I use zotero to manage my bibliography and Biblatex + biber to use it.

For now, I export a .bib file and use it with Emacs+AUCTex. I can cite in a very easy way by using Ctrl[ (AUCTex cite feature with Regex) and writing the name of the author I want to cited. I can choose, then, the article I want to cite. I automatized the .bib export at each change with autozotbib plugin.

But, it is not perfect : I have some problems with Biblatex fields (zotero seems to export using the Bibtex fields and not biblatex ones). And, I am not refused a way to interconnect more closely zotero and Biblatex (than the simple .bib export).

I read in biber project page :

Experimental support for RIS, Endnote XML and Zotero RDF/XML

When surfing on the web, you can found mention of zoterordrdfxml feature of biber (there is a man page for ubuntu and a google groups thread). The biber manual says only :

Other datasource types : For datasources other than BTEX, (e.g. ris, endnotexml and zoterordfxml), the source entrytypes and fields are usually very differently modelled and named. For example, here is how to drop dc:subject fields from various entrytypes in Zotero XML RDF format data sources:

<maps datatype="zoterordfxml" map_overwrite="1">
<map_step map_field_set="dc:subject" map_null="1"/>

These informations are not sufficient (for me) to use the zoterordfxml (experimental) feature.

Does someone set successfully Biber to use a zotero database without exporting a .bib file ? (by the help of zoterordfxml feature or not)

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While not a direct answer to your question, note that Zotero now (since about a month) has a dedicated BibLaTex export translator in addition to regular bibtex export that you can use for better results with biblatex. Alternatively, you can also look at the - very similar - biblatex translator here: https://github.com/andersjohansson/zotero-biblatex-translator , which provides some additional functionality based on hacks that aren't officially supported in Zotero. You can configure autozotbib to work with either of these translators - I doubt that anything biber can do with Zotero's RDF export is better than what these translators provide.

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    Thks. Do you know how to install/activate the new dedicated BibLaTex export translator? Is it a plugin or embedded in core zotero? I can't find it.
    – ppr
    Dec 7, 2013 at 8:42
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    the built in BibLaTex translator should just be available when you use right-click --> Export selected items
    – adam.smith
    Dec 7, 2013 at 15:02
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    The "with hacks" version has installation instructions: github.com/andersjohansson/… . AutZotBib tells you how to use alternate Bibtex tranlators under "Advanced Usage" - you can find the IDs of the official BibLaTex translator here: github.com/zotero/translators/blob/master/BibLaTeX.js#L2 and the "with hacks" version here: github.com/andersjohansson/zotero-biblatex-translator/blob/…
    – adam.smith
    Dec 7, 2013 at 15:16
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    I will probably deprecate the zoterordf biber driver - it's always been fairly messy.
    – PLK
    Dec 9, 2013 at 21:03

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