We are delighted to announce that the National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Centers Program in the Division of Engineering Education and Centers has hired the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) to provide a customized interface for NSF’s internal use. NSF had already been using Zotero for some time, and based on positive experience with the software, NSF contracted with CHNM to extend Zotero to meet the organization’s needs more fully.
This contract reflects Zotero’s growing role as a critical element in the cyberinfrastructure that sustains scholarly research in general and the sciences in particular. Because NSF has requested a new, custom item type, this project will mark Zotero’s first major step in the direction of user-defined and shareable item types. Other areas of improvement expected ultimately to benefit the broader Zotero community include significant enhancements to saved search functionality.