Embedding metadata and other semantics in word processing documents

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Sefton, Peter, Barnes, Ian, Ward, Ron and Downing, Jim. 2009. "Embedding metadata and other semantics in word processing documents." DDC 2008: Radical Sharing: Transforming Science? . Edinburgh, Scotland 01 - 03 Dec 2008 Edinburgh, Scotland.
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Embedding metadata and other semantics in word processing documents

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsSefton, Peter (Author), Barnes, Ian (Author), Ward, Ron (Author) and Downing, Jim (Author)
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 4th International Digital Curation Conference (DDC 2008)
Number of Pages12
Year2009
Place of PublicationEdinburgh, Scotland
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.dspace.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/206423
Web Address (URL) of Conference Proceedingshttp://www.dcc.ac.uk/events/conferences/4th-international-digital-curation-conference/
Conference/EventDDC 2008: Radical Sharing: Transforming Science?
Event Details
DDC 2008: Radical Sharing: Transforming Science?
Event Date
01 to end of 03 Dec 2008
Event Location
Edinburgh, Scotland
Abstract

This paper describes a technique for embedding document metadata, and potentially other semantic references inline in word processing documents, which the authors have implemented with the help of a software development team. Several assumptions underly the approach; It must be available across computing platforms and work with both Microsoft Word (because of its user base) and OpenOffice.org (because of its free availability). Further the application needs to be acceptable to and usable by users, so the initial implementation covers only small number of features, which will only be extended after user-testing. Within these constraints the system provides a mechanism for encoding not only simple metadata, but for inferring hierarchical relationships between metadata elements from a ‘flat’ word processing file. The paper includes links to open source code implementing the techniques as part of a broader suite of tools for academic writing. This addresses tools and software, semantic web and data curation, integrating curation into research workflows and will provide a platform for integrating work on ontologies, vocabularies and folksonomies into word processing tools.

Keywordsmetadata; wordprocessing; microformat; ICE; Integrated Content Environment
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020469999. Other information and computing sciences not elsewhere classified
460599. Data management and data science not elsewhere classified
461299. Software engineering not elsewhere classified
Byline AffiliationsAustralian Digital Futures Institute
Australian National University
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
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