7 thoughts on “Nature’s Metadata for Web Pages”

  1. Nice!
    As long as you’re at it, have you considered adding COinS to the pages too? COinS is one existing standard for embedding citation information in a way suitable for sending to ‘link resolvers’–that is, to let my library’s users get their own local library services related to that citation, such as a locally licensed electronic copy, a print copy, or an automatic inter-library loan request.

  2. Hi Jonathan:
    We couldn’t agree more. It’s already in the works plan. Note that our page bodies are produced in a separate process and we thought we’d tackle the page heads first and add in the HTML meta tags. So, we will be adding COinS as and when we can, along with uF and RDFa.
    Fwiw, you might ike to look at our news site Nature News where we have already added in COinS, see e.g. this story from today: Tasmanian tiger gene lives again. If you scroll through the source (and copious whitespace) you should find this markup fragment (wrapped here for clarity):


  3. Great, good to hear.
    I thought I posted this followup, but maybe it got eaten because I included URLs, so I won’t this time:
    Have you considered OpenURL vocabularies as a “published namespace” for your citation_ terms? I’m not sure if OpenURL is really published in a way that is suitable for this use, but it does include terms for all your citation_ terms, I think.

  4. Useful information, many thanks to the author. It is puzzling to me now, but in general, the usefulness and importance is overwhelming. Very much thanks again and good luck!

  5. The metadata is stored in a file seperate from the PRC. I think you might need to find the corresponding .MBP file (not sure if that’s the exact extension but it’s close) and copy that over as well.
    Hm…maybe I’m wrong on this…but it’s worth a shot!

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