thammond – 2010 February 10
(Update - 2010.02.10: I just saw that I posted here on this same topic over a year ago. Oh well, I guess this is a perennial.)
I am opening a new entry to pick up one point that John Erickson made in his last comment to the previous entry:
“I am suggesting that one “baby step” might be to introduce (e.g.) RDFa coding standards for embedding the doi:D syntax.”
It might be worth consulting the latest Crossref DOI Name Information and Guidelines to see what that has to say about this. Section 6.3 - The response page has these two specific requirements for publishers:
When metadata and DOIs are deposited with Crossref, the publisher must have active response pages in place so that they can resolve incoming links.
A minimal response page must contain a full bibliographic citation displayed to the user. A response page without bibliographic information should never be presented to a user.
I agree with John that publishers could be encouraged (or even just reminded) that machine-readable metadata could be made available through various mechanisms: HTML META tags (such as we currently provide at Nature - and as blogged here earlier), COinS objects, RDF/XML comments, or best of all RDFa markup as John mentions.
The Web is getting semantic. It’s about time that Crossref members joined the wave. And would be helpful if Crossref were there to help us with some new guidelines too!
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