Welcome to “Otmi-discuss”


thammond – 2007 March 23

In Publishing

Just a quick note to mention that we’ve now set up a new mailing list for public discussion of OTMI - the Open Text Mining Interface proposed by Nature. See the list information page here for details on subscribing to the list and to access the mail archives. And many thanks to the Crossref folks for hosting this for us!

XMP Capabilities Extended


thammond – 2007 March 22

In Metadata

This post on Adobe’s Creative Solutions PR blog may be worth a gander: _“This new update, the Adobe XMP 4.1, provides new libraries for developers to read, write and update XMP in popular image, document and video file formats including: JPEG, PSD, TIFF, AVI, WAV, MPEG, MP3, MOV, INDD, PS, EPS and PNG. In addition, the rewritten XMP 4.1 libraries have been optimized into two major components, the XMP Core and the XMP Files.

SIIA Executive FaceTime Webcast Series

Anna Tolwinska

Anna Tolwinska – 2007 March 21

In Webinars

We thought that this program might interest our CrossTech bloggers.

Howard Ratner, Chief Technology Officer, Executive Vice-President at Nature Publishing Group is on the agenda.

More information is available at:

You may register for this event at:

Agile Descriptions


thammond – 2007 March 20

In Meetings

Apologies to blog yet another of my posts to Nascent, this time on Agile Descriptions - a talk I gave the week before last before the LC Future of Bibliographic Control WG. (Don’t worry - I shan’t be making it a habit of this.) But certain aspects of the talk (powerpoint is here) may be interesting to this readership, in particular the slides on microformats and how these are tentatively being deployed on Nature Network, and also a detailed anatomy of OTMI files.

New-Look Web Feeds from Nature


thammond – 2007 March 15


I just posted this entry on Nascent, Nature’s Web Publishing blog, about Nature’s new look for web feeds which essentially boils down to our using the RSS 1.0 ‘mod_content’ module to add in a rich content description for human consumption to complement our long-standing commitment to machine-readable descriptions. We are thus able to deliver full citation details in our RSS feeds as XHTML in CDATA sections for humans and as DC/PRISM properties for machines, the whole encoded in our feed format of choice - RSS 1.

Indexing URLs


thammond – 2007 March 08

In Linking

Leigh Dodds proposes in this post some solutions to persistent linking using web crawlers and social bookmarking. “When I use, CiteULike, or Connotea or other social bookmarking service, I end up bookmarking the URL of the site I’m currently using. Its this specific URL that goes into their database and associated with user-assigned tags, etc. … A more generally applicable approach to addressing this issue, one that is not specific to academic publishing, would be to include, in each article page, embedded metadata that indicates the preferred bookmark link.

OTMI - An Update


thammond – 2007 March 02


We’ve just posted an update about OTMI (the Open Text Mining Interface) on our Web Publishing blog Nascent. This post details the following changes: Contact email - Wiki - Repository - The OTMI content repository currently provides two years’ worth of full text across five of our titles: Nature Nature Genetics Nature Reviews Drug Discovery Nature Structural & Molecular Biology

Open Content


thammond – 2007 March 02

In Publishing

In light of my earlier post on OTMI, the mail copied below from Sebastian Hammer at Index Data about open content may be of interest. They are looking to compile a listing of web sources of open content - see this page for further details.

(Via XML4lib and other lists.)

Sir TimBL’s Testimony


thammond – 2007 March 02

In Web

Just in case anybody may not have seen this, here‘s the testimony of Sir Tim Berners-Lee yesterday before a House of Representatives Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet. Required reading. (Via this post yesterday in the Save the Internet blog.)

Ed Pentz

Ed Pentz – 2007 March 02

In WebPreprints

IOP has created an instance of the arXiv repository called at What’s the difference from arXiv? From the site - “We have focused on your experience as a user, and have addressed issues of navigation, searching, personalization and presentation, in order to enhance that experience. We have also introduced reference linking across the entire content, and enhanced searching on all key fields, including institutional address.”

The site looks very good and it’s interesting to see a publisher developing a service directly engaging with a repository.

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