20 June 2007

Inderscience is part of the ticTOCs project to produce a table of contents service

Inderscience is pleased to have become one of the partners in the ticTOCs project. The aim of this project is to develop a service which will transform journal current awareness by making it easy for academics and researchers to find, display, store, combine and reuse tables of contents from multiple publishers in a personalisable web based environment. JISC is the primary funder of the ticTOCs project, which will run for two years from April 2007.

The service will:

1. Enable academics and researchers, without having to understand the technical or procedural concepts involved in the process, to discover, subscribe to, search within, be alerted to, aggregate, personalise, export and re-use standardised table of contents (TOC) RSS feeds and their content for a large and growing number of journals, from any networked PC, at their convenience.

2. Facilitate the re-use of aggregated journal TOC content on a subject basis by gateways, subject-based resource discovery services, VREs, library services and others, where it can be exposed to a wider market, act as a showcase of the latest research output, and deliver relevant content to researchers.

3. Enable library and information services (for example, from journal lists), commercial and open access journal publishers, gateways, content aggregators and journal directories to allow their users to embed journal TOC RSS feeds of interest, with one click, into a freely available personalisable web-based interface which will perform as a current awareness environment.

4. Encourage the production of standardised journal TOC RSS feeds, and thereby facilitate their interoperability and improve the quality of their data.

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