FreeCite is an open-source application that parses document citations into fielded data. You can use it as a web application or a service. You can also download the source and run FreeCite on your own server. FreeCite is distributed under the MIT license.
Parse a CitationPaste in citation strings to be parsed. Separate multiple citations by a newline.
Where did FreeCite come from?
FreeCite was developed through a partnership between the Brown University Library and Providence-based start-up Public Display, with funding from the Mellon Foundation. FreeCite was inspired by ParsCit. Much thanks to ParsCit's maintainer, Isaac Councill.
FreeCite is implemented in Ruby on Rails and uses the CRF++ library implementation of conditional random fields. Our model is trained on the CORA dataset with lexical augmentation from the Directory of Research and Researchers at Brown (DRR-B).
Other Citation Tools
If you're interested in a tool like FreeCite, you should check out these other citation tools:
- A citation metadata extraction tool from the California Digital Library
- CrossRef's DOI retriever
- Biblio Citation Parser
There's a Code4Lib 2009 Presentation online
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