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Microsoft Uses Open Tools to Help Scientists

Mar 17, 2009, 02:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jennifer Zaino)

[ Thanks to Tom Dunlap for this link. ]

"The software giant last week made an open source contribution to the Science Commons, described as a division of Creative Commons that is incubating the adoption of semantic scientific publishing through creation of a database of ontologies and development of supporting technical standards and code. It announced with Creative Commons at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference in San Jose, Calif., that it is releasing the Ontology Add-in for Microsoft Office Word 2007, the "technology bridge" that will enable authors to easily add scientific hyperlinks as semantic annotations, drawn from those ontologies, to their documents and research papers.

"The vendor is making the source code for the Ontology Add-in for Office Word 2007 available under the Open Source Initiative-approved Microsoft Public License on CodePlex."

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