citation-irc-notes-2006-04-09

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Summary

A citation microformat needs to cover four uses:

  1. full, bibliographic citations, eg "The Title Of An Article. Smith J. Journal Title (1987). 46:1; 23-35." This is the main citation microformat and should contain all the information necessary to locate the item and create a text citation in all the common formats (MLA, APA, etc).
  2. minimal, inline citations in text, eg (Smith, 1987). These generally link to an item in the bibliography using a fragment identifier.
  3. full, inline citations in text, eg following a blockquote.
  4. description of the current item/page, including title, creator, date etc.

Notes from the Meetup

NOTES for the 2006-04-09 IRC Citation meetup

ATTENDEES:

Discussion Topics:

What is a citation?

Before launching into building a citation microformat, everyone should be on the same page as to what we are trying to define. So our working definition of a citation is:

citation: a short description that points to a fuller description elsewhere, either in a note or a reference list

reference item: a fuller description; also called a bibliographic entry or item

bibliography: a collection of citations

see: http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/Bibliographic_Project%27s_Developer_Page#Terminology


Scope of this microformat

3 Areas discussed:

1. citation information about the current page

2. citation information about a cited reference

3. inline citations, a form of #2

(these are 3 views of the same data)

Reuse of existing microformats, hCard for authors and publishers, hCalendar for dates and times.

Not a flat model.

Formats discussed:

Other ideas:

The core set of properties should account for the following basic structures:

Collection includes subclasses like Periodical (and in turn Journal and such) and Series. http://purl.org/net/biblio

Conclusion:

Start a draft model for everyone to look into, another straw proposal

Current problems

Straw Proposals

These straw thoughts/proposals should be on the citation-brainstorming page, not here, along with some citation (so to speak ;) of the proposer. -Tantek

Microformat for inline citations

<cite>
<a href="#ref-1">1</a>
</cite>
<cite>
<a href="#ref-1">Smith, 2002</a>
</cite>


Microformat for a generic bibliography citation

<li class="citation" id="ref-1">
<span class="title">
 <a class="url" href="http://dx.doi.org/[DOI]">[item title]</a>
</span>
<span class="creator vcard">
 <span class="n">
  <span class="family-name">[surname]</span>, 
  <abbr title="[given-name]" class="given-name">[initial]</abbr>
 </span>
</span>
<span class="creator vcard">
 <span class="n">
  <span class="family-name">[surname]</span>, 
  <abbr title="[given-name]" class="given-name">[initial]</abbr>
 </span>
</span>
<abbr class="date-published" title="YYYY-MM-DDTHH:MM:SS+ZZ:ZZ">[year]</abbr>
</li>


Note: for an full inline citation, the
<li class="citation" id=""></li>
would be replaced by
<cite></cite>
and there would not be a link to a local fragment.


Note: for a self citation, the
<li class="citation" id=""></li>
would be replaced by
<span|div class="citation self"></span|div>


Additional elements for a journal article citation

class="citation article"
<span class="container">
 <span class="title">
  <a class="url" href="http://dx.doi.org/[doi]">[journal title]</a>
 </span>
 <abbr class="date-published" title="YYYY-MM-DDTHH:MM:SS+ZZ:ZZ">[year]</abbr>
 <span class="volume">[volume no.]</span>
 <span class="issue">[issue no.]</span>
 <abbr class="uri" title="urn:issn/[issn]"/>
</span>

<span class="pages">[start-page]-[end-page]</span>
<abbr class="uri" title="info:pmid/[PMID]"/>

Additional elements for a book citation

class="citation book"
<span class="container">
 <span class="title">
  <a class="url" href="http://dx.doi.org/[doi]">[book title]</a>
 </span>
 <span class="subtitle">[book subtitle]</span>
 <span class="publisher vcard">[publisher]</span>
 <span class="editor vcard">[editor]</span>
 <abbr class="date-published" title="YYYY-MM-DDTHH:MM:SS+ZZ:ZZ">[year]</abbr>
 <abbr class="uri" title="urn:isbn:[isbn]"/>
</span>

<span class="pages">[start-page]-[end-page]</span>

BDarcus: this looks good. I wonder, though, about two issues.

1. why not just title and abbreviatedTitle instead of title and subtitle?

2. date-published with books in particular is a can of worms. My book, for example, has a copyright date of 2006 (which is what one would include in the citation) but an actual publication date sometime in late-2005. The specificity of date-published is thus misleading. What we're really talking about is a copyright date. I wonder if the above might not be better with two classes: date and copyright? So then these classes of dates: date, copyright, issued (more generic than published). That slso fits dc and qualified dc.

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