[Biojava-l] Bibliographic objects

Thomas Down td2@sanger.ac.uk
Wed, 17 Jan 2001 15:29:52 +0000

This isn't a new idea

but...  I'm interested in deverloping a [Bibliographic] reference
object model in BioJava.  These objects would be constructed
by things like EmblProcessor (and SwissprotProcessor) from the
headers of sequence records.  If we get them right, they might
also have many other applications, including running
stand-alone reference databases.

Is there any demand for this?

If we go ahead, I'd like to see an object model which is tightly
coupled to a sane XML schema.  You'd think that there should be
some standard XML bibliography schema, but right now we seem to

  - Schemas (well, generally DTDs actually *sigh*) intended
    for heavy duty use in library systems.  For example, see:


  - Bibliography systems embedded in other applications (for
    instance Docbook)

Has anyone used an XML bibliography system?  Any recommendations?

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