Re: [jats-list] JATS and Open Access Metadata Indicators

Subject: Re: [jats-list] JATS and Open Access Metadata Indicators
From: "Beck, Jeff (NIH/NLM/NCBI) [E]" <beck@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2014 20:26:17 +0000
Hi Vincent,

I've been looking at this Draft Recommendation also. The JATS Standing
Committee has already received a public comment concerning NISO
RP-22-201x, which we will discuss at the next meeting.

My personal opinion is that probably nothing will be recommended to be
added to the standard until the OA Metadata Indicators is out of Draft
status and in use. There has been a lot of talk about this draft
recommendation, and I imagine that the final recommendation will differ
from the draft that we have all just read.

As far as how it will or should be implemented in JATS once there is a
final published recommendation is still up for discussion. I like your
enthusiastic "out with the old model, in with the new" take on things.
That would certainly be the cleanest - for anyone who wants to do it that
way. Anyone who would want to use the existing license model would be out
of luck. I imagine we will wind up with enough elements in there (old and
new) that it will be possible to build some really clunky and ugly

This is where documentation and Best Tagging Practices come into play. It
would be ideal if a group of publishers who were very interested in Open
Access Metadata Indicators created a best practices for tagging
license/license-reference material in JATS. Certainly this would lead to
consistency in the way that this information would be tagged.

We will hear about some of this at JATS-Con (April 1 & 2 on the NIH Campus
in Bethesda, MD). Perhaps the recommendation will be out of Draft by then.
It should lead to some lively and productive discussions.

If you haven't registered for JATS-Con yet, we're running a special this
afternoon. Half off registration if you mention my name.


On 1/17/14 2:03 PM, "Lizzi, Vincent" <Vincent.Lizzi@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

>We are reviewing NISO RP-22-201x, Open Access Metadata Indicators
>(, in relation to JATS. This proposal
>suggests adding two elements to hold core Open Access metadata to
>existing schemas. Quoting from the proposal:
>a) Free-to-read (<free_to_read>) - A simple status that defines whether
>the work is
>accessible, without charge or other restriction (such as registration),
>to read online. This
>status can optionally carry a start date to define the timepoint when the
>work will become
>free-to-read. It may also specify an end date when it will cease to be
>free-to-read where
>b) License reference (<license_ref>) - A reference to a URI that carries
>the license terms
>specifying how a work may be used. There will be no limitations on the
>license specified
>or on the terms contained within the license. Multiple license reference
>elements can be
>provided. Each of these may have a different start date.
>The proposal suggests that these elements should be present in addition
>to, and take precedence over, any similar elements that might already be
>present in the host schema. There is overlap between these elements and
>the <license> element that already exists in JATS. Considering how to
>implement this proposal with JATS raises many questions.
>One possible approach is to add <free_to_read> and <license_ref> to JATS.
>However, it is a potential source of errors and confusion to have more
>than one element holding the same information. Would it be better to
>remove <license> from JATS (possibly by deprecating it) and add
><free_to_read> and <license_ref>? Alternatively, it seems reasonable to
>just use <license> to tag the information and transform to <free_to_read>
>and <license_ref> when necessary. The <license> element could be modified
>to add optional start_date and end_date attributes.
>Does anyone on this list have thoughts as to how the Open Access Metadata
>Indicators proposal could be applied with JATS?
>Vincent M. Lizzi - Electronic Production Manager
>Taylor & Francis Group
>325 Chestnut St., Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106
>E-Mail: vincent.lizzi@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>Phone: 215-606-4221
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