Nanopublications

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Type of resource: Data formalism
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Description

A nanopublication is the smallest unit of publishable information: an assertion about anything that can be uniquely identified, attributed to its author, and cited. Nanopublications are a natural response to the explosion of high-quality contextual information that overwhelms the capacity of conventional research articles in scholarly communication. Nanopublications are a way to make data available in standard formats that drive data accessibility and interoperability. Nanopublications are fully semantic web compliant, are linked to existing ontologies and are based on semantic-web compliant RDF.

A nanopublication has two basic elements:

*The Assertion: An assertion is a minimal unit of thought, expressing a relationship between two concepts (called the Subject and the Object) using a third concept (called the Predicate).

*The Provenance: This is metadata providing some context about the assertion. Provenance means, ‘how this came to be’ and includes Supporting metadata (like methods) and Attribution metadata (such as authors, institutions, time-stamps, grants, links to DOIs, URLs).

www.nanopub.org contains the nanopublication guidelines, example nanopublications, a discussion forum for the modeling of new nanopublications and nanopublication tools.