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Microsoft Research releases free software for academics

At the ninth annual Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, Tony Hey, corporate vice president of Microsoft's External Research Division, unveiled free software to help researchers seamlessly publish, preserve, and share data. Microsoft has released the following tools to collaborate with academics on research projects:

  • Article Authoring Add-in for Word 2007: captures metadata at the authoring stage to preserve document structure and semantic information throughout the publishing process (makes search, discovery, and analysis easier later on).
  • Creative Commons Add-in for Office 2007: allows authors to embed Creative Commons licenses directly into Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents.
  • Microsoft e-Journal Service: provides a hosted solution that facilitates self-publishing of online-only journals.
  • Research Output Repository Platform: helps capture and leverage semantic relationships among academic objects to facilitate access to these items in new ways.
  • Research Information Centre: in close partnership with the British Library, this collaborative workspace will allow researchers to collaborate throughout the entire research project workflow by seeking research funding, searching and collecting information, and managing data, papers, and other research objects.

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