrapbooking tool for scholars: « ... The Scrapbook-X has been analysed in detail, with the aim to understand its potential, as it seemed to be the closest feature-related component with the Scrapbook paradigm, furthermore it is implemented as a Firefox browser plug-in i.e. it can be smoothly integrated in a web-based research and discovery of resources with a standard browser application. ... ».[8] The abstract of this article, even if it was of course not its purpose, describes actually pretty well what ScrapBook X is doing (and, to some extend, ScrapBook): « We investigate possible tools and approaches to develop a Digital Scrapbook, a virtual research environment inspired by the recursive nature of research for scholars where they can combine web and own resources into a new scholarly edition readily enabled for Open Access. Web resources are interlinked in the digital scrapbook by content capture and detail selection, rather than sole bookmark or link to resource URL, along with necessary accompanying metadata. We analyse several open source and commercial tools, with special focus on a Scrapbook-X Firefox Add-On, in order to match to desired Digital Scrapbook features. We further address the wider requirement context for development of such Digital Scrapbook environment, discussing both technical and user experience dimensions. We conclude with a recommendation on how to approach the development and operation of a Digital Scrapbook environment. »[7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Fioretti, Marco (23 December 2012). "Scrapbook: A Firefox extension for personal Web archives and more". TechRepublic. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Gomibuchi, Taiga. "User Info for Gomita :: Add-ons for Firefox". Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Extend Firefox" competition results
  4. ^ ScrapBook X source code: Lin, Danny. "danny0838/firefox-scrapbook: ScrapBook X - the Firefox addon that inherits from ScrapBook by Gomita and ScrapBook Plus by haselnuss". GitHub. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  5. ^ Differences between ScrapBook X and ScrapBook/ScrapBook Plus: Lin, Danny. "Diffs · danny0838/firefox-scrapbook Wiki". GitHub. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  6. ^ Features of ScrapBook X: Lin, Danny. "Features · danny0838/firefox-scrapbook Wiki". GitHub. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Bulatovic, N.; Saquet, B.; Schlender, M.; Wintergrün, D.; Sander, F. (2015). Digital Scrapbook – can we enable interlinked and recursive knowledge equilibrium?. Berlin: Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  8. ^ Bulatovic, N.; Saquet, B.; Schlender, M.; Wintergrün, D.; Sander, F. (2015). Digital Scrapbook – can we enable interlinked and recursive knowledge equilibrium?. Berlin: Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte. p. 5. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 

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