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2015 Prepared Talk Proposals

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add rich citations talk
We'll also discuss important recent trends (such as the IIIF Presentation API, ReadersFirst, and NYPL's Library Simplified initiative) that have the potential to shape the book-viewer development landscape in the immediate future. Which page-turner applications are best poised to adopt/integrate/leverage these emerging standards? Which will become obsolete? This talk has the answers you need.
== Rich Citations ==
* Adam Becker,, Public Library of Science
* Erik Hetzner,, Public Library of Science
Citations should connect you to the research you need. They should
link directly to the relevant papers and data. They should tell you
everything you need to know about how and where two pieces of research
are connected. They should be easy to use and they should never get in
the way of the reading experience. In short, citations should not
clumsily point to a mere chunk of plain undifferentiated text sitting
in a static list at the end of the paper. But with almost no
exceptions, citations in scientific papers do just that.
PLOS Labs has been working on a project to capture extra information
about citations. To this end, we have designed a metadata structure
describing the context of a paper's citations, called rich citations.
This structured information includes complete bibliographic
information for the cited items, location and context of the in-text
citation, co-citations, reference license and status (updated,
retracted, etc.), and more.
We have processed the complete PLOS corpus to extract this rich
citation metadata, and made this data available in an API located at
We have also developed a JavaScript overlay to enhance a paper's view
using rich citations ( This overlay
uses the underlying rich citation metadata to allow the user to view
information about an in-text citation, quickly navigate between
citations, and sort and filter the paper's reference list.
In this talk, we will describe the rich citation metadata that we are
capturing. We will demonstrate how this metadata can enhance a
reader's experience of an article and how it can be used by
researchers to better understand how citations are used in the
scientific community. We will also discuss our ongoing plans to extend
this project to the wider literature beyond PLOS, and how interested
members of the community can help.

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