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Consultation on OpenAIRE Literature-Repositories Guidelines 4.0, Extended deadline: 28/02. Your opinion matters!

guidelines401The draft of the new Metadata Application Profile (OpenAIRE Guidelines for Literature Repositories v4) was initially announced in October 2017. Since then, OpenAIRE has collected feedback for the suggested application profile and the guidelines documentation. The consultation period has been extended until the end of February 2018, so more repository platform developer communities can engage in the process and help shape the new application profile.


The new OpenAIRE Literature-Repositories Guidelines 4.0 draft is ready for your input! Be part of the process and help us make your work in OA more effective!

For more information on the new guidelines, watch our webinar or take a look at the presentation slides.

Who can participate? Regional repository networks, repository managers and anybody interested in repository metadata technology.
When? Until February 28, 2018!
Where can I see the draft document? Here!
How can I submit feedback? Choose whichever channel is the most convenient for you.

  • GitHub - create an issue in our Guidelines GitHub Repository (you need to have a GitHub account)
  • hypothe.is - make annotations on the Guidelines Pages (you need to have an hypothes.is account)
  • OpenAIRE Blog - leave a comment on the blog post
  • E-mail - send us an e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New Guidelines to address current challenges


Until now, the OpenAIRE Guidelines for Data Providers focused on literature repositories, e-journals, data repositories, and CRIS systems. In the OpenAIRE Guidelines 4.0, we include a more diverse range of content providers - such as thematic repositories and research software repositories - and address the following challenges:

✓ We describe the scholarly record with more granular, precise and normalized metadata to provide modern, value-added services;

✓ We support interlinking of scholarly works to contextualize research outputs;

✓ We advance the application of controlled vocabularies and thesauri supporting ct*;

✓ We simplify discovering fulltext open access files;

✓ We distinguish between access rights and license re-use conditions;

✓ We improve the formal validation of metadata records through an underlying metadata schema;

✓ We support global metadata alignment with other scholarly communication infrastructures.

Your feedback will be considered for the final version expected in March, 2018.

Join the discussion now!

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