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Hi, I am Pablo Fernicola, and in this blog I will cover different aspects of my work related to scientific and scholarly communication, publishing, and knowledge dissemination

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    Welcome to the Article Authoring Add-in

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    The Technology Preview of the Article Authoring Add-in for Microsoft Word 2007 provides authors of scientific articles with the ability to read and write files from Word 2007 into the XML format used by the National Library of Medicine. This release is targeted at the staff of scientific and technical journals, Information Repositories, and early adopters within the scholarly authoring community, as well as developers of publishing solutions and workflows, who can use the add-in to provide additional capabilities to their products....
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    Multi Discipline Relevance

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    Geoff makes the point that he thinks the NLM dtd is relevant for disciplines outside of Biology and Medicine, such as Humanities and Social Sciences. I agree with his point and hope that with the add-in we will help authors and journals in those other...
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    Release Candidate for Article Authoring Add-in Now Available for Download

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    We are happy to announce that this morning we posted the Release Candidate build of the Article Authoring Add-in. Over the past couple of months, the community has provided very useful feedback based on the Beta 1 release. We feel that we have refined...
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    Short Video Clip of the Add-in

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    If you want to get an idea of how the add-in works, without having to download and install it, here is a video. You should skip to 4:40 to see the demo part, I give an introduction before that (subset of the information in the earlier postings...
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    Beta of Microsoft’s Article Authoring Add-in Now Available Broadly for Download

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    At the annual meeting of the Society for Scholarly Publishing in Boston, Microsoft announced the wide availability of the Beta 1 release of the Article Authoring Add-in for Microsoft Word 2007. In addition to enabling Word users to open and save documents using the National Library of Medicine’s XML Journal Publishing format, used for the authoring of scientific articles, the Beta 1 release adds support for the NCBI Book format, used for in authoring book chapters for digital books....
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    Peer Review in the Age of Software as a Service

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    The Microsoft eJournal Service is a good example of a growing trend towards delivering functionality through the Software as a Service approach. This web based service enables scientists and researchers to more easily engage in the collaborative process...
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    Introducing the Alpha Preview of the Microsoft eJournal Service

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    Update We would like to highlight the collaboration and input from commercial and non-commercial entities in relation to the Microsoft eJournal Service and the Article Authoring add-in projects: "I am pleased that Microsoft is taking innovative...
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    Upcoming Scholarly Publishing Events in London - See You There

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    A few of the Microsoft people involved in Scholarly Publishing (Lee Dirks, Alex Wade, and myself) will be in London next week (December 2nd through 5th) to attend the Online Information 2008 conference, as well as present at two events from the International...
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    Publishing Workflow – Math content as paths vs glyphs in generated PDF files

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    In this post we take a look at the solution for a problem with the configuration of a Windows Server 2003, which resulted in PDF files generated from Word using paths instead of glyphs for Math content....
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    The Increasing Relevance of XML in the Overall Content Lifecycle

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    I had a conversation with Jon Udell on the add-in, and the greater relevance of XML in the publishing lifecycle, which he just posted on the channel 10 site . Jon has a great approach to this new series of postings , where he provides different modalities...
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    The Power of Structured Content

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    As we get comments and questions from you about the add-in, or have opportunities to discuss the experience and underlying technology face-to-face (as at the HighWire Publisher's Meeting last week), it is interesting how frequently the topic of structured...
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    The Use of XML Formats in Repositories

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    Updated to clarify that the PDF version is provided by the publishers One interesting aspect of the XML format from the National Library of Medicine is its use in PubMed Central, which is the largest archive for biomedical articles ( http://www.pubmedcentral...
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    See You at SSP Next Week?

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    I, along with folks from the Word team and Technical Computing Initiative/Microsoft Research, will be in Boston next week, participating in a session on Wednesday morning ( Seminar 1 ). Also on Friday, I will be hosting a informal discussion table...
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    May Tidbits

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    A few interesting news: Aries Systems now supports Word 2007 docx files The Times Reader will start a Beta of their Mac version Last, I wanted to highlight that we will be attending (and presenting) at the upcoming Society for Scholarly Publishing...
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    Feedback on your usage model

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    Participation in the Beta program so far has been fantastic and we have been able to incorporate most of the feedback and requests that you have sent in so far. It is evident that this community is very hands-on and enthusiastic about the authoring and...
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    Workshop at the Open Repositories ‘09 conference

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    There is limited space available, but if you are going to be at the Open Repositories '09 conference, you may want to register for and attend the workshop we are presenting on Thursday, May 21st, from 1 to 6 PM. The workshop will be a one-stop shop...
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    Upcoming Events and Updates

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    There are two conferences coming up in May, where we will be presenting updates on the Article Authoring Add-in and other projects: May 18-21 - Open Repositories 09 in Atlanta, GA. May 27-29 - Society for Scholarly Publishing 2009 Annual Meeting...
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