RE: [xsl] citation processing

Subject: RE: [xsl] citation processing
From: Wendell Piez <wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2006 12:54:01 -0400
At 12:10 PM 10/20/2006, Mike Waters wrote:
CrossRef, a scholarly linking service, offers a "Simple Text Query" form at:

which is an implementation of a commercial tool by Inera, who is at the cutting edge of processing unstructured citations into XML.

Cutting and pasting your example into the form doesn't return a marked-up version, but it does return a DOI link (the point of the form). Underneath it though, the tool is doing it's magic; they've been at it for years, so have worked out just about everything regarding this area, including the handling of various citation styles and the use of "fuzzy" matching.

It might be worth a look if your need is for a large volume of processing, and you can't devote time to coming up with your own solution.

Inera's eXtyles is an excellent product. It uses heavy-duty heuristics and pattern-matching smarts, and it benefits from having taken a good long look at a wide range of real-world input data and from having gone through many iterations.

The fact that a commercial venture can succeed in the marketplace with a proprietary toolkit to do citation upconversion (and other editorial cleanup on the way to upconversion) is an indication of its difficulty, I think.


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