Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Academic objects and tools

If it encourages a recast of current practice...

Microsoft Research has released a set of free software tools aimed at allowing researchers to publish, preserve, and share data throughout the entire scholarly communication lifecycle.


Tools currently freely available include:

  • The Article Authoring Add-in for Word 2007 that lets metadata be captured at the authoring stage to preserve document structure and semantic information throughout the publishing process, which is essential for enabling search, discovery and analysis in subsequent stages of the lifecycle.
  • The Creative Commons Add-in for Office 2007 lets authors embed Creative Commons licenses directly into an Office document (Word, Excel or PowerPoint) by linking to the Creative Commons site via a Web service.
  • The Microsoft e-Journal Service provides a hosted, full-service solution that facilitates self-publishing of online-only journals to facilitate the availability of conference proceedings and small and medium-sized journals.
  • The Research Output Repository Platform helps capture and leverage semantic relationships among academic objects -- such as papers, lectures, presentations and video -- to facilitate access to these items in new ways.
  • The Research Information Centre, in partnership with the British Library. This collaborative workspace will be hosted via Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and let researchers collaborate throughout the entire research project workflow, from seeking research funding to searching and collecting information, as well as managing data, papers and other research objects throughout the research process. link

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