Friday, December 19, 2008

Nature Now has XMP

Nature now includes XMP semantic data in the PDF version of their articles.
We now have a complete bibliographic record (including DOI) embedded in the PDF using structured markup. And, moreover, we also have a solid bedrock for adding in any additional metadata should the need arise. This semantic labelling is available on all new issues of Nature and will be added to other NPG titles over the coming months.

XMP as a labelling technology could well go a long way towards addressing concerns raised by Olivia Judson in an op-ed piece earlier this week in the New York Times: Defeating Bedlam. The author decries that "downloading papers from journal Web sites" means that "access to information is easier and faster than ever before ... but there’s been no obvious way to manage it once you’ve got it." Those days may soon be over.

Now with XMP all manner of scholarly content - documents, images and other media types - can be properly labelled and many programs (not just Zotero and Papers which she reviews) can directly profit from the richness of semantic web descriptions.

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