Wednesday, 24 June 2015

IRIS, educated – more accurately, populated…

“Education doesn't make you happy. And what is freedom? We don't become happy just because we are free, if we are. Or because we have been educated, if we have. But because education may be the means by which we realize we are happy. It opens our eyes, our ears. Tells use where delights are lurking. Convinces us that there is only one freedom of any importance whatsoever: that of the mind. And give us the assurance, the confidence, to walk the path our mind, our educated mind, offers.”
(Iris Murdoch)

Added in September 2014, Europe PMC’s RESTful Web Service has a Dublin Core response, complementing existing XML and JSONformats. The new response is compliant with the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI), which supports shared innovation in metadata design and best practices across a broad range of purposes and business models. For many organisations this format is the most acceptable way to exchange article metadata, and for this reason we wanted to implement the response in our service.

Earlier this year the World Health Organization (WHO), a Europe PMC funder, made use of the service’s Dublin Core format to populate their DSpace Institutional Repository for Information Sharing (IRIS – hence the only slightly tangential quote by Iris Murdoch!).

In case you haven't already had enough of spurious references to Irises...
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IRIS provides free access to public health-related knowledge. This includes information produced directly by WHO, as well as WHO-authored articles that have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals – the latter collection is provided to IRIS via Europe PMC’s RESTful Web Service, and now numbers in the region of 1800 records comprising metadata  and open access PDF full text files, on topics ranging from ‘Effect of high-dose or split-dose artesunate on parasite clearance in artemisinin-resistant falciparum malaria’ to ‘Distribution of yellow fever vectors in Northwestern and Western Provinces, Zambia’.

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