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Stronger together: Making Guidelines Count


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OpenAIRE Guidelines 4.0

In October, OpenAIRE announced the new Metadata Application Profile (OpenAIRE Guidelines for Literature Repositories v4). Acknowledging that the evolving system of scholarly communications requires to not only limit our view to data sources, but to expand it to other Open Science content - such as images or research software - OpenAIRE has developed guidelines specific for content providers.

To learn more about our new guidelines, watch the recording of our webinar or take a look at the presentation slides.


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New Guidelines to address current challenges

Until now, the OpenAIRE Guidelines for Data Providers focussed on literature repositories, e-journals, data repositories, and CRIS system. Including a more diverse range of content providers - such as thematic repositories and research software repositories - will address the following challenges:

  • The capability to describe the scholarly record by help of more granular, precise and normalized metadata for the benefit of modern, sophisticated, value added services;
  • To support the interlinking of scholarly works to support the contextualization of research output;
  • To move forward the application of controlled vocabularies and thesauri supporting web-actionable URIs;
  • To ease the discovery of open access fulltext files;
  • To make a distinction between access rights and license re-use conditions;
  • To improve the formal validation of metadata records by an underlying metadata schema;
  • To support global metadata alignment with other scholarly communication infrastructures

Draft Open for Consultation

The draft is now open for consultation until January 15th, 2018.

OpenAIRE invites regional repository networks, repository managers and anybody interested in repository metadata technology to provide feedback via the following channels:
  • 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.