Nature releases Metadata for 450k Articles into the Public Domain

Yesterday Nature Publishing Group announced the launch of a Linked Data platform with RDF descriptions of more than 450,000 articles published by NPG since 1869.

From the press release:

Nature Publishing Group (NPG) today is pleased to join the linked data community by opening up access to its publication data via a linked data platform. NPG’s Linked Data Platform is available at http://data.nature.com.

The platform includes more than 20 million Resource Description Framework (RDF) statements, including primary metadata for more than 450,000 articles published by NPG since 1869. In this first release, the datasets include basic citation information (title, author, publication date, etc) as well as NPG specific ontologies. These datasets are being released under an open metadata license, Creative Commons Zero (CC0), which permits maximal use/re-use of this data.

NPG’s platform allows for easy querying, exploration and extraction of data and relationships about articles, contributors, publications, and subjects. Users can run web-standard SPARQL Protocol and RDF Query Language (SPARQL) queries to obtain and manipulate data stored as RDF. The platform uses standard vocabularies such as Dublin Core, FOAF, PRISM, BIBO and OWL, and the data is integrated with existing public datasets including CrossRef and PubMed.

That’s great news having such an important publisher moving towards open bibliographic data. As of yet, there are no dumps of the data available. Also, there is no entry on the Data Hub. Anybody?

There might be some problems with the platform from some browsers, but it is being worked on.

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