Microsoft’s research supporting tools

Article Authoring Add-in v1.0 for Microsoft Office Word 2007

The Article Authoring Add-in enables authors and editors to open and save Microsoft Office Word files in the National Library of Medicine’s NLM XML format, a file format that is used in the publishing and archiving of scientific and technical articles. Beyond its core file format capabilities, the add-in enables additional metadata to be captured at the authoring stage and enables semantic information to be preserved through the publishing process, which is essential for enabling search and semantic analysis once the articles are archived at information repositories. The add-in also aims at simplifying the authoring, submission, and interaction process between authors and journals.

Download the Article Authoring Add-in for Microsoft Office Word 2007

Read about this project in Pablo Fernicola’s MSDN blog
Pablo Fernicola is a Group Manager in Live Labs who focuses on varying aspects of work related to scientific and scholarly communication, publishing, and knowledge dissemination.

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Creative Commons Add-in v1.0 for Microsoft Office

This add-in for Microsoft Office Word 2007, Office PowerPoint 2007, and Office Excel 2007 enables individuals to embed a Creative Commons license directly into their Microsoft Office documents. The add-in allows an author of a Microsoft Office document to choose a Creative Commons license from those available on the Creative Commons Web site (by using the Creative Commons Web service). The embedded license links directly to its online representation on the Creative Commons Web site while a machine-readable representation is stored in the Office Open XML document. By using Creative Commons licenses, you can express your intentions regarding how others may use your work.

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Microsoft eJournal Service (Alpha)

The Microsoft eJournal Service will provide a hosted, full-service solution to support scholarly societies, small publishers, and medium-sized publishers in the production of online-only journals. It is designed to simplify the self-publishing of workshop and conference proceedings and smaller journals, as well as online collaboration between authors. The service supports managing the submission and review of articles in any format, and the deposit of final articles in information repositories by using the SWORD protocol. An alpha version, available now, is hosted via Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007—allowing organizations to utilize this functionality without provisioning or maintaining any infrastructure.

Try the preview version of the Microsoft eJournal Service

Research Output Repository Platform (Alpha)

Research output repositories are increasingly in use on university campuses and in research communities worldwide. Our platform for building repositories takes advantage of the strengths of Microsoft SQL Server 2008, the Microsoft Entity Framework, and the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5. This technology, to be available through a free download, provides services that are based on open community protocols (such as the Open Archives Initiative–Object Reuse and Exchange [OAI-ORE], SWORD, and so on), which enables interoperability and integration with other tools and services. An included toolkit and code samples will allow developers to present data in original ways, demonstrating, for example, the relationships between a published paper, authors, research data, associated lectures, presentation slides, or PDFs. Currently in a limited alpha release, an open beta version will be available later in 2008.

View slides from the Open Repositories 2008 conference in Southampton, UK

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Read about this project and look for code samples on Savas Parastatidis’ blog
Savas Parastatidis is the technical architect within the Microsoft External Research team that is responsible for the Research Output Repository Platform.

The Microsoft Math Add-in for Microsoft Office Word 2007

The Microsoft Math Add-in enhances Microsoft Office Word 2007 with computational and graphing capabilities. With the add-in, you can perform the following:

Plot a function, equation, or inequality

Solve an equation or inequality

Calculate a numerical result

Simplify an algebraic expression

Download the Word 2007 Add-in: Microsoft Math from the Microsoft Download Center

You can use a linear format for entering equations into Microsoft Office Word 2007 and Microsoft Math. Although this is not currently documented in the Office Word 2007 help files, you can find more information in the following document.

Unicode Nearly Plain Text Encoding of Mathematics ( (PDF file, 1.08 MB)

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