Monthly Archives: November 2006

A cite for sore eyes

Researchers are required and need to refer to papers, articles etc as evidence of their research activity, as a consequence the research sites will soon have lots of publication information available, and a quick glance at the sites shows that there is work to be done on semantically making sense of the information.

The LRC have produced
http://www.glam.ac.uk/lrc/about/help/guides/gencitations.php

This example of a journal publication from http://genomics.research.glam.ac.uk

  • Burke, S and Kirk, KM1
    Genetics education in the nursing professions: a literature review
    Journal of Advanced Nursing, 2006 54(2): 228–237,
    ISSN 0309–2402.

This comprises of the Author name/s, the Article title ( usually quite long), the Journal name, a date when the article was published, the volume of the journal ( in this case 54), the number. The pages the article can be found on, and an ISSN number (explanation here http://www.bl.uk/services/bibliographic/issn.html)

This is the textile necessary

*(pub) Burke, S and Kirk, KM"^1^":#1
??Genetics education in the nursing professions: a literature review??
_Journal of Advanced Nursing_, 2006 *54*(2): 228-237,
ISSN 0309-2402.

One of the problems with this is that only the title is contained within the cite tags. It would be better if all the text is contained within the cite. For such sematically rich information I think that HTML is the best way to mark it up.

  • Burke, S and Kirk, KM 1
    Genetics education in the nursing professions: a literature review
    Journal of Advanced Nursing, 2006 54(2): 228–237,
    ISSN 0309–2402.

I think this is a better more useful way to mark up a publication. The whole entry is now cited rather than just the title, there also more classes that we can hang CSS styles on, and the classes can also serve to explain a little to authors of the code what the information means.

It can serve as a useful starting point for when we start to pull publication info out of a database.

Other things to think about are the possible use of a citation microformat, and we also need to get further information about how we can display the data to correspond to the variety of citing style out there.