Annual Meeting Report

JATS & BITS: Facilitating the Flow and Preservation of Science

Moderator: Tony Alves Director of Product Management Aries Systems Corporation North Andover, Massachusetts Speakers: Jeffrey Beck Technical Information Specialist National Center for Biotechnology Information Bethesda, Maryland Chandi Perera CEO Typefi Melbourne, Australia Bruce Rosenblum CEO Inera Incorporated Belmont, Massachusetts Reporter: Tony Alves Director of Product Management Aries Systems Corporation North Andover, Massachusetts Journal Article Tag Suite (JATS) is an eXtensible Markup Language (XML) format used to tag scientific literature published online. It is a technical standard developed by the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and was originally developed by the U.S. National Library of Medicine for archiving and interchange of scientific information. The Book Interchange Tag Suite (BITS) is the “book” version of this XML format, and though it is not yet an approved standard, there is increasing interest in adopting BITS for book-related workflows. Both JATS and BITS XML are important standards used for passing metadata and full-text journal and book content throughout the scholarly publishing ecosystem. This session started with an overview of JATS and BITS, including the history, the XML structure, and other basic facts about these XML formats. Jeffrey Beck, a Technical Information Specialist from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, part of the National Library of Medicine, began a detailed overview of JATS and BITS by defining terms such as XML and Document Type Definition (DTD). Beck then walked the audience through an example of JATS, pointing out and describing the various sections of the marked-up document. Beck diagrammed a typical document, relating parts of […]

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