The growing number of newsfeeds, blogs, on-line presentations, training courses, tutorial videos, guidelines, scientific papers and other documents makes it increasingly difficult for individuals to filter out just the information they will retain,
particularly if the scope is not limited to a single discipline.
best to extract the information you need from all the material you
receive and then find it again?
elxf helps transform digital information into practical
elxf is the electronic library exchange format for personal use and
a simple collaborative solution for all content providers (including OpenAccess
publishers and organizations with smaller publishing budgets) and freely
accessible by users.
elxf enables health professionals to collect all
information of interest to them (without having to join dozens of networks),
from any speciality field and regardless of who provided it, and display it in
a single list for a better overview and to quickly re-find information in the
mass of material that accumulates over time. Users control what they want
to investigate further (rather than having search engines deciding on their
behalf) and allowing them to
selectively acquire just the information that
is useful to them
suppress duplicate, outdated, overlapping and
reduce application clutter with multiple
front ends and proprietary indices
update the collection frequently and consult
it on-line and off-line (in low bandwidth situations)
is not about another global repository with a central authority, just an open
specification (see http://elxf.info) that facilitates the
exchange of information and allows users to dynamically build up their own searchable
knowledge base from downloaded documents and other digital assets as well as links
to online resources.
How it works:
Content providers publish their material on
their web site or on removable media along with a manifest (typically named “library.elxf”)
containing all metadata pertaining to that material. Users, upon opening the
manifest, see instantly more than just cryptic file names to decide which items
are relevant and worth downloading for future reference.
Core to this system is catalogue data (aka
metadata) that travels with each document, either embedded, in an accompanying
data list or attached as dMeta bundle (data + metadata zip file - useful in
cases where metadata cannot directly be embedded in the digital resource.
elxf builds on proven standards and
technologies such as Dublin Core for parameter naming and Adobes' XMP format
for metadata exchange (as already used in PDF files) plus an extensible topics
definition to accommodate varying taxonomies.
While the filename itself, the title and the
description are the most obvious metadata that have to be meaningful, topics
and keywords are equally important for providing useful search results.
Topics, a unique element in elxf, arranged
hierarchically, provide a better overview, faster access to articles and allow
keeping groups of coherent content (i.g. per provider or subject) together.
This list evolves in cooperation with interested content providers.
digi-libris Reader can read such metadata and automatically classify incoming documents in the
users’ knowledge base. Thus all digital resources become instantly searchable,
digi-libris Platinum for professionals automates all required steps to compile elxf compliant data lists (aka
manifests) and facilitates embedding metadata in existing files, allows building
and running macros to generate web pages with links to dozens or hundreds of
downloadable and/or remote digital resources, complete with an interactive
index. This is ideal for of-line use on mobile devices.