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DB2RIS(1)			 RefDB Manual			     DB2RIS(1)

       db2ris -	converts DocBook bibliographic data to the RIS format

       db2ris [-a] [-e log-destination]	[-h] [-L log-file] [-o file] [-O file]
	      [-r reftype] file

       db2ris converts DocBook bibliographic data into RIS files. The design
       and purpose of the DocBook bibliography information is too different
       from the	RIS format to warrant a	simple and straightforward conversion,
       let alone a bi-directional one. The DocBook bibliography	definition
       allows for a lot	of freedom how to encode your information. To
       accommodate as wide a range of uses and abuses of the bibliographic
       elements	as possible, this import filter	is implemented as a DSSSL
       stylesheet rather than as a C application. This allows you to quickly
       change or extend	the stylesheet to adapt	it to your needs. db2ris is a
       wrapper script which invokes OpenJade to	do the actual transformation.

       -a Use full first- and othernames if they are present in	the DocBook
	  source. By default, all first- and othernames	will be	abbreviated.

       -e log-destination
	  log-destination can have the values 0, 1, or 2, or the equivalent
	  strings stderr, syslog, or file, respectively. This value specifies
	  where	the log	information goes to.  0	(zero) means the messages are
	  sent to stderr. They are immediately available on the	screen but
	  they may interfere with command output.  1 will send the output to
	  the syslog facility. Keep in mind that syslog	must be	configured to
	  accept log messages from user	programs, see the syslog(8) man	page
	  for further information. Unix-like systems usually save these
	  messages in /var/log/user.log.  2 will send the messages to a	custom
	  log file which can be	specified with the -L option.

       -h Displays help	and usage screen, then exits.

       -L log-file
	  Specify the full path	to a log file that will	receive	the log
	  messages. Typically this would be /var/log/refdba.

       -o file
	  Send output to file instead of to stdout. If file exists, its
	  contents will	be overwritten.

       -O file
	  Send output to file instead of to stdout. If file exists, the	output
	  will be appended.

       -r reftype
	  Set the default RIS reference	type. This type	will be	used if	db2ris
	  cannot infer the reference type from the BiblioEntry element.

	  The names of one or more DocBook files.

       db2ris evaluates	the file db2risrc to initialize	itself.

       Table 1.	db2risrc
       |Variable       | Default	     | Comment		   |
       |logfile	       | /var/log/db2ris.log | The full	path of	a  |
       |	       |		     | custom log file.	   |
       |	       |		     | This is used only   |
       |	       |		     | if logdest is set   |
       |	       |		     | appropriately.	   |
       |logdest	       | 0		     | The destination of  |
       |	       |		     | the log		   |
       |	       |		     | information. 0 =	   |
       |	       |		     | print to	stderr;	2  |
       |	       |		     | = use a custom	   |
       |	       |		     | logfile.	The latter |
       |	       |		     | needs a proper	   |
       |	       |		     | setting of logfile. |
       |authorlong     | f		     | Set this	to t if	   |
       |	       |		     | full first- and	   |
       |	       |		     | othernames should   |
       |	       |		     | be used if	   |
       |	       |		     | possible.	   |
       |defaultreftype | GEN		     | The default RIS	   |
       |	       |		     | reference type will |
       |	       |		     | be used if a	   |
       |	       |		     | BiblioEntry element |
       |	       |		     | does not	specify	   |
       |	       |		     | the type.	   |

       We have to make a bunch of assumptions to arrive	at a suitable output:

       o  db2ris will handle only "raw"	(as opposed to "cooked") bibliographic
	  data.	This basically means that you must encode all bibliographic
	  data in BiblioEntry elements,	not in BiblioMixed elements.

       o  db2ris discards all publication date information from	the PubDate
	  except the first 4 characters	of #PCDATA so these should better be a
	  4-digit year.

       o  By default, the publication type is neither explicitly encoded in a
	  BiblioEntry element nor can it be easily inferred. Therefore db2ris
	  assumes that the BiblioEntry carry a role attribute with the RIS
	  publication type as the value. If the	attribute is missing, a
	  default type is used instead.	This means that	you should add these
	  attributes before the	conversion in order to get useful RIS datasets
	  (or fix the TY entries in the	RIS file afterwards).

       o  DocBook does not have	a special element to encode the	name of	a
	  journal or magazine that published an	article. Instead the same
	  Title	element	is used	as for the article title, a book title,	or a
	  series title.	To distinguish between a journal or magazine name and
	  "real" titles, the Title element encoding the	journal	name is
	  assumed to be	nested in a BiblioSet whose relation attribute is set
	  to "journal",	"pub", "abbrev", or "full" (this more or less
	  arbitrary list can of	course be extended or changed, see below). The
	  values "abbrev" and "full" furthermore decide	whether	the RIS	tag
	  "JO" or "JF" will be used.

       As previously stated, db2ris is implemented as a	DSSSL stylesheet that
       can be easily and quickly adapted to your needs.	It may be prudent to
       create copies of	the script and modify these in order to	adapt them for
       particular "abuses" of the DocBook bibliographic	elements in various
       documents or data sources. This section briefly lists the functions
       which you would most likely want	to change.

	  This function	attempts to infer the correct RIS publication type.

	  This function	gives a	hint whether a Title element is	used as	a
	  journal/magazine name	or as an article title or book title.

	  This function	creates	a valid	string for the RIS PY tag from the
	  PubDate element.

	  The global configuration file	of db2ris.

	  The user configuration file of db2ris.

       RefDB (7), bib2ris (1), en2ris (1), marc2ris (1), med2ris (1).

       RefDB manual (local copy)

       RefDB manual (web) <[1]>

       RefDB on	the web	<[2]>

       db2ris was written by Markus Hoenicka <>.



2005-10-16			  2005-10-16			     DB2RIS(1)


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