Demo Web Clients for nature.com OpenSearch

Demo Web Clients for nature.com OpenSearch

(Click image to enlarge.) [Update – 2009.10.05: This post (2. Clients) is one of three. See also: 1. Service, 3. Widgets.] The previous post described the nature.com OpenSearch service. Prior to that I posted on our new desktop widgets which use one of the XML interfaces – specifically the RSS feed. Here we wanted to also show what can be done in the browser itself. We’ve created a small gallery of demo clients which all use the text-based JSON interface (or rather JSONP for cross-site scripting purposes). You can find the demos here: http://nurture.nature.com/opensearch/apps These demo apps show how the  … Read more

nature.com OpenSearch

nature.com OpenSearch

(Click image to enlarge.) [Update – 2009.10.05: This post (1. Service) is one of three. See also: 2. Clients, 3. Widgets.] Earlier this week we soft-launched a new service: nature.com OpenSearch. Simply put, nature.com OpenSearch provides a structured resource discovery facility for content hosted on nature.com. In effect, this is a sister service to our regular nature.com search service which allows a user to query nature.com and browse the result sets. By contrast, the new service allows applications to query nature.com and to fetch the results back in formats of their choosing. The diagram above attempts to compare the existing  … Read more

Desktop Widgets: nature.com search

Desktop Widgets: nature.com search

[Update – 2009.10.05: This post (3. Widgets) is one of three. See also: 1. Service, 2. Clients.] The newly launched nature.com OpenSearch web service (which I’ll discuss in a separate post) is an interface that provides distributed access to search on the nature.com platform. Specifically, the interface allows for structured queries from remote clients as well as for structured responses, and implements two compatible industry standards for search: OpenSearch and SRU (Search and Retrieval via URL) As a practical demonstration of this distributed access we have developed a nature.com search desktop widget which is a small standalone app that runs  … Read more

Gobbledygook Interview

Gobbledygook Interview

I was interviewed by Martin Fenner, a Clinical Fellow in Oncology at Hannover Medical School, for his column Gobbledygook on Nature Network. The interview is mainly about our new OAI-PMH service (which I blogged on earlier here) but also touches on the broader picture of Public Interfaces.  Read more

A Catalog for Nature.com

A Catalog for Nature.com

We’re pleased to announce that Nature.com now has an OAI-PMH interface. This service implements the Protocol for Metadata Harvesting from the Open Archives Initiative. This means that the Nature.com platform can now be queried by item, by title or by date range and that structured data records will be returned. All articles from over 150 titles can be accessed and dating back to 1869 for Nature magazine.  Read more

Nature.com adds metadata

Nature.com has now added metadata (using HTML meta tags) into all its newly published pages including full text, abstracts and landing pages (all bar four titles which are currently being worked on). Metadata coverage extends back through the Nature archives (and depth of coverage varies depending on title). This conforms to the W3C’s Guideline 13.2 in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 which exhorts content publishers to “provide metadata to add semantic information to pages and sites”.  Read more

OTMI at BioNLP 2007

OTMI at BioNLP 2007

I presented a talk and a poster on OTMI at BioNLP 2007 the week before last (Friday, June 29). This was a one-day workshop attached to ACL 2007 (45th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics) conference held in quiet outskirts of Prague. There were around 80 present including speakers and delegates. The talk was well received and there were many questions (see below) which provide some food for thought. Many thanks to Kevin Cohen and Lynette Hirschman for inviting me. I was fortunate enough to talk early in the morning while people were still lively (talk is here)  … Read more

Agile Descriptions

Agile Descriptions

Last Thursday week, March 8, Library of Congress held a public meeting of the Future of Bibliographic Control Working Group hosted by Google at their Mountain View home. The theme of the meeting was ‘Users and Uses of Bibliographic Data’. This was the first in a series of three meetings which is part of a one-year review (Nov. ’06 through No.v ’07) where LC (and by extension other libraries) may want to invest their future budgetary allocations on providing descriptors of curated works of intellectual property both for collection maintenance and resource discovery. This quote from Karen Coyle’s meeting summary  … Read more