Why I’m Now Embedding ORCID Metadata in PDFs

Brian Kelly, Sharing, Jan 29, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Brian Kelly suggests that PDF authors should encode metadata into the PDF file so Google will be able to retrieve it. In addition to including the title of the work, he suggests that authors include the ORCID author id (ORCID stands for 'Open Researcher and Contributor ID' - of course it goes without saying that now everyone who creates a PDF will be an 'open researcher or contributor'). Kelly asks whether it is preferable to do it this way or "to provide richer structured metadata in PDF files, using the XMP (Extensible Metadata Platform) standard." I think the idea is a good one either way, but I really think there has to be a way for other people, not just Google, to see the data.

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