Balisage Paper: Supplemental materials to a journal article
Alexander B. Schwarzman
American Geophysical Union
Alexander (“Sasha”) Schwarzman is Information Systems Analyst at the American Geophysical Union (AGU). He was instrumental in effecting AGU's transition to an XML-based publishing model from a paper- oriented one. Sasha has developed an XML-centric production workflow for the currently published journals and books, designed AGU tag sets, and contributed to the development and implementation of the AGU metadata database and a suite of XML/XSLT/Schematron tools that play a central role in the AGU publication processes. He served as a technical lead in developing AGU Digital Library that holds more than 100 years worth of journals, books, and transactions published by AGU. Sasha is currently serving as a co-chair of the NISO/NFAIS Technical Working Group on Supplemental Materials to Journal Article. He holds an equivalent of Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the State Technical University of St.Petersburg, Russia, and a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA.
Copyright © 2011 by Alexander B. Schwarzman
Tagging the primary body of a journal article can be challenging enough for authors: What then should they do with secondary and supplemental materials they wish to include with their articles? This presentation will provide an update on the latest progress from a NISO/NFAIS group to come up with Recommended Practices for curating supplemental materials. What kinds of supplemental materials can and should be marked up, what are the costs and benefits of such a markup, and what are the tagging challenges faced by authors?