Okay, so I am totally sad and writing a blog post on Christmas day. Well, the thing is that I’ve been teaching for months and moving house. This is the first still period that I’ve had for ages; well, thinking is inevitable.

One of the things that I am looking to next year is the last ontogenesis meeting. It’s been a lot of fun doing these, I’ve enjoyed them all. The last one is my idea, and I think it’s going to be good. As an ontologist, you get a lot of questions about how to build ontologies and is there a book. At the moment, there isn’t really one and it’s a problem. So, for ontogenesis, we decided to write a set of book chapters; here is the clever bit — we just stick them on a blog, because the process of formal publication as a book is long-winded, tiresome and error-prone. I’m calling the process knowledge blogging — it’s peer-reviewed, formal and with no intention of being regular; articles come when they are written.

I set up the blog sometime ago. I haven’t, as yet, had a lot of time to fiddle with theme or organisation. There is some content, but it’s just the wordpress default theme. Not ideal, and I hope I will have some time for fixing things after I get back from holidays. I’ve noticed two problems already though. First is that with longer articles you need section headings and wordpress doesn’t do them; I’ve found a solution for this, in the shape of a contents table plugin, although subsequent googling also came up with others. This should make navigation a bit better.

The other issue is references — I don’t have a good idea about how to do these sanely. I’ve been looking for DOI wordpress plugins, but can only find one from crossref which doesn’t do what I want. This allows you to search for citations; what I wanted was to put a DOI in code and have it present properly.

Still I think I know how to do this; I’ve found a tool for linking references to the Mormon books; not normally something I would download, but the principle is the same. So I can replace DOIs with a proper link, using a DOI resolver. What I’d really like to do is have a proper in-text citation also. The documentation on DOIs and metadata harvesting is all rather nasty though; a nice simple REST API would do the trick.

It all confirms my long-held concerns about DOIs; there are a tool for the publishers. Still, perhaps pubmed will come to my rescue. Next place to look.

Happy Christmas to all my subscribers of whom there are very few.

One Comment

  1. Frank says:

    Merry Christmas to you to. I am sure you have more subscribers than you think :)

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