Microsoft Office’s Good News for Researchers

Microsoft has been aiming to gear their services towards all kind of people who might need them. With Microsoft Office’s growing popularity, more and more people are using it not only in the world of business but also in the academic world. Currently, Microsoft is working with people from the research sector to expand their services.

The guys in Microsoft understand that in science, it is extremely necessary to collect and analyze data so it is understood that a part of a researcher’s daily work is to author, publish, and preserve information. Currently, there are already a lot of programs under Microsoft Office and Microsoft is working hard enough to improve it especially for researchers like scientists.

microsoft-research-assistantFor example, in Microsoft Word, there is currently an add-in for chemistry which allows authoring and semantic annotation. This has been modeled after Microsoft Word 2007’s mathematic equation authoring. It makes use of XML extensibility options and user-interface. This feature was developed with the help of Unilever Centre for Molecular Science Informatics in Cambridge University in UK.

Another add-on for Microsoft Word is the article authoring add-in. Such feature enables editors to save word files in the NLM DTD format of the National Library of Medicine. This file is later on ready for archiving and publishing. Such add-in allows more metadata to be stored and captured even at the early stage of authoring. What’s more is that it allows semantic information to be preserved in this process. Overall, this add-on can be very useful for search and semantic analysis by the time that the articles are stored in their respective repositories. Currently, the source code for this add-on is available using an Apache 2.0 open source license.

It is also interesting to note that there is now a Creative Commons add-in for Microsoft Office. It allows Creative Commons licenses to be embedded directly into Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

With all these add-ons available, using Microsoft Office can surely be a delight for people working in the research sector.