Pdf Parsing Challenge

Hi Everyone,

I’m just trying to use the pdf-reader gem, but I have some trouble
understading how the gem wokds

If someone can help me with this, i’ll be really grateful

The Problem:

I have to extract some data from a paper in a pdf format. I just need
some data from the page 1, like the title of the paper, the authors
list, the universities of these autors, their mails, the abstract and
keywords

how I can extract this data from this paper?
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6928078/CLEI_2008_002.pdf

with a simple string that contains the information of a complete field
(keywords, abstract, etc) would help me

It’s not necessary to use this gem, but I need a string for each field
with this info, how can I do that?

I need to do this automatically, I’ll be doing it for a lot of papers
and then take that data to a database

On Tue, May 17, 2011 at 11:04 PM, Felipe E.
[email protected] wrote:

I have to extract some data from a paper in a pdf format. I just need
some data from the page 1, like the title of the paper, the authors
list, the universities of these autors, their mails, the abstract and
keywords

how I can extract this data from this paper?
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6928078/CLEI_2008_002.pdf

Mark the text, copy it.

It’s not necessary to use this gem, but I need a string for each field
with this info, how can I do that?

Open a text editor, paste it, and construct the data you need.

Doing the research for how to do what you want, and then writing and
debugging a script that does it, takes longer than just doing it by
hand. :wink:


Phillip G.

Though the folk I have met,
(Ah, how soon!) they forget
When I’ve moved on to some other place,
There may be one or two,
When I’ve played and passed through,
Who’ll remember my song or my face.

Inkscape has a command line conversion option.
I’ve only used it with a Linux instance.
It converts one page at a time though.
More than thee output format options from memory.
Not exactly pure Ruby approach, though scripting such a task is
certainly a Ruby domain.
Your example is still loading here.
So this reply may be completely out of context.

MarkT

I have to extract some data from a paper in a pdf format. I just need
some data from the page 1, like the title of the paper, the authors
list, the universities of these autors, their mails, the abstract and
keywords

I top post so there

On Tue, May 17, 2011 at 11:38 PM, Felipe E.
[email protected] wrote:

I need to do this automatically, I’ll be doing it for a lot of papers
and then take that data to a database

Unless the papers are all (near) identical in layout, this will be
difficult, since PDFs lack semantic information.

Can you instead query a DB for the DOI of the paper (getting the DOI
via the filename, or via the title of the paper, assuming the title is
easy to grab), and use said DOI DB to get the information in a way
that’s much easier to process?


Phillip G.

Though the folk I have met,
(Ah, how soon!) they forget
When I’ve moved on to some other place,
There may be one or two,
When I’ve played and passed through,
Who’ll remember my song or my face.

Inkscape has a command line conversion option.
I’ve only used it with a Linux instance.
It converts one page at a time though.
More than thee output format options from memory.
Not exactly pure Ruby approach, though scripting such a task is
certainly a Ruby domain.
Your example is still loading here.
So this reply may be completely out of context.

MarkT

I have to extract some data from a paper in a pdf format. I just need
some data from the page 1, like the title of the paper, the authors
list, the universities of these autors, their mails, the abstract and
keywords

I top post so there

Do you need that for an own application or do you want to build up a
literature database on your own?
For the latter, you could try Mendeley. That’s a tool (web-based &
desktop-based) to manage your research literature. It can parse PDF, and
much more.
Once parsed, you can parse the generated bibtex-file …

Hi,

In [email protected]
“Pdf Parsing Challenge” on Wed, 18 May 2011 06:04:19 +0900,
Felipe E. [email protected] wrote:

with a simple string that contains the information of a complete field
(keywords, abstract, etc) would help me

% gem install poppler
% cat extract-data-from-paper.rb
require ‘tempfile’
require ‘open-uri’
require ‘poppler’

ARGV.each do |url|
pdf = Tempfile.new([“extract-data-from-paper”, “.pdf”])
pdf.binmode
open(url) do |input|
pdf.write(input.read)
end
pdf.close

document = Poppler::Document.new(pdf.path)
title_page = document.pages.first
text = title_page.get_text
lines = text.lines.to_a
title = lines[0, 2].collect(&:strip).join(" “)
puts title
authors = lines[2, 2].collect(&:strip).join(” ")
puts authors

end
% ruby1.9 extract-data-from-paper.rb
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6928078/CLEI_2008_002.pdf
Query Routing Process for Adapted Information Retrieval using Agents
Angela Carrillo-Ramos2, Jrme Gensel1, Marlne Villanova-Oliver1, Herv
Martin1, and Miguel Torres-Moreno2

Thanks,

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