Mapping RIS fields to Talis Aspire

Context

Talis Aspire Reading Lists (TARL) allows you to load RIS files into the My Bookmarks area. On upload, these can optionally be used to generate a new list.

You may also find this document useful if you are preparing RIS data files for conversion into Talis Aspire.

Discussion

Supported RIS Tags

  • U – Unique
  • M – Multiple RIS lines are permitted. No limitation is placed on the number of lines.

Aspire Data Item

Supported
RIS Tag

Type

Comment

Type

TY

M

 

Abstract

N2

U

 

Authors

AU, A1, A2

M

Author names are not currently validated against the RIS format specification, and have a maximum length of 255 chars.

DOI

DO

M

Multiple DOIs are allowed but the last DOI lookup will overwrite any previous data. DOIs should be in the format 10.1234/....

End Page

EP

U

 

ISBN1-/ISBN13

SN

U

Parsed from SN and validated. Must contain only the ISBN number itself (i.e. no qualifiers, [pbk]). Two 'SN' fields are required to represent an item which has both an ISBN10 and ISBN13. Multiple ISBN numbers are currently permitted per list item.

Issue

IS

U

 

ISSN

SN

U

 See ISBN comment.

Local Control Number

U3

U

 

Study Note

N1

U

 

Publication Date

Y1, PY

U

 

Edition

ET

U

 

Publisher

PB

U

 

Importance

U1

U

 U1(one)

Local Control Number

U3

U

 

Start Page

SP

U

 

Title

TI, T1, T2, BT, JF or CT

U

 

URL

UR

M

 

Volume

VL

U

 

Edition

ET

U

 

Editor

ED

M

 

General Notes

  • Talis will reject files which do not meet the RIS specification. In this scenario, the customer can amend the rejected records or take bespoke consultancy.
  • The minimum required for a valid RIS record to be imported is a type (TY), a title (T1, TI, BT or CT) and an end-of-record marker (ER).
  • Each line must be separated by a carriage return ( \r \n ) and not a line feed.
  • Invalid fields are simply ignored and do not cause the import to fail. The relationship between fields is not checked for consistency should one field fail, e.g. 'SP' and 'EP'.
  • Aspire does not currently enforce a field-length limit except on author (255 chars) but may do so in future.
  • The RIS ‘ID’ tag (Reference ID) is ignored.
  • Ux fields are user-defined. Talis Aspire uses U1 and U3 currently.
  • The RIS import does NOT support several Talis Aspire specific concepts, including:
    • Sections (i.e. the section object added when editing a list)
  • The RIS import now supports free-placed notes. These are an addition to the standard RIS spec. Use TY - NOTE
 

RIS-TYPE mappings

When the following TY values are encountered, the following resource types are created within Talis Aspire. Note that if an unknown TY is encountered, the record will be rejected.
 
TY Resource Type
ABST Document
ADVS Audio Visual
BILL Bill - see footer [*1]
BOOK Book
CASE Legal Case Document - see footer [*1]
CHAP Chapter
CONF Proceedings - see footer [*1]
HEAR Hearing - see footer [*1]
JFULL Journal
JOUR Article
MAP Map - see footer [*1]
MGZN Article
ELEC Webpage / Website
MPCT Film - see footer [*1]
MUSIC Audio
NEWS Newspaper - see footer [*1]
PAT Patent - see footer [*1]
PCOMM Personal Communication - see footer [*1]
RPRT Report - see footer [*1]
SER Series - see footer [*1]
SLIDE Slide - see footer [*1]
SOUND Audio
STAT Statute - see footer [*1]
THES Thesis - see footer [*1]
UNBILL Bill - see footer [*1]
UNPB Manuscript - see footer [*1]
VIDEO Audio Visual
[*1] - Although Talis Aspire will import and set this resource type, should the record be edited, it is NOT supported by the current set of available resource types. If edited and the value changed, it will not be possible to reset this imported value. In future, we will be considering how to widen the available supported types within the Talis Aspire interface - if you are interested in seeing support within the main resource editor for any specific types, you can suggest them here.
 

Examples

BOOK

TY  - BOOK
AU - Randy J. Larson
A1 - David M. Buss
A1 - Malcolm Smith
TI - Personality Psychology: Domains of Knowledge about Human Nature
PY - 2010
CY - New York
PB - McGraw-Hill Higher Education
ET - 4th Revised Edition
SN - 9780070164994
SN - 0070164991
U1 - Essential
U3 - 987456
N1 - This is an excellent book, well researched and laying out the foundation for personality ethics.
ER -

 

The primary (or first) author is AU. Additional authors are repeated under A1.

Main title can be either TI or T1.

 

CHAP

TY - CHAP
AU - Franks,L.M.
TI - Preface by an AIDS Victim
PY - 1991
VL - 3
T2 - Cancer, HIV and AIDS
A2 - Jackson, H.
A2 - Weisl, R.
SP - vii- viii
CY - Berkeley, CA
PB - Berkeley Press
DO - 10.xxxxxxxxx
SN - 0-679-40110-5
U1 - Recommended
U3 - 273678
N1 - There's probably more value in this preface, as many of the actual chapters in the book.
ER -

 

For the Chapter part:

  • AU is chapter author. AU can repeat, and are processed in sequence. AU is optional.
  • TI or CT or T1 is chapter title. One of these must exist. If none of these values exist, the record is ignored. If several exist, the first value is used in the order stated and other values ignored.

For the Book part:

  • A2 is the book author. A2 can repeat. A2 is optional.
  • BT or T2 is the book title. One of these must exist. If neither of these values exist AND the record cannot be retrieved by a z-lookup, then the record is ignored. If both exist, the first value is used in the order stated and other values ignored.

 

JFULL

TY - JFULL
TI - New Scientist
CY - London
PB - Reed Business Information Limited
U1 - Background Reading
U3 - 837649
N1 - Although a popular journal, this shouldn't distract from the value it has in providing a good weekly background source for cutting-edge science.
ER -

 

Journal title can be one of TI, T1 or JF.

 

JOUR

TY - JOUR
AU - Baldwin,S.A.
AU - Fugaccia,I.
AU - Brown,D.R.
AU - Brown,L.V.
AU - Scheff,S.W.
TI - Blood-brain barrier breach following cortical contusion in the rat
T2 - Journal of Neurosurgery
PY - 1996
VL - 85
IS - 4
SP - 476-481
SN - 0022-3085
DO - 10xxxxxxxx
ER -

 

For the Article part:

  • AU is article author. AU can repeat, and are processed in sequence. AU is optional.
  • TI or T1 is article title. One of these must exist. If neither of these values exist, the record is ignored. If both exist, then TI is used.

For the Journal part:

  • BT or T2 is the journal title. One of these must exist. If neither of these values exist AND the record cannot be retrieved by a z-lookup, the record is ignored. If both exist, then BT is used.

 

ELEC

TY - ELEC
UR - http://www.swan.ac.uk/research/RST/
TI - The Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory Research Group
N1 - Worth staying in touch with the publications on the website, which tend to get updated at least once a month.
ER -

 

NOTE

The NOTE type is a Talis Aspire specific addition to the RIS specification and is not a normal type in RIS files.

TY  - NOTE
N1  - This is a note that can be added anywhere within a list for whatever purposes you might require. A Note is not part of the formal RIS specification.
ER  -

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