Open Text Mining Initiative

November 22, 2006

The Open Text Mining Interface (OTMI) is an initiative from Nature Publishing Group (NPG). It aims to enable scientific, technical and medical (STM) publishers, among others, to disclose their full text for indexing and text-mining purposes but without giving it away in a form that is readily human-readable.

There’s an argument that this is a solution to the wrong problem, the problem being closed or partial access. But limited access is a fact of life, and this looks like a great idea. Now we need a way for search engines to negotiate for the OTMI representation of a resource. One more step towards RESTful nirvana.


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