E-Mail to Open Notebook – “Re-blog” not an option; “Press This” Bookmarklet is.

I’ve asked, but no reply so far on adding the post via e-mail plug-in to the notebooks.dataone.org wordpress installation.

I may need to add some details about how it might be done, to make the case.

That means two options are available to me at the moment:

1) explore “re-blogging” from my personal wordpress (which I don’t really think makes sense)

2) copy and paste formatted content from one blog to the other.

“Re-blogging” would be the easiest option, but I’m not sure how to do that.  From my work on the SEPARC wordpress blog, I know it is possible to “reblog” as certain wordpress.com entries are “reblogged” by related orgs.

For example:


Is a “reblogged” version of the original:

Which is available here:


So clearly it is possible.

Not my favorite option.

Here’s what google suggested for me:

How to reblog on wordpress.com:


The problem is, notebooks.dataone.org is not wordpress.com (as discussed at length here: http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/)

So: I’ve changed the search to:

how to reblog on wordpress site:wordpress.org

Best bet looks like:


This answer from w months ago suggests:

there is no REBLOG function on self-hosted WordPress.ORG sites. That only applies to WordPress.COM sites.

So, I do not think that “reblog” will be an option for me – I suspect it would require a customized plug-in.

One other option I noticed “PressThis” bookmarklet.

Let’s see if that might be an option.

From here: https://notebooks.dataone.org/wp-admin/tools.php

I can see the “press this” bookmarklet.

Installing that.

Now loading a personal blog entry I want to “press.”

Test 4: Network Visualization with NESCENT GeoPhyloBuilder

I highlighted the text that I want to press (essentially the text of the blog entry) and the wordpress bookmarklet pulled in the content, used the title, and added something of a citation “Test 4: Network Visualization with NESCENT GeoPhyloBuilder | TannerJessel.info.”

This is not the ideal solution, but I think it could work.

And, I think it leaves less room for “transcription error” than the other approaches I’ve described (e.g., manually downloading e-mail).

However I do regret that it involves an extra step. For now, perhaps I can just use this as a “case study” for how entries might be posted.  I can go through and assign tags later – I don’t see it as critical that they match whatever tags I generate on the source material (my personal e-portfolio site, tannerjessel.info).

What is critical is that the content from the e-mail to the personal blog to the research notebook is not changed.

Also, I am curious to see how the images might be reblogged.

In a moment, I will publish the “reblogged” content and link to it here.

Test 4: Network Visualization with NESCENT GeoPhyloBuilder | TannerJessel.info

One gripe: hyperlinks are not preserved.

The original blog entry from my e-portfolio site:

Test 4: Network Visualization with NESCENT GeoPhyloBuilder

However, I do not know that hyperlinks were ever generated via e-mail in the original post.

Note: I would like to test this out e.g., have an e-mail that contains hyperlinks; send them to the personal blog; determine if the hyperlinks are preserved.

These types of minutae can be frustrating but I think it’s worth being able to easily re-trace my steps as research progresses, and also so that others can re-trace steps and perhaps see things I might have missed.








About Tanner Jessel

I am a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE and pursuing a Masters in Information Sciences with an Interdisciplinary Graduate Minor in Computational Science. I assist scholarly research efforts supporting the Sociocultural, Usability and Assessment, and Member Nodes working groups within DataONE. I am based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *