I hope this is the right place to ask this. I think it's extremely likely other TeX users have experienced the same problem I have, given its use in the academic world.
So, I have an ever-growing collection of scientific articles and books in pdf/ps format and an organizer would be extremely useful. The most important feature to me is a sensible file organization: it should allow me to have files properly named and saved to disk, so that I can get a reasonable organization even without accessing its own database. Secondly, efficiency: I'm planning to use it for self-archiving. Thirdly, ability to acquire article metadata from either the pdf file or the internet, but I know this can be pretty difficult to get right given the intrinsic sparsity of data itself
So far I have came down to two choices:
- I,Librarian -> pro: just requires an http server and a dbms accessible from PHP, allowing for an optimal configuration for self-archiving: lighttpd+sqlite. cons: doesn't handle file renaming, is geared toward bioinformatics. I'm not sure, but it seems I can't even rename files manually once stored.
- RefBase -> pro: handles file storing, allowing for creation of directories and the adoption of naming schemes. cons: requires MySql. Automated naming scheme may create very large file names that could get cluttered when using different filesystems.
EDIT: unfortunately I forgot to add "possibly free" as a requirement. This would rule out Mendeley, Papers and EndNote.