Monday, November 17, 2008

Lemon8-XML

Adding semantic mark-up to text is something the cataloger in me always finds good. Microformats, XML, or RDF all make searches more precise. Lemon8-XML is a tool to chamge scholarly papers in MS Word or Open Office formats into XML. Sweet idea.
Lemon8-XML is a web-based application designed to make it easier for non-technical editors and authors to convert scholarly papers from typical word-processor editing formats such as MS-Word .DOC and OpenOffice .ODT, into publishing layout formats such as the open, industry-standard NLM Journal Publishing XML format.

To use Lemon8-XML, you don't need to understand XML, all you need is a little time and a general understanding of how scholarly articles are structured. In general, this means a document with:

  1. some information about the article and authors at the top
  2. usually an abstract
  3. several sections, often titled "introduction", "methods", "results", etc.
  4. optional figures or tables, either in-text or as appendices
  5. a list of references or citations in a standardized format (eg. MLA, APA, etc.)
It is from the Public Knowledge Project.

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