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2003 Dec 12 | Extracting Bibliographies From Freemind

[This entry is now deprecated, please see Thunderdell (Freemind Extract).]

I've been using the Freemind mind-mapper to represent my readings. While I'm not terrible fond of Java — startup/exit are very slow and I prefer Python obviously — the application is very nice. Fortunately, the data format is in XML, though a rather odd schema, so I can easily go at it with Python and xmltramp regardless.

Freemind extract relies upon a particular patterns.xml (in tar ball below) and certain conventions in the mind-map to create bibtex or CSV files.

A citation node looks like "y=2000 p=Basic Books a=New York, NY".

The resulting semi-colon delimited file will have this entry (many thanks to David Wilson for answering my many questions):

"Lessig 2000";"1";"New York, NY";;"Lessig,
  Lawrence";;;;;;;;;;;;;"Basic Books";;;"Code: And Other Laws of

The BibTex entry will look like:

   address = {New York, NY},
   author = {Lawrence Lessig},
   publisher = {Basic Books},
   title = {Code: And Other Laws of Cyberspace},
   year = {2000},

The tar file includes these utilities:

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by Joseph Reagle