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1 NLM CONVERSION TO BUILD ATOMIC PHYSICS CONTENT IN AN AGILE FASHION JATS-CON, April 2, 2014 OSA – The Optical Society & DCL – Data Conversion Laboratory, Inc. 1

2 scholarly publisher with 19 current and legacy journals, 300+ conference proceedings 2

3 How? Break content into well-polished atomic pieces following an industry standard Develop infrastructure to manage and enrich content, to build new products and services in an agile fashion Budget allocated for five-year strategic plan OSA Governance: Build more- flexible products and services! 3

4 Some evidence of success With content converted to NLM XML, have developed Enhanced article: Interactive HTML Derivative products: ImageBank Business Intelligence: New insights into author, topic, funding, and other trends 4

5 Citation data 5

6 Equation data 6

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8 Legacy content ( 750,000 journal pages ) We expected this... 8

9 This... not so much JOURNAL AS COMIC BOOK SCHOOL YEARBOOK 9

10 1. Most confusing: Articles skipping pages, sometimes in two directions 10

11 2. Most shocking: legacy PDF not matching Legacy print Print Legacy PDF for same article 11

12 3. Most pervasive: nonscientific content tacked onto research articles These are not the authors 12

13 Project specifications: two extremes 2. Spend up to a year doing heavy content analysis and spec creation 1. Hand the project over to the trusted vendor and be done with it 13

14 Data Conversion Laboratory We convert content from any format to any format. Expertise with JATS, and most industry standard DTDs and Schemas Established in 1981; a pioneer in the data conversion industry Over a billion pages converted Expertise in complex conversion projects; STM Publishing, eBooks, Technical documents, Educational Publishing, and Library Digitization. Projects range from one book to entire libraries and legacy collections Infrastructure for large-scale projects, with automated tracking, quality assurance, and customer reporting for every item Industries include Publishing, Technical Societies, Aerospace, Government, Defense, Health Sciences, Libraries & Universities Publish DCLNews, a monthly newsletter devoted to XML and Electronic Publishing topics going to 7,000 subscribers 14

15 Thoughts on Managing a Large Legacy Conversion Effort 1) Phased Approach 2) Flexibility and Collaboration 3) Keep it Simple 4) Keep Monitoring Quality 15

16 1) Phased Approach Why? Varied sources (PDF, XML, SGML) Content that changed over time Very large input corpus going back to 1917 Allow for the quick, phased release of new OSA products Strategy for OSA materials Focus on one source type at a time but keep the big picture in mind Convert newest material first Review and decide on conversion nuances as they came up 16

17 XML OSA Proprietary DTD NLM v2.3 DTD PDF PDF Normal PDF Image SGML Multiple DTDs Source Material Challenges 17

18 Develop an overall specification, with allowance for change as new scenarios are uncovered Software development sprints to incorporate changes Close collaboration with OSA to manage new situations affecting completed work and work in process 2) Build Flexibility and Collaboration into the Conversion Process 18

19 Tools Used to Retain Flexibility Client-Vendor collaboration for decision making Hub and Spoke processing Handling of conversion anomalies Quality assurance reviews Learning databanks 19

20 3)Theres a Lot of Detail – Keep It Simple Fitting structures into the existing JATS tagging structure CALS to HTML table conversion MathML line break retention Cross-reference ranges Rendering limitations Unexpected content scenarios 20

21 Cross-Reference Ranges Bibliographic Figure 21

22 Rendering Limitations No CSS support for table character alignment PDF: HTML: 22

23 Missing text - Printed page problems Unexpected Content Scenarios 23

24 Jumping pages Unexpected Content Scenarios (cont.) 24

25 Special characters with no corresponding Unicode Unexpected Content Scenarios (cont.) 25

26 Optical Activities in Industry 66 Summer Street, North Brookfield, Mass. Mr. Cooke welcomes news and comments for this column which should be sent to him at the above address ____________________________________ Non-standard Structure Unexpected Content Scenarios (cont.) 26

27 Unexpected Content Scenarios (cont.) White space filler 27

28 Visual review OSA Schematron Reporting stylesheets OCR and hyphenation spellchecker software QA software Learning databanks 4) Keep Checking Quality – Dont Get Too Far Ahead 28

29 Correct entities are used Math displays correctly Table alignment is accurate Images correspond to the source Visual Review 29

30 The Schematron includes over 300 checks Warning:ALERT [LJF:RGCO250]: ref 'b10': unpublished materials must ($unpublished type != 'communication' != 'other' / warning) [report] Warning:ALERT [LJF:JBCO140]: no tables found but title reads 'Figures and Tables' (matches(title, 'Table') and not(exists(table-wrap)) / warning) [report] ERROR [LJF:RGCO250]: ref 'b14': journal citation contains more than one article-title (count(article-title) > 1) [report] OSA Schematron 30

31 Highlight any discrepancies between the specifications and the tagging Identify suspicious start of a paragraph Flag missing external files associated with the XML Find missing cross references to specified structures such as Tables and Figures DCL QA Software 31

32 Hyphenation Spellchecker 32

33 Provides easier review of metadata components for a set of articles Reporting Stylesheets 33

34 Modified versions of the fonts designed to help distinguish between similar looking characters – O vs 0, Z vs 2, 1 vs l used within the proofreading phase OCR Tools 34

35 Ongoing updates made based on feedback and newly determined rules and structures Conversion software QA software Schematron Spellchecker and hyphenation software Editorial guidelines Image creation Learning Databanks 35

36 Conclusions OSA has nearly completed a large backfile conversion project in close coordination with DCL. The project, which is based around NLM markup, has allowed OSA to enhance its publishing platform, build derivative products, and significantly improve its ability to gather business intelligence from a deep journal backfile. We offer the following lessons learned: With large content projects, plan ahead but prepare to work in an agile fashion The content owner should stay engaged throughout the project to align real-time decisions with business aims Owner–vendor collaborationwhen the right partners are involvedimproves morale, attention to detail, and decision- making 36

37 Scott Dineen Sr. Director Publishing Production & Technol. The Optical Society Devorah Ashlem Senior Project Manager Data Conversion Laboratory 37


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