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July 23, 2012 — In addition to this week's NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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NPG Expands Linked Data Platform

As part of its wider commitment to open science, Nature Publishing Group’s (NPG) Linked Data Platform now hosts more than 270 million Resource Description Framework (RDF) statements. It has been expanded more than 10 times, in a growing number of datasets. These datasets have been created under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) waiver, which permits maximal use/reuse of this data. The data is now being updated in real time, and new triples are being dynamically added to the datasets as articles are published on

Available at, the platform now contains bibliographic metadata for all NPG titles, including Scientific American dating from 1845, and NPG’s academic journals published on behalf of our society partners. NPG’s Linked Data Platform now includes citation metadata for all published article references. The NPG subject ontology is also significantly expanded.

The new release expands the platform to include additional RDF statements of bibliographic, citation, data citation, and ontology metadata, which are organized into 12 datasets—an increase from the eight datasets previously available. Full snapshots of this data release are now available for download, either by individual dataset or as a complete package, for registered users at

NPG’s platform allows for easy querying, exploration, and extraction of data and relationships about articles, contributors, citations, 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. The platform originally launched in April 2012.

Source: Nature Publishing Group 

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