Content Providers News no.16
14 May 2021
Upcoming meeting: 5th of May at 14h30 CEST
OpenAIRE runs a series of regular online community calls for all OpenAIRE content provider managers that can catch up with latest OpenAIRE services enhancements, express interest and queries on the topics under discussion and of course provide feedback. It is a great opportunity to present and discuss recent developments from OpenAIRE, upcoming releases from the PROVIDE related services and other relevant topics. Through the calls OpenAIRE provides clear and accurate information on its infrastructure and service developments
The main topic of the upcoming meeting will be “OpenAIRE services: contributing to the EOSC”.
The Community calls are open to all OpenAIRE content provider managers and we welcome any feedback from users.
An updated Directory of Research Information Systems
Supported by an OpenAIRE-Advance open call fund, euroCRIS extended the functionality and APIs of DRIS, the Directory of Research Information Systems. This provides a missing piece in the puzzle of scholarly communication allowing the community to come around common standards. It will be used by OpenAIRE PROVIDE to certify CRIS systems, meaning that the DRIS will be the authoritative source for OpenAIRE to register CRIS systems in OpenAIRE infrastructure.
The main purpose of the DRIS+ project was to implement a mechanism for the remote automated sharing of the metadata description for the CRIS records available in DRIS. This was achieved via a REST DRIS API. As a result of this improvement, further CRIS entries should be willing to be added to the Directory, a process that has indeed been taking place.
The DRIS API will help streamline the process for CRIS identification, validation and harvesting by OpenAIRE so that they may become certified data providers alongside literature and data repositories. By enabling the OpenAIRE Provide module to automatically retrieve specific CRIS system metadata stored in the DRIS the process will become much more effective.
The main expected user for the DRIS API is the OpenAIRE Provide module, that will be able to automatically retrieve identification and descriptive CRIS metadata from the DRIS. Other potentially interested users (this is currently being explored) are national research information management offices and CRIS vendors willing to automatically provide a snapshot of the CRIS infrastructure available in specific countries or for specific software solutions.
Use case of RCAAP, the Portuguese national aggregator of scientific scholarly communication
RCAAP is a search portal conceived to collect, aggregate and index Open Access scientific scholarly communication from the Portuguese Institutional Repositories and Journals. Ensure enriched and curated metadata could be a challenging task within the institutional repository management activities. In many cases the funding project information is missing or not correctly filled in, constraining the reporting tasks and the compatibility with global standards.
In order to ensure the possibility to enrich the metadata records of aggregated repositories with the funding, project and grant information, RCAAP have integrated the OpenAIRE project API, allowing the bulk access to projects.
This integration in repositories provides the possibility to identify the project funder, making the correspondent links to publications available in the repository, allowing this process to be implemented at the beginning of the workflow - when the publication is deposited and reused later.