[uf-discuss] Citation Example

Ben O'Neill boneill at gmail.com
Tue Aug 22 13:38:37 PDT 2006

I'm not sure if this has been mentioned before, but EPrints [1] uses
the <link> and <meta> tags in the headers of the page to put across
the information, e.g.


Here's a sample of the data:

<link href="http://purl.org/DC/elements/1.0/" rel="schema.DC" />
<meta content="Winnowing Ontologies based on Application Use" name="DC.title" />
<meta content="Alani, Harith" name="DC.creator" />
<meta content="Harris, Stephen" name="DC.creator" />
<meta content="O'Neil, Ben" name="DC.creator" />

I really don't like this method as the data is totally hidden from the
end user (which I believe is against "the microformat way") unless it
is repeated in the page later on, so it'd be great to have a citation
microformat to show to the authors of software like this.

I think this specific format is part of the Open Archives Initiative
[2] but I'm not sure on that.

The point of this email is to bring EPrints and OAI to your attention
incase you were unaware of them. Quite a lot of academic sites are
starting to use the system [3] so getting microformats into EPrints
and similar software could be a big boost.

Handily I work at the university that EPrints is developed at so I'd
love to see the citation microformat move forward to give me something
to show the guys here.

[1] http://www.eprints.org/
[2] http://www.openarchives.org/index.html
[3] http://www.eprints.org/software/archives/

Ben O'Neill
boneill at gmail.com

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